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2030 Series: Introduction to the 2030

February 9, 2017

Wednesday, June 14
12PM-1PM | $5-35


This event is an introduction to the 2030 Commitment, a national initiative from the AIA that provides a framework to help firms evaluate the impact of project design on energy performance. The Commitment builds on the 2030 Challenge, which calls for all new buildings, developments, and major renovations to become carbon-neutral by the year 2030.

Three representatives from firms of different scales will present their lessons learned from several rounds of reporting 2030 data. For those who are considering signing the Commitment or are in their first cycles of reporting, this session will offer suggestions for jumping in the deep end: defining and calculating EUI and LPD, collecting project information, influencing design, and taking advantage of data from the national database.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the impact of the building industry’s energy use and carbon footprint on climate change
  • Become familiar with the 2030 Commitment’s definitions and calculations of EUI and LPD, and their value for expressing building energy consumption
  • Make connections between supplying firm data and applications of aggregate data
  • Gain technical skills for collecting data and using 2030 online reporting platform DDx

Heather DeGrella, AIA
Opsis Architecture, Sustainability Design Leader

Heather DeGrella leverages a diversity of skills gained over 16 years in architectural project management, construction administration, building science research, and sustainability consulting to enable all Opsis project teams to establish and optimize sustainability goals. As the Sustainability Design Leader at Opsis, Heather is involved throughout the full project life cycle from planning and design, through construction, and into operations. She ensures that knowledge of best practices and tools are shared throughout the office, and she challenges the firm to examine its internal operational policies.

LEED accredited since 2003, Heather has worked with the LEED Rating System for over 14 years, and has supported dozens of projects to earn certification. She has worked with design teams, contractors, and owners across the country to manage the integrated design process, recommended appropriate strategies, provide onsite training, and administer LEED and Living Building Challenge certification.


Hannah Silver
GBD Architects, Sustainability Manager

Hannah Silver serves as the Sustainability Manager for GBD Architects, where she provides expertise and leadership in high-performance design strategies, the building certification processes, and corporate responsibility. With degrees in both Architecture and Urban Planning, Hannah provides the bridge between design decisions and their impact at the human, city, and global scale.



Ashleigh Fischer
Sustainability Designer, ZGF Architects LLP

Ashleigh Fischer is a sustainability designer with experience in a diverse range of project types, from academia to urban districts. Initially drawn to the architecture industry to create built environments that serve clients and communities alike, Ashleigh developed a keen interest in high-performance design. She now helps guide the sustainable development certification process for ZGF projects including Kashiwa-no-ha Smart City in Japan, which is now the largest LEED Neighborhood Development Plan Platinum-certified smart city in the world. Currently, Ashleigh is supporting analysis and design efforts for a new residence hall at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, which is targeting net-zero energy. She is a member of the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) and leads a ZGF collaboration with Portland State University where students aim to resolve local architecture firms’ real-world design issues through research and analysis. Ashleigh earned a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Oregon, where she participated in building systems research and publications at the Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory and conducted an independent research study analyzing passive house building performance.