Introduction by Yasemin Kologlu, Founding Board Member, MEP2040


The high-performance architecture of Passive House may use more enclosure materials to construct but their mechanical systems can be smaller, reducing embodied carbon in that respect. Additionally, their impact on the electrical grid’s peak loads improves resiliency and facilitates the conversion to renewables.  This session will highlight the building systems role in a whole carbon picture.




Introduction by Yasemin Kologlu,

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Nikita Jathan, LEED AP BD+C, WEDG, Senior Environmental Designer, Atelier Ten

Nikita is a sustainability consultant with Atelier Ten. Nikita has worked on a variety of projects including government, cultural, higher education campuses, and masterplans, helping develop and facilitate low carbon approaches across buildings and sites. She is involved in Atelier Ten’s Masterplanning and Carbon Management practices, and leads the firm’s working groups in Resilience and Ecosystem Services. Nikita holds a Master’s in Environmental Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.

Edward C. Ettinger, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, BCxP, Managing Principal, Ettinger Engineering Associates

Ed has been a practicing engineer since 2003, has served as MEP Principal-in-Charge for numerous and varied EEA projects and is the Founding Principal of the firm’s Sustainable Consulting division.  He has presided over the design and implementation of multiple NYSERDA Buildings of Excellence Award winning projects and led studies to achieve Passive House and net-zero performance for numerous residential and commercial buildings.  Ed’s firm also serves as a Technical Assistance Provider to NYS’s Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) agency in promotion and review of proposed Passive House building approaches.  Ed holds an B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and an M.S. in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.