Achieving NetPositive Design Through a Charrette-based Approach

  • 06 Jun 2017
  • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • SDG&E Energy Innovation Center (EIC), 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92117
Achieving NetPositive Design Through a Charrette-based Approach

Sponsored by SDG&E Energy Innovation Center

Set your sights beyond the net-zero goals of today and drive the conversation toward a future of net-positive sites: developments that enhance their surroundings and regenerate the environment. Explore the key concepts of sites that positively impact their community. We will look beyond the typical metrics to eight strategic areas of focus: energy, water, waste, food production, construction practices and materials, economics, functionality, and user experience.  We will explore the connection between the pre-design process and high performance buildings, with a concentration on energy efficiency. 

The session’s interdisciplinary approach gives planners, economists, architects, engineers, landscape architects, permaculture enthusiasts, farmers, zero wasters, analysts, consultants, builders, owners, and others the tools to explore true collaboration early in the design process.  This hands-on session engages participants in a fast-paced, interactive design process to build a 3D model of a new eco-village office park.  The goal is to create an inspirational center that is harmonious with the natural world and serves as an example of a new way of living, working and building. 

This session embraces a “learn to do by doing” approach, empowering participants with knowledge and assessment techniques to achieve net positive goals. We will immerse you in an Integrated Design Process (IDP) experience, putting integrated design and systems thinking on display and in practice. This is an inclusive, collaborative, goal-driven approach, with the aim of achieving high-performance design. The goal of IDP is to minimize resource consumption, reduce life-cycle costs, and maximize health and environmental performance across a wide range of measures. We’ll provide you with the tools to put these concepts into action. Guided by experts from fields of engineering, design, and construction, this session strikes a balance between engaging discussion, hands-on creativity, assessment and analysis, and interactive fun.

Topics covered will include:

  • Conducting quick site planning assessments for the NetPositive potential of a site in eight key focus areas: energy, water, waste, food production, materials, economics, functionality, and user experience.
  • Identify conflicting and complimentary objectives between different focus areas in achieving overall net positive goals.
  • Practice simple assessment techniques to evaluate metrics associated with each focus area.
  • Practice & lead a fast-paced, hands-on, interactive design charrette that fosters creativity and systems thinking design.

This class is eligible for continuing education units from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).


Jeff Bishop, APS GENERAL CONTRACTORS, LEED GA, leads APS General Contractor’s Project Development team and oversees the company’s growth and client relationship management. A hands-on leader, he provides estimating, project management, marketing, business development, and organizational growth services for APS. Jeff has a Masters in International Management (MBA equivalent) from the University of California San Diego (UCSD). His goal is to apply ecological design solutions to impact positive change in the built environment, food systems, natural resource management, water/energy use, and human and environmental health. His work includes demonstrating cutting-edge renewable energy, composting, regenerative agriculture, habitat revitalization, and responsible resource management systems to diverse populations. 

Calina Ferraro, PRINCIPAL, RANDALL LAMB ASSOCIATES, PE, LEED AP, is a mechanical engineer and Principal at Randall Lamb, an MEP consulting firm based in San Diego. She leads mechanical and plumbing design teams in a number of industry sectors including healthcare, bio tech, higher education, hospitality, commercial, and civic buildings. Calina spearheads Randall Lamb’s sustainable design group with a strong focus on holistic, integrated solutions to minimize the energy & water use of building systems while maintaining safe, comfortable and beautiful spaces.

Jennifer Phelps, PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT, LEED AP BD+C, is a landscape architect with TFLA Landscape Architects. Jennifer’s primary goal is to develop innovative and practical design solutions that highlight the interconnection between natural and human systems.  Her work in site planning, landscape architecture, and creating healthy environments is grounded in the intersection between health and well-being and sustainable design. She specializes in optimal indoor environmental quality and water conservation measures.  Jennifer combines her broad design experiences to synthesize and harmonize the design process. She recognizes the true value of collaboration, using systems-thinking to integrate diverse perspectives into effective design solutions.


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