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Gables Park Tower celebration of AEGB 4-star rating. © Chas Schreiber
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Previous Events

October 14, 2021— Austin Real Estate Trends

Last February, the City of Austin issued the third-highest number of building permits in the U.S. What effect has this growth and the pandemic had on the Austin market? Which trends will influence the City’s future? Join us as our speakers discuss the economic outlook, the impact on industry sectors and recovery scenarios. The panel will also highlight trends in development that contribute to strong, vibrant, culturally rich and diverse neighborhood districts.

Speakers:

  • Mark Sprague, State Director of Information Capital, Independence Title Company
  • W. Gaines Bagby, First Vice President, CBRE
  • Roland Galang, Founder and Broker, Skout Real Estate
  • Christine Freundl, Redevelopment Project Manager, City of Austin | Economic Development Department

September 14, 2021 — Energy Efficiency for Older Homes

Construction techniques continue to advance energy efficiency for newer homes, but existing homes can also benefit from the use of these techniques to improve occupant comfort and energy efficiency. Choosing impactful renovations uses design and building science to identify the right measures for a particular home. Speakers will explore the impacts of advancing energy codes and standards through the evaluation of older home performance and suggest ideas and concepts to apply when considering retrofits and renovations.

Speakers: 

  • Meredith Jagger, Business Intelligence Consultant, Data Analytics & Business Intelligence, Austin Energy
  • Jason Vendever, Building Code Program Manager, South-central Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource (SPEER)
  • Chip Berry, Residential Energy Demand Team Lead, US Energy Information Administration (EIA)
  • Bess Althaus Graham, Director/Deputy SHPO, Texas Historical Commission

Green by Design

August 10, 2021 — Session 1: Green Planning and Design
August 17, 2021 — Session 2: Green Materials and Landscaping
August 24, 2021 — Session 3: Green Home Systems

Green by Design is now online! Learn how to build, remodel or buy green homes that improve energy and water efficiency, increase comfort and reduce maintenance. The workshop is designed to provide a choice of topics based on your green building needs. Sessions are hosted by Austin Energy Green Building team members who provide insight and experience on sustainable building practices. Course materials provided.


July 6, 2021 — Embodied Carbon Matters

Between 2020 and 2050, the carbon embodied in building materials is expected to be 49% of total new construction carbon emissions. Considering carbon during the entire life cycle of buildings and their constituent materials is thus a vitally important task in reducing global climate change. Speakers will provide an overview of considerations related to embodied carbon in building materials, strategies for selecting lower-carbon materials, and emerging ideas about an embodied carbon marketplace.

Speakers:

  • Martin Torres, Graduate Engineer, Austin Energy Green Building
  • Brian Just, Manager, Engineering, VEIC
  • Dr. Wil V. Srubar III, Associate Professor, University of Colorado Boulder, Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering

June 13, 2021 — Cool House Tour 2021 Webinar

The 25th Annual Cool House Tour is a collaboration between Austin Energy Green Building and the Texas Solar Energy Society (TXSES). This year’s virtual tour features a mixed-use condo tower, an affordable multifamily community, two east Austin backyard dwellings, a modern home in west Austin and a suburban home designed for a challenging site. In honor of our 25th anniversary, the tour is FREE to the public this year!


June 8, 2021 — Building Electrification Webinar

Electrification is a rapidly growing field, changing the way we monitor, consume and understand energy. This shift is impacting both our buildings and the transportation sector and will continue to be a growth area in the future. Learn how electrification is improving the energy performance of buildings as well as how transportation electrification is shaping the way that the world moves and fuels up. This seminar will cover current and emerging trends, specific projects in Austin and how we can prepare for its future expansion.

