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Decarbonization Toolbox – “What’s in your toolbox?”

July 12, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm PDT



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Decarbonization Toolbox – “What’s in your toolbox?”

This is a virtual event. Zoom log-in information will be emailed to registrants 24 hours in advance from events@aialosangeles.org. If you do not receive a confirmation 24 hours prior to the event, please email events@aialosangeles.org.

AIALA Committee: Practice and COTE

Event Sponsored by: RELM

CES Units: 1.5 LU/HSW

Architects, Interior Designers, Structural Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, and Landscape Architects can have positive impacts on the climate change through their work – collaboration on energy efficiency, landscape design, material selection, and a host of other strategies to support high-performing designs. By teaming up BIM Managers and technology specialists, we will explore how decarbonization tools support these efforts. During this session, our experts will present about technology they’re interested in or are using, as it relates to sustainability, and discuss the next steps to ensuring these technologies are more universally applied across our work.


Ben Regnier – Design Technology Lead, Gensler
Ben Regnier is an architect with experience and knowledge in implementing advanced technology in architectural design, from building information modeling (BIM) and integrated project delivery to computational design, data visualization, and digital fabrication. In addition to his roles as a Design Technology leader, Ben has design experience in commercial office, aviation, educational, and civic projects.


Dan Stine, AIA, IES, CSI, CDT – Director of Design Technology, Lake|Flato
Dan is the Director of Design Technology at Lake|Flato in San Antonio, Texas, He is a co-author of the forthcoming AIA Climate Action Business Playbook, and is on the national AIA COTE subcommittee on Climate Action and Climate Justice. Stine is the Chair of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) BIM Standards committee and teaching professional lighting design for ElumTools. Dan also teaches graduate architecture students at NDSU and has authored 15 textbooks used across North America, including the #1 Revit book.


Thesla Collier – Studio Design Technology Manager, Gensler’s Los Angeles Office
CSI CDT Certified
Bachelor in Architecture UNAH/Master in Interior Design UCLA-Cal-Poly Pomona
20+ years in the AEC Industry with experience in Healthcare, Aviation, Transit, Mixed-Used, Corporate/Commercial, and Education facilities.


Pamela Conrad – Principal, CMG Landscape Architecture & Founder, Climate Positive Design
Pamela Conrad, ASLA, LEED AP, PLA is a Principal at CMG Landscape Architecture and Founder of Climate Positive Design. Conrad focuses on climate mitigation and resilient design in the public realm. Her work is informed by a background in Plant Science and a passion for the environment rooted in growing up on a farm. She is an ASLA Climate Action Committee member, 2018-2019 LAF Fellow for Innovation and Leadership and recipient of the 2019 NCRE Women of Influence Award. She has published numerous works and presented internationally for developing the landscape carbon calculator Pathfinder app and Climate Positive Design Challenge.


Rachelle Habchi – Project Engineer, Glotman Simpson Structural Engineers
Rachelle is a project engineer at Glotman Simpson Structural Engineers and a licensed civil engineer with 5 years of structural engineering experience in the Southern California area. She’s had the opportunity to work on a variety of structures, including K-12, higher education, multi-family residential, mixed used development and high-rise construction. Throughout her design experience, the use and implementation of sustainable materials has excitingly become an increasingly important aspect of consideration. Her work on 843 N Spring Street, one of the first mass timber buildings in Los Angeles and Park Habitat, a sustainability-focused concrete tower in San Jose have highlighted the importance of minimizing embodied carbon and the strategic role structural engineers play in realizing our collective net-zero objectives.


Martin Howell – Associate Principal, Arup
Martin Howell is an Associate Principal in Arup’s Los Angeles office with over 30 years of experience, working and consulting on projects around the globe. For the past 20 years, he has been based in Los Angeles and working with clients in Southern California on a range of energy and sustainability projects and programs for both public and private sector clients. His clients value his broad knowledge base in the field of energy and sustainability, and his drive to find simple solutions to complex issues. Some of Martin’s key projects include leading a multi-user microgrid project with the City of Santa Monica and helping develop and implement an Energy Assurance program with the County of Santa Barbara. Within the firm, Martin is Global Energy Skills Leader and responsible for ensuring Arup’s energy sector skills remain at the cutting edge of the industry and that global best practice knowledge is shared and disseminated throughout the firm.

Learning Objectives:
+ Participants will learn about the impacts of the built environment generating nearly 50% of annual global CO2 emissions.
+ Participants will learn how to create a partnership with the BIM managers and learn how each discipline can work together to reduce the carbon emissions of the project.
+ Participants will be able to understand what each tool offers for the different stages in constructions and operations, and an overall impact on the built environment.
+ Participants will learn how to set themselves and their firm apart from the competitors by exploring and understanding the relatively new building tools.

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July 12, 2022
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm PDT
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AIA|LA Professional Practice Committee
AIA|LA Commitee On The Environment (COTE)