Sustainable and Functional Design – Building For Today and Tomorrow [Philadelphia]

5:30pm - 8:00pm

1319 Walnut St
Philadephia, PA 19107
United States


Our events are open to architectural, design, and building industry professionals only.

Sustainable and Functional Design – Building For Today and Tomorrow

The panel will define the various certifications parameters of LEED, Fitwel, ILFI Zero, and BREEAM. Participants will be able to evaluate sustainable best practices of reaching Net-0 reviewing existing projects.

The projects will showcase exterior trends and how the design has been adjusted to fit this environmental initiative.

HSW Justification:

The program reviews strategies employed on completed project to achieve net zero. Various green rating/certification systems and their criteria will be discussed and terms related to sutainable building will be defined. New and old design strategies effectiveness and compatibility with current building design trends will be compared including passive solar, high-efficiency lightingand renewable energy.

Learning Objective 1:

Define the differences between certifications LEED, Fitwel, ILFI Zero, and BREEAM

Learning Objective 2:

Evaluate projects utilizing sustainable design criteria to achieve better energy efficiency

Learning Objective 3:

Identify facade trends that can be integrated into sustainable designs of the future

Learning Objective 4:

Review the information critical to educating clients and balancing design requests with new sustainable technologies.


Reception with small bites and drinks to follow presentation


 About the Speakers

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Farah Ahmad, RA, LEED AP BD+C (Moderator)
Farah (Ahmad) Qadeer is a licensed public sector Architect and LEED Accredited Professional based in New York City, specializing in building energy efficiency and green building technical standards. Her public sector experience in city government agencies includes sustainable design review of projects, assessment and development of technical standards and energy code compliance. Additionally, as a green building journalist for national publications, Farah is passionate about sharing her expertise on environmental policy and high performance design. You can tweet her (@farah_arch) or connect with her on Instagram (@renewablefarah). For more on Farah's work, visit: 
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Rob Fleming, AIA, NOMA, LEED AP
Rob Fleming is an award-winning educator, author, LEED® accredited professional, and architect. He is the Director of Online Innovation at the Weitzman School of Design, University of Pennsylvania, where he develops executive education programs focused on sustainable design and design leadership. Rob is also the Director of Sustainability at FCA, an architecture and Design firm in Philadelphia. Rob is the 2023 AIA Philadelphia President and serves as a board member for the Center for Architecture and Design where he co-founded the Justice Alliance for Design Education. Rob is the author or co-author of four books on sustainable design and is currently writing a book on survivability. In Rob’s former life, he was the Founding Director of the MS in Sustainable Design Program at Thomas Jefferson University. 

Shibei Huang

Shibei Huang
Shibei is a building enclosure consultant at RWDI with five years of experience. Her career began in architecture design and her dedication for sustainability led her to the field of building science and simulations. Her current projects focus on the diagnostic, analysis, design and construction for both new construction and existing buildings. She is a graduate of the master program in Environmental Building Design at UPenn and holds a B. Arch from University of Oregon.
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Samir Patel, AIA LFA
Samir Patel is an architect, educator, and living future accredited professional with 20 years of experience . He was previously certified as a Passive House Designer through PHI and is now working on re-certification through PHIUS. Samir's career has included award-winning projects focused on net-zero energy and low-carbon ranging in scale and typology from single-family residential to large scale commercial. Currently, Samir is working as a Project Architect at Digsau and teaching as adjunct faculty at Drexel University.






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