The Beneficial Intersections of Energy, Resilience, and Health Video, 59 minutes

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How can three important elements of sustainable buildings—energy efficiency, resilience, and health and wellness—be integrated for better overall outcomes?

How can the returns of sustainable building strategies with less quantifiable benefits, like resilience and wellness, be paired with more predictable returns of energy efficiency to calculate an overall return on investment? Where are we in the market in terms of sustainable building codes, and how much do we need to improve beyond code to get to high-performance, resilient, and wellness-oriented designs?

We tackle all these questions and more as we look at specific case studies where the elements of energy efficiency, resilience, and health and wellness were integrated successfully. Three leading green building frameworks—LEED, WELL, and RELi, which each have a role to play in this discussion—are evaluated for overlaps and complementary strategies that lead to the high-performance, resilient, and wellness-oriented designs we are after. Topics like passive survivability, natural ventilation, zero-net-energy design, flood protection, occupant comfort thresholds, and more will help guide the technical underpinnings to this high-performance design discussion when energy, resilience, and health are incorporated holistically.


Blake Jackson, AIA, is the US Northeast Sustainable Design Leader with Stantec - Boston, working at the nexus of sustainability, wellness, and resiliency. He has 17+ years' experience in retail, hospitality, higher-ed, office, labs, healthcare, multifamily and planning. Blake obtained his B-Arch from Kennesaw State University and his M-Arch in Sustainable Environmental Design from the AA Graduate School in London. He is a prolific author, speaker, and educator, and he has served on the boards of A Better City and the Boston Society of Architects. In 2015, he was named a BD+C Magazine "40 Under 40" AEC professional. In his spare time, he enjoys running, swimming, volunteering with the MSPCA and travel.

As Director of Sustainable Design, Jacob Knowles leads BR+A’s sustainability consulting team.  He is a Zero Net Energy guru, spearheading millions of square feet of Carbon Neutral + Cashflow Positive projects.  With the help of his team, BR+A’s projects have received AIA COTE Top Ten and I2SL Go Beyond awards.  Jacob is also a board member of the Boston Society for Architecture.

When he has a free moment between family and work, he likes to hold his breath and dive beneath the waves to spear fish.

Steven Burke is a Sustainability Manager at Consigli Construction Co., Inc., an 800+ person construction firm based in Massachusetts.

Steven has guided the sustainability process on over 10 million square feet of projects across many different building types and sizes, including but not limited to: k-12 schools, higher education facilities, mid-rise and high-rise residential, commercial interiors, retail interiors, and commercial office buildings.

He has a Master of Science in Sustainability Management from Columbia University, and he blends business and science to specialize in sustainability, resiliency, and health and wellness strategies for the built environment.

Michael first became exposed to the ideas of sustainable buildings and communities during his coop experience at The Green Engineer, LLP. The vast knowledge he was able to gain from this group, combined with his experiences with building systems and his education in architecture allows him to bring a holistic perspective when approaching sustainable building projects.

In 2008, Harvard University adopted a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 30% by 2016, including growth, using 2006 as a baseline. As a project manager within the Harvard University Green Building Services group, Michael has the pleasure of working with multiple schools and groups within the University to help create new sustainable buildings while improving existing building efficiency in order to reach this goal.