Attractive Building Design Solutions and High Performance Results Featured in Lecture Series

October 19, 2006

Integrated building design combines multiple disciplines and seemingly unrelated aspects of design in a process that has significant benefits for more efficient energy use in the U.S. commercial sector. These design strategies should be considered for all aspects of green design: improving energy efficiency, planning a sustainable site, safeguarding water, creating healthy indoor environments, and using environmentally preferable materials. On October 4th, at the National Building Museum, in the fourth in a series of DOE-sponsored lectures on building energy efficiency, Mr. William Browning shared his perspective this design approach. In his presentation, Attractive Building Design Solutions and High-Performance Results: Buildings from New York to China Demonstrate the Benefits of Integrated Building Design (PDF 11.8 MB) Download Adobe Reader, Browning spoke about the integrated design approach and highlighted results from the Bank of America Tower in New York, the California Academy of Sciences, the GSA San Francisco complex, and XiHu Tiandi in Hangzhou, China. These state-of-the-art buildings showcase highly attractive design solutions that integrate green strategies into general architecture, HVAC, lighting and electrical, interior design, and landscape design. 

Browning is a principal in Browning Partners, LLC, which provides strategic thinking for environmentally-responsive real estate projects, building products, and economic/physical infrastructure. Browning’s consulting projects include new towns, resorts, and building renovations, as well as Wal-Mart's Eco-mart, Grand Canyon National Park, Lucasfilm’s Letterman Digital Arts Center, the Pentagon Renovation, and the Sydney 2000 Olympic Village. He coauthored Green Development: Integrating Ecology and Real Estate, and a companion CD-ROM, Green Developments; A Primer on Sustainable Building, a textbook; and Greening the Building and the Bottom Line, a study of increased worker productivity in energy-efficient buildings.

In 1991, Browning founded Rocky Mountain Institute’s Green Development Services, which was awarded the 1999 President’s Council for Sustainable Development/Renew America Prize. He was named one of five people “Making a Difference” by Buildings Magazine in 1998 and in 2001, named an Honorary member of the AIA. He has been a National Real Estate Advisor to The Nature Conservancy and the Trust for Public Land and served as a founding member on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Green Building Council, and Greening America. He was the public liaison to the Greening of the White House, a comprehensive energy and environmental retrofit of the White House.