Speakers:

  • Alexi Miller, Associate Technical Director, New Buildings Institute (NBI)
  • Scott Hinson, Chief Technology Officer, Pecan Street
  • Caitlin Bullock, Contractor, Austin Energy
  • Nathan Richardson, Contractor, Austin Energy

May 11, 2021 — Healthy Indoor Environment Strategies Webinar

As the community considers expanding its return to buildings, this seminar will discuss strategies to maximize safety, health and wellbeing in shared indoor environments. Our panel will help make sense of some of the seemingly ‘miracle’ solutions now marketed to building designers, maintenance staff and homeowners, while empowering attendees to make well-informed decisions and avoid scams.

Speakers:

  • Adele Houghton, President, Biositu
  • Marwa Zaatari, Partner, D ZINE Partners
  • Tristan Roberts, Director Technical and Educational Programs, Health Product Declaration Collaborative

April 13, 2021 — Indoor Air Quality and Health Webinar

How healthy is the air inside our buildings? The recent pandemic has focused public attention on indoor air quality (IAQ), ventilation and human health while using buildings.

Attendees at this seminar will learn about the variety of ways to achieve good indoor air quality in buildings and why that is important for human health. We will also discuss the role of ventilation and air handling equipment in IAQ, using timely examples from those who are preparing buildings for re-entry.

Speakers:

  • Megan McNulty, Project Engineer, Servidyne
  • Randy Schrecengost, Senior Project Manager, Stanley
  • Vivek Abichandani, Vice President of Facilities, Energy, and Sustainability, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

March 23, 2021 — Sustainability at the Airport Webinar

Over its 21-year operation, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) has grown substantially. The number of passengers has tripled during that time, with significant further growth expected over the next 20 years. As part of this growth and expansion, AUS has prioritized sustainability, incorporating it into capital and operations improvements, and reducing the carbon footprint of the facility.

This seminar will include speakers instrumental in the planning, design and installations at the airport and will include on-the-ground footage of the buildings and systems that make the airport sustainable.

Speakers:

  • David Lynch, AIA, RID, LEED AP, Principal, Gensler
  • Vineta Clegg, RIAI, Senior Associate, Gensler
  • Ellen Brunjes-Brandt, Project Manager, Planning and Development, AUS
  • Tim Harvey, Manager, Austin Energy Customer Renewable Solutions
  • Cameron Freberg, Utility Strategist, Austin Energy Electric Vehicles and Emerging Technologies
  • Kane Carpenter, Environmental Manager, City of Austin Department of Aviation

March 9, 2021 — Engaging Community for Equitable Development Webinar

Intentional community engagement during project development assists in ensuring and maintaining equity, creating sustainable places for all. Incorporating a wider share of community voice and building allies via community engagement can help achieve more equitable outcomes.

Through real-world success stories, this seminar will provide ways to effectively engage diverse community members, bringing about positive momentum and impactful solutions while advancing equity measures during the development process.

Speakers:

  • Dr. Kazique Prince, Interim Executive Director, Central Texas Collective for Racial Equity (CTCRE)
  • Monica Guzmán, Policy Director, GAVA (GO! Austin/VAMOS! Austin)
  • Jay Hailey, Founding Director and Treasurer, Equidad ATX 
  • Dr. Laura Cortez, CEO & Founder, Cortez Consulting 
  • Sean Garretson, President, Pegasus Planning and Development & Board President, Chestnut Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation
  • Shoshana Krieger, Project Director, Building and Strengthening Tenant Action (BASTA)
  • Mandy Lee, Program Manager, NAACP, Centering Equity in the Sustainable Building Sector (CESBS)
  • Nelson Linder, President, NAACP, Austin Chapter 


January 12, 2021 — Infrastructure and Public Health Webinar

In recent months, the pandemic has renewed the emphasis on public infrastructure and community-generated ideas that help improve health and safety. Businesses, organizations, and cities are responding with new initiatives and projects.

Join us to hear more about the improvements in city infrastructure and community programs that focus on supporting the well-being of those affected most by the pandemic. Speakers will also discuss the City’s efforts to optimize healthy and sustainable transportation to ensure safety and wellness post-pandemic, including Proposition B and Healthy Streets.

