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2030 Commitment and Practice: A Culture of Firm Excellence

Thursday, April 22, 2021 | 12:00-1:00pm PT

Speakers: Keith Hempel, AIA | Principal – Design Director, Commercial Architecture, LPA
Erik Ring, PE | Principal  – Director of Engineering, LPA

Architects have an important role in addressing Climate Change.  This session will review how one California AIA Firm is addressing the link between architectural design and climate change issues throughout their practice.

LPA, a California based integrated design firm, will provide insights into how the firm uses the AIA 2030 Commitment as a transformative tool to influence design practice and reduce predicted carbon emissions. LPA is the largest firm whose AIA 2030 Commitment portfolio exceeded the 70% pEUI reduction target for 2019.  LPA will share their approach to professional development and knowledge sharing, promoting a firm culture that strives for high performance buildings and design excellence.

The firm will also provide a Case Study of a recent AIA COTE Top Ten Plus award winning project, the Environmental Nature Center and Preschool.  The presentation will discuss both the design challenges of a small project with aggressive sustainability objectives, as well as the process of collecting data and presenting project information suitable to be selected for an AIA COTE Top Ten award.

Finally, the presentation will discuss creating and maintaining a firm Sustainability Action Plan (SAP) that engages Firm identify and refines sustainability goals.  An effective sustainability action plan for an architecture firm provides a long-term planning tool, ensures ongoing alignment of values, and provides an information-sharing platform for communicating progress with firm members, clients, and peers.

The session content will apply to a range of architectural work and practices: small to large, residential and commercial, interiors and whole building, new construction and renovation.

Click here to view a PDF of the PowerPoint presentation.

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