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Green Building Comedy vs Concrete Jungles with Eric Corey Freed

Eric Corey Freed is a nationally known architect, author, speaker and thought-leader based out of Portland, Oregon. Eric has 25 years of experience with deep green and innovative buildings. He is the Founding Principal of organicARCHITECT, a visionary design practice focused on biophilic and regenerative design. Additionally, Eric serves as a Sustainability Disrupter at Morrison Hershfield. Eric Corey Freed – Concrete Jungle to Rolling Hills Eric grew up in Philadelphia and went to...


How to Keep Up Your Credentials with Charlie Cichetti

Charlie Cichetti, host of Green Buildings Matters, shares a public service announcement on how you keep up your credentials. Charlie discusses LEED and WELL AP credential maintenance to clear up any confusion, and he also answers frequently asked questions. Charlie Cichetti – LEED Exams Around 2009, professionals were rushing to take the LEED AP exams for fear they would get more difficult. These professionals were wanting to be grandfathered in; therefore, Charlie’s company was doing a...


Sustainability in Mexico and Beyond with Jorge Lopez

Jorge Lopez, Founder and current Chairman of Eosis, Inc., joins Charlie Cichetti. Jorge received the LEED Fellow recognition from the U.S. Green Building Council in 2016. He spends his time between Austin, Texas which he calls home and Mexico where he is from and has several sustainability projects. Eosis is a independent high-performance energy-modeling and LEED consulting firm, based in Austin, Texas. Jorge Lopez – Traveling, Sharing and Learning Jorge studied architecture and...


The Importance of Passion for Sustainability with Jenn Mahon

Jenn Mahon, Sustainability Consultant with Sustainable Investment Group (SIG), joins Charlie Cichetti. Jenn is based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is not only a LEED expert but is also out in front of the New Wellness Real Estate movement. Jenn Mahon - Sustainability Radar Jenn went to the University of Minnesota. She has a Bachelor’s of Design in Architecture and a Minor in Sustainable Design. Sustainability became a hot topic her sophomore year of college during her minor program....


Top 10 Tips to Make Your LEED Project a Success

Today is a special episode where host Charlie Cichetti shares his “Top 10 Tips to Make Your LEED Project a Success.” Many of the tips focus on new LEED projects, but the principles can be applied to some older projects too. Listen to the entire episode to hear Charlie unpack each tip for you! Top 10 Tips to Make Your LEED Project a Success Decide to go for LEED early. IPD. Set expectations of each team member on the design + construction iteam early. Don’t just chase LEED points and...


Brothers in Sustainability

Michael Cichetti, Director of Marketing and Sales at Green Building Education Services (GBES), joins Charlie Cichetti in this episode. Residing in Atlanta, with an entrepreneurial spirit, he is passionate about sustainability in the green building industry. Michael and Charlie are brothers and share the same passion for focusing on the green building movement and environmental sustainability. Michael Cichetti - Early Inspiration Growing up in Blue Ridge, Georgia, Michael fell in love...


Sustainability from North to South with Josh Radoff

Josh Radoff is a Senior Vice President at WSP. In today’s episode, he joins Charlie Cichetti to share his sustainability journey, including growing a respected green building consulting firm that has since merged with a larger company. Josh also discusses some pretty advanced projects he is working on and gets us thinking about what’s around the corner in this green building movement. Josh Radoff - The Origin Story Boston-born, Josh came from the East Coast, moved to Connecticut when he...


2018 Halftime Green Building Industry Trends

Today’s show is a special release. Host Charlie Cichetti takes some time today to pause halfway through 2018 and look at the Green Building Industry Trends he sees. Charlie discusses: Statistics in 2018LEED trendsWELL trendsAre the LEED exams changing? Resources from today’s show: International WELL Building InstituteFitWelGreen Building Certification, Inc. (GBIC) Connect with Charlie Cichetti and GBES: Charlie on LinkedIn Green Building Educational Services GBES on...


Sneeze Twice A Week, Energy Savings, and More w/ Bill Spohn

Bill Spohn is a mechanical engineer and the President and CEO of TruTech Tools. The company serves technicians in the HVAC&R and Energy Audit Industries by providing them with advanced tools and instruments. In this episode, he chats with Charlie Cichetti to discuss HVAC, Passive House, building science, and more. “I’m gonna commit to sneezing twice a week, and what I mean by that is: I want to spread the ‘germs’ of the idea of responsible use of energy and good home performance to one...