Speakers:

  • Laura Dierenfield, Active Transportation Program Manager, Austin Transportation Department
  • Anna Martin, Assistant Director, Austin Transportation Department
  • Kyandra Noble, Founder, Austin Free Fridge Project

December 8, 2020: Building Materials: Health, Equity and Environment Webinar

Three local industry experts will interview three guests they have invited for insights into their experiences transforming the field of building materials. The discussion will contextualize local goals around ingredient transparency, carbon and equity. The information will equip listeners with the latest information and inspire attendees to ask the right questions about the materials they are specifying and using. This event offers an opportunity to discover more about this dynamic field through a series of conversations. The webinar will conclude with time for audience questions.

Conversations:

Material Ingredient Transparency

  • Gail Vittori, Co-Director, Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems
  • Robin Guenther, Principal, Health at Perkins&Will

Low-carbon Structural Materials

  • Dirk Kestner, Principal Director of Sustainable Design, Walter P Moore
  • Kate Simonen, executive director, Carbon Leadership Forum and Chair of the Department of Architecture, University of Washington

An Equity Lens on Building Materials

  • Phoebe Romero, Environmental Program Coordinator, Office of Sustainability, City of Austin
  • Yure Suarez, Sustainable Building Advisor, Perkins&Willl

October 13, 2020: Permitting and Development Center Virtual Tour

Join us for a virtual tour of the City of Austin's Permitting and Development Center, which recently relocated to a new building in the Highland redevelopment. The Center's new home is situated in the heart of a walkable, transit-friendly mixed-use neighborhood that has emerged from the site of the former Highland Mall.

Speakers:

  • Rodney Gonzales, Assistant City Manager, City of Austin
  • Matt Whelan, Principal, RedLeaf Properties
  • Denise Lucas, Director Development Services, City of Austin
  • Andy Moore, P3 Program Manager, City of Austin
  • Sandrine Hitchcock, Associate, Gensler
  • Eric Lohan, Director of Technology, Sustainable Water
  • Dirk Kestner, Principal Director of Sustainable Design, Walter P Moore

September 27, 2020: Cool House Tour 2020: An Interactive Virtual Experience

The 24th Annual Cool House Tour is a collaboration between Austin Energy Green Building and the Texas Solar Energy Society (TXSES). This year’s first-ever virtual tour features an urban accessory dwelling, a rural homestead, and an affordable multifamily community.


August 18, 2020: Green by Design Session III Webinar

Green By Design is now online! Learn how to build, remodel or buy a green home to improve energy and water efficiency, increase comfort and reduce maintenance. Austin Energy Green Building team members will provide insight and experience on sustainable building practices including guidance on selecting materials with health in mind. The workshop provides a choice of topics based on your green building needs. Course materials provided.

  • Thursday, August 4, 2020: Session I — Green Planning and Design
  • Thursday, August 11, 2020: Session II — Green Materials and Landscaping
  • Thursday, August 18, 2020: Session III — Green Home Systems

August 11, 2020: Transportation Webinar

A range of forward-looking transportation planning initiatives are underway in the Austin area. With a focus on equity, organizations like Capital Metro, Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) and the City of Austin are working to serve the city's diverse population-improving mobility, infrastructure and air quality, while decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. Attend this webinar to learn how initiatives like the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan (ASMP) and Project Connect aim to help achieve these goals.

Speakers:

  • Doise Miers, Community Outreach Manager, CAMPO
  • Daniel Brooks, Transportation Planner III, City of Austin
  • Randy Clarke, President & CEO, Capital Metro

August 11, 2020: Green by Design Session II Webinar

Green By Design is now online! Learn how to build, remodel or buy a green home to improve energy and water efficiency, increase comfort and reduce maintenance. Austin Energy Green Building team members will provide insight and experience on sustainable building practices including guidance on selecting materials with health in mind. The workshop provides a choice of topics based on your green building needs. Course materials provided.

