• 2017 Seasons Greetings from Humann Building Solutions

    Humann Building Solutions, LLC wishes one and all a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season. There are many Organizations that we need to recognize this year for their contributions to a more equitable and sustainable world I am starting with those that are immediately most thought of for this author:

    USGBC commonly known as the US Green Building Council, over the past year we, (Daniel Huard specifically) has had the privilege of being invited to participate with USGBC for many opportunities. First in January Daniel continued as a member of the international USGBC LEED Water Efficiency Technical Advisory Group Daniel contributes the the ongoing development of LEED. Then in the early spring of 2017 (based on Daniel impressive presentation and organizing participation in 2016) was again invited to the WaterBuild Advisory Group for Greenbuild 2017. Daniel was provided the honor to author several articles for USGBC which were published to the USGBC.org website to become permanent resources for green building practitioners. Daniel was again selected to present at WaterBuild as well as at WaterSmart Innovations representing USGBC and the LEED WE TAG with the first presentation occurring at the October 2017 WSI conference  in Las Vegas and the follow up second presentation occurring at the 2017 WaterBuild Summit in Boston to start Greenbuild. Daniel as well facilitated a Pecha Kucha session at #WaterBuild17 and contributed to other  program events during the Greenbuild event held in Boston in November 2017. In the same stroke of the pen we definately have to thank the Boston Greenbuild https://i0.wp.com/bostongreenschools.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Greenbuild-2017-logo.png?resize=367%2C89&ssl=1Organizing Committee for putting on an amazing event it was really rewarding to participate in the process and to be there as it all came together all of the events and even the trade show floor was abuzz with announcement after announcement related to the progress that we continue to make towards a better planet.  Finally when recognizing USGBC I am so very humbled and honored that I was ascended to the 2017 Class of LEED Fellows formally at the Greenbuild Leadership Awards Luncheon, being honored with so many of my colleagues and people from the Greenbuilding Movement that I have looked up to has been such a humbling experience. “We are honored and proud to have Daniel A. Huard as one of this year’s LEED Fellows,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO of GBCI and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

    National Fenestration Rating Council …. Thank You! To my fellow Board of Director members, the amazing NFRC Staff and the super active membership thank you for the support and opportunity that you have provided me in 2017. Daniel Huard was elected to the NFRC Board of Directors for a full 3-year term following a previous partial term, Daniel became Governance Committee Chair in his previous term and in 2017 was elected to the Board of Directors Executive Committee as well. Daniel has been a steadfast proponent of great Governance and Board Best Practices and for these reasons and his other leadership traits Daniel was requested to join NFRC at the 2017 CEO Symposium in Baltimore in November to contribute to leadership development and as well as the 2017 BoardSource Leadership Forum held in Seattle, Washington in October 2017.  “We are proud of Daniel’s accomplishment and respect his commitment to green building,” said NFRC‘s CEO, Deb Callahan. “His dedication and expertise are continually helping us improve our relevance among all our stakeholders.”

    On Wednesday, November 8th during Greenbuild 2017 in Boston I had the honor and pleasure to join Rob Zimmerman and Ratish Namboothiry of Kohler, at the Kohler NW Lobby – Near Rooms 207/208 Kiosk for an inspirational panel discussion: The Future of Water Infrastructure. The synopsis of the discussion was published as:  Deteriorating or non-existent water infrastructure, combined with the ever-evolving needs of a growing global population, has led Kohler to develop several innovative solutions including portable water purification products (KOHLER® Clarity, KOHLER Aquifer®) and self-contained toileting and water treatment systems (the Closed Loop Advanced Sanitation System).  Greenbuild attendees were invited to visit the inspirational panel discussion on how solutions like these could impact the future of water infrastructure and development.  The specific Kohler kiosk supported United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6 – Clean Water & Sanitation. A link to all of Kohler’s Greenbuild offerings is here: https://www.us.kohler.com/us/greenbuild/article/CNT125000002.htm

    Thank you goes out to the International Living Future Institute where Daniel a Living Future Accredited Professional also serves as the only Ambassador for the State of Nevada as well as an education programming facilitator. Daniel founded the The Las Vegas Valley Living Building Challenge Collaborative to educate and advocate for a restorative future using the worlds most stringent green building rating system the Living Building Challenge as the tool for transformative change. Daniel additionally provides it is an honor to have been selected again to participate at the annual ILFI Living Future Conference thank you for allowing Kathleen O’Brien, David Eisenberg and I to present “Leadership for a Living Future”the half day workshop where we positively impacted our conference attendees and inspired them to go out into their communities and the planet as new Emergent Leaders.

