Fri, Sep 10, 2021 - 2:00pm ET

For the series opener, we'll provide an overview of building science, how we apply it, and what to expect from the series. Participants will hear from a panel of professionals who will give their perspective on how building science informs them and helps them create high performance school buildings.

Welcome & Introductions: Arnel Catalan, AIA, Associate Principal at Mount Vernon Group Architects, CHPS National Technical Committee Co-Chair

Overview & Moderating: Elisabeth Krautscheid, Managing Director, CHPS

Design Perspective: Juan Guarin, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, Sustainability Specialist, Perkins Eastman

Engineering Perspective: Mark Madorsky, PE, President, LEAF Engineers

Commissioning Perspective: Alex Buchanan, BECxP, CxA+BE, LEED AP BD+C, CHPS Reviewer

Recorded Webinar & Slides
  • School Building Science Fridays September 10, 2021 Session Slides: Download here
  • School Building Science Fridays September 10, 2021 webinar recording: Watch here
Speaker Bios

Juan Guarin, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, works for Perkins Eastman as a Sustainability Specialist on its Firmwide Sustainability Team. With a bachelor's degree in Architecture from Los Andes University in Colombia and a master's degree in Environmental Building Design from the University of Pennsylvania, Juan has combined his passion for sustainability and architecture in both his education and his career. Inclusive design and community engagement are priorities in the work Juan does on a daily basis, by generating the highest impact in the most vulnerable communities where he works. Juan is passionate about passive design, building science, and indoor environmental quality and has a high level of expertise around building performance computational tools and pre/post-occupancy evaluations.

Mark Madorsky, PE. Mark has served as President of LEAF Engineers since 2002. Mark is a recognized national expert on MEP engineering, sustainable design practices, NetZero solar project development and Next Generation technology environments. He oversees all LEAF mechanical, electrical, plumbing and technology systems engineering operations. LEAF expanded their services offerings in late 2020 to include enhanced IAQ design and post-COVID reopening HVAC consulting. 

As president of LEAF Engineers, Mark serves as the corporate team manager and senior client executive. He oversees all LEAF mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and technology systems engineering projects. Additionally, Mark establishes LEAF Engineers’ corporate vision and culture, providing key leadership and strategic direction for all of LEAF Engineers services. He has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. 

Mark is one of the founders of the TX-CHPS Criteria, first adopted in 2009.

Alex Buchanan, BECxP, CxA+BP, LEED AP BD+C. As a CHPS project reviewer, Alex applies her broad background to advocate for green schools and to assist teams pursuing better building design. Prior to joining CHPS, Alex served as a commissioning engineer where she had the opportunity to consult on a number of projects pursuing energy-efficient design and green building certifications including K-12 schools and higher education facilities. She has also worked in construction management for a design-build firm where she gained first-hand experience in building design and construction. Alex has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Colorado at Denver.

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