Monday, January 7, 2019

"Green Building Standards" - An Interview with CEO of BREEAM USA, Barry Giles

by Shoshana Harlem, Terra Linda High School

Barry Giles
Barry Giles has worked as an engineer, general contractor, systems operator, and a facilities supervisor. In 2016, he was appointed CEO of BREEAM USA. BREEAM USA is the original green building rating system created in 1990 in the United Kingdom. Barry also helps think of practical approaches to green building.



       1. What made you want to work for BREEAM USA?
The only realistic 'green building rating system' in use in the USA is the US Green Building Councils' LEED program. For existing buildings that program has many prerequisites that stop many buildings getting into its program. BREEAM dispenses with those prerequisites and allows all buildings to make a start.

       2. What are the best parts of your job?
   The best parts of my job are working with great buildings and great clients.

       3. What are the worst parts of your job?
   The worst part of my job is t.ravel

       4. What is your practical approach to green building?
   My practical approach to green building is to be efficient in your building...it pays off 3:1.

       5. What current research are you working on?
 I am currently trying to get multifamily apartment complexes to be more efficient.

Want to learn more about Barry Giles and green building? Join us on Wednesday, January 16 at Terra Linda High School from 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM in Room 207!



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Marin Science Seminar is a one-hour science lecture/presentation with a question and answer period open to all interested local teenagers, educators and community. Seminar sessions are held 12 Wednesday evenings during the school year, from 7:30 to 8:30 pm in room 207 at Terra Linda High School, 320 Nova Albion Way, San Rafael. Seminar speakers are scientists, mathematicians, engineers, physicians, technologists and computer programmers. The topics presented are in a specific area of the speaker’s expertise, geared to interested high school students.