  • Daniel A. Huard Selected as 2017 LEED Fellow

    Daniel A. Huard Selected as 2017 LEED Fellow

    LEED Fellows are best-of-the-best in green building design, engineering and development

    Las Vegas, Nevada – (DATE) – Humann Building Solutions, LLC are pleased to announce that Daniel A. Huard, Founding Principal, has been named a 2017 LEED Fellow by the Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). This year’s 23 Fellows are being honored for their outstanding work as LEED Professionals and for the significance of their contributions to the green building community and LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, the world’s most widely used green building rating system. LEED Fellows are recognized as the most exceptional professionals in the green building industry, and it is the most prestigious designation awarded from GBCI.

    “We are honored and proud to have Daniel A. Huard as one of this year’s LEED Fellows,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO of GBCI and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). “Daniel A. Huard has shown superb leadership as a green building advocate and has continued to help shift the norm of how the industry plans and builds sustainably. Daniel A. Huard’s work and credibility in the industry has been proven time and time again by his outstanding leadership in the green building movement, and motivates all of us to continue the charge forward in creating sustainable, healthy and connected communities through the built environment.

    To be selected, LEED Fellows are nominated by their peers, must have at least 10 years of exceptional impact in the green building industry, hold a LEED AP with specialty credential and undergo an extensive portfolio review, among other requirements. The evaluation process is carried out by the LEED Fellow evaluation committee.A lifelong learning proponent, Daniel has long been a sought‐after Green Building expert. Daniel received degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Architecture and Urban Planning, beyond his professional degrees Daniel holds multiple professional accreditations: LEED AP O+M as well as LEED AP BD+C from Green Business Certification Inc. and now has been elevated to LEED Fellow in 2017, PMP from Project Management Institute, Living Future Accredited from International Living Future Institute, GGA, GGP and GPCP from Green Building Initiative, WELL AP from the International WELL Building Institute in addition to ASHRAE Commissioning Process Management Professional. Daniel’s professional expertise has contributed to numerous domestic and international High Performance Building, Sustainable and Restorative Development projects as well as international events including Greenbuild, WaterBuild, Living Future unConference, WaterSmart Innovations, AdvancedEnergy Conference, Energy Management Congress, CAPAC and Global Gaming Expo to name a few. Daniel has an ongoing commitment to mentoring, service and leadership having contributed to the National Fenestration Ratings Council, International WELL Building Institute, Association of Energy Engineers, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air‐Conditioning Engineers, USGBC Nevada, USGBC Western Regional Council and USGBC National and as well founded the Las Vegas Valley Living Building Challenge Collaborative serving as Nevada’s ILFI Ambassador. As a former League of Indian Nations of North America Ambassador to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Daniel focused on international sustainability programs, social and educational programs and native rights recognition and advocacy.

    The recipients will be honored at the 2017 USGBC Leadership Awards Luncheon at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo taking place Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 in Boston . The nomination period for the 2018 LEED Fellows class will open in February 2018. For more information about the LEED Fellow program and LEED credentialing, visit usgbc.org/credentials.

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    About Green Business Certification Inc.

    GBCI is the premier organization independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally. Established in 2008, GBCI exclusively administers project certifications and professional credentials and certificates within the framework of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating systems, as well as the PEER standard for power systems, the WELL building standard, the Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES), Parksmart, EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies), TRUE Zero Waste certification, Investor Confidence Project (ICP) for energy efficiency retrofits and the GRESB benchmark, which is used by institutional investors to improve the sustainability performance of the global property sector. www.gbci.org.

    About Humann Building Solutions, LLC.