Green Building Matter with Hamoda Youssef

Part of the Qatar Green Building Council, Hamoda Youssef is also a member of the USGBC. An architect by heart, his journey in sustainable building started upon pursuing a European education. Now a proud member (and leader) of the LEED movement in his region, Hamoda shares with us how sustainability has become an integral part of his career. Sustainability in Education and Career Hamoda grew up in Cairo, Egypt, where he studied architectural engineering at Cairo University. His early career...


Green From New Orleans to India with Daniel Dreher

Daniel Dreher, Founder and Principal of Tecreation, LLC, joins Charlie Cichetti. Although primarily located at New Orleans, Daniel has projects in regions as far as India. Throughout his career, he has completed multiple projects with great partners and also has been able to overcome the challenges of hurricane Katrina. "Sustainability is a shift in consciousness. It's an evolution in our consciousness as individuals and as a collective. And when that starts to happen, other things start to...


A Culture of Sustainability

Leslie Montgomery, Education Director at Green Building Alliance (GBA), joins Charlie Cichetti in this episode. Residing in Pittsburgh, she helps host events in the region to promote high-performance green buildings. Leslie is also an educator who shares the same love for teaching and sustainability as Charlie. “I am sort of one of those green building nerds who’s so much in awe of the people who innovated this industry and championed sustainability and green building.” - Leslie...


LEED and WELL Credentials: History + Statistics

In this episode, Charlie Cichetti talks about LEED and WELL history and statistics. Along with a bit of storytelling, he discusses the latest numbers, trends, and LEED professional exams. By listening in, he hopes you can take the next step towards becoming part of the LEED movement. “Maybe you have a colleague or a friend… or a student you know needs a little nudge to finally go ahead, study, take the exam, pass it, and advance their career.” - Charlie Cichetti LEED AP Exam: A...


Staying Ahead of All of The Certifications

LEED and WELL AP Lauren Wallace has been the Certifications Department Manager at Epsten Group since 2010. Her team has tremendous experience with Architecture (including Zoo Projects), LEED Consulting, Third-Party LEED Reviews, Commissioning, and more. Not just LEED, she is out in front with SITES, TRUE, and more rating systems/certifications. Today, she shares the story of her architectural journey as well as her love for a community running on sustainability, with our host, Charlie...


Nature-Adaptive Design

Fernando Arias is the Director of Sustainability at Clark Construction Group. The firm has been named as one of the greenest contractors in the US, with a tremendous amount of completed LEED projects. In today’s episode, Fernando shares with Charlie Cichetti the story of his colorful childhood that helped shape the sustainability-minded professional that he is now. A Child of Nature Colombia-born, Fernando was surrounded by the fertile land of the City of Eternal Spring. Coffee...


Environmental Awareness with Michael Bean

Michael Bean, Jr., LEED AP O+M, has always been environmentally aware. His passion for engineering and architecture has opened a lot of doors that advanced his career. Combined with his inherent concern for sustainability, he has managed to affect more people to become fellow stewards of the LEED movement. From HVAC to Property Management Michael worked his way up to where he stands now. He started out as a building mechanic during his early career. He eventually got into a hospital where...


Jiving Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility

Becca Rushin has been Vice President for Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility for Jamestown since 2016. Her involvement in sustainability began with being outside a lot as she was growing up, taking a ‘Walking the Land’ class in college, and getting hooked with environmental literature. She is now as active in the campaign for green building as ever. “Look, I have never heard of this sustainability thing before but it makes a lot of sense… why would we not do things this way?” -...


WELL vs Fitwel: Rising Rating Systems

WELL and Fitwel are two programs gaining momentum in the marketplace for the Wellness Real Estate movement. They’ve been out for about three and a half years, setting up the standard for advancing health and wellness in today’s buildings. Charlie gives us cliff notes on what these programs are, the building types that are easier fits to each program in their current form, and how they can be used as guidelines in their own right. “This is where all the research shows we should be focused...


Asa Posner - Committing to the LEED Movement

Asa Posner has been in the sustainability realm for ten years. His career began with a curiosity in geology, which eventually led him to take environmental studies courses in college. Along with learning grew his love for the ecosystem, and now he has made it his life mission to make the built environment eco-friendly. “Let’s make the built environment better so that it’ll have less of an impact on the ecosystem.” - Asa Posner Asa Posner - A Not So Forward Path Asa remembers first being...


On the Go with Green Building Education

Alyson Laura is an all-around Sustainability Maven, who seeks to evolve human success and planetary delight. She is currently the Director of Education for GBES. Her responsibilities include ensuring the highest quality product in their study materials, developing new on-demand webinar content, and staying updated on the latest green building trends and certifications. "Think bigger. Don't just get stuck at what other people are doing or what seems to work, challenge yourself to really...