Tuesday / November 09, 2021 / 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Net Zero Nation: BNIM Architects


Our second installment on how design firms from coast to coast have made Net Zero Energy design part of their firm's DNA looks at Kansas City-based design firm BNIM. If your firm has taken an interest in integrating highly efficient, net zero energy use into its designs but not been able to fully integrate these strategies, please join to hear how has been able to make NZE design a significant part of your firm's culture. Our speakers Joel Keal, AIA and Jeremy Knoll, AIA, will address these questions:

  • What is BNIM's firmwide philosophy and history and why it is important to the integration of sustainable design strategies.
  • What are the exemplary BNIM case studies and project metrics.
  • How firmwide metrics help to position a BNIM for the next NZE project.
  • What are the things that you can do at your firm (right now).


  Jeremy Knoll, AIA, LEED Fellow, SEED, ENV-SP, is an Associate Principal and experienced Project Manager at BNIM with a deep passion for green building, historic preservation, and social equity. Jeremy is an industry expert in green building rating systems, and he has served as the primary sustainability and LEED consultant on dozens of projects worldwide. Jeremy has held a role in numerous high performance and LEED Platinum projects at BNIM, and his expertise in sustainable design and building performance strategies are sought out by project teams across firm. As part of BNIM’s Sustainability Group, Jeremy served as a key contributor to BNIM’s 2020 Sustainability Action Plan and first annual sustainability report, Subject To Change. Jeremy is a volunteer leader nationally, regionally, and locally for the USGBC, Executive Board member of Climate Action KC, and Executive Board member of DesignCorps, the world leader of the Public Interest Design movement.

  Joe Keal, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, is a Principal with BNIM where his work is rooted in the creation of high[1]performance spaces that enliven human experiences. Joe has presented regionally and nationally on high performance integrated design as well as BNIM’s unique and collaborative, integrated design process. His design leadership and client collaboration endeavors span educational, complex cultural and performing arts, adaptive reuse and historic preservation, workplace, religious, and civic projects. Joe’s client-centered approach is focused on authoring or creating support mechanisms that help clients realize their organizational or institutional vision, goals, and success with the notion of long-term resiliency in mind. In addition to serving on BNIM’s Core Leadership Team and as a trusted advisor his clients and collaborators, Joe has served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Kansas School of Architecture where his instruction was focused upon integration of sustainability and digital design platforms.

If you missed our first Net Zero Nation presentation in August, with speakers from Boston, click here to watch it now.

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