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Webinar: Fact or Fiction - LEED Buildings Come at a Premium Price?

  • Tuesday, January 17, 2023
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Virtual


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WEBINAR: Fact or Fiction - LEED Buildings Come at a Premium Price?

Tuesday, January 17th, 2023

Virtual Session
12:00 - 1:00 PM 

About the Presentation:

Are LEED projects just more expensive or do they deliver an ROI?

In this webinar, we’ll review the results of Autocase’s economic analysis on sustainable building designs.

In 2021, the City of San Antonio began reviewing multiple green building guidelines that align with its climate goals. Many internal discussions revolved around which guidelines and certifications led to better performing buildings and long-term cost savings.

To resolve the debate, the Office of Sustainability and Public Works commissioned Autocase to conduct a cost-benefit analysis comparing multiple building rating systems: Build San Antonio Green (local standard), LEED Silver, and LEED Gold. The results of the analysis will inform the City on how to develop a new sustainability criteria for 2022 bond projects.

Throughout the webinar, you’ll be able to preview:

  • Model assumptions
  • Model inputs and costing data
  • Energy consumption comparisons
  • Preliminary Triple Bottom Line results

To access the final results when they’re published, you can email sustainability@sanantonio.gov, follow us on social media or LinkedIn, or sign up for updates from the Office of Sustainability here.  

About the Speakers:

Julia Murphy AICP, LEED AP
Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer

Julia Murphy is the City of San Antonio Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer. She is working on the City’s first climate action and adaptation plan, focusing on energy efficiency, modern transportation, green infrastructure, and air quality. Signature projects include implementing the Mayor’s Youth Engagement Council for Climate Initiatives, establishing the EVSA Electric Vehicles San Antonio program, land conservation over the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone, implementing the first modern bike share network in Texas, and establishing the Hardberger Park Conservancy. In addition, Julia teaches courses in Urban & Regional Planning at the University of Texas at San Antonio in the College of Engineering and Integrated Design. 

Golda Obinzu MBA, PE, CEM, LEED AP BD +C, Energy Management Manager

Golda Obinzu is currently the Energy Manager for the City of San Antonio where she is responsible for the energy reduction and conservation of all City-owned assets. She helps create policies, performs energy and engineering analyses, makes recommendations, and implements energy reduction projects. Prior to the City of San Antonio, Golda was the Energy Manager for Bexar County where she helped saved over $2.0 million dollars in utility expenses and obtained $1.2M in utility rebates.  Golda also worked for Johnson Controls, Inc. as an Energy Engineer where she was responsible for the development of over $25 million dollars in Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPC) within the education, local, state and federal government sectors throughout the state of Texas.

Riley McKillopEconomist and Account Manager

Riley is a Senior Economist at Autocase who supports research and economic modelling used in both software and consulting projects. His experience includes conducting cost benefit and triple bottom line analysis on municipal and state level climate action plans, carbon neutral buildings policy, campus development master plans, and green stormwater infrastructure projects. He has a passion for financial economics and investment analysis pertaining to sustainable infrastructure. 


Eric BillChief Economist

Eric Bill is the Chief Economist at Autocase and leads the research and economics advisory teams. Eric has extensive experience leveraging economic concepts and data analytics to incorporate sustainability, decarbonization, resilience, and social outcomes into decision making for capital projects, programs, and policies across all infrastructure and real estate sectors. He has been involved in hundreds of projects supporting all levels of governments across North America, as well as corporations, investors, NGO’s and non-profits. Additionally, Eric has in-depth work experience in conducting cost-benefit analysis and life-cycle cost analysis, regulatory economic analysis, financial analysis, and cost-risk analysis. 

About Autocase:

Autocase is a Cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS) company that is pioneering Economic Analysis software for buildings. At the intersection of PropTech and ClimateTech, their platform provides predictive analytics for carbon, life-cycle costs, and stakeholder benefits in order to cost-justify greener, healthier buildings and help design teams achieve true sustainability.   Their team of professional economists specializes in quantifying economic impacts in the infrastructure, real estate, public policy, and regulatory worlds.  Their economic analyses help clients prioritize investments, understand risks, develop strategic plans, report Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) metrics, secure funding, communicate with stakeholders, support climate equity, resilience/hazard mitigation, and understand the holistic trade-offs of investments and policies.

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