Friday, February 12, 2010

Zero Net Energy and Whole Building Retrofit Options for Multifamily Housing

While incentives for greener multifamily housing are still being negotiated at a State and Federal level, builders and developers in California are pioneering comprehensive green multifamily projects that go above and beyond current incentive options. Walker Wells from Global Green will be presenting on two zero-net energy affordable multifamily projects, Solara and Los Vecinos. These projects have earned acclaim from the California Energy Commission and GreenBuild. On the existing building side, GreenPoint Rated is finalizing the Multifamily Existing Home program, and results are coming in from pilots of retrofitted multifamily affordable projects. Come hear about these case studies that are leading the way for ‘deep’ green multifamily design and retrofits!

Walker Wells is Director of the Green Urbanism Program for Global Green USA, a national non-profit organization headquartered in Santa Monica. He works with affordable housing developers, municipalities, and school districts across the country to further green building and sustainable development practices by providing technical assistance, conducting charrettes and workshops, and developing public policy. Walker is an editor and a co-author of the 2007 book Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing and the 2006 publication Creating Successful Green Building Programs. Prior to joining Global Green Walker was a Senior Urban Design with Gruen Associates in Los Angeles, an Associate Planner with the City of Santa Monica, and an Urban Planner for the City of Malmo, Sweden.

Christopher Becker brings over 15 years of architectural design and affordable housing experience to the GreenPoint Rated Program. As Project Manager, he assists with rater trainings and certifications; quality assurance for rated projects; education and support to builders, raters, designers and others; and development and implementation of the GreenPoint Rated Program.

Prior to joining Build It Green, Christopher served as the lead designer for a 4 story green affordable housing prototype. He has also served as the project manager and/or designer on a range of building types from single-family renovations to high-rise mixed use developments, many of which incorporated green building features. Before returning to school to get his architecture degree, Christopher also worked on the developer side of many projects, both as a development and planning consultant for several non-profit developers as well as the Resource Development Manager for East Bay Habitat for Humanity. Christopher is a Certified Green Building Professional and a Certified GreenPoint Rater. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Columbia University and a Master of Architecture from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Build It Green: Zero Net Energy and Whole Building Retrofit Options for Multifamily Housing

Time: Noon - 2:00pm

Location: AIA East Bay Chapter Office, 1405 Clay Street, Oakland.

Contact: 510/464-3600

Cost: Register before 11am 3/24 - $10 for AIA/Build It Green Members; $20 for non-members. $25 for walk-ins. Click here to register.

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For more information: 510/464-3600

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