Sustainability and the Built Environment with Phil Vetterkind – S1E5

November 14, 2019

By Forward, Sustainably

Sustainable built environment, LEED, WELL, Manufacturing & Supply Chain, Construction, Healthy Building Products.

Phil is the Director at Sustainable Building Solutions and Director of Sustainability at Hunzinger Construction. As Sustainability Director, Phil is responsible for working with the project team in order to identify opportunities and assist with implementing strategies that will enhance sustainability goals and LEED Certification initiatives on the project. Phil has worked as a project sustainability and LEED Consultant on over 50 LEED Certified Projects in the State of Wisconsin. He has hands-on knowledge and experience with rating systems and best practices in sustainability. In 2017 Phil was awarded the “Award of Excellence” for “Most Successful Community Engagement” for his local Leadership at the USGBC Wisconsin Leader Awards & Transformation Awards Reception.

We talk budget cycles, building commissioning, energy codes, building material specification, project verification, and market trends in the sustainable built environment. Myths about building certifications and costs are debunked and we take a look at consumer expectations in 2019. Recent billion dollar LEED projects in the Milwaukee area are highlighted including the home of the Milwaukee Bucks at the Fiserv Forum, the Northwestern Mutual building. With low unemployment rates, facilities that attract Millennial and Gen Z employees will help improve employee attraction, engagement, and retention. Other regional LEED projects highlighted include the Minnesota Twins Stadium, the Minnesota Vikings Stadium, the Milwaukee Brewers, the Atlanta Falcons stadium, Philadelphia Eagles stadium and other sports organizations part of the Green Sports Alliance. We also cover topics related to sustainable buildings and building occupant wellbeing, environmental product declarations and health product declarations and how to make buildings healthier. We even discuss career options in sustainability, manufacturing and the building industry and how Wisconsin is an emerging leader in sustainability in the manufacturing sector.

Forward, Sustainably is produced by the University of Wisconsin Sustainable Manage Programs.

Hunzinger Company:

Sustainable Building Solutions:

Health Product Declaration Collaborative:

U.S. Green Building Council:

WELL Building Standard:

Fitwel Building Standard:

International Living Future Institute:

Amanda Goetsch – Host
Bryan Bortz – Editing/Production
Ian Stone – Music/Production