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Synergy Session 5: Sustainability at Home

How to Save Money and Energy in Your Home 

Gary Olp

This session will address strategies that homeowners can follow to live more energy efficiently and sustainably, which translates into money savings. Topics include the house envelope, plumbing, living space, heating, air conditioning, lighting, indoor air, appliances, your yard, your vehicle and environmentally friendly products. 

Gary Gene OlpGary Gene Olp directs the highly acclaimed GGO Architects, a boutique green architectural practice in Dallas dedicated to excellence in design and sensitivity to place and the environment. GGO Architects is a general practice established in 1987 to effect a fundamental change in the application of the craft of architecture based on an understanding of environmental stewardship. Gary’s efforts reflect an enterprising approach to energy efficiency, passive solar techniques, natural day lighting, enhanced fresh air systems with an emphasis on reducing construction waste and the use of natural, non-toxic building materials. His firm has secured the USGBC LEED Platinum certification for the Plano Environmental Education Center, LEED Silver LEED certification for the McCommas Bluff Eco-Training Center, Gold level certification for the city of Dallas Northwest Service Center, Silver for the city of Dallas Hampton-Illinois Library and many more. Two of his residential buildings have also received significant achievement awards. Gary's own home was awarded IBO's EVHA Silver Award, Custom Category for Hot Humid Climate in 2005. He has served as a board member on various cultural, educational and civic boards, committees and task forces, including the nonprofit Sustainable Dallas organization. Gary is actively involved with the Boy Scouts of America and is one of the originators and co-chairs of the Committee on the Environment, Dallas Chapter AIA. He is immediate past chairman for the board of the North Texas Chapter of the USGBC. Gary was elected to the American Institute of Architects, Prestigious College of Fellows, in 2014. 

Urban Rewilding: Landscaping for Biodiversity

Gary Olp

Drive through any nearby neighborhood, and you most often will see yards and parks planted with the same types of trees and shrubs. In this presentation, Gary Olp will discuss potential risks of these emerging monocultures and advocate for diverse, climate-appropriate landscaping that will encourage birds, butterflies and wildlife and create a vibrant urban environment. 

Gary Gene OlpGary Gene Olp directs the highly acclaimed GGO Architects, a boutique green architectural practice in Dallas dedicated to excellence in design and sensitivity to place and the environment. GGO Architects is a general practice established in 1987 to effect a fundamental change in the application of the craft of architecture based on an understanding of environmental stewardship. Gary’s efforts reflect an enterprising approach to energy efficiency, passive solar techniques, natural day lighting, enhanced fresh air systems with an emphasis on reducing construction waste and the use of natural, non-toxic building materials. His firm has secured the USGBC LEED Platinum certification for the Plano Environmental Education Center, LEED Silver LEED certification for the McCommas Bluff Eco-Training Center, Gold level certification for the city of Dallas Northwest Service Center, Silver for the city of Dallas Hampton-Illinois Library and many more. Two of his residential buildings have also received significant achievement awards. Gary's own home was awarded IBO's EVHA Silver Award, Custom Category for Hot Humid Climate in 2005. He has served as a board member on various cultural, educational and civic boards, committees and task forces, including the nonprofit Sustainable Dallas organization. Gary is actively involved with the Boy Scouts of America and is one of the originators and co-chairs of the Committee on the Environment, Dallas Chapter AIA. He is immediate past chairman for the board of the North Texas Chapter of the USGBC. Gary was elected to the American Institute of Architects, Prestigious College of Fellows in 2014.