Most people know Paladino as a global leader in sustainability and green building. But we also boast a strong and highly capable commissioning team staffed by some of the brightest building systems experts in the business.
The latest addition to our commissioning team is Mary Hamann, who has joined our team as an Energy and Analytics Engineer. Mary has an impressive background and specializes in optimizing building performance. Through building energy model analysis, she influences project designs to satisfy local energy codes, qualify for green building certification, and optimize building energy usage.
Please join us in welcoming Mary!
Tell us about your background and what led you to Paladino.
In college, I studied mechanical engineering with an emphasis in renewable energy and have worked in the energy conservation industry for the last nine years. With the increasing impact of climate change and the depletion of our natural resources, it is important to operate our communities and buildings more efficiently and sustainably. I want to use my engineering skills to contribute to this cause.
Where do you find inspiration in your work?
I am inspired by the talented, hard-working, motivated people that I have the great fortune of working with. I am driven by the desire to pass on a better world to our children so that they will have access to all the natural beauty and landscapes that I have had the opportunity to enjoy.
Which direction do you think green building is headed? Where do you see the industry in ten years?
The next big opportunity for energy conservation is to update the existing stock of buildings. There are more existing buildings than new, higher efficiency buildings coming online, so it makes sense to focus on making improvements there. This approach creates resources and harvests energy in existing buildings that provide history and character to a neighborhood. Many can be renovated to current envelope and HVAC standards to greatly improve energy performance.
What role does sustainability play in your life outside of work? What does it mean to you?
I try to live my life as sustainably as possible, and I teach my children and the people around me about the importance of resource conservation. I get a lot of second-hand things and am very conscientious about only buying new things we really need or will use for a long time. I also try to reduce my family’s waste stream as much as possible and reduce, reuse, and recycle whenever possible. I love Paladino’s Abundance philosophy, which reframes the sustainability discussion away from scarcity and focuses on identifying resources that are readily at hand. That’s a great life philosophy for consumers as well as building owners.
What is one positive impact you feel sustainability will support in the world?
By using resources wisely and distributing them more equitably around the world, everyone will experience better opportunities and the chance for a higher quality of life.
What do you do in your leisure time?
As an Idaho native, I love outdoor activities like hiking, biking, rafting, skiing, and working in my garden. I love to travel, and have been to almost every continent – and even spent a year studying abroad in Brazil after high school. I like to read, cook, go salsa dancing, and check out new restaurants in Seattle with friends.
What are three things you can’t live without?
I don’t think I could survive a long plane or car ride without a good book to read, from classical literature to historical fiction, to the occasional science fiction novel. I also love to sing and listen to music, but don’t ask me to pick a favorite song or artist. Lastly, I must have access to the outdoors and nature; I love the feel of cold, clean air on my face as I’m hiking, skiing, or jumping into a crystal clear alpine lake.
What are you most proud of?
I am most proud of the relationships and community my family has built. I feel like we could go almost anywhere in the city, country, or world and find people we know that would help and support us.
Is there anything else that you’d like to know about Mary? Ask away in the comments section below!