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, Founding Board Member, MEP2040
A recognized leader in sustainable/net zero design and construction, Yasemin has 20+ years of experience in net zero energy and low carbon buildings. Proven expertise in sustainable policy/strategy to generate scalable solutions for net zero carbon developments and businesses. As an expert in sustainability, she co-chairs AIA’s Committee on the Environment in New York. She is a founding board member of MEP2040, serves on AIA New York’s Honors Committee and Carbon Leadership Forum NY Steering Committee. She regularly participates in advisory boards shaping carbon and energy policies across New York and nationally.
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.
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.