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Dr. Charles J. Kibert

Professor & Director of Powell Center for Construction & Environment
Contact: ckibert@ufl.edu

Office/Bldg: 342 RNK
Phone: +1 (352) 273-1189

Charles J. Kibert is a Professor and Director of the Powell Center for Construction and Environment at the University of Florida. He is co-founder and President of the Cross Creek Initiative, a non-profit industry/university joint venture seeking to implement sustainability principles into construction. He is co-chair of the Curriculum and Accreditation Committee of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and helped create the first ever student chapter of the USGBC for which he served as faculty advisor. His research interests include sustainable development and construction, deconstruction, net zero energy buildings, carbon footprinting, construction and demolition (C&D) debris recycling, and construction ecology and metabolism . He was the lead author of the first edition of the highly successful publication “Greening Federal Facilities” available on the website of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (www.eren.doe.gov). He is the author of Sustainable Construction: Green Building Design and Delivery, 3rd edition (John Wiley & Sons, 2012) and co-author of Working Toward Sustainability: Ethical Decision Making in a Technological World (John Wiley & Sons, 2011). He was the editor of Reshaping the Built Environment (Island Press, 1999) and lead editor of Construction Ecology (Spon Press, 2002).  He is a LEED-AP and Green Globes Assessor (GGA) and has extensive experience with green building certification and commissioning.


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Dr. Robert J. Ries

Associate Director of Powell Center for Construction & Environment, Rinker Associate Professor, and Director of the M.E. Rinker Sr. School of Building Construction
Contact: rries@ufl.edu

Office/Bldg: 311 RNK
Phone: +1 (352) 273-1155

EDUCATION: Ph. D. in Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University, 1999; MS in Architecture Carnegie Mellon University, 1995; B. Arch, Pratt Institute, 1982.
SPECIAL FIELDS: Life Cycle Assessment in the Built Environment, Green Building, Sustainable Development.
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:
-Chang Y, Ries RJ, Wang Y, (2010) The embodied energy and environmental emissions of construction projects in China: An economic input-output LCA model, Energy Policy, 38(11), pp. 6597-6603, Elsevier.
-Shah VP, Ries RJ, (2009) A characterization model with spatial and temporal resolution for life cycle impact assessment of photochemical precursors in the United States, International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, 14(4), pp. 313–327, Springer.
-Thabrew L, Wiek A, Ries RJ, (2009) Multi-stakeholder Contexts and Environmental Decision Making: Applicability of Life Cycle Assessment in Development Planning and Implementation, Journal of Cleaner Production, 17(1), pp. 67-76, Elsevier.
-Bilec M, Ries RJ, Matthews HS, Sharrard A, (2006), An Example of a Hybrid Life Cycle Assessment of Construction Processes, Journal of Infrastructure Systems, 12(4), pp. 207-215, American Society of Civil Engineers, Reston, Virginia.
-Osman A, Ries RJ, (2004), Life Cycle Impact Analysis of Energy Systems for Buildings. Journal of Infrastructure Systems, 10(3), pp. 87-97, American Society of Civil Engineers, Reston, Virginia.
-Ries RJ, Mahdavi A, (2001), Integrated Computational Life Cycle Assessment of Buildings. Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering 15(1), pp. 59-66, American Society of Civil Engineers, Reston, Virginia.
More than 80 publications in the area of life cycle assessment and optimization, green building construction, and environmental impact assessment of buildings.


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Dr. Abdol Chini

Professor & Center affiliate
Contact: chini@ufl.edu

Office/Bldg: 306 RNK
Phone: +1 (352) 273-1165

Dr. Chini is a Holland professor of Building Construction and Past Director of M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction at the University of Florida.  He has performed extensive research on the reuse and recycling of construction materials including recycled concrete aggregates, wastewater generated at concrete plants, and salvaged lumber from deconstructed buildings to minimize environmental impacts.  His research was funded by US Environmental Protection Agency, US Forest Products Laboratory, and Florida Department of Transportation.  His current research is supported by the US Department of Energy and focuses on developing measures to reduce energy consumption of residential buildings. Dr. Chini is the Coordinator of Working Commission 115 (Construction Materials Stewardship) of Conseil International du Batiment (CIB). He has edited three books, has published more than 90 papers and has made numerous national and international presentations.  He was the recipient of the 2003 UF Research Foundation Professorship.


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Dr. Paul Oppenheim

Professor & Center affiliate
Contact: pauloppenheim@ufl.edu

Office/Bldg: RNK 315
Phone: +1 (352) 273-1157

EDUCATION: Ph.D., University of Maryland; MS and BS, University of Florida; Licensed Professional Engineer, Refrigeration Contractor and Home Building Contractor.
SPECIAL FIELDS: Heating and Air Conditioning; Home- building.
EMPLOYERS: North Carolina State University; Western North Carolina Refrigeration Service; National Association of Home Builders Research Center.
MEMBER: American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers.


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Dr. James Sullivan

Professor & Center affiliate
Contact: sullj@ufl.edu

Office/Bldg: RNK 309
Phone: +1 (352) 273-1176

James’ professional work experience includes consulting and lecturing on green construction techniques. His construction management experience includes work for Clark Construction, Bethesda, Maryland, and Hines, Inc., Atlanta , Georgia. His research focus has been on utilizing sustainable techniques in the construction industry form a contractor perspective. He was awarded his Ph.D. in 2007 from the University of Florida. His dissertation focus was on decision models relating to building outcomes and first costs. James is currently the Charles R. Perry Assistant Professor at the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction, University of Florida, Gainesville. His course work includes construction techniques, project management, high performance, and surveying/methods. Dr. Sullivan served as a Co-PI for the UF Solar Decathlon house that competed in Madrid, Spain, in 2010, and has worked on several grants focused on construction management and sustainable goals. In addition he serves on state and national boards relating to construction job training and placement.


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Dr. Ravi Srinivasan

Professor & Center affiliate
Contact: sravi@ufl.edu

Office/Bldg: RNK 316
Phone: +1 (352) 273-1164
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Dr. Ravi Srinivasan received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Architecture (Building Technology) from the University of Pennsylvania; M.S in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida; and B.Architecture from National Institute of Technology, India. He is a Certified Energy Manager, LEED AP, and Green Globes Professional. Dr. Srinivasan was an invited reviewer of MDes theses at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University in 2014, and a frequent guest lecturer to graduate students in the School of Design, University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Srinivasan is the author of The Hierarchy of Energy in Architecture: Emergy Analysis, PocketArchitecture Technical Series (Routledge, Taylor & Francis, 2015) with Kiel Moe, Harvard University. He has contributed to over 50 scientific articles published in peer-reviewed international journals (impact factor > 2), chapters, and conference proceedings. He is currently a member of the National Fenestration Research Council American National Standards (NFRC-ANS) Committee; an active reviewer for reputed journals such as Building and Environment (#1 reviewer for this journal in 2014), and Energy and Buildings. He is an active consultant on several green building projects worldwide, particularly in the field of building energy modeling. He frequently participates in international conferences, scientific workshops, and policy support meetings.

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