2013 Award of Honor: Sustainability Treehouse

Photo Credit: Joe Fletcher


Energy, Innovation, and the Future of Design

As cities and regions evolve their strategies for meeting and managing our changing energy demands, those changes will significantly impact design of buildings and communities. What will architects and engineers, owners and contractors need to know today to move us toward a better energy future?

This all-day continuing education forum will delve into key frameworks for change and innovation and their impacts on the architecture, engineering, and construction industry. Energy leaders will discuss the future of this exciting confluence of technology and design.

  • Architects and design professionals
  • Engineers
  • Owners
  • Builders and contractors
  • Policy Makers
  • Clean energy business leaders


Business + Finance

Ash Awad, Vice President - Energy & Facility Services, McKinstry
Dennis Wilde, Chief Sustainability Officer, Gerding Edlen
Maud Daudon, President & CEO, Seattle NW Securities Group
Aaron Fairchild, CEO, Green Canopy Homes
Moderator: Tom Osdoba, Managing Director, Center for Sustainable Business Practices, University of Oregon

Planning + Infrastructure

Eric Markel, SVP/Chief Strategy Officer, Puget Sound Energy
Stan Gent, President/CEO, Seattle Steam
Jeff Thompson, President, The Freehold Group
Trent Berry, Partner, Compass Resource Management Ltd
Moderator: Tom Marseille, WSP Flack + Kurtz

Policy + Code

Kathleen Petrie, Owner, KM Petrie Consulting
Kim Drury, Senior Policy Associate, NW Energy Coalition
Katie Spataro, Research Director, Cascadia Green Building Council
Moderator: Duane Jonlin AIA, NBBJ

Seattle 2030 District – An interdisciplinary public-private collaborative working to create a groundbreaking high-performance building district in downtown Seattle.

Brian Geller, Executive Director, Seattle 2030 District
Vincent Martinez, Director of Research, Architecture 2030


Rob Harrison AIA, Principal, Harrison Architects and PassivHaus consultant
Shawn Oram, PE, Ecotope Inc
Jeff Collum, Consultant, Sound Power Inc.
Moderator: Joel Loveleand, Director, Integrated Design Lab in the School of Architecture, College of Built Environments, University of Washington.

Featuring opening remarks by Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien, who will provide information on the Council’s Carbon Neutral Seattle effort and more.


Aaron Fairchild
Aaron Fairchild is the co-founder and CEO of Green Canopy, a company focused on inspiring resource efficiency in residential markets through buying homes, retrofitting them and then selling them for profit. He is a third-generation lender and entrepreneur who has a deep understanding of residential and commercial finance, residential construction and energy efficiency. He has worked in the Northwest to create energy efficiency programs and consumer financing solutions for existing buildings since '04. Aaron is a graduate of the Executive MBA program at the UW.

Ash Awad
Ash Awad, P.E., holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Masters in Mechanical Engineering, and has 20 years of industry experience. His extensive knowledge includes systems engineering, sustainable evaluations, financing solutions, and securing incentives/grants.

At McKinstry Ash fosters resource efficiency, energy generation, and facility services and provides innovative vision and leadership. Ash has helped McKinstry grow into a nationally recognized design, build, operate, and maintain enterprise whose footprint continues to grow across the western U.S.

Ash serves as President of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council and sits on the Washington Clean Energy Leadership Council, Pacific Science Center, and Climate Solutions Boards. “

Dennis Wilde
As Gerding Edlen Development's designated “green guy" since joining the firm in 1997, Dennis Wilde has encouraged increased environmental stewardship in projects while building a strong business case for the economic and social benefits of environmental responsibility. Dennis’ responsibilities include launching Gerding Edlen Sustainable Solutions, a separate business entity committed to engaging strategies where building projects generate more energy than they consume and consume more waste than they produce. He earned a degree in Architectural Engineering from Washington State University, as well as master's degrees in architecture and urban planning from the University of Pennsylvania. He is also an active board member of the Natural Step Network, the Cascadia Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, the Oregon Built Environment & Sustainable Technologies Center and Caldera.

Eric M. Markell
Eric M. Markell (Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer) is Chief Strategy Officer for Washington-based Puget Energy and its utility subsidiary, Puget Sound Energy. He also is a director of the board of Puget Western, Inc., a PSE-affiliated company.

Markell is responsible for leading a new organization focused on energy efficiency, emerging technologies and entrepreneurial opportunities.He has more than 30 years of experience in the utility and independent power industry. Markell joined the company in 2002 as vice president.

Named Chief Strategy Officer in February 2011, Markell previously was executive vice president and CFO responsible for all financial functions, including Internal Audit, Energy Resource Acquisition and Energy Supply and Planning.

Prior to joining PSE, Markell was CFO of Club One, Inc. in San Francisco. From 1990-2000 he served as vice president and CFO of United American Energy Corp., a private independent energy company based in Woodcliff Lake, N.J., specializing in special situation investing and turnaround management of distressed energy companies. Markell is a past treasurer and controller of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation, a New York state investor-owned utility. Prior to joining Central Hudson he was vice president and treasurer of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, a public benefit corporation active in utility finance and energy research and development.

Markell is a past member of the board of directors of United Way of King County and past chairman of its Finance and Audit committees.

Markell has a bachelor’s degree with distinction in Economics from Union College, Schenectady, N.Y., and a master’s of Public Administration degree from The Maxwell School, Syracuse University.