  • Thursday, August 4, 2020: Session I — Green Planning and Design
  • Thursday, August 11, 2020: Session II — Green Materials and Landscaping
  • Thursday, August 18, 2020: Session III — Green Home Systems

August 4, 2020: Green by Design Session I Webinar

Green By Design is now online! Learn how to build, remodel or buy a green home to improve energy and water efficiency, increase comfort and reduce maintenance. Austin Energy Green Building team members will provide insight and experience on sustainable building practices including guidance on selecting materials with health in mind. The workshop provides a choice of topics based on your green building needs. Course materials provided.

  • Thursday, August 4, 2020: Session I — Green Planning and Design
  • Thursday, August 11, 2020: Session II — Green Materials and Landscaping
  • Thursday, August 18, 2020: Session III — Green Home Systems

July 14, 2020: Emerging Technologies Webinar

Technology is rapidly changing in the energy industry. One of the largest catalysts of that change is transportation. Learn how transportation electrification is shaping the way that the world moves and fuels up. This seminar will cover current and emerging technologies in transportation electrification, specific projects in Austin, and how we can prepare for this shift to continue in the future.

Speakers:

  • Cameron Freberg, Utility Strategist, Austin Energy
  • Zach Baumer, Climate Protection Manager, City of Austin

June 10, 2020: Wood Innovations Webinar

Wood is one of the oldest building materials. For hundreds of years, the harvesting, supply and trading of wood has created industry and economic opportunity. Throughout history, the sustainability of the wood supply has also presented challenges. This seminar will examine the evolution of sustainable harvesting, forest management and the legal supply of wood to building construction. The session will also explore the newest in engineered wood building products.

Speakers:

  • Todd Wascher, AIA, Associate Partner, Lake Flato
  • Sherry Mundell, P.E., Regional Director Project Support Field Division, WoodWorks – Wood Products Council
  • Jason Grant, Manager – Corporate Engagement, Forests – World Wildlife Fund

May 12, 2020: Regional Resiliency Webinar

Texas communities are looking at comprehensive and holistic resiliency plans to lessen impacts and reduce recovery time from shocks and stressors. This seminar will identify major risks and review plans towards preparedness. Speakers will discuss planning efforts for resilient frameworks, networks, hubs and research. Details about Texas Metro Observatory and Planet Texas 2050 - Bridging Barriers research will be also be presented.

Speakers:

  • Steven Richter, Graduate Research Assistant, University of Texas School of Architecture
  • Juliana M. Felkner, Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Austin, School of Architecture
  • Marc Coudert, Environmental Program Manager, Office of Sustainability, City of Austin

April 14, 2020: Grid Connections Webinar

Looking at the City of Austin’s net zero carbon goals, there is an opportunity for buildings to better integrate and communicate with the electric grid. From storage to demand response and smart inverters, this seminar will provide an overview of the current research and opportunities for grid friendly building practices. Speakers will cover lessons learned from Austin Energy’s SHINE’s grant work and explore the GridOptimal Buildings Initiative that will develop metrics by which building features and operating characteristics that support more effective grid operation can be measured and quantified.

Speakers:

  • Kurt Stogdill, Green Building and Sustainability Manager, Austin Energy
  • Alexi Miller, Senior Project Manager, New Buildings Institute
  • Scott Hinson, Chief Technical Officer, Pecan Street, Inc.

March 10, 2020: Building Industry Equity

Attend a screening of Building the American Dream, a documentary telling the story of inspirational leadership, committed collective action, and empowerment as it bears witness to a growing determination to uplift an invaluable community – the people who are literally building America brick by brick. Q&A with director Chelsea Hernandez and other panelists to follow the screening.

Speakers:

  • Chelsea Hernandez, Film Director/Producer, Panda Bear Films
  • Ana Gonzalez, Better Builder and Policy Director, Worker’s Defense Project
  • Amanda Jasso, Program Manager, Office of Equity

February 11, 2020: Talk the Walk

Green building and sustainability extend well beyond design and construction. Sharing information about the benefits of green building supports ongoing work and engages the broader community.

Speakers will explore evolving communication strategies and guide an activity for participants to test approaches and brainstorm solutions.

