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.
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