Joel Loveland
Joel is a Professor of Architecture and the Director of the Integrated Design Lab. His half-time teaching includes graduate design studios, seminars in sustainable design and the integration of building and landscape systems for radically high levels of energy and daylighting performance.

Joel is the director of the Integrated Design Lab in the School of Architecture, College of Built Environments at the University of Washington. The Lab is funded by public agencies such as the US. Department of Energy (US. DOE), the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency (US.EPA), the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; and private not-for-profit organizations such as the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance and the New Buildings Institute; and architecture firms such as the Miller Hull Partnership, NBBJ, ZGF, Lake Flato Architects and most recently Herzog and De Meuron. The Lab’s design research on building projects in the area of energy efficiency and daylighting had a substantial role in projects that won national and regional awards including: six National AIA Top-Ten Green building awards, four Seattle Chapter AIA awards in 2010 and three 2010 AIA Northwest and Pacific Regional Awards.

Maud Daudon
Maud Daudon joined Seattle-Northwest Securities Corporation (SNW) on February 1, 2002. On August 24, 2006, the Board of Directors of SNW appointed her Chief Executive Officer and President, promoting her from the position of Managing Director of Investment Banking and Municipal Sales and Trading.

Prior to joining SNW, Ms. Daudon served for four years as Deputy Mayor and Chief of Staff for the City of Seattle. Prior to this role, Ms. Daudon was the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the Port of Seattle.
She gained significant experience in public finance by working for six years completing transportation and public works-related bond financings for a national investment banking firm from its New York and Seattle offices.

Ms. Daudon has a Master of Public and Private Management (MPPM) degree with emphasis on finance and economic development from Yale University and a bachelor’s degree from Hampshire College.
She was recently appointed Chair of the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce where she also sits on the Executive Committee. Ms. Daudon serves as immediate past chair of the Seattle BioMedical Research Institute where she remains as a trustee, and was a member of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board from 2006-2009. In addition, Maud serves on the Governor’s Higher Education Funding Task Force and on the advisory board for PATH.

Stan Gent
Stan Gent has extensive experience working with district energy and other energy generation systems across North America. As President and CEO of Seattle Steam, he is responsible for the overall operations and financial performance of the company. Since joining Seattle Steam in 2004, Stan has been actively involved in Seattle’s engineering, building and development communities and is a strong supporter of the city’s sustainability initiatives. Under his leadership, Seattle Steam built a new biomass boiler that entered service in the fall of 2009. This conversion to renewable fuel will substantially reduce the company’s carbon footprint, as well as that of its customers. Stan is a member of the Mayor’s Green Building Task Force, the Seattle Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees, and the Seattle Rotary Environmental Committee. He also serves on the mechanical engineering advisory board for the University of Washington’s College of Engineering. He is a Professional Engineer registered in the Province of Ontario, Canada.

A native of Ireland, Stan graduated from Queens University in Belfast with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. After immigrating to Canada in the 1970’s, he started his career in the design and construction of power generation facilities for Ontario Hydro and Edmonton Power. Prior to working at Seattle Steam, Stan was President of Comfort Link, a district cooling company located in Baltimore, Maryland and the vice president of Engineering and Development for Chicago-based Unicom Thermal Technologies.

Tom Marseille
Tom Marseille is Managing Director of WSP Flack + Kurtz in Seattle and a published author and frequent speaker. Tom is a member of the USGBC/ASHRAE/IES Committee that published the first ANSI-accredited high performance green building standard. He sits on the International Living Future Institute Board of Directors. Tom has worked as an Energy Science researcher at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and an energy consultant in Chicago. As a Director at Honeywell, he developed an energy information services business serving clients with 1000s of buildings. His specialties include high performance design, HVAC, total cost of ownership analysis, existing building performance optimization.

Trent Berry
Trent Berry, Partner, Compass Resource Management Ltd.
Trent is a management consultant based in Vancouver, BC. With a background in economics, science and planning, his expertise spans energy, water and wastewater. His practice includes technology evaluation, feasibility and market studies, policy development, ownership and financing, and project implementation. In recent years, Trent has led several dozen feasibility studies for district energy systems in Canada and the US Pacific Northwest, including the system serving Vancouver's Olympic Village. He continues to advise clients on business models, rate design and partnerships. Trent is a Fellow with the Portland Sustainability Institute where he has worked to advance EcoDistricts, with particular emphasis on neighbourhood infrastructure and district energy.

VIncent Martinez
VIncent Martinez is the Director of Research for Architecture 2030, whose mission is to rapidly transform the Building Sector from the major contributor of greenhouse gas emissions to a central part of the solution to the climate change, energy consumption, and economic crises. As Architecture 2030’s primary researcher for the past four years, Mr. Martinez is responsible for in-depth technical information and data analysis. Additionally, Mr. Martinez is the head of the Architecture 2030 Seattle office and leads Architecture 2030’s involvement in the AIA+2030 Professional Educational Series and the Seattle 2030 District.

2011 Energy Forum Planning Committee

  • Cheryl Jacobs AIA
  • Dave Walsh AIA
  • Rob Harrison AIA
  • Jim Burton AIA
  • Thor Peterson



WSP Flack + Kurtz
Travis Fitzmaurice & Associates
Skellenger Bender P.S.
Affiliated Engineers NW
CDi Engineers
SvR Design Company
Washington Archives Management
Interface Engineering
LPD Engineering, PLLC
Coffman Engineers, Inc.

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