Eera Babtiwale

VP of Sustainability
HMC Architects

As VP of Sustainability at HMC Architects and board member of the Designing Futures Foundation (DFF), Eera’s efforts are making a difference in demonstrating how sustainable building design translates into tangible value for her clients and communities. She has led the sustainable analysis, design and green building certification for over 3 million square feet worth of projects for HMC over the past 17 years. Eera is now focused on a larger goal of looking beyond the conventional definition of sustainability, and toward a regenerative future. She aims to achieve Net Zero Energy for all new building projects by 2030, and to use building design as a means to educate and foster a regenerative culture. She utilizes a four-part mantra: 1. Start with passive design, 2. Right-size the mechanical system, 3. Supplement with renewables, 4. Use the building to inspire and teach. The result not only promises a cost savings, but a change in human behavior, and a reverence for resource conservation.