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December 7, 2021
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AIA San Mateo County

Carbon-Neutral Buildings and Sustainability: A Panel Discussion

Join AIASMC – Committee on the Environment as we host Larry Strain, Justin Schultz, and Sean Armstrong for a discussion of three case studies that have achieved an exemplary level of carbon-neutral & sustainable design.


Larry Strain, FAIA

Founding Principal of Siegel & Strain Architects in Emeryville CA, known for community projects and innovative sustainable design and research. Larry has served on the boards of the Northern California Chapter of the USGBC, the Ecological Building Network and the Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF), and was on the research team for CLF’s Embodied Carbon Benchmarking project. Larry has been writing and speaking on materials, carbon and reusing buildings for more than 20 years, and for the last ten years has focused on reducing the total carbon footprint of the built environment.   

Title: Case study of the Edith Green Wendell Wyatt Federal building in Portland Oregon. Total carbon study – embodied and operating – of a renovation and upgrade of a large federal office building.


Justin Schultz, PE

Principal and Regional MEP Practice Leader at Buro Happold in San Francisco, CA.  Justin brings to Buro Happold 15+ years of experience in the design, management, and execution of highly sustainable MEP projects. With a passion in science and technology, Justin’s expertise spans globally across a range of sectors that also includes high rise commercial, higher education, flagship retail, cultural/museum, historic rehabilitation, and government projects.

Title: Case Study of the Santa Monica City Hall East Building in Santa Monica, California. The all-electric, net-zero energy and net-zero water building meets the Living Building Challenge criteria – the world’s most rigorous criteria for sustainability, resiliency and long-term cost-effectiveness.

Photo credit: ALEX NYE

Sean Armstrong

Redwood Energy (

Affordable Housing has been the center of Zero Net Energy (ZNE) innovation in North America, producing half the ZNE residences in California, and 1 in 4 in North America. Due to the sheer volume of projects (more than 300), with his clients Sean Armstrong of Redwood Energy has developed cost containment strategies to make Zero Net Energy profitable, reducing the cost of HVAC, DHW and Solar budgets by 30% to 60%. Come learn from case studies how you can lower construction costs while increasing comfort and profitability in multifamily housing.

Title: A Case Study of the Mutual Housing California at Spring Lake, Woodland, CA. Grand Prize Winner of the United Nations World Habitat Awards of 2017.

Photo Credit: Redwood Energy