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.

The AIA/ACSA 2020 Intersections Research Conference was dedicated to the INTERSECTION of Education, Research and Practice, the conference sought to strengthen the INTERSECTION between academia and design practice, especially when it comes to research and innovation, focused on climate action and carbon management strategies. The virtual conference raised awareness of research happening in both academia and design practice and created opportunities for new partnerships, sources of funding, and collaborations. The conference took place live online September 30-October 2, 2020.

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 $40  non-member
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1.50 LUs
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  • Joseph DiIenno Headshot

    Joseph Dilenno


    Associate Principal, Senior Mechanical Engineer | Interface Engineering

    With over ten years of professional experience, Joseph brings extensive sustainable design...
  • Douglas C. Gensler headshot

    Douglas C. Gensler


    Managing Director, Principal | Gensler

    As Co-Managing Director for Gensler Boston, Doug provides leadership and strategic direction on...
  • Holly Lennihan

    Holly Lennihan


    Director of Sustainable Design | Hickok Cole Architects

    Holly serves as Director of Sustainable Design for Hickok Cole Architects' high-performance...
  • Ryan Lobello headshot

    Ryan Lobello


    Senior Associate | Handel Architects

    Ryan Lobello is a Senior Associate at Handel Architects, which he joined in 2012. His work has...
  • Nadav Malin Headshot

    Nadav Malin

    Hon. AIA, LEED Fellow

    President | BuildingGreen

    Nadav Malin is a passionate facilitator, leading workshops and retreats to help organizations of...