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This seminar will provide an insider's perspective where Administrators and Clinicians can positively impact the Sustainability of a new building or renovation project. Navigating through the multifaceted world of project design is typically left to the "Design professionals." Where do these professionals need you to be an integral part of the overall design effort to make certain the project successfully meets (your) sustainability goals?  What building and systems decisions can and should you influence?  As increasingly more and complex strategies are employed to make health care facilities sustainable, energy efficient and greener, everyone is (and should be positively) impacted. Successful sustainable strategies from a number of health care projects will be examined providing an inside look at where you as an administrator, clinician or other non-design professional needs to and can take a leadership role in creating tremendously sustainable outcomes.

This has been approved by AIA for 1.0 CE Credits.


  • Attendees will realize why more interaction with the design team to influence the integration of sustainable strategies is critical to creating successful project outcomes.
  • Attendees will recognize through lessons learned from actual project case studies what sustainable strategies can and should be considered for their projects that impact not only building systems but staff and patients as well.
  • Attendees will be able to identify vital sustainable strategies that should be considered for their projects.
  • Attendees will gain insight into the complex matrix of project decisions regarding engineering systems design and where their involvement providing a clinical perspective will ultimately positively affect patient outcomes and project sustainability.


Michael Berning PE, CEM, LEED AP BD+CSenior Principal, Director of Sustainable Design
Michael Berning, as the Director of Sustainable Design for Heapy Engineering, is responsible for the strategic integration of Sustainability across Heapy Engineering's markets.  Under his leadership, the 170 employee firm is involved with over 250 LEED projects and over 80 employees are LEED AP's.  Michael has presented at several National, many regional/local Conferences, and a number of Professional Society Meetings.  His presentation experience at the national level includes the following conferences:  AIA National Convention, National Conference on Building Commissioning, the World Energy Engineering Conference, Greening the Heartland and the US Institute for Theater Technology Conference.  He has provided LEED Training for over 1000 industry professionals.  He is a Fellow for the Hobart Center for Food Service Sustainability, and is on the Editorial Board and writes a regular column for EDC Magazine focused on sustainability solutions.   He leads sustainability on the local level as a Co-Chair of the Dayton (Ohio) Regional Green Initiative (DRG3).  He is a Regional Chair for the USGBC's College and University based USGBC Students Program.  

Joseph Ferdelman PE, HFDP, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Principal, Health Care Market Leader
Joseph Ferdelman, as Health Care Market Leader for Heapy Engineering, provides valuable and constructive insight to the firm’s health care project design staff.  This includes integration of new strategies for lean and efficient facility design as well as providing leadership on the adoption of new design tools, updates to industry related codes and changes in overall market direction.  His guidance to the firm’s engineering staff on matters regarding the latest innovations in health care design focus on beneficial patient centered design solutions.  He was made a Senior Principal in the firm in 2001 and has over 20 years of health care design experience.


Daric Hess PE, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Principal, Health Care Sr. Project Manager
Daric Hess is responsible for the conceptual design and the development of innovative engineering solutions for design projects across the health care market’s broad spectrum of facilities.  He was made a Senior Principal in the firm in 2008 and has over 15 years of health care design experience.  He provides valuable technical leadership to project teams adding insight and creativity from the initial project planning stages through design reviews and throughout the construction process.  He also is responsible for evaluating and integrating new electrical technologies into the firm’s design process.  Daric collaborates closely with health care project teams to develop readily implementable design strategies that contribute to positive patient-focused outcomes.



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