Michael Berning of Heapy Engineering Selected as 2015 LEED Fellow
LEED Fellows are best-of-the-best in green building design, engineering and development
DAYTON, OH – (10-21-15) – Heapy Engineering announces that Michael Berning, a Senior Principal and Sustainability Director for the firm, has been named a 2015 LEED Fellow by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). This year’s 35 Fellows are being honored for their outstanding work as LEED Professionals and for the significance of their contributions to the green building community at large. With only 204 LEED Fellows world-wide, the LEED Fellow designates the most exceptional professionals and it is the most prestigious designation awarded from GBCI.
“Michael Berning is a remarkable individual who has long been a leader in the green building movement,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO, GBCI and CEO and founding chair, U.S. Green Building Council. Michael’s expertise and excitement motivates all of us to continue to look ahead to what’s next and to continue the innovation that has been the hallmark of our movement. Sharing his passion, knowledge and commitment, Michael anchors both the past and the future of our movement.”
To be selected, LEED Fellows are nominated by their peers, undergo an extensive portfolio review, must have at least 10 years of experience in the green building industry and hold a LEED AP with specialty credential, among other requirements. The evaluation process is carried out by the LEED Fellow evaluation committee.
Heapy Engineering President, Rick Pavlak, made this statement about Michael’s impact on both the firm and the regional built environment: “Michael’s leadership in advocating for and educating on LEED, coupled with his considerable technical expertise in the LEED Rating Systems, was quite transformational for us and the building Owners and Operators we serve.” Rick added, “Michael led our firm, one with a rich 70 year history of providing exceptional MEP Engineering Design Services, to being recognized as one of the Top Green Design Firms in the country.”
Michael’s project and community work related to Sustainability and LEED spans a few decades. As part of his leadership effort to expand awareness of LEED and sustainability in general, Michael developed several annual regional educational events including the Dayton Green Expo, the Symposium on Sustainability in Health Care and the Health Care Innovation workshop. Michael has been published in many trade magazines and for seven years wrote a regular column for Environmental Design and Construction Magazine focusing on the practical application of LEED and sustainability principles for the built environment.
Michael took a leadership role in working with Montgomery County [Ohio] Commissioners to create the Dayton Regional Green (DRG) Initiative. As a founding DRG Co-Chairman, Michael led a team in developing a Green Business Certification Program for the region’s business community. This certification program provides many benefits, including energy rebate incentives and serves as a first step toward pursuing LEED certification. Currently, there are nearly 500 Green Certified Businesses and the program has provided over $500,000 in enhanced rebates, along with dozens of free energy audits for small businesses.
At Heapy Engineering, Michael personally has led over 30 Eco-Charrettes (project kickoff workshops for LEED Projects). He recently served as Project Manager for The Ohio State University Sustainability Master Plan and the Sinclair Community College Energy Master Plan. Currently, Michael serves as the Vice President of the US Green Building Council SW Ohio Region, and will assume the role of Region President in 2016. The 2015 LEED Fellows will be recognized in Washington, DC at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, which is being held Nov.18-20, 2015. For more information about the LEED Fellow, visit usgbc.org/leed/credentials/leed-fellow.
About Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI)
The 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®) and the GRESB benchmark, which is used by institutional investors to improve the sustainability performance of the global property sector.
About Heapy Engineering
Heapy Engineering, nationally recognized for its leadership in sustainability, provides Mechanical, Electrical and technology Building Systems Design; as well as Energy, Commissioning and Planning Services primarily for the Health Care, Higher Education, Mission Critical, Government and Commercial markets. The firm is involved with over 350 LEED projects, with more than 50% of certified projects attaining GOLD or PLATINUM certification. www.heapy.com