We are so pleased to share that Adam Herzer has joined Paladino as a senior commissioning consultant. Adam has a unique background that blends building performance, human wellness, and energy innovation, and he’s supporting clients nationwide. We want to give you the opportunity to get to know Adam Herzer better through a Q&A.
Tell us about your background and what led you to Paladino.
I chose Paladino because I was looking for a company that was fully emersed in sustainable practices and doing the right thing for its customers. I love that Paladino and its customers treat sustainability like it’s valued and important, rather than treating sustainability like a task that they must complete.
I have been working in the architectural MEP field since I completed my service in the military. I first got a glimpse of the built-in environment field when I worked at the Architectural MEP firm SmithGroup, where I was a part of the design team. I caught the “sustainability bug” and have been affected/infected ever since. Many of the building owners are focused on the initial cost to build, but an informed client will know that sustainable efforts will always payout. Since leaving SmithGroup I have worked at several design, commissioning, and consulting firms doing my best to serve my clients’ sustainability needs.
Where do you find inspiration in your work?
I’m inspired by my clients and project teams. I get most excited when we work together to find opportunities to be more sustainable and when I find energy efficiencies to bring to clients. Clients are continually aspiring to do more, and I am most inspired when I am able to help a client obtain their goals.
What direction do you think green building is headed? Where do you see the industry in ten years?
There is a big push toward net-zero energy, and the next frontier will be net-zero carbon. Coast to coast – from the Omnibus Bill in Washington DC to Jay Inslee’s NZE climate plan in Washington State, the future of green building is Net-Zero. I expect to see buildings be net-zero ready in the short-term – at a minimum. There are varying initiatives that are pushing towards an eco-conscious design and operations. I wish I could say that the US will meet the 2030 challenge of being carbon natural, so I am doing everything I can to get us as close as possible.
What role does sustainability play in your life outside work? What does it mean to you?
To me, sustainability means doing the right thing. Ultimately the benefits will always outweigh the costs. I do what I can through recycling, reducing my energy dependency through an automated smart home, and I have an electric car. One thing I’d like to try or do more of is I would like to build an off-grid net-zero home/camp for my family.
What is one positive impact you feel sustainability will support in the world?
Sustainability has so many positive impacts on the world. The most critical is that sustainability has the power to stop or reduce global warming. I know this is the most important strategy to address natural disasters worldwide.
What do you do in your leisure time?
I’m happiest when I’m spending time with my wife and kids. Before COVID, I loved traveling and camping. Exploring new places and experiencing the outdoors with my family is my happy place. The three things I can’t live without are friends, family, and the great outdoors.
What are you most proud of?
I was an Aviation Rescue Swimmer while in the military, and I had the opportunity to save 28 people (and one dog) in the floods produced by hurricane Floyd in North Carolina. It will be hard to top that, in terms of proud accomplishments!
Is there anything else that you’d like to know about Adam Herzer? Ask away in the comments section below!
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