AIANJ East Coast Green 

Creating a Culture of Sustainability

.East Coast Green 2015

June 17, 2015
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
at NJIT School of Architecture


Featuring AIANJ COTE
Top10 Green Projects

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Conference Program & Schedule

Continental Breakfast/Check-in 8:00am 8:50am
Opening Plenary 9:00am 9:50am
Breakout Session 1 10:00am 11:00am
Breakout Session 2 11:15am 12:15pm
Lunch 12:15pm 1:00pm
Breakout Session 3 1:15pm 2:15pm
Closing Session 2:30pm 3:45pm
Networking Reception 3:45pm 5:00pm

Approved for 5 AIA HSW CEU and USGBC credits


Opening Plenary Session:

Background: This opening plenary will feature Faith Taylor who is a senior global executive with progressive record of achievements and significant experience in strategic planning, development of new and existing businesses, innovation and change management, P&L and brand management as well as marketing.


Breakout Sessions:

Session 1

  • Track 1A: From LEED to Living Buildings – Continuing to Transform the Market
    Speaker: Rollie Jones, CIH, Environmental Connection
    Course Description: Green building has often been about creating ‘less bad’ buildings. LEEDv4, released in November 2014 goes beyond doing less bad to creating buildings that give back. Living Building Challenge has been focused on this since 2006, aspiring to create buildings which are net positive energy & water and net zero waste while instilling beauty, place, and healthy indoor environments. This session will provide an overview of LBC v3 and examples of how to create buildings that good for people and the planet.
  • Track 1B:  Green Building Risks & Rewards, A Legal Perspective
    Speaker: Mary Jane Augustine, LEEDap, Partner, McCarter & English
    Course Description: We often hear about the benefits of building green for the people in the buildings, environment, and long term profitability but what about the risks? With green building comes greater responsibility and therefore an inherently higher standard of care some think. This session will explore the risks and rewards from a legal perspective.

Session 2

  • Track 2A: Developing a Green Building Master Plan – A New Paradigm in Planning & Design
    Speaker: Greg Somjen, AIA, Partner, Parette Somjen Architects llc
    Course Description: Greening existing facilities and planning for the sustainable design and construction of new ones can be challenging and daunting. Where does it begin and end? What is included and not? Parette Somjen Architects, in association with the US Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter, has developed a template for greening existing buildings by developing a comprehensive green master plan based on the LEED for Existing Building rating system. This session will use two recently completed plans as case studies to demonstrate the concepts, components, and organization of such plans which are necessary to effectively green our existing buildings long term and adequately address climate change in doing so. 75% of all buildings that will be here in 25 years already exist and unless we develop plans for greening these existing buildings we will not meet the Architecture 2030 targets.
  • Track 2B: Renewable Energy – Then, Now and When
    Speaker: Lyle Rawlings, PE, Advanced Solar Products
    Course Description: New Jersey has been a leader in the renewable energy field since the development and implementation of its renewable portfolio standard in early 2000’s. The market has changed dramatically in 15 years and is poised to evolve yet again in the coming decade as alternatives to fossil fuel are sought more and more in the quest to address climate change. Lyle Rawlings has been a pioneer in this industry since the 70’s and remains as an active inventor, advocate, and business leader today. This presentation will provide a brief history of renewable energy in New Jersey, where the industry and policy are today, and a glimpse of the future and what may be, highlighting new legislation that can propel New Jersey to new levels of a sustainable economy potentially.

Session 3

  • Track 3A : Specifying Green Materials for LEEDv4 & LBC Compliance, What Makes a Product Green?
    Speaker: Lia Nielsen, LEEDga, Owner, Simply Sustainable llc, Partner, Green Building Center
    Course Description: Green materials do not “get” you LEED points typically, yet we hear manufacturers making this claim all the time. They do, however, contribute to many. Living Building Challenge’s Material Petal requires strict adherence to a chemical red list. The new requirements in LEED v4 using Health Product Declarations and Environmental Product Declarations are pushing market transformation once again by encouraging material ingredient disclosure and transparency. Learn how to navigate the new LEED v4 material credit requirements and Living Building Challenge material petal in this seminar as well as understand the ever changing market of selecting and specifying the greenest materials possible.
  • Track 3B: Designing & Commissioning High Performance Building Envelopes
    Thomas Jakab, Director Business Development & Marketing Vidaris
    Course Description:
    The weakness of many buildings, even ‘green’ ones is often the building envelope and air leakage resulting from poorly designed or constructed systems. Vidaris specialized in the design support of high performance building envelopes and their commissioning. LEEDv4 has introduced building envelope commissioning as an option to earn additional points within the rating system. This is something that Architects may want to consider offering as a value added service to their clients, who better to commission a building envelope that it’s Architect? This session will discuss various high performance envelope systems and the process of commissioning them.

Closing Session:

  • The International Green Construction Code & IBC in New Jersey
    Speakers:  Robert Longo, AIA, LEEDap, AIANJ Codes & Standards Chair, Professor Brookdale
    Jason Kliwinski, AIA, LEED Fellow/Faculty, CSBA, NJDCA Code Advisory Board Member
    Course Description: New Jersey has typically been a leader in code adoption and innovation. Since skipping the adoption of the IBC 2012 codes, New Jersey has fallen behind other States. With the adoption of 2015 IBC codes this year and the potential for now considering the adoption of the IgCC 2015 overlay code, New Jersey stands poised to once again take a leadership role. The IgCC presents some unique problems for New Jersey because of its performance based approach and varying levels within it that are no longer just ‘bare minimum’ standards. Florida, Phoenix & Scottsdale Arizona, Oregon, Rhode Island, North Carolina & Maryland have all adopted IgCC to some degree largely as a voluntary or equivalent compliance standard. While there are many pieces of legislation in New Jersey that talk about green building standards and designing green buildings, the State has yet to adopt a standard such as IgCC which clearly and definitively defines what constitutes a green building from a code compliance standpoint.

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Admission includes all meals, general session, and seminars. Early Bird Late On Site
AIA/USGBC-NJ Member $95.00 $120.00 $140.00
Non-Member $125.00 $150.00 $170.00
Students $20 $40 $60


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Registration Dates: 

Early Bird through 6/1/2015

Questions:  Laura Slomka at  609-393-5690, Mon – Fri, 9a.m. – 5p.m. EST for any questions regarding benefits, fees, cancellation, refunds which apply to your registration code.

Meal Information:

All paid conference registrations receive continental breakfast, buffet lunch, and networking reception.


Payment may be made on-line with a credit card or off-line with a credit card, or by a company or personal check.  Please note that AIA-NJ will appear on your credit card statement.  Payments may be deductible under the IRS code, but are not deductible as charitable contributions.


If you cannot attend the seminar, you are asked to please contact AIA-NJ by telephone at 609-393-5690 or email.  You are permitted to cancel your registration for the seminar until June 9, 2015.  Should you cancel your registration, you will be charged a $25 administrative fee that will be subtracted from the refund amount.  Refunds will not be given after the stipulated deadline and requests for refunds MUST be received in writing.  You may send in your refund request by fax to AIA-NJ at 609-393-9891.  Refunds for non-attendance will not be given; although registration substitutions are allowed.


Requests for substitutions will be permitted when both registrants are employed by the same organization and the payment has been made by company check or company credit card or wire transfer.   Requests for substitutions or credit should be sent in writing via fax or email to the conference registrar.