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Imagine a building that goes beyond the typical idea of sustainable design. It is constructed of green materials chosen based on their full environmental impact. It enhances the human experience by providing a healthy indoor environment for occupants. And, it can share energy and water performance data at a moment’s notice.
The new LEED v4 addresses all of these key building issues. Approved by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) membership on July 1, 2013, LEED v4 will be unveiled at the Greenbuild Conference and Expo in Philadelphia on November 20-22, 2013.
Chris Mundell, AIA, CSI, CDT, LEED AP BD+C, vice president and sustainable design leader, HKS, Inc., will be part of a two-hour panel discussion titled “Introducing LEED v4: Lessons from the LEED v4 Beta Program” on Thursday, November 21 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The session will include a dialogue among four representatives of LEED v4 beta projects, sharing their experience using the LEED v4 program. Discussions will focus on improvements in the new version, available tools and resources and lessons learned. Plus, the platform will promote dialogue between the panel and attendees. The USGBC established a beta program allowing project teams to learn and apply the new requirements and strategies for LEED certification.
The USGBC selected HKS – one of just a handful of firms – to pilot the LEED v4 beta program on its behalf, and provide feedback on how the proposed new rating system works. The firm is currently working on two LEED v4 beta projects, George Mason University Potomac Science Center in Fairfax, Va. and the HKS headquarters office in Dallas.
“HKS has been involved in LEED projects since the certification program began about 13 years ago,” said Mundell. “We have seen the transformation of our buildings over the years to address site conditions, finding ways to reduce energy and water consumption, and provide a healthy indoor environment for building occupants. This new version of LEED will continue to elevate our pursuit of a sustainable future.”
In his 19-year career, Mundell has worked on various architectural project types including healthcare, education and residential. He joined HKS in 2005 and worked as a healthcare project architect. In 2008, Mundell began a dedicated role of managing sustainable services and providing LEED education. He is responsible for assisting project design teams with sustainable strategies, managing project-specific LEED documentation and researching new and upcoming sustainable products and technologies.
Mundell is actively involved in local sustainability-related organizations. He is on the AIA Dallas COTE committee, served as the president of the Construction Specifications Institute’s Dallas Chapter and was the events and education commissioner for the USGBC North Texas Chapter. Mundell was also the founder and chair of the North Texas Sustainable Showcase, an annual event that provides a venue to share sustainable projects, services and products.
Greenbuild, held annually, includes more than 100 educational sessions featuring world-renowned speakers, LEED workshops, off-site educational sessions and Green Building tours of local sites. Past speakers include Ret. Gen. Colin Powell, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, President Bill Clinton, Paul Hawken and David Suzuki.
HKS, Inc. is a leading architectural design firm ranked among the top six architectural engineering firms, according to Building Design+Construction magazine. Since its founding in 1939, HKS has completed construction projects totaling more than $75 billion in more than 1,263 cities located in 80 countries. The firm operates from 28 offices worldwide.