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Stevens hosts 'Green Building: The Bottom Line,' April 8

HOBOKEN, N.J. Industry leaders in sustainable building design and construction will share their experiences implementing green principles and practices at a panel discussion, "Green Building: The Bottom Line," at Stevens Institute of Technology on April 8.

The use of environmentally friendly construction materials, devices that lower water and energy consumption, low-impact sewage systems and strategies to reduce a development's impact on the surrounding neighborhood are some of the topics that will be addressed at the session, from 3:00 6:00 p.m., in Room 122 of the Babbio Center. Presentations by five panelists, including slides of projects in the New York-New Jersey region, will be followed by a discussion period. Registration will take place between 2:00 3:00 p.m. in the Atrium, where refreshments will be served.


George Aridas is an executive with the Albanese Organization, developer of the Solaire and the Verdesian, apartment buildings in Battery Park City that were the first residential towers in the country to receive LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certifications of gold and platinum, respectively, from the US Green Building Council. Both buildings include HVAC systems that condition and filter fresh air to every unit, an onsite water recycling plant that reduces the use of potable water by 50 percent, and photovoltaic cells integrated into the buildings. Aridas has served on the Sustainable Development Committee of the Real Estate Board of New York.

Michael McDonough is an architect, industrial designer and author who designed and built the widely cited e-House, a design and building science laboratory that integrates advanced building products and systems with traditional materials and techniques. The e-House is a test site for an award-winning zero-energy/zero-carbon-contributing air conditioning system McDonough developed with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and for advanced semi-conductor-based lighting. Mr. McDonough is currently a green building consultant on the mixed-use redevelopment of the former Van Leer chocolate factory in Jersey City.

Andrew Topinka is the immediate past chairman of the New Jersey chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, the national organization that developed LEED standards to evaluate a building's use of environmentally sustainable materials, energy and water-saving devices, indoor environmental quality and sustainable site development. He is also president of Technical Group Services, Inc., a company that specializes in environmentally sustainable power distribution systems, and a lecturer on LEED standards.

Joseph Hendershot is a mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) engineer who integrates cutting-edge technology, including systems and materials that maximize a building's efficiency, into public and private projects. Hendershot's areas of expertise include basic infrastructure systems, emergency generators, uninterruptible power systems and cooling and heat load estimations, among others.

Dr. William Hyatt Gordon is president of Gordon Atlantic Development Corp., a New York-based company that offers a range of services from pre-development and financial analysis, to project management, to sustainable design consultation. Gordon's clients include developers of healthcare facilities, cultural institutions, recreation destinations and mixed-use projects, among others.

The panel was convened by the event's sponsor, the Veridian Consulting Group, an organization that seeks to disseminate the knowledge and real-world experiences of the most prominent practitioners in the fields of sustainable design and construction.

While LEED certification is an increasingly sought designation, the panelists will also discuss practical measures to boost a project's sustainability when such a rating is neither required nor attainable.

"There are realizable, good standards that can be achieved within the context of a given municipality or site," said Anthony Gude, chief operating officer of Veridian Consulting Group. "Now is the time to zone in on the integration of green practices into local and mainstream building guidelines."

Gude graduated from Stevens in 2008, earning a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, with a specialization in sustainable building systems, and a master's degree in Management. He started his own business, AGL Construction Corp., in 2004.

Stevens offers a minor in Green Engineering that provides engineers with a systems-based perspective on the impact of human activity on the environment, educates them in the concepts of sustainability, including the introduction of metrics such as life-cycle analysis, and develops awareness of the ethical, economic, social and political dimensions that influence sustainability.


Contact: Stephanie Mannino
Stevens Institute of Technology

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