Sustainability Manager

12 Jan 2024

Our Impact:

We are Thriven Design, an award-winning architecture, engineering, planning, and interior design firm committed to serving others and creating places where people thrive. As a multidisciplinary firm, our four disciplines work together in-house to provide a comprehensive and collaborative project experience for our clients built on communication, respect, and a shared appreciation for what is possible when we work together. Our extensive portfolio spans housing (including affordable, market-rate, and student), adaptive reuse, asset preservation, large-scale site planning, commercial facilities, and more.

Your Impact:

We are presently seeking a full-time enthusiastic Sustainability Manager to work closely with our internal and external project teams to evaluate the energy efficiency of a variety of multifamily and commercial projects. Your work will help make buildings cost-effective, sustainable, safe, and healthy for their occupants. You will be the go-to internal resource for expertise on energy efficiency, internal standards, program requirements, and internal education. You may be the right person to grow with us and help us achieve our mission, “creating places where people thrive”.

Key Responsibilities:

Perform energy modeling, energy audits, building and system assessments, and provide energy consulting for multifamily and commercial buildings

Assists architectural and engineering project team with finding the most cost-effective way to achieve energy efficiency goals and requirements

Provides building science-based recommendations to clients for saving energy, improving comfort and health, and reducing environmental impact for new construction or retrofit projects

Clearly communicate building science principles and green building program requirements to all members of the project team.

Research technologies, programs, and/or policies related to sustainability.

Identify energy saving strategies in new and existing buildings.

Prepare and coordinate documentation, calculations, and analysis to support certification programs including but not limited to Enterpriese Green Communities, LEED, NGBS, Passive House (PHIUS), etc.

Update energy models during building design to analyze various iterations of energy efficiency measures

Communicate with project representatives during inspection and document findings in a report

Stay up to date on the progress of all projects, managing numerous projects simultaneously

Ensure projects stay on track to achieve energy efficiency goals and program requirements

Maintains ongoing relationships with clients for future opportunities

Education and Experience:

Bachelor's degree in architecture, architectural technology, architectural engineering, sustainable design, construction management, or a building-related engineering field.

5-10 years of professional experience with building design or construction.

5-10 years of experience applying LEED, Enterprise Green Communities, PHIUS, NGBS, or WELL criteria to projects.

Demonstrated understanding and experience reading and reviewing construction drawings, project specifications, and contractor submittals.

Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite

Strong communication skills including the ability to communicate technical information for practical application are key

Must have a strong commitment to improving the sustainability of buildings

Requires physical demands which may include visiting active construction sites, and assisting with field tests requiring moderate physical exertion.

Hands-on understanding of building science, mechanical systems, and energy efficiency requirements

Experience in energy modeling, LEED template, CAD, and modeling software such as Carrier HAP, Trane Trace, eQuest, and/or REMRate, Ekotrope

Preferred Skills:

Familiarity of and/or credentialed in: CPHC, LEED, Energy Star HERS Rater, PHIUS+ Rater / Verifier, Enterprise Green Communities

Energy code and/or ASHRAE standards experience

About Us:

Thriven Design is located just minutes outside of Center City, Philadelphia, in Collingswood, NJ, within walking distance of the PATCO high speed line and other public transportation. Our office is located in a historic schoolhouse that we adapted and restored, nestled in a charming walkable downtown adjacent to many shops, restaurants, and services. Perks while working at Thriven Design include:

A learning-focused environment, with support provided for conference attendance, licensing exams, and paid learning time

A welcoming, friendly culture with after-work events

Comprehensive benefits including health insurance, dental insurance, 401k, and company-funded Employee Stock Ownership Plan

Opportunity to advance your career at the pace that suits your objectives

Salary commensurate with education and experience

As an employee-owned company, there is a direct connection between the firm’s success and your success. We help our employees reach their fullest potential, through mentorship, clearly defined career paths, licensing support, continuing education opportunities, and more.

We offer generous PTO, and competitive benefits. As a staff, team, and community, we believe in the power of diversity, particularly in the workplace, and are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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