Reenergize DC

Bringing the Building Community Together

Dates

09/15/2021 10/31/2021

Location

Washington, DC

Price

Free

Hosted By

Building Innovation Hub

Join the Building Innovation Hub this fall as we “Reenergize DC.” We are bringing the building industry together to face the challenge of recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic as a united community. We want to challenge all disciplines of the building industry to take this opportunity to create a more equitable, healthy, and energy efficient built environment for the District. While recovery will be challenging, our industry is critical to the economic, social, and environmental success of the District.

Partner organizations from all facets of the building industry are uniting towards our common goal of ensuring an interdisciplinary approach to recovery; we can do this better together. The month will spotlight events hosted by partner organizations centered on improving the performance of buildings. This will allow all constituents to come together to reenergize our efforts to create a better built environment.

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September Events

  • Description: The first session in a two-part series will introduce the purpose of accounting for organization-wide carbon emissions and outline important steps for getting started with developing greenhouse gas inventories.

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    Speakers:

    • Craig Haglund, Program Manager – CRE & Multifamily, U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR
    • Joe Indvik, Head of Clean Energy Finance, RE Tech Advisors
    • Ben Myers, VP Sustainability, Boston Properties
  • Description: PARK(ing) Day is an event in which residents and businesses re-think the use of public space by converting metered on-street parking spaces into temporary parks. Since its inception, the event has spread to cities around the world, taking place on the third Friday of September every year.

    Location: Parklets will be located across the District. A map will be published soon.

  • Description: While the lack of social justice and equity for minority and marginalized communities spilled onto the National stage over the past two years, systematic oppression existed throughout our country’s history. Unfortunately, the design community – intentionally or unintentionally – contributed to designing the system, including here in Washington, DC. As designers, we must take responsibility for making change in the District. The AIA Framework for Design Excellence includes a component entitled, “Design for Equitable Communities,” which focuses on community engagement, walkability and transportation, and social equity. How do we apply this component to our work in Washington, DC at the human scale, neighborhood scale, and urban scale? In this session, we will look at Washington, DC through the lens of social justice and equity and discuss how we can make meaningful change for our city.

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  • Description: As our population numbers and density continue to increase, multifamily construction is one of the fastest-growing sectors across the DMV. This LEED project showcase highlights innovative local projects that demonstrate leadership and excellence in sustainable multifamily design and operations. Join us to hear project team representatives highlight goals, strategies, outcomes, and lessons learned.

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    Projects Presented:

    • City View, LEED BD+C: Multifamily Midrise v4 Gold, presented by Laura Featherstone, Sustainable Project Manager, Sustainable Building Partners
    • The Wren, LEED BD+C: Multifamily Midrise v4 Gold, presented by Joseph Andracchio, Senior Sustainability Consultant, Steven Winters Associates & Ross Davis, Associate Principal, Hord Coplan Macht
    • Ten at Clarendon, LEED BD+C: Multifamily Midrise v2009 Platinum, presented by James Ball, Vice President of Business Development, Magrann Associates
    • Brightview Grosvenor, LEED BD+C: NC v4 Gold, and Brightview Woodmont, LEED BD+C: NC v2009 Gold, presented by Kristian Spannhake, Project Director, Shelter Development
  • Description: This informative program will provide an overview of the benefits of building decarbonization, identify the resources, support, and targeted investment that affordable housing owners will need to decarbonize their buildings and explore opportunities to align energy and housing policies in support of decarbonizing affordable housing.

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  • Description: Kristina Miele is an Associate at Fast + Epp’s New York office. She has worked on a variety of public, commercial, and residential projects, including the 9-story CLT and Glulam “Intro” building currently in design in Cleveland, Ohio; one of the first buildings to adapt the 2021 Tallwood Provisions in IBC. She also acts as a Visiting Professor at the Pratt Graduate School of Architecture and Parsons, where she works with students to integrate structure into innovative architectural concepts.

    Kristina is passionate about sustainability in design and developing an understanding of the environmental costs of construction materials and systems, which has been illustrated by her leadership of the New York chapter of the Carbon Leadership Forum. She also leads the Embodied Carbon sub-committee for AIA NY’s Committee on The Environment.

