Business Case for Green Building Report

A Steering Committee made up of the leading experts in green building – representing academia, finance, development and professional services – are working with WorldGBC to ensure our forthcoming Business Case for Green Buildings report is reliable, credible, and relevant to all parts of the building sector.

Members of the Steering Committee

Shengkai Chui
Energy and Sustainability Manager, Jones Lang LaSalle

After failing miserably at the 5 a.m. walk-in tryout for the Badger’s basketball team one freezing winter morning, Shengkai Chiu shifted his remaining passion for basketball to his study of engineering. Shengkai is a Taiwanese American who moved to Georgia to tap into the great American educational system when he was 13. After graduating with a master’s degree in engineering, Shengkai landed a job with Johnson Controls, specialising in developing energy saving projects and bundled solutions for performance contracts. For the last ten years, Shengkai’s career has revolved around the building energy management industry. He is now responsible for rolling out Jones Lang LaSalle’s sustainability platform to facility management clients in Southeast Asia. Shengkai lives in Singapore with his family.

Lauren Haas 
Australasia Sustainability Manager, Brookfield Multiplex
Sydney, Australia

Lauren Hass is responsible for managing the implementation of sustainability across all the Brookfield Multiplex Australasian businesses, empowering and engaging the business, key stakeholders, clients and government in demonstrating the value proposition of sustainable property development, management and investment in terms that make business sense. Lauren is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), commencing her career with Ernst & Young LLP and then working as a Financial Analyst for a public REIT in San Francisco.

Ursula Hartenberger
Global Head of Sustainability, RICS
Brussels, Belgium

Having worked on environmental issues for a number of global organisations, Ursula
Hartenberger joined RICS in 2006. She took on the role of RICS Global Head of
Sustainability in 2009 and is responsible for coordinating the organisation’s strategic activities in this field and high-level stakeholder engagement. She is member of a number of international sustainable development think tanks and sector initiatives and has been closely involved in a series of RICS publications on sustainability and value and associated investment decision-making in the property sector and regularly writes on these issues for external publications and academic journals.

Frank Hovorka
Direction du Pilotage Stratégique, du Développement Durable et des Etudes, Caisse des Depots 
Paris, France

Frank Hovorka started his career in construction field for VINCI group in Eastern Europe. In France he worked for EMGP (REIT) in the development of several commercial buildings, focusing in recent years on sustainable development. Since September 2010, he has been in charge of real estate sustainable development policy with the Caisse des Depots group, where he is also involved in research for net zero energy buildings and financial indicators for green value through several research projects and international bodies (SBA, REHVA, RICS and UNEP-FI).

Miles Keeping

Head of Responsible Property Investment, Drivers Jonas Deloitte
London, England, UK

Miles Keeping is a Partner and Head of Responsible Property Investment at Drivers Jonas Deloitte.  He works with a range of clients on sustainability issues relating to their assets, having a deep understanding of landlords’ and occupiers’ preferences for sustainable buildings. In previous roles, Miles was Head of Sustainability at GVA and a partner at King Sturge LLP and a Senior Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University, where he spent 11 years undertaking consultancy work, researching and teaching about property sustainability issues.

Nils Kok
Associate Professor, Maastricht University
Maastricht, Netherlands

Nils Kok is an assistant professor in Finance and Real Estate at Maastricht University and a visiting scholar at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. His main research focus is on sustainability issues in the real estate sector, concentrating on the economics of “green” buildings in the marketplace. Nils also works with institutional property investors, such as APG, PGGM and Triodos Bank, on the implementation of sustainability policies and is a contributing member of various real estate and market networks.

Lisa Fay Matthiessen
Principal, Integral Group
Los Angeles, California, United States

Lisa Fay Matthiessen is an architect with over 23 years of experience in design and construction, with an emphasis in sustainable design. Through her groundbreaking research and analysis of the financial costs and benefits of building green, Lisa has transformed construction markets worldwide and advanced public policy and the evolution of environmentally responsible design. Lisa is currently a principal with Integral Group, an engineering firm dedicated to deep green design.  

Gary Pivo
Professor of Urban Planning and Natural Resources, University of Arizona
Tuscon, Arizona, United States

Dr. Gary Pivo holds professorships at the University of Arizona in the Planning Degree Program and the School of Natural Resources and is currently Advisor to the Responsible Property Investing Center. Professor Pivo has published extensively on responsible property investing, less auto dependent urban form, and sustainable urbanization. His studies of office suburbanization, how urban form shapes travel behavior, and responsible property investing are some of the most widely cited research in these areas.

Sarah Sayce
Head of School of Surveying and Planning, Kingston University
London, England, UK

Professor Sarah Sayce has worked as an academic within Kingston University, London, for many years, and spent some years practising as a Chartered Surveyor. Sarah is an acknowledged expert in the field of sustainability and valuation, having written and spoken extensively on the subject. She has also lead-authored the RICS Global Guidance to Valuers, published in 2009 and a major literature review of the connection between commercial property pricing and sustainability in 2010.

