How do you stay on the cutting edge?

I strive to have the latest information and best practices in the built industry to deliver the highest value to my clients. Over the past year, I have continued to work hard to find opportunities to better myself and to support the industry. What do you do to stay on the cutting edge of your industry?

Some things that I have done over the last year:

maintain memberships with CSI, AIA, USGBC, JRGBC, VSBN to stay in front of trends in the industry and to keep a vast network of professionals that can help me with any issues that arise.

presented on Green Homes technology at a Harrisonburg Earth Week event.

attended the AIA National Conference in Miami and spent 3 days in training seminars and walking the Exhibitor booths talking to product reps to learn the latest innovations available (while my wife enjoyed Miami).

attended Construct 2010 in Philadelphia, gave a few presentations, and attended many more from the leading minds in the industry on technical knowledge in the construction industry.

re-certified in the EarthCraft program, taking courses for EarthCraft Residential and EarthCraft Multi-Family.

certified in Universal Design, now being listed as a UD Certificate Holder in the state of Virginia.

was an invited speaker at the Department of Energy on the topic of Energy Efficiency in the built Environment.

chaired the SVBA Green Building committee, which brought Green Drinks to town, hosted the first Green Expo, built a Habitat House, and hosted multiple training seminars.

served as a Judge at the JMU Engineering School annual Fling and presented to several classes.

presented on Social Media and Business Networking at the Middle Atlantic Region CSI Conference.

presented at Massanutten regional Governors School.

served on the CSI Emerging Professionals Task Team that works to engage other young professionals in the industry.

served as architect and LEED consultant on several pro-bono projects in the community that were focused on advancing green building knowledge with non-profits and students.

served as LEED Consultant on the first LEED Certified Industrial project in Central Virginia showing that going green does not cost more and actually saves money starting day one.

presented at the JRGBC monthly meeting on Green Homes and Certifications programs.

gave presentations to Central Virginia CSI and Blue Ridge CSI monthly Chapter meetings.

presented at Blue Ridge Community College with Joel Salatin.

had a booth at the Rockingham County Fair and the SVBA Home Show to engage the local community in discussions about green construction and design.

coordinated an EEBA Houses that Work seminar in Harrisonburg.

coordinated a Code Training Seminar for Construction professionals in Charlottesville.

organized and moderated multiple Green Matters Lectures in Charlottesville, which are free and open to anyone interested in learning about green.

I hosted First Friday Downtown Events at my Harrisonburg Office meeting 100s of local residents passionate for supporting the Harrisonburg Arts and engaging many of them in conversations about Architectural Design.

About the Author

Leave a Reply