    Humann Building Solutions, LLC, was co-founded by Daniel Huard in 1998. Humann currently focuses on all aspects of Green Building and Development Globally including Professional Program and Project Management, Construction Management, Green Building Consulting, ASHRAE-ANSI Accredited Commissioning Provision, Operational Optimization, Project Validation, Investment Grade Auditing, Net Zero and Net Positive Systems Designs and Implementations. In 2014 Humann Principal Daniel Huard acquired Greenview Global from its founder Pamela Vilkin and continues the tradition that Pam started to provide top quality education and sustainability consulting to clients primarily in the Las Vegas Valley and continues that tradition today.

    Humann Building Solutions founding principal Daniel Huard a LEED Fellow with specialties in Building Design & Construction as well as Operations + Maintenance leads the efforts of the firm’s practice where the firm provides
    a vast compendium of services to the Sustainability World. Green Building Consulting is performed by practitioners who are versed in every facet of the rating systems having helped develop LEED v4 and currently serving the LEED Technical Advisory Group. Other areas of expertise that the firm has include:
    ASHRAE – ANSI Accredited Commissioning Process Management Professional,
    ILFI Living Future Accredited Professional,
    IWBI WELL Accredited Professional,
    PMI Project Management Professional,
    Humann Building Solutions is a Licensed Professional Engineering Firm in the State of Nevada (2017, 2018 current) and additionally provides Energy Star for Buildings Assessments, Green Globes Assessments, Green Globes Professional Consulting, and Guiding Principles Compliance Professional consultation to facilitate new Federal, Military and GSA buildings.

  • Humann and affiliate Greenview Global attend Nevada Supreme Court Groundbreaking

    Humann Building Solutions Principal Daniel Huard was honored to have been invited to be in attendance at the Nevada Supreme Court and Nevada Court of Appeals ceremonial groundbreaking in downtown Las Vegas on Tuesday October 27th, 2015.

    Dignitaries in attendance included Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Nevada Supreme Court Chief Justice James Hardesty who spoke during the ceremony. Dignitaries as well used ceremonial shovels to break the dirt at the site, which is at the corner of S. 4th Street and E. Clark Avenue in downtown Las Vegas.

    “This new Purpose Designed Supreme Court facility has been designed to include many resource responsible features with an eye towards having a high level of sustainability, operability and user comfort.” responded Huard when asked to comment. The project is intended to achieve a high level GOLD LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification using the US Green Building Council’s LEED version 2009 rating system which Huard contributed to the development of. According to the project owner, Mr. Yohan Lowie, of LV Land Company, LLC and EHB Companies, the courthouse will be equipped with cutting edge technology to optimize its operational efficiency, “It may be the only LEED GOLD State Supreme Courthouse in the country,” Mr. Lowie said.

    The building will house chambers for Nevada Supreme Court justices as well as a 3-member Appeals Court which was approved by Nevada voters in 2014. Importantly for a Supreme Court the building will also features a 72-seat courtroom where oral arguments will be conducted for Supreme Court and Appellant Court Cases.

    Daniel Huard via affiliate company Greenview Global contracted with Las Vegas Land Development to provide the Green Building Consulting Services for the project. Huard and Humann Building Solutions have served on many high profile projects as technical experts, this is the first time Huard’s other Greenview Global principles will work on a Developer Financed Governmental Entity project. Huard provided that our working relationship with LV Land Development since rarely does one have the opportunity to the the Owners Representative for an internal Integrative Process for the development of such a landmark project. In addition to leading the project Humann Building Solutions, LLC registered the project for LEED Certification, will function as Commissioning Authority and additionally will represent the owner in seeking a Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy Partial Property Tax Abatement for the Facilities LEED Certification and its intended exemplary level of performance.

