Free Webinar - Electrification: A Path to Healthier People + Planet
The planet is in trouble and its human occupants don’t fare much better as rates of cancer, asthma, infertility and obesity increase. Most states have aggressive goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and slow climate change while medical and building professionals continue to make the health connection between buildings and people. The electric grid becomes exponentially cleaner as we employ zero emission technologies paired with renewables like wind and solar. All electric buildings can be much simpler to operate and maintain while improving human health. They are often cleaner, safer and more comfortable. Consideration for systems, materials and finishes with low embodied, as well as operational carbon is critical. From mid-rise, multifamily to zero-energy single-family, the examples in this presentation demonstrate simple, efficient, practical applications with lessons learned and the anticipation of a zero emissions future.
- Learn what “electrifying” means in today’s building lingo.
- Respond to the top arguments against electrification, including “it’s too expensive to operate” and “total carbon use is higher”.
- Understand the top technical challenges of electrifying existing buildings and industry-standard new construction
- Identify next steps to thoughtfully evaluate electrification for your next project
Maureen McGeary Mahle, Senior Vice President and Director of Sustainable Housing Services, Steven Winter Associates, Inc.
Maureen McGeary Mahle is an engineer, building scientist, and green building consultant with Steven Winter Associates, Inc. As Senior Vice President and Director of Sustainable Housing Services, she supports project teams seeking to comply with national green building programs including the National Green Building Standard, LEED, ENERGY STAR and Passive House. To date, she has certified more than 13,000 green dwelling units in ten states, with over 9,000 more in progress. She works to tie human health to energy efficiency and green building, and her projects have been early adopters of Active Design Guidelines and the WELL Building Standard. Under her leadership, SWA is a seven-time recipient of EPA’s Indoor airPlus Leader Award for rating healthy homes. Maureen was named a LEED Fellow in 2018.
Maureen participates in market transformation at both the local and national scales through numerous committees and research initiatives. Maureen initiated the development of the LEED for Homes Multifamily Midrise rating system adaptation and served as a member of the USGBC LEED v4 task force. She co-chaired the national LEED Technical Committee and the New York City’s Building Resiliency Task Force Special Committee on Homes. Maureen is a contributor to several publications and was a board member of Home Energy magazine. She has co published research papers for SWA’s Consortium for Advanced Residential Building (CARB) and the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) Residential Green Building background paper for NAFTA. Maureen has provided support to the Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) funded by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development with inspections, testing, analysis, and information dissemination of hurricane resistant housing, panelized construction technologies, high performance HVAC, domestic hot water, and ventilation systems. Maureen received her M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin Madison.