We are proud to announce that our Principal and President, Rebecca Berry, was featured on the CREtech Climate Podcast hosted by Michael Beckerman to discuss sustainability in real estate and the AEC industry. Rebecca begins by briefly overviewing her background and how she became passionate about sustainability and incorporating it into the built environment. She is currently the director of our sustainability program, FA Energy, and works alongside Lara Pfadt on our firm’s sustainability efforts. Rebecca highlights Finegold Alexander’s work on existing and historic structures and emphasizes the importance of addressing existing buildings and their energy efficiency. She shared with Michael some key strategies the FA Energy division considers when working with clients and that keeping the big picture in mind is how we really can make a difference while looking at existing buildings.
Finegold Alexander has been pioneers of the adaptive reuse movement and is a firm that believes in adapting rather than demolishing. Throughout the podcast, Rebecca explains various ways our firm works with clients and renovating existing buildings to achieve sustainability goals through methods of heating, cooling, and innovative water systems. For example, at Wellesley College, Finegold Alexander is a completing a selective renovation project at Severance Hall that is focusing on Wellesley's E2040goal to be carbon neutral. One of the keys to this reduction determined in the Energy Master Plan involves changing from steam and high-temperature hot water for space heating on campus to a low-temperature water loop.
Towards the end of the podcast, the two discuss hopes for the future, how we can do more to help the environment, and what it means to them to be a part of this movement.
If you would like to learn more, click here to listen to the CREtech podcast.