Minimizing Operational Carbon
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When: Tuesday, June 2
12:00 - 1:00 PM
United States
Contact: Chris Burnham

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Architect's Role in Minimizing Operational Carbon

Shruti Kasarekar from Atelier Ten will provide insights on designing for thermal variability and reducing building operational carbon. Shruti will walk us through the architect's role in minimizing operational carbon. She will also provide insights on how designing for occupants' comfort addresses both carbon reduction of the built environment as well as positively impact occupants' health and well-being.

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Approved 1 LU/HSW Learning Objectives

  • How does designing for thermal comfort impact energy efficiency goals? How can this be addressed in the architectural design?
  • What are the design requirements to minimize operational carbon?
  • How does all-electric buildings impact energy efficiency goals?
  • Design process to address multiple goals in a project: Carbon neutrality, occupants' comfort, relevance of energy efficiency.




The Committee on the Environment (COTE) works to advance, disseminate, and advocate to the profession, the building industry, and the public: design practices that integrate built and natural systems and enhance both the design quality and environmental performance of the built environment.


Shruti Kasarekar, AP BD+C, ASHRAE BEMP, BEAP
Atelier Ten

Shruti Kasarekar is an Associate Director with 14 years’ experience in advancing sustainability within the built environment. She has led more than 50 highly ambitious and complex projectsfrom laboratories, museums to masterplan projects. Her work on sustainability in built environment has been presented at several leading industry conferences. She combines technical competency and creativity across multiple disciplines – architecture, engineering and master planning and have deep expertise in passive systems, energy optimization, water reuse systems and carbon management.

Shruti holds a M.S. in Building Sciences from Arizona State University and a B.Arch from Pune University in India. She is the current Chair of the San Francisco Chapter of IBPSA-USA and a committee member for the ASHRAE BEAP and BEMP certification examinations.

Amy Leedham
Atelier Ten

Amy Leedham is an Associate of the San Francisco office. As a registered architect, Amy combines her expertise in building physics and architecture to foster communication between the design team and technical consultants. Amy has successfully managed projects of all scales with a wide range of ambitious goals including net zero energy, zero water waste, occupant health and embodied carbon. Amy leads Atelier Ten’s carbon practice and has greatly advanced the firm’s approach and process to reduce the carbon impact of projects. She is managing some of Atelier Ten’s most ambitious projects. Her project work includes the UC Merced 2020 Project, the Candlestick Point Development, UCLA Geffen Hall, and the new San Mateo County Office Building.