Featured Conference Keynote 

Georgia Tech’s Kendeda Building has received Living Building Challenge (LBC) certification, the world’s most ambitious green building achievement. LBC requires projects to prove net positive energy and water over a 12-month period, during which the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted normal occupancy. 

What We Can Learn From A Net-Positive Water, Energy, and Construction Waste Building

We build roads that allow vehicles to move safely, while channeling rainfall “away.” Our impervious developments require more infrastructure to convey stormwater “away.” We tear down buildings and throw them “away.” But there is no “away.” Our built environment burdens communities with pollution, taxpayers with costs, and future generations with impacts of our metastasizing concrete, steel, and debris. This silo mentality results in single-use infrastructure, which is a luxury we can no longer afford. The Living Building Challenge (LBC), the world’s most ambitious and holistic green building standard, offers a model of how to break free of our habits. 

Photo: Jonathan Hillyer | Southwest Facade at Dusk, by Kendeda Building 


Presenting Experts 


Shan Arora is the Director of The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design,
which is a 37,000 sq. ft. non-departmental, multi-disciplinary education building on the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Atlanta campus. In March 2021, the building received Living Building Challenge (LBC) certification, the world’s most ambitious and holistic green building achievement. It is the first LBC-certified building of its scale in the southeastern U.S., where a warm humid climate poses many challenges.

Shan will provide an immersive, virtual tour of the building via Google Street View. Rather than focusing on the technical pathways to achieve LBC certification, he will discuss the ethos behind the goal.  The “why” informs the “how;” it is this mindset-shift that serves as a model for how we can create multi-use infrastructure, including facilities management technology. 


Jung-Ho Lewe is a research engineer with Georgia Tech’s Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory.  He led the creation of a digital twin for The Kendeda Building. He holds Aerospace    Engineering degrees from Seoul National University and Georgia Tech.                         

Jung-Ho will join the discussion "unconference style" to summarize how the team used a digital twin to calculate energy consumption. This approach leveraged types of FM technology, which are not typically not used to assess occupancy.  The discussion will speak to the challenges and creative solutions used to create a digital twin that captured actual performance of The Kendeda Building with sufficient fidelity. 


Best Green Project: Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design | Engineering News-Record