Prasad Vaidya is the Director at zenerG, consulting on energy efficiency, sustainable design and net-zero-energy solutions. He has over 20 years of experience with sustainable design and has consulted on over 150 building projects, facilitating technical analysis and guiding decision‐making. Between 1998 and 2012, Mr. Vaidya was at a Principal at The Weidt Group. His work encompasses: utility program design and implementation in the USA and in India; energy efficiency financing, energy code and policy development; over 25 LEED certified projects; and development of software tools.
Mr. Vaidya led the development of the Enhanced Tracks for the new construction utility programs in Minnesota, Colorado and Iowa, to provide early energy analysis towards integrated design decision-making; projects in these tracks are achieving significantly higher energy savings than the program average. Between 2001 and 2008, he directed the development and growth of the LEED consulting practice at The Weidt Group. Recently, he led the development of the ECOnirman Whole Building Performance, an online energy simulation tool, for energy code compliance in India; the development of the Tiered Approach to the energy code; the Third Party Assessor framework for its compliance enforcement; and he is currently working on the development of demand side management incentive programs for new construction in the building sector.
Mr. Vaidya has conducted research on green building rating systems, daylighting, energy efficiency, measurement and verification, and integrated design to communicate successes and identify challenges in the process and outcomes. He has also evaluated energy conservation technology implementation, program market penetration, cost-effectiveness and ongoing performance. His work has been published in conference proceedings and journals in the USA and in Europe. Mr. Vaidya is a LEED Fellow, a LEED FacultyTM , ASHRAE Faculty, and is a member of the Technical Resources Group for the Clinton Climate Initiative. He has taught graduate level courses on Sustainable Design and Daylighting Design at the University of Minnesota where he also earned his Master of Architecture degree.
Mr. Vaidya has practiced architecture for seven years on projects in the USA, Korea, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and India. His sustainable architecture work in India includes design as well as construction experience that incorporates passive solar design at building and urban planning scales, the use of low embodied energy materials, appropriate construction technologies, and stabilized soil block and adobe construction.