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Webinar: Roadmap to Decarbonizing Buildings

  • Tuesday, March 07, 2023
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Virtual


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WEBINAR: Roadmap to Decarbonizing Buildings:
Early-Stage Energy Modeling, Solar, & Life Cycle Assessments

Tuesday, March 7th, 2023

Virtual Session
12:00 - 1:00 PM 

About the Presentation:

The pathway to decarbonizing buildings requires early-stage energy modeling, solar, and life cycle assessments.

Laia Gimeno, Energy Modeler at GAIA (and Secretary at USGBC Texas Central Region) and Ryan McEvoy, Principal at GAIA, will be presenting the following subjects:

  • Early design energy efficiency measures through energy modeling
  • Informed design to decrease solar needs
  • Determine solar size requirements
  • How to measure and reduce embodied carbon using Life Cycle Assessments (LCA)
  • Case Studies

This webinar is a part of GAIA’s Roadmap To Decarbonizing Buildings webinar series. The objective is to educate professionals working in design and construction on the different influencing factors to achieve net-zero and carbon neutrality.

About the Speakers:

Laia Gimeno (Linkedin)
Energy Modeler, LEED AP BD+C

Laia brings years of energy engineering including extensive experience with net zero and all electric based systems to UNVC. Her experience involves performing energy modeling simulations for international LEED efforts, BREEAM, and VERDE certification projects.  Having provided in house energy engineering for a large architectural firm prior to joining UNVC, she brings an understanding of the design process and architectural teams challenging constraints to meet performance goals, budget, and critical milestones. Well versed in the architectural design process she understands the value collaboration brings, whether it be simple box modeling, life cycle cost analysis, incentives, or an EUI verification.

She has a passion for utilizing EE as part of the bigger process to reduce emissions, save energy, and develop long lasting high performing buildings. She has provided analysis on 7.5M square feet throughout CA, AZ, TX, and Spain in various climate zones. She provides a diverse understand of various mechanical systems, daylighting, enclosure systems, with a particular emphasis on electrical based systems, renewables, and energy storage. She has extensive experience with Energy Plus, Open Studio, Cove.tool, daylighting simulation, measurement and verification, REM/Rate, eQuest, and more.   [Full Bio]

Ryan McEvoy 
Principal, GAIA

Ryan McEvoy brings over two decades of experience in real estate development, sustainable energy systems, and high-performance buildings. He is responsible for the growth, direction, and diversification of Gaia’s offerings. 

Prior to founding GAIA, Ryan was the Development Project Manager and Sustainability Coordinator for Yorkshire Development, an early adopter of sustainable building practices. Under McEvoy’s management, Yorkshire Development’s Tricom Office Building in Pasadena became the first LEED speculative commercial building in the world, was among the first 15 LEED certified buildings in California and one of the first 225 LEED projects ever certified. 

McEvoy is an established thought leader within the industry who has been a contributing author on a U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) published document. He created and taught a course at California State University Dominguez Hills, and he has been a guest lecturer at universities including UCLA, USC, and the University of Melbourne. McEvoy speaks at conferences such as ILFI, the Wall Street Green Summit, NAIOP, MGBCE, and the Los Angeles Business Council Sustainability Summit, to name a few. He has twice been a Speaker at the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo. [Full Bio]

About GAIA:

Gaia is a high-performance building consulting company founded in 2005. The team supports developers, owners, architects, contractors, and end-users to achieve their sustainability, net-zero, carbon-neutral, and ESG goals. Gaia advises every step of the development process from the design and construction phase to occupancy and ongoing operations. 

USGBC Texas Chapter is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 1801 Royal Lane, Suite 400, Dallas, TX 75229

Contact us at chapter@usgbctexas.org or at 214-571-9244

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