How do LEED™-Living Buildings-Net Zero Energy-AIA 2030 Challenge strategies compare and complement? | U.S. Green Building Council
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How do LEED™-Living Buildings-Net Zero Energy-AIA 2030 Challenge strategies compare and complement?

GBCI: 0910000129

Session at DesignColumbus 2014.
Eligible for 1 CE HOUR.
  • 1 CE




The design and construction world is moving into sustainable strategies and making choices based on desired environmental benefits, but what are the formal programs available? We hear lots of talk in publications and promotional information about programs such as Living Buildings, Net Zero Energy and Architecture 2030 in addition to the ongoing development of the LEED rating systems. So how do you choose one, or is it even necessary to choose just one? Can they work together? Do they make others easier to pursue?

The program will briefly review each of these proven sustainable programs and describe how each began, who participates, and how they impact design and construction projects.Our panel will discuss specific commercial project examples including LEED 2009 with different environmental priorities, a local Net-Zero Energy project, as well as the framework and goals for a Living Building certification and the AIA 2030 professional development series and the impact on local project development. In addition our panelists will discuss the synergies between and among the programs, how they could be implemented together, and conflicts to watch out for. Project owners, design teams, and product and equipment suppliers will gain a better understanding of “how” and “why” for each of the pathways and hopefully look for ways to include them in projects going forward.


  1. What are the formal programs available to achieve and document desired environmental benefits?
  2. How do you choose the right program for your project?
  3. How do LEED and the various programs work together?
  4. Why choose specific programs, and is choosing just one necessary?
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Columbus, OH
United States


Allen Schaffer

Director of Sustainable Design Moody Nolan, Inc.