Mr. Briones has more than 15 years of experience in the building design and construction industry, working on a variety of public and private project types including educational, industrial, aviation, hospitality, and commercial buildings. He worked on his first building commissioning project in 2001, but it wasn’t until 2002 when he finally became passionate about LEED and green building design principles when he attended the very first Greenbuild conference held in Austin, Texas. That inspiration came as a result of the keynote speech given by Dr. David Suzuki. The very next year his first LEED project also became the first building to be LEED Certified in the State of Florida. In 2004 he was honored as “Employee of the Year” by his firm and was also selected by the Central Florida Chapter of ASHRAE as “Young Engineer of the Year”.
Mr. Briones currently heads up the Sustainable Building Design Group for Atkins operations in North America. This business unit assists building owners, architects, engineers, and contractors in implementing green strategies, and more specifically, the LEED rating system, for new or existing building projects. This group provides services that include LEED administration, energy modeling, and building commissioning. They are also currently involved with developing a corporate sustainability initiative for Atkins.
Before joining Atkins, Mr. Briones was a founding partner of a consulting firm named GreenTime LLC. This firm was one of the first to provide sustainable design consulting services in the State of Florida. He also served as a senior engineer for the Walt Disney World Company in the architecture & facilities engineering group, where he was a leader of the Environmental Circle of Excellence, a voluntary organization that helps address environmental issues in the company.