Speakers:

  • Corey Squire, AIA, Director of Sustainable Architecture, Positive Energy
  • Vijaya Yellamraju, Vice President, Certification, GBCI

January 14, 2020: Austin Central Library Tour

This seminar will highlight books on sustainability topics and feature a tour of the LEED Platinum-certified Austin Central Public Library, showcasing high-performance building features.

Speakers:

  • Conn Frazer, Green Building & Sustainability Consultant, Austin Energy Green Building
  • Mary Petrovich, Project Coordinator, Austin Energy Green Building
  • Lee Butler, Building Services Manager, Austin Central Library

December 10, 2019: Fire and Flood Resilience

As our global and local climate changes, City of Austin teams collaborate on initiatives to increase resiliency. Three city officials will share new information on wildfires and floods as related to planning, buildings and infrastructure.

Speakers will provide updates on the Climate Resilience Activities timeline, new Wildland Urban Interface rules and flood risk based on the National Weather Service historic rainfall study — Atlas 14.

Speakers:

  • Marc Coudert, Environmental Conservation Program Manager, Office of Sustainability
  • Mark Baker, Wildland Urban Interface Coordinator, Austin Fire Department
  • Kevin Shunk, Managing Engineer, Watershed Protection

December 3, 2019: Green MLS: The Key to Unlocking the Green Home Market

This course developed by Austin Energy Green Building provides an overview of the Green MLS and green building in Central Texas. Participants will learn how to recognize, document, and market green home features, including energy-, resource- and water-efficient systems and appliances along with healthy home components.

Speaker:

  • Marc Richmond, MBA, MAPP, BPIBAMF, GPR, LEED-AP, REALTOR®, GRI, GREEN, RENE, Texas Green Realty

November 5, 2019: Rethink Restroom Design

While restrooms are a ubiquitous part of our lives, they often evade constructive discussion and critical analysis from a design perspective. Designers now have a strategic and timely opportunity to rethink restroom design to better serve all restroom users.

Speakers:

  • Sarah Talkington, Manager of the Austin Energy Green Building commercial team
  • Katherine Jashinski, an Austin Water engineer and an expert on decentralized and onsite reuse systems
  • Joel Sanders, FAIA, the Founding Member of Stalled!
  • Shelby Blessing , Architect at Page in Austin, TX
  • Tamara Goheen, Community Services Coordinator with the Austin Public Library

October 15, 2019: Construction Waste Recycling Tours

Join us on a tour of 3B Automated Recycling at RECON Services. See the first robotic-sorting recycling system in the United States. Learn more about advancements in Construction and Demolition waste recycling that make sorting safer, easier and more accurate.

Speakers will provide an industry overview with diversion rate details, sorting line specifics and Qualified Processor certification information. 

Speakers:

  • Ross Biel, Consultant and Vice President, RECON Services
  • Walter Biel, Consultant and CEO, RECON Services

August 13, 2019: Gentrification and Equity Austin

Sustainable development improves livability and viability within communities at every scale, for everyone. This seminar focuses on current planning, development and housing initiatives that help create an equitable and sustainable future for our entire city. Speakers will explore where residential displacement is occurring, who is at risk and the potential impacts on health outcomes and social support structures. 

Speakers:

  • Brion Oaks, Chief Equity Officer, City of Austin
  • Beau Frail, Principal Architect, Activate Architecture
  • Marla Torrado, Planning Director, Austin Community Design & Development Center
  • Jonathan Tomko, Principal Planner - Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Department, City of Austin

August 2019: Green By Design (Multiple Workshops)

Learn how to build, remodel or buy green homes that improve energy and water efficiency, increase comfort, and reduce maintenance. The workshop is designed to provide a choice of topics based on your green building needs.

Sessions are paired with Austin Energy Green Building team members who are available to provide insight and experience on sustainable building practices. 

  • Thursday, August 1, 2019: Session I — Green Planning and Design
  • Thursday, August 8, 2019: Session II — Green Materials, Products, and Landscaping
  • Thursday, August 15, 2019: Session III — Green Home Systems

 

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