This webinar brings together three professionals who have dedicated their careers to making hospitals better for the planet while maintaining health standards for occupants. During this event, they will discuss how the industry can continue pushing for energy efficient hospitals that push design standards while still maintaining safe air quality to avoid the spread of diseases and viruses, like COVID-19.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to identify the parameters around creating a Net Zero Hospital
  • Participants will learn about various strategies related to achieving low energy hospital design
  • Identify how to maintain high quality healing and work environments while improving design standards
  • Understand the industry’s progress, challenges, and possible solutions as it relates to achieving high performance health care facilities

WIH Tracks:

  • Healthcare Education
  • Professional Development
  • Community

CEUs Offered:

  • ACHE
  • AIA-LU
  • HSW

By attending the "Achieving Net Zero Energy Goals in Hospitals Post COVID-19" offered by Women in Healthcare, inc. participants may earn up to 1 ACHE Qualified Education Hours toward initial certification or recertification of the Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) designation.

Presented by:

Travis English, Chief Design Engineer, Kaiser Permanente 

Travis English is the Engineering Manager for Kaiser Permanente (KP) National Facilities Planning group, and KP's designated Chief Engineer of Design Excellence. Travis is a licensed professional mechanical engineer with more than 16 years of experience both in the design and construction administration of mechanical and energy power distribution system for institutional, commercial,  laboratories, and health care facilities. His professional experience encompasses renewable power systems, net zero building design, and building control systems.

Heather Burpee, Research Associate Professor, University of Washington's Integrated Design Lab

Heather Burpee, through her work at the University of Washington’s Integrated Design Lab, has established thorough research on energy efficiency of hospitals working with leading architects, mechanical engineers, and owners to establish goals to radically reduce energy consumption in this building typology, while maintaining high quality healing and work environments. Energy goals strive to reach the 2030 Challenge through team interaction, systems design, research and long-term data collection. Emphasis on high quality work and healing environments includes attention to daylighting, lighting, view, and ventilation. This work bridges practice, research, and education with collaboration between practitioners, faculty, and students.

Rick Maniktala, President, BranchPattern

Rick has worked on more than 30 medical projects with total costs of over $1 Billion. He has experience in project sequencing and understands how sophisticated medical systems are integrated in addition to his understanding of healthcare codes, criteria, guidelines, and standards, as well as AT/FP requirements. Rick is also knowledgeable of the design/installation of HVAC and refrigeration, DDC, energy use simulation, energy plant equipment, medical and dental gas, compressed air, vacuum, high pressure/clean steam, domestic water and other systems including sanitary drainage, storm water, fuel gas, fire suppression and their interface with other systems. He is committed to advancing sustainability and promoting human and environmental well-being through his projects. He is well-versed in High Performance Building Programs and has been part of teams who have completed and are currently working on net-zero energy facilities.

Moderated by:

Carrie Nakamoto, Commissioning Authority, BranchPattern

Carrie Nakamoto is a Certified Commissioning Professional (CCP) and Certified Commissioning Agent (CxA) with over 15 years of extensive hands-on experience in finding solutions for complex projects in the Healthcare Construction environment.  With specialized knowledge in testing and troubleshooting HVAC, controls, hydronic, emergency power, life safety, and specialty systems, Carrie articulates factors that are unique to the construction of healthcare facilities, implementing best practices based on those factors and providing buildings that promote health and wellness for their occupants. By identifying the precautions, assessing construction risk, developing mitigating strategies and monitoring their effectiveness, and determining the documentation requirements specifically to healthcare, Carrie adds value to every project.  Carrie’s ability to listen to a client’s requirements and translate them into achievable project goals, combined with her strong project management and technical skills, has solidified Carrie as a valued industry leader, being rated consistently high by her peers and clients including Air Force Medical Command for her work on Military Hospitals and Clinics all over the nation.


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BranchPattern is a building consultancy of engineers and scientists dedicated to creating better built environments. Our beliefs are rooted in nature which has taught us that true sustainability sits at the intersection of human experience and environmental stewardship.




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