Energy Modeling and High-Performance Design

2020 AIA/ACSA Intersections Research Conference: CARBON


Hear from three firms who have leveraged energy modeling and high-performance design to produce some of the most innovative projects in the US today. - Ryan Lobello presents Handel Architects’ Passive House Tower for Cornell Tech on Roosevelt Island as well as Sendero Verde, Handel Architects’ new 698-unit residential mixed-use project in New York City, including affordable housing and community spaces. - Holly Lennihan presents the American Geophysical Union’s headquarters in DC and the challenges it faced as a retrofit in an historic neighborhood as well as a key partnership with Interface Engineering. - Doug Gensler presents PNC Tower and how a long-standing relationship with their client led to the innovative double-skinned Tower at PNC Plaza in Pittsburgh.

Learning objectives

  • Explore cutting-edge buildings and how energy modeling helped these projects become the new standards in sustainable design.
  • Understand how high-performance design can be integrated into your projects today.
  • Gain knowledge from sustainable design leaders on how they incorporate high-performance design and energy modeling into their projects to create award-winning work.
  • Learn how the top sustainable architecture firms design and build the latest carbon-neutral buildings.


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    Ryan Lobello


    Senior Associate | Handel Architects

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    Nadav Malin

    Hon. AIA, LEED Fellow

    President | BuildingGreen

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