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  • Description: The second session of the two-part series will include a panel discussion amongst practitioners in the commercial real estate space that are leading the industry in energy and climate management efforts. Speakers will discuss the innovative initiatives their organizations are implementing to demonstrate their climate commitments, and how conducting greenhouse gas inventories has played a role in their ability to drive action and advance portfolio-wide carbon reduction goals.

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    Speakers:

    • Craig Haglund, Program Manager CRE & Multifamily, U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR
    • Jim Landau, Head of ESG, MetLife Investment Management
    • Vaishali Sampat, Director Sustainability and CSR, Kilroy Realty Corporation
    • Keara Fanning, Senior Director of Sustainability, Link Logistics

October Events

  • Description: Open Streets returns to Georgia Avenue NW, Saturday, October 2 from 10 am to 3 pm for the return of DC’s Open Streets! Open Streets is a time to celebrate all of our city’s transportation options. All ages are welcome to get active and enjoy the family fun. There are many different ways to experience the event like biking, skating, aerobics, shopping, and more! 

  • Description: The Building Innovation Hub and Clark Construction Group are proud to present the series, “What Will it Take? The Path to 2050 and Carbon-Free Buildings.” This four-part, web-based discussion series convenes industry thought leaders to examine how we collectively move toward a cleaner, more equitable energy future through the lenses of building design, facility operations, real estate development, and construction.

    In the third event of the “What It Takes” series, speakers will address the role of development in reducing building energy use and improving overall building performance.

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    Speakers:

    • Fernando Arias, Director of Sustainability, Clark Construction Group, Moderator
    • Adrian Washington, Founder, Neighborhood Development Company
    • Sonja Wells, Chief Lending Officer, CityFirst Bank
    • David Edsey, Climate Director, Zurich North America
  • Description: On October 6, 2021, a growing network of advocates, companies, government agencies, utilities and others will showcase the benefits of energy efficiency during the 6th annual nationwide Energy Efficiency Day.

  • Description: Join this webinar to learn more about the District’s benchmarking requirement for buildings 25,000-50,000 square feet. The discussion will cover the District’s benchmarking program—including key dates, best practices, and reporting requirements—and how to put that information to good use.

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    Speakers:

    • Joanna Saunders, Energy Program Specialist, DC Department of Energy and Environment
    • Theresa Backhus, Associate Director of the Building Innovation Hub
    • Lindsey Falasca, Director of the Building Innovation Hub
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  • Description: Maryland and Virginia ranked 6th and 8th respectively on last year’s Top 10 States for LEED. DC received an honorable mention – in fact, there are more square feet of LEED-certified space in Washington, DC than anywhere else in the world!

    The Community Leader Awards honor local projects demonstrating excellence in high-performance, healthy buildings, environmental stewardship, and community impact. They recognize owners and project teams for their extra effort to accomplish LEED certification, and celebrate the people and organizations working to create sustainable buildings and communities that positively impact quality of life for all.

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    Projects Presented:

    • DC Water Headquarters
    • American Geophysical Union
    • The Universities at Shady Grove Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Building (BSE).

    Project team members will take attendees on a deep dive, highlighting goals, strategies, outcomes, and lessons learned. Don’t miss this chance to learn about the best of the best in DMV sustainable building!

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  • Description: The urgency of the climate crisis is accelerating — and so, too, is the opportunity to build a clean economy. We are proud to be Community Partners at VERGE 21: The climate tech event. Join more than 10,000 leaders online — from the private and public sectors, utilities, solution providers, investors and startups — advancing systemic solutions to address the climate crisis through five key markets: clean energy, sustainable mobility, carbon removal, regenerative food systems and resilient infrastructure.

  • Description: The members of the Net-Zero Energy Coalition have co-created a beautiful collage of data, details, processes, people, case studies, and content that brings to life the aesthetics of net-zero energy. This curated digital and physical experience is the community’s collective vision of a beautiful carbon neutral national capital region.

    Come to the Hitt CoLab to experience and join your community in visioning and working toward a beautiful net-zero energy future for all. If you cannot join us in person, a digital version of the exhibit is being created for all to enjoy.

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