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2019 Technical Round Table: Design and Engineering for Net Zero Facilities

November 19, 2019
8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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Astra Zeneca
35 Gatehouse Drive
Waltham, MA 02451

2019 Technical Round Table: Design and Engineering for Net Zero Facilities

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 8:00AM

Thank you to Astra Zeneca for hosting this meeting!

Advanced registration is required for attendance at this meeting. There will be no walk in availability.


Parking – Parking is in the parking garage located at 35 Gatehouse Drive. Please park in the garage and walk under the covered walkway to the lobby labeled “35 Gatehouse Drive Main Entrance”.


Join us for our annual technical round table deep dive into the details of designing and engineering net zero facilities. This year we will hear from architects and engineers who successfully design and engineer facilities and systems that meet the requirements of these amazing buildings. When I first decided to address this topic, I had to do a little research on the definition of net zero facility – and I found there is no one answer to that question – it may depend on who you ask!

Regardless of the source, how we define our targets and goals for net zero buildings is important and success has been more and more achievable for these facilities in designing and building commercial buildings that save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions furthering our goals to limit our impact on our world. Join me and our speakers in understanding our progress in this endeavor. Below please find details about our speakers and abbreviated biographies. Complete biographies are available at the event.


Speaker Bios

Martine Dion, FAIA, LEED APBD+C, Principal, Director of Sustainable Design

SMMA | Symmes Maini & McKee Associates

Net Zero Energy Schools: Affordable and Scalable

Martine Dion, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, is Principal and Director of Sustainable Design at SMMA with twenty seven years of experience.  She is the sustainable expert within the firm, providing sustainable design and LEED consulting services to clients.  Ms. Dion has been in charge of the implementation and coordination of sustainable design practices for the firm for the past twenty years and has largely contributed to its consolidation across the firm’s A&E disciplines.



Carlos G. DeSousa, P.E.

Garcia Galuska DeSousa
Electrical Engineer Role for Net Zero Buildings

Mr. DeSousa has over 35 years of experience in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree at the Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts in the areas of Electrical and Technology Engineering. As the managing Principal and President of Garcia, Galuska & DeSousa, Inc., Mr. DeSousa is actively involved in all phases of a project's development with a strong focus on Net Zero strategies.



Nicole Voss, AIA, LEED Green Assoc.

User Engagement in Net Zero Buildings

Nicole Voss is a designer with diverse experience across educational, hospitality, and commercial projects, however, her specialty lies in building performance. Nicole believes that evidence based design should be a driving force across all typologies, with the goal of creating buildings that directly benefit both their occupants and broader communities. Nicole is also interested in resiliency, and has moderated panels on the subject at both the AIA National Convention and Greenbuild International Conference.




In the event that you must cancel your registration, please note that there will be a $10 cancellation fee deducted from your refund. Unfortunately, we are unable to process any refund for cancellations that occur within 72 hours of the beginning of the event. Please contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions.


$35.00 Member Ticket
$30.00 Earlybird rate before November 13

$35.00 Non-Member Ticket