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PLEA Session: Carbon Neutral Design. Is this the Future?
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When: 7/11/2016
6:00 - 7:30 PM
Where: Millennium Biltmore Hotel (Athenian Room)
506 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, California  90071
United States
Contact: 626.796.7601

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 CARBON NEUTRAL DESIGN. Is this the Future?


Join the chapter for this special session "Carbon Neutral Design. Is this the Future?" You will hear from Alfredo Fernandez from University of Nevada Las Vegas, Rajat Gupta from Oxford Brookes and others on this topic.

The Chapter is pleased to support Cal Poly Pomona, the University of Southern California and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in organizing the annual Passive Low Energy Architecture (PLEA) Conference with the theme "Cities, Buildings, People: Towards Regenerative Environments" at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles from July 10 to the 13th.

PLEA is an organization engaged in a worldwide discourse on sustainable architecture and urban design through annual international conferences, workshops and publications. It has a membership of several thousand professionals, academics and students from over 40 countries. Since 1982 PLEA has organized highly ranked international conferences and events across the globe. This is the first time that the United States hosts a PLEA conference.

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Monday, July 11
5:30-6:00pm welcome/arrival
6:00-7:30pm program

Millennium Biltmore Hotel (Athenian Room)
506 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles,  90071

parking: $22 at hotel WITH validation; Pershing Square lot (about $9)

$10 AIA Member pre-registered
$20 Non-AIA Member pre-registered
$30 At the door
free student (w/ valid ID)



Mark DeKay (moderator)

Prof. DeKay specializes in Sustainable Design theory, research, and design tools. He is a registered architect and has taught at the university level since 1992. His book, Integral Sustainable Design: transformative perspectives, the first to apply Integral Theory to design, was published by Earthscan in 2011. His recent book, Sun, Wind, and Light: architectural design strategies, 3rd ed., co-authored with G. Z. Brown, was released in 2014. Its has become a classic resource for designers to consider the form-generating potential of climatic forces. The new edition is over 850 pages in 2 volumes. Other projects focus on multi-functional green infrastructure planning at the urban and landscape scales and academic writing on urban design for daylighting and climatic neighborhoods.

A nationally recognized educator, Prof. DeKay was the winner of the 1995 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Education Honor Award for the course “Environment and Buildings,” a 2000 Fulbright Fellowship to the Center of Environmental Planning and Technology, in Ahmedabad, India, and co-winner of the 2005 AIA/Tides Foundation Award for Ecoliteracy in Architecture Schools for his integrated graduate design studio and technology seminar courses. At Tennessee he has been awarded University Scholar of the Week in 2011 and 2014, and in 2014, the Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

He co-edits and manages the highly successful UT/RedVector online continuing education Certificate in Sustainable Design and Green Building for registered design professionals. He studied architecture at Tulane and at the University of Oregon and is a Fellow of the Institute of Green Professionals and has been trained by Al Gore as a Climate Reality Leader.


Alfredo Fernandez-Gonzalez

Professor Alfredo Fernandez-Gonzalez is the Interim Director of the School of Architecture and Director of the Natural Energies Advanced Technologies (NEAT) Laboratory at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He has been the recipient of several prestigious teaching awards, such as the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Nevada Professor of the Year, the UNLV Alumni Association Outstanding Faculty Award, and the Alex G. and Faye Spanos Distinguished Teacher Award.

His research and creative work have also been recognized with awards like the U.S. Green Building Council-Nevada Chapter Leadership in Research Award, the Architecture Research Centers Consortium (ARCC) Best Architectural Research Paper of the Year Award, and an American Institute of Architects-Las Vegas Chapter Design Citation Award.

Prof. Fernandez-Gonzalez received his B.Arch. in 1993 from Universidad La Salle, his Specialist in Solar Architecture degree in 1996 from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and his M.Arch. in 1999 from the University of Oregon.



Rajat Gupta

Professor Rajat Gupta is Director of the multi-disciplinary Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development (OISD) and Low Carbon Building Research Group at Oxford Brookes University (UK), where he also holds professorial chair in sustainable architecture and climate change. He developed the RIBA award-winning DECoRuM model for carbon mapping communities. In 2013 Rajat was voted as one of 13 international building science stars. Rajat’s research interests lie in evaluating building performance from a socio-technical perspective, carbon mapping buildings and neighbourhoods, scaling up energy retrofits and climate change adaptation. As Principal Investigator, he has won over £8million ($12million) in research grants to investigate these subjects. Until recently Rajat was PI on a 4.5 year £1.14 million UK Research Council-funded EVALOC project on evaluating the impacts of low carbon communities on energy behaviours. He has also led building performance evaluation (BPE) studies of over 200 domestic and non-domestic buildings. From 2011-2016 he was an appointed building performance evaluator on the UK Government’s £8million BPE national research programme. Currently he is lead academic on UK Government and Research Council funded projects on developing a feedback management system for housing providers (HAPI), building performance assurance product (I-LIFE) and establishing the link between indoor environment conditions and occupant productivity (WLP+). He is also Co-Investigator on two EU Horizon 2020 projects – HERON project on ‘socio-economic research on energy efficiency’ and Zero Plus project on positive energy settlements. Rajat has published widely, including strategic journal papers on future direction of energy demand research and evaluation of an innovative retrofit programme. He advises government at senior level and is on the boards of several key organisations and task groups.

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Cancellation Policy:  Cancellations made at least one week prior to the event will be refunded, less a $10 cancellation and processing fee. No refunds for cancellations will be given after that time. No refunds shall be issued for no-shows. Registration may be transferred to another individual.”  AIAPF reserves the right to cancel any event where the minimum number of pre-registration registrants is not met. If such a cancellation occurs, registrants will be notified and given the opportunity to select an alternate and comparable event to attend. In the event such an alternate and comparable class is not available, then the registration fees will be refunded as appropriate. Further, dates, times, classes, program subject matter, instructors, panelists and fees are subject to change, without notice, at any time at the sole and absolute discretion of AIAPF.

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