Green Globes Dallas Workshop

Join GBI for our first Green Globes Workshop and Networking Reception of 2022 on April 6 in Dallas, TX.

GBI's Green Globes Workshop series allows the GBI community to come together in person to share innovative ideas and resources so that we may collectively reduce climate impacts by improving the built environment.


Workshop (1:30 – 4:30 PM)
W Dallas – Victory
2440 Victory Park Ln, 
Dallas, TX 75219

Networking Reception (4:30 – 6:30 PM)
Hero Dallas
3090 Olive St. Suite B110
Dallas, TX 75219

Thank you to our sponsors!

e2s building performance
Nametag Sponsor

Kao Corporation
Coffee Break Sponsor

Multigreen Properties
Program Sponsor

Dallas 2030 District
Program Sponsor

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Workshop Agenda

1:30 PM   Welcome / GBI Introduction

Megan Baker, Senior Director, Engagement, Green Building Initiative

1:35 PM   Dallas 2030 District: Creating a high-performance, low emissions building District in Dallas; working to make the city more sustainable

Salima Moolji, Executive Director, Dallas 2030 District
Tim Thiel, Sustainability & Public Affairs North America, Covestro
Jacob R. Steiner, Managing Director, Smart Energy 360 
Gerald J. Kettler, Managing Principal, President, CEO, The Centre for Building Performance
Susan Alvarez, Assistant Director, Office of Environmental Quality & Sustainability City of Dallas

Join the Dallas 2030 District for a discussion on our past and future efforts toward getting one step closer to our 2030 goals. Hear from our Executive Director and current members on our journey since 2015 and learn about what we’re planning for 2022 and beyond. See how you can join us to make Dallas a more sustainable place to live, work and play.

2:15 PM   The Energy Penalty of Safer Indoor Air: How HVAC Systems Can Improve Indoor Air Quality Efficiently

Erik Malmstrom, CEO, SafeTraces
Simon Turner, Founder, Building Cognition

The global pandemic has thrust the HVAC discipline of mechanical engineering into upheaval. In 2019, HVAC professionals in commercial, institutional, and public buildings were focused mainly on delivering comfortable temperatures and system performance in a cost-effective, energy-efficient way. That changed in 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the importance of indoor air quality (IAQ). 

Ventilation is top of mind, and the guidance of public health officials and academics is taken seriously by engineers. However, in the summer of 2021, another big topic appeared increasingly in the news: disasters from human-caused climate change. Engineers, traditionally laser-focused on reducing energy consumption, are now tasked with making the air in buildings safer while achieving sustainability goals like energy efficiency and reduced carbon emissions. 

This is usually framed as a conundrum resulting from a direct trade-off: improved air quality equals increased energy consumption. For certain changes to specific HVAC system components, this is inarguably true. However, we argue that the overall “energy penalty” for making IAQ improvements in practical systems is generally overstated. 

This session will discuss practical strategies for reducing the energy penalty of safer air in order to mitigate the tension between indoor air quality and sustainability. The session will draw heavily on SafeTraces field data testing of HVAC systems and strategies, as well as an article co-authored by one of the presenters in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers titled, "The Energy Penalty of Safer Indoor Air":
2:45 PM   Improving the Sustainability & Longevity of Asphalt Paving 

Tejash Gandhi, Business Development Manager, Kao Chemicals

This session introduces and describes new sustainable innovations in the asphalt paving industry, developed by Kao and designed to construct long-lasting roads and parking lots with minimal environmental impact. Attendees will learn how Kao is promoting sustainability in asphalt paving and how these technologies can be applied to pavement surfaces and material reuse criteria evaluated within Green Globes certification system. 
3:00 PM   Break
3:05 PM   Ensuring Building Performance through Expert Lifecycle Solutions

Kathy Loftus, Vice President, Business Operations, BSME, e2s building performance

Buildings must be comfortable and safe for occupant health and productivity, but they do not have to be significant contributors to climate change through direct emissions and embodied carbon. This session will provide best practices for reducing environmental impacts while increasing benefits from buildings. We will review how to:
  • translate thermal and humidity comfort goals
  • integrate green building and resilience and
  • ensure strategic operations and maintenance, as well as data analysis and reporting, for best-in-class building performance
Engineering peer review, independent commissioning and test and balance services result in identifying potential operational deficiencies, early warranty failures, and long lingering additional energy and maintenance costs. The session will also provide guidance for maximizing advances in technology so that equipment only 4-5 years old can benefit from energy upgrades. Attendees will also learn how continuous monitoring, re-commissioning and strategic planning for equipment renewals and decarbonization/net zero opportunities keeps equipment operating efficiently and sustainably across building portfolios.
3:30 PM   What's Next for Building Performance Standards? 

Colin Curzi, Senior Manager, Business Engagement, Institute for Market Transformation (IMT)

On January 21, President Biden announced a National Building Performance Standards (BPS) Coalition of more than 30 cities and jurisdictions. What does that mean for implementation on the ground? Learn from the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) how cities with existing Building Performance Standards are reaching out to industry and to community-based organizations to help act on these policies, and how cities that have not yet adopted BPS policies are approaching stakeholder engagement and policy design.
4:00 PM   Green Globes Multifamily: Promoting & Evaluating Sustainability for Fannie Mae Financing 

Kevin Bennett, Bennett Construction Consulting, LLC

Green Globes Multifamily for New Construction (NC) provides a certification option that meets the needs of owners and project teams with multifamily projects pursuing financial incentive. Learn how the Geneva @ Pacific apartment complex earned a Two Green Globes rating and qualified for the Fannie Mae Green Mortgage Loan Program. Hear from the Green Globes Professional (GGP) who took the project through Green Globes certification and understand the decision-making process, the key sustainability initiatives, and how the Green Globes assessment process is ideal for multifamily projects pursuing financial incentive(s).

4:20 PM   Closing Remarks 

Vicki Worden, President & CEO, Green Building Initiative