Newsletter | Mar/Apr 2002

OWA March Event - Green Buildings
by Lois Scott, WEA; Lavina Liburd

A Panel Discussion

Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2002, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: Pacific Energy Center - 851 Howard Street, San Francisco
Between 4th and 5th, two blocks south of BART
Cost: $20.00; Full Time Students -$10.00

Many of today's building designers have begun to think about total resource efficiency when planning building and system performance. Evolving beyond their initial focus on energy savings, "green" architects now also consider issues such as water consumption, the effect of building materials on indoor air quality, and how to incorporate recycled-content materials. Our speakers draw on their residential and commercial experience to help answer key questions: Why do developers "go green?" How much market demand exists? How do developers balance profitability with sustainability and occupant comfort? Do energy savings underwrite green building design?

OWA will be co-sponsoring this event with the Women Energy Associates (WEA), the main organizers. The WEA is a non-profit organization of women energy professionals whose primary purpose is to foster the development of women in the field. Their objectives are to offer a forum for professional networking, exchange, learning about the field, and social interaction with other women energy professionals through periodic receptions with speakers. WEA board members include Julie Fitch, of the California Public Utilities Commission, and Lois Heyman Scott, of San Francisco's Department of City Planning.

Panelists for this discussion are:

Bobbie Sue Hood, FAIA, president and chief designer at Hood Miller Associates Inc. Her interest in green architecture dates back to her work with Sim Van Der Ryn in the 1970s. In recent years Ms. Hood has been involved with building codes in San Francisco, serving as President, then Vice President of the Building Inspection Commission. She is also the first woman president of the San Francisco AIA.

Sandra Mendler, AIA, a vice president and sustainable design principal at HOK San Francisco. Ms. Mendler has been actively involved with the development of a green building rating system and co-authored the HOK Guidebook to Sustainable Design.

Kim Cole is a Sales Manager for Centex Homes. Ms. Cole has specific expertise in marketing and promoting the "healthy house" and was a key member on the development committee for the Alameda County Waste Management Authority New Home Construction Green Building Guidelines.

Please fill out and return the enclosed registration form, so that we can have an idea of attendance for catering purposes. Your contribution helps to cover the cost of hosting the event. Join us for lively, informed discussion.

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