Seminars: Session Details

Session A3 (HSW)
A Living Building at Georgia Tech
Time & Location 2:15PM - 3:15PM | Room 317A
Jim Nicolow
Lord Aeck Sargent

The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design at Georgia Tech is a partnership between The Kendeda Fund and the Georgia Institute of Technology to build the most environmentally advanced education and research building ever constructed in the Southeast. Pursuing full Living Building Challenge Certification, the team is leveraging the 40,000 SF project to help transform design and construction in hot humid climates and create opportunities for replicability for other building owners, designers and constructors. Currently under construction and scheduled to open in fall of 2019, the project will serve as a "living laboratory" for sustainable design and construction on the campus of one of the nation's leading engineering schools.

This session provides an overview of the design approach employed and the sustainable design strategies incorporated to achieve the 20 Imperatives of the Living Building Challenge, as well as providing a thorough exploration of the challenges and opportunities of achieving net positive energy in a hot humid climate.

Jim Nicolow, FAIA, LEED Fellow, is director of sustainability at Lord Aeck Sargent. A nationally recognized expert on sustainable design, Jim leads the effort to incorporate sustainable design strategies in the firm’s projects. He joined LAS in 1997 and was the first in the firm, and among the first in the country, to become a LEED Accredited Professional. Now a LEED Fellow, Jim has successfully led the LEED certification of more than 50 projects ranging from certified through platinum. He is a frequently published author and presenter, and was named one of Building Design & Construction Magazine’s “40 Under 40.”