Water Independence, Session 3


October 10, 2017
1:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Credit: 4.0 HSW/SD
Dallas Center for Architecture
1909 Woodall Rodgers Fwy
Dallas, TX 75201

Brought to you by: Committee On The Environment

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Water Independence is a comprehensive four-part series that continues the successful Getting to Zero education series for 2017.  This series will provide an overview of the importance of water conservation, proactive methods for water management, policies impacting water conservation and innovative strategies to reduce water consumption to net-zero water.  These learning opportunities will occur through case studies, presentations, and discussions with industry leaders.



Part three of the AIA | Dallas four-part series, Water Independence, Session 3: Buildings discusses opportunities and methods of achieving net zero building water usage, graywater collection system solutions, and case studies illustrating best practice approaches to building water conservation.


Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:

  • Define opportunities for improved building water conservation efficiencies
  • Understand methods of utilizing graywater collection and re-use for improved site water conservation
  • Identify practical approaches to effectual process water operations improvements
  • Establish clear, specific, and measurable project building water conservation goals


Thomas Bercy, founder and principal, Bercy Chen Studio:  Thomas Bercy was born in Belgium. He attended the Beaux-arts school in Brussels, where he studied four years in the fine arts program and two years in the architecture program. He was greatly influenced by the art nouveau buildings of Hankar, Victor Horta and Van de Velde and the early modernist work of Louis De Koninck. He then moved to the US and studied at the University of Texas at Austin where he graduated with a Bachelors degree in architecture and civil engineering. Following his time at UT, Thomas studied Urbanism at La Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile in Santiago. He then returned to Belgium to join Samyn and Partners, where he worked on some of the larger contemporary projects in Belgium including Centre Hopitalier Universitaire Brugmann and a university auditorium in Louvain-la-Neuve. In 2000 he returned to Austin and started work at the design-build firm of MJ Neal Architects. After collaborating with architect MJ Neal on several award-winning projects that were exhibited at the GA Gallery in Tokyo, Thomas formed Bercy Chen Studio LP with Calvin Chen in 2001, focusing on design-build projects with attention to global vernacular, culture, and materiality.

Tony Schmitz, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, senior associate and Sustainable Design Lead, Perkins+Will:  Born and raised in Dallas Texas, Tony Attended Texas A&M University where he received his Bachelors of Environmental Design from the College of Architecture. He has spent all 25 years of his Architectural career in Dallas, and has been with Perkins+Will for the last 13 years concentrating on Higher Education Architecture.  While spending day-to-day activities working with a variety of education clients, he also serves as the Co-Director of the Water lab, one of nine research lead labs within the firm, that focuses on evidence-based research and sustainable design strategies that provides research for the firm wide design studios as well as the Architectural community.  Tony is committed to providing a uniquely Texas approach to sustainable building and design and continues to be inspired by the passion of students who push the education systems to strive for a better environment for learning and for the planet.

Gerald Kettler, PE, LEED Fellow, Managing Principal, Facility Performance Associates:  Gerald J. Kettler has over 49 years of management and professional level experience in the design, construction, testing, commissioning, and operation of physical facilities. He is a licensed professional engineer in nine states and certified in many specialties including commissioning, test and balance, building audit, energy modeling, and environmental management. He has performed as commissioning authority and other USGBC LEED administration functions for over 300 LEED projects and is a LEED Fellow. Mr. Kettler has worked for a variety of architectural, engineering consulting, construction, testing and management companies. This has given him wide experience in the design, construction, testing, commissioning and operation of facilities. He has been active on many ASHRAE and other organization committees that develop industry wide codes, guidelines and standards, and currently serves as chair of ASHRAE SSPC 300, Commissioning. He served as founding chair of the Dallas 2030 District.