Jane Henley, Chair
CEO, World Green Building Council
Toronto, Canada

Jane Henley is the CEO of the World Green Building Council (WGBC). Jane was on the founding board then the founding CEO of the New Zealand Green Building Council from 2006 to 2010. Jane has been a director of the WGBC since 2007 until becoming the CEO in 2010. Jane was also a director of the United Nations Sustainable Building Climate Initiative board and is an active speaker and passionate about business leading change.

Greg Kats, Advisor
President, Capital E
Washington DC, United States

Greg Kats is President of Capital-E, an early-stage investor in clean technology firms and projects internationally. Previously, he was Managing Director of Good Energies, a leading global investor in renewable energy, energy efficiency industries and green buildings, with $6 billion under management. Greg is a founder of New Resource Bank, the first U.S. green bank, and he is a founder of the American Council on Renewable Energy. He is the principal author of the most widely cited study on the cost and benefits of green buildings, conducted for 40 California state agencies. 

Members of the Expert Advisory Group

Bill Browning 
Terrapin Bright Green, LLC

William D. Browning, Terrapin Bright Green LLC, received a Bachelor of environmental design from the University of Colorado and a MS in real estate development from MIT.  In 1991, Browning founded Rocky Mountain Institute’s Green Development Services, which was awarded the 1999 President’s Council for Sustainable Development/Renew America Prize. In 2006 he became a principal in Terrapin Bright Green LLC, which crafts environmental strategies for corporations, government agencies and large-scale developments. Browning’s clients include Walmart's Eco-mart, Starwood, Yellowstone National Park, Lucasfilm’s Letterman Digital Arts Center, New Songdo City, Bank of America’s One Bryant Park, the White House, and the Sydney 2000 Olympic Village. He coauthored Green Development: Integrating Ecology and Real Estate, Green Developments (CD-ROM), A Primer on Sustainable Building, Greening the Building and the Bottom Line, and The Economics of Biophilia. Browning was named one of five people “Making a Difference” by Buildings magazine, and an Honorary member of the AIA. He was a founding member of US Green Building Council’s Board of Directors, and is the Chair of the Greening America Board of Directors. He served on the DoD Defense Science Board Energy Task Force and the State Department’s Industry Advisory Panel.

Chris Garvin 

Terrapin Bright Green, LLC

Chris Garvin is an accomplished practitioner and active voice in the sustainable design community. Since moving to New York in 1998, he has specialized in environmental architecture and materials research, while serving on numerous advisory boards and in organizations that advocate for sustainability in design. An integral contributor to Terrapin’s development, Chris was named a Partner in 2008. He serves as a project lead for many of Terrapin’s consulting engagements while also actively involved at COOKFOX Architects, where he is a Senior Associate. His interests include high-performance design at both the building and community scale, zero energy communities, biomimicry, biophilia, and water conservation. Complementing his work at Terrapin, Chris lectures frequently on sustainable design and has taught at the Pratt Institute’s Center for Professional Practice. He also advises several organizations on sustainability issues, including the National Building Museum and the New York Academy of Sciences. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Urban Green Council, the New York chapter of the US Green Building Council, and on the Advisory Board for Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability. Chris received a Bachelor of Architecture degree with honors from Carnegie Mellon University, where he worked with noted professor Vivian Loftness and spent a year at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale in Lausanne, Switzerland. He and his husband, Todd Sears, live in Manhattan.

Judith Heerwagen 

US General Services Administration

Environmental psychologist Judith Heerwagen’s work focuses on the link between building design and psychosocial behaviour and needs. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and is an editor of Biophilic Design: The Theory, Science and Practice of Bringing Buildings to Life. She is a member of the New Ways of Working Network and the US Green Building Council. She served on the USGBC research committee for three years and as its vice-chair for two years. Before starting her own consulting and research business, Heerwagen was a staff scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and a research faculty member in the University of Washington College of Architecture and Urban Planning. She currently works for the US General Services Administration in Seattle and is a visiting scholar at Portland State University’s Center for Sustainable Processes and Practices. She has conducted numerous postoccupancy building evaluations and works with interdisciplinary teams to evaluate the link between interior environmental conditions and occupant health and comfort. She has written widely on workplace design issues, biophilic design, and sustainability.

Vivian Loftness 


Vivian is a University Professor and former Head of the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University. She is an internationally renowned researcher, author and educator with over thirty years of focus on environmental design and sustainability, advanced building systems integration, climate and regionalism in architecture, and design for performance in the workplace of the future. She has served on ten National Academy of Science (NAS) panels, the NAS Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment and has given four Congressional testimonies on sustainability. Vivian is recipient of the National Educator Honor Award from the American Institute of Architecture Students and the Sacred Tree Award from the US Green Building Council (USGBC). She received her BS and MS in Architecture from MIT and served on the National Boards of the USGBC, AIA Committee on the Environment, Green Building Alliance, Turner Sustainability, and the Global Assurance Group of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. She is a registered architect and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.