Some of the best firms in the Bay Area will share their top three systems, strategies or tools that help get to Net Positive.
Claire Bonham-Carter, AECOM
Claire Bonham-Carter is a Principal and Director of Sustainable Development for AECOM. She has over 15 years experience working on climate change planning and sustainability strategy projects for a range of public and private sector clients. Her experience spans policy planning for municipalities, as well as sustainability frameworks and feasibility studies for new and existing mixed use communities to minimize impact from an environmental, social and economic perspective. She has worked on climate mitigation and adaptation plans for a number of US cities and transportation agencies including the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Seattle, Baltimore and New York, and sustainability design guidelines for plans ranging in scale from downtown areas in San Francisco, New Orleans and Sao Paulo, to large new communities in Mexico and China. Claire initiated and manages AECOM partnership with the CDP Global Cities Program, producing their reports annually. Claire served on SPUR’s climate adaptation taskforce and was a member of the City and County of San Francisco’s Renewable Energy Taskforce (which advised the City on developing a route map for zero carbon electricity by 2020).
David Kaneda, Integral Group, P.E., AIA, LEED AP BD + C
David is a licensed architect and a professional electrical engineer. He is a nationally recognized expert in green buildings with a specialty in sustainable electrical, lighting and daylighting systems. His elegant, cutting edge designs have helped to set the bar for many of today’s most energy efficient, resource efficient, integrated green buildings. His ability to use his architectural training to fully integrate electrical systems into a project helped to launch a new generation of deep green buildings. His projects include recognition for dozens of sustainability certifications and awards including LEED Platinum Certifications and AIA Committee on the Environment Top 10 Awards. He has completed several buildings designed to be Net Zero Electric Energy and Net Zero Energy / Net Zero Carbon and has many more in design. David’s thinking and work has helped shape the discussion and standards for designing deep green and net zero energy buildings. His San Jose office: the IDeAs Z2 Design Facility - a “proof of concept” net zero energy / zero carbon building completed in 2007 - was the first Net Zero Energy (NZE) commercial office building in the United States.
Joe Wenisch, Integral Group
Joe has over 15 years of energy efficiency and renewable energy engineering experience to the Integral team. He has managed 5 LEED Platinum projects while at Integral Group including the Exploratorium, a 200,000 SF net zero energy children’s science museum on the San Francisco waterfront. He has a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and a M.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the Building Systems Program at the University of Colorado Boulder. He has held full-time positions at the National Renewable Energy Lab and at GE Wind Energy, and spent ten months teaching renewable energy and energy efficiency subjects as a visiting instructor in Nepal.
John Leys, Sherwood Design Engineers, LEED AP, Principal
John serves as Principal at Sherwood Design Engineers where he directly oversees and manages a number of Sherwood’s high profile local, national and international projects. For over five years Mr. Leys has worked within the Presidio National Park in San Francisco, CA. The 1,480-acres park includes over 500 historic buildings, a national cemetery, a saltwater marsh, beaches, unique native plant habitats and coastal bluffs. Mr. Leys led civil engineering along miles of the Presidio’s historic corridor resulting in the expansion and renovation of many facilities and roadways, improving pedestrian and bicycle access to this formerly automobile centric army base.
Marco Alves, PAE, Senior Associate, LEED AP
Marco has more than 10 years experience in mechanical systems design and project management. Marco is adept at coordinating with clients and quality control reviews. A LEED Accredited Professional, Marco has been involved in the design of numerous energy efficient and LEED rated projects. His sustainable design experience includes horizontal and vertical geothermal fields, dedicated heat recovery chillers, enthalpy recovery devices, dedicated outside air systems, and solar thermal arrays for pools and space heating. He has provided expertise for a wide range of project types including hospital, commercial, educational, and government facilities.