    This article was updated to acknowledge that a version of this post was co-authored by Rick Van Diepen when published on the Greenview Global, LLC blog December 4, 2015

  • LEED v4 Training with USGBC Nevada

    Knowing that our Humann Building Solutions Principal contributed to the authorship of the LEED v4 Ratings Systems USGBC Nevada asked to aid in the presentation of their Sustainable Saturday Education Program

    This in person facilitated all-day five session webinar series presentation will review the technical requirements of the LEED v4 Building Operations and Maintenance (O + M) rating systems. The series will cover each credit category, touch on every prerequisite and credit, and highlight differences specific to project type adaptations. In each session you will also gain essential knowledge for successful implementation of the rating systems by learning credit intents, key concepts, requirements, strategies, referenced standards and synergies within all credit categories of the rating systems.

    The trainng event occurs on November 8th, 2014 at the InNEVation Center 3rd Floor, 6795 Edmond St, Las Vegas, NV 89118 here is a link for registration > http://www.usgbcnv.org/event-1771791

  • Collaborating at the NFMT Vegas Conference and Expo

    Visit with us at the National Facilities Management & Technology (NFMT) Vegas Conference and Expo to experience more than 60 free educational sessions and a show floor with several hundred of the most significant advances in products available. USGBC Nevada will be representing at the event as well, their members are great collaborative partners to seek out and network with.

    The National Facilities Management and Technology Show in Las Vegas (NFMT Vegas) is one of your best educational opportunities of the year. The free conference and expo is the perfect-sized event if you are a facility professional looking for a completely customizable, facilities-management-centric conference. More Info

  • Our Principal to host USGBC National Legislative Director

    Humann Building Solutions’ Principal is happy to announce that he has been asked to host the US Green Building Councils Legislative Director at the National Clean Energy Summit 7.0 to be held at Mandalay Bay Resorts & Casino, Las Vegas on Thursday, September 4, 2014,

    National Clean Energy Summit 7.0: Partnership & Progress is a high-powered national conversation about growing the clean energy economy. Now in its seventh year, this prestigious annual conference convenes high-level industry leaders, policymakers, government officials, innovators, investors and advocates to discuss the future of our nation’s clean energy economy.  The event’s Keynote Speaker will be former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  For more info check www.cleanenergysummit.org

  • Education Collaboration with USGBC Nevada

    Happy to be facilitating the USGBC Nevada’s New Knowledge at Noon – Introduction to LEED v4: Measuring for Success.  The trainng event occurs on August 7th, 2014 at the InNEVation Center 3rd Floor, 6795 Edmond St, Las Vegas, NV 89118    ….here is a link for registration > http://www.usgbcnv.org/event-918340

    LEED v4 takes a systems thinking approach and emphasizes the connections within a building in order to improve overall performance. This is the second session of two parts and emphasizes the role of performance and how the underlying frameworks of flexibility, integrative process and performance are aimed at improving the user experience in LEED v4.
     
    Objectives include:
    • Identify areas of performance based requirements in LEED v4.
    • Describe the role of performance data to address LEED system goals
    • Recognize performance goals in each of the LEED credit categories
    • Identify benefits of the performance criteria in LEED v4
    This course will count as 1 LEED-specific CEU and 1 AIA CEU as applicable.
  • Hello Visitors

    Just a quick hello!

    So in reality I have been so busy working I managed to let my website(s) become obsolete.  As a result my peers pressured me into transitioning to the world of WordPress which displaces the archaic Frontpage sites… I hope the slow transition yet intuitive approach to WordPress will make my life easier.

  • Humann Principal again a Future City Competition – Judge

    Our Principal again was asked to contribute to the success of the Future City Competition for the 2013-2014 middle school year as a Lead Judge.  The annual event will occur on Saturday January 18th, 2014 at the Northwest Career and Technical Academy.

    The competition’s is described within program materials as:

    “The Future City Competition is a program designed for 6th, 7th and 8th graders to foster an interest in math, science, engineering, architecture, and construction through hands-on, real-world applications. The students create and design a city of the future by engaging in the planning, engineering design and building process – identifying problems, brainstorming ideas, designing solutions, testing, retesting and building, and finally communicating their results.”

    Each year, one specific theme is highlighted for the essay portion of the competition – this year’s essay topic is “Tomorrow’s Transit – design a way to move people in and around your city”

    For more information please visit http://www.snvfuturecity.org/ as well as http://futurecity.org/