LEED Fellows are best-of-the-best in green building design, engineering and development.
New Orleans, LA – (October 20, 2015) – Eskew+Dumez+Ripple announces that Z Smith, a Principal with the firm and Director of Sustainability & Building Performance, has been named a 2015 LEED Fellow by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). This year’s 35 Fellows are being honored for their outstanding work as LEED Professionals and for the significance of their contributions to the green building community at large. The LEED Fellow designates the most exceptional professionals and it is the most prestigious designation awarded from GBCI.
“Z is a remarkable individual who has emerged a leader in the green building movement,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO, GBCI and CEO and founding chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “His expertise and excitement motivates all of us to continue to look ahead to what’s next and to continue the innovation that has been the hallmark of our movement. Sharing his passion, knowledge and commitment, Z anchors both the past and the future of our movement."
To be selected, LEED Fellows are nominated by their peers, undergo an extensive portfolio review, must have at least 10 years of experience in the green building industry and hold a LEED AP with specialty credential, among other requirements. The evaluation process is carried out by the LEED Fellow evaluation committee.
Upon learning that he had been so honored, Z recalled the words of humorist Art Buchwald, who observed that “If you attack the establishment long enough and hard enough, they will make you a member of it.”
Z has helped shape a number of signature green buildings, including the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) and the New Orleans BioInnoviation Center (NOBIC). The CIRS project (a classroom and office building on the campus of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver) earned LEED Platinum certification and was one of the first projects to pursue the Living Building Challenge, and was honored with the 2015 Canada Green Building award. NOBIC was cited by the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) as one of the 2015 AIA COTE Top Ten, an award that signifies the integration of design excellence, beauty, and exceptional performance. He also spearheaded a joint effort between Eskew+Dumez+Ripple and the Tulane School of Architecture to win the 2011 NCARB Prize, integrating training in high environmental performance into the Tulane architectural curriculum; the materials developed are now used in programs around the country. Z has also served as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the US Green Building Council, which was instrumental in the defeat of anti-green-building legislation in the Louisiana legislature.
The 2015 LEED Fellows will be recognized in Washington, DC at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, which is being held Nov.18-20, 2015. The nomination period for the 2016 LEED Fellows class will open in January. For more information about the LEED Fellow, visit usgbc.org/leed/credentials/leed-fellow.
About Z Smith, PhD, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Z Smith has been involved in nationally published sustainability research and design for the past ten years. He has served as a Project Architect for carbon neutral, net-zero energy and net-zero water use buildings, and taught sustainable design courses at universities in the U.S. and Canada.
With training and experience in the fields of architecture, physics, information technology, and renewable energy, Smith serves as the Director of Sustainability & Building Performance. He integrates his broad range of skills in service of lowering the environmental footprint of each of our buildings, while continuing to help us deliver projects on time and on budget. He brings an approach of scientific rigor to green design in our studio’s wide array of community, educational, and institutional projects, and brings tremendous added value to our clients through the reduction of energy consumption, and subsequently the reduction of energy bills.
In addition to his Directorial role within our practice, Z is also a frequent public speaker on sustainable design issues, Chair of the USGBC Louisiana Chapter, and an adjunct professor at the Tulane School of Architecture.
About Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI)
The Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) is the premier organization independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally.
Established in 2008, GBCI exclusively administers project certifications and professional credentials and certificates within the framework of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating systems as well as the PEER standard for power systems, the WELL building standard, the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES®) and the GRESB benchmark, which is used by institutional investors to improve the sustainability performance of the global property sector. GBCI.org.
Since its founding in 1989 Eskew+Dumez+Ripple has built a nationally recognized practice of distinction with a particular emphasis on projects of lasting cultural and social value. As an architectural, interiors and urban design firm based in New Orleans, LA, the firm recognizes the importance of the unique culture and architectural heritage of its surroundings and generates design that is considerate of historic preservation, adaptive reuse, and sensitivity to the character of place. Its commitment to enhance and protect both the cultural and natural environments of the communities it serves is evident in the beauty and technical craftsmanship of its designs and the enduring sustainable legacy of its projects.
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