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CSI/Building Enclosure Council Seminar Day

05.2014Building, Design, Firm News, Ideas
By Joshua T Lessard, Assoc. AIA, CSI

This past week, Strada Principal Chris Kenney set Philadelphia’s Center for Architecture buzzing with industry experts engaging in a dialogue on Net-Zero and Net-Positive design. The annual CSI/Building Enclosure Council Seminar Day brings together representatives from viewpoints and professions as wide and varied as architects, engineers, scientists, manufacturers, and politicians to discuss many of the pressing issues of our time.

Strada Principal Christopher Kenney introducing speakers

Strada Principal Christopher Kenney introducing speakers

This year, I was honored with the opportunity to participate as both a speaker and panelist, where I introduced the audience to the many definitions of “Net-Zero,” presented anecdotes from my research on the impact of climate change on endemic vernacular architecture, and discussed my passion for implementing LCA to curb carbon emissions.

Throughout the conference, I was delighted with the notable variety of scales and uses of net-zero projects presented. I think the conversation made obvious the burgeoning potential for net-zero buildings in compartmentalized and highly metered typologies, such as residential and biotech, because they already have the infrastructure to control and facilitate net-zero methodologies (in particular, energy). For firms that are already familiar with these project types, it’s an easy way to get ahead of competition since we can readily mobilize and adapt our designs to accommodate net-zero metrics.

I personally subscribe to Bjarke Ingel’s concept of hedonistic sustainability—recognizing that a net-zero trend will only be fully embraced when it facilitates and enhances our lifestyles.  This event was a fantastic occasion for learning and disseminating the exact tools and methods to help use achieve the most rigorous sustainability standards while delighting clients and occupants with beautiful and useful spaces!

Brock Environmental Center by SmithGroupJJR [http://www.smithgroupjjr.com/projects/brock-environmental-center#.U4eFbFhdWgs]

Brock Environmental Center by SmithGroupJJR [http://www.smithgroupjjr.com/projects/brock-environmental-center#.U4eFbFhdWgs]

Joshua T Lessard firmly believes that sleep is over-rated and has come to accept that his appetite for exploration/innovation will never be satiated. When he’s not architecting and exhibit-designing at Strada or sitting on the Associates Committee for AIA PA, he is a weeknight researcher and professor at Drexel University where he plays with bacterial concrete, writes on climate change, and teaches a variety of courses. His weekends are often spent in Lancaster, where he toils on his never-ending documentary, tends a garden that closely resembles Audrey II, works pro-bono helping a women’s clinic in Nepal, and tirelessly produces figures for six engineering books he agreed to illustrate.

Strada Elevates Five Stradistas!

By StreetTalk Editor

The future is bright at Strada. The firm is committed to turning visions to reality and helping to shape new places across the nation.

Transforming Buildings and Spaces for Life Sciences

04.2022Design, Ideas, Places, Stradistas POV
By George Poulin, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Working with researchers to design their facilities is a highly satisfying process. We’ve been fortunate to work within many of Philadelphia’s most iconic buildings to create spaces to foster the next generation of scientific discovery.