Green Building Subcommittee

Co-Chairs: Patricia O’Flaherty & Ted Mendoza

The Green Building Committee (GBC) is a cross-disciplinary group of faculty, staff, and students committed to building a more sustainable campus.  Through research and advocacy, the GBC addresses how new buildings are designed and constructed, campus landscape is maintained, and existing buildings are operated.

The Green Building Committee not only collaboratively advocates for more energy efficient, sustainable, healthy, and comfortable campus buildings; it is also the campus’ “think tank” tasked with originating innovative & affordable solutions regarding a sustainable built environment.  Each month the GBC engages with students, faculty, and staff at the University to help the campus fulfill it sustainable obligations in building design, construction, operation, and maintenance.  This dialogue is fundamental to ensuring an environmentally sound future. 

Current initiatives include:
Consolidation of building energy & resource data on campus
o Data collection, analysis, and presentation to leverage measurement, verification & resource use monitoring (M&V) project initiatives
o One year (and beyond) continued evaluation of energy utilization for buildings on campus; for the purpose of optimizing building energy performance, operations and maintenance.
o Feedback to Design & Construction project teams on the successes and failures of implemented energy conservation initiatives
Assist with Curriculum Development
o Support UMA faculty and staff with interweaving Green Building concepts into interrelated curricula. 
o Support students working on research or thesis projects related to sustainable building practices.
Energy Modeling Support
o In-house resources to (1.) generate energy models for campus buildings, (2.) provide quality assurance review of current energy models, and (3.) share UMA energy modeling input parameters with project design teams for them to establish a baseline building energy profile. 
o Development of UMA guidelines for energy modeling of buildings on campus. 
Net Zero  Research & Planning for UMASS Amherst
o Leadership and assistance in evaluation of net zero building concepts
o Conceptual planning in pursuit of UMA as a net zero campus
Research on “Green” building materials
o Support Design & Construction project teams with evaluation and recommendations regarding green building materials
o Support UMA faculty, staff, and student projects with guidance on research regarding green building materials

Our buildings are where we live, work, learn, and conduct groundbreaking research.  UMASS Amherst’s comprehensive, university-wide Green Building Guidelines ensure that all sustainable design and operations opportunities are vetted and that environmental targets are achieved in a cost-effective manner while delivering healthier, greener, and more efficient places to live, work and learn.

UMASS Amherst Green Building Guidelines

In addition, our team helps identify opportunities for improving building performance, shares best practices and performance data, helps project teams better understand UMASS Amherst’s Green Building Guidelines, facilitates green building training and collaborates in LEED certification efforts.  GBC participation in the LEED process includes:
• Speaking as a “single voice” for built environment sustainability during facility planning, design, and construction
• Assistance with creating “green features” graphics for Building Dashboards
• Organizational support for M&V initiatives on LEED Projects
Several factors contribute to the success of these initiatives to institutionalize green building practices into our capital projects, including: a collaborative decision-making process led by the Campus Sustainability Manager and the Green Building Committee of the Chancellor’s Sustainability Committee.

Committee Members:
Ludmilla Pavlova, Senior Campus Planner, Campus Planning
Ezra Small, Campus Sustainability Manager
Jason Burbank, Campus Energy Engineer, Physical Plant
Soroush Farzinmoghadam, Graduate Student, Architecture + Design and Regional Planning
Nariman Mostafavi, Graduate Student, Department of Environmental Conservation
Patricia O’Flaherty, Graduate Student, Architecture + Design & Environmental Conservation
Somayeh Tabatabaee, Graduate Student, Department of Environmental Conservation
Stephen Schreiber, Department Head, Architecture + Design
Kathleen Lugosch, Graduate Program Director, Architecture + Design
Ray Mann, Faculty, Architecture + Design
Paul Fisette, Associate Dean, Department of Environmental Conservation
David Damery, Faculty, Department of Environmental Conservation
Simi Hoque, Faculty, Department of Environmental Conservation
Benjamin Weil, Faculty, Department of Environmental Conservation
Jeff Quackenbush, Capital Project Manager, Design & Construction Management
Daniel McCarthy, Assistant Director, Building Maintenance, Physical Plant
Pam Monn. Assistant Director, Physical Plant, Buildings & Grounds Division
Ted Mendoza, Capital Project Manager, Design & Construction Management

Green Building Researcher Bios

Patricia O'Flaherty is a native of Western Massachusetts, growing up in Springfield and now residing in Granby.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Architecture degree, both from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the Building Sciences in the Department of Environmental Conservation at UMass.  Patricia was also the builder’s project manager for the George N. Parks Minuteman Marching Band Building, UMASS Amherst’s first LEED certified building.  Patricia has 20 years’ experience in commercial design and construction including many UMASS Amherst projects; she is chair of the Green Building subcommittee and is a member of the Chancellor’s Sustainability Committee Implementation Team.

Nariman Mostafavi is a Ph.D. student in Building and Construction Technology at UMass. He joined the Campus Planning in January 2013 as a Graduate Green Building Researcher.  He holds a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering for Energy and Environment from Royal Institute of Technology-KTH (Stockholm, Sweden) and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering (Petrochemical) from AmirKabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic, Iran).  Nariman currently works on developing a campus-wide sustainability analysis tool and is tracking campus resource use at the building level; he serves as co-chair of the Master Plan subcommittee and is on the Green Building subcommittee.  

Somayeh Tabatabaee is a Ph.D. student in Building and Construction Technology at UMass and joined Campus Planning in January 2013 as a Graduate Green Building Researcher.  She holds a Masters of Art in Architecture (Residential Deasign) from Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran (where she worked as a Research fellow in Green Building Systems), and a Bachelors of Art in Architecture from Art University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran.  Somayeh is currently working on a case for a Net Zero Energy Building on campus and is developing a database of campus LEED projects; she serves on the Green Building and Master Plan subcommittees.  

Soroush Farzinmoghadam is a graduate student pursuing PhD in Regional Planning and Master of Architecture at UMass and joined Campus Planning in January 2013 as a Graduate Green Building Researcher.  Soroush also holds a Bachelor of Architecture from SBU (Tehran-Iran) (2006) and a Master of Building Technology from TMU (Tehran-Iran, 2010). He has collaborated with several architectural firms on projects ranging from residential complexes to airports and has translated to Farsi textbooks on ecological design. Soroush currently works on developing a campus-wide sustainability analysis tool, automation of building Energy Utilization Intensity benchmarking and is developing Interactive LEED Explorer and Sustainability Explorer maps; he serves on the Master Plan and Green Building subcommittees.