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Marcelo Gregório, of the Indoor Environmental Quality Technical Advisory Group, shares his experience with volunteering in a LEED Committee.

The application period for new LEED committee members is open through August 31, 2017. In honor of that, USGBC is bringing you stories and perspectives from members of the various LEED committees.

Marcelo Gregório is an Acoustic and Theatre Consultant with Arup and joined the Indoor Environmental Quality Technical Advisory Group (EQ TAG) in 2017.

Why did you apply to be a volunteer?

I have always had a big interest in environmental subjects. It’s rewarding to see that by helping USGBC come up with new sustainable strategies or by reviewing their existing ones, we can have a big impact on the building industry.

On average, how much time do you dedicate to LEED Committee work per week or month?

I do other activities related to sustainability, but just in regard to the LEED committee, I spend about 4–6 hours per month.

How does your service on a LEED Committee intersect with your professional work?

I work in New York as an acoustics consultant at Arup, a global multidisciplinary engineering firm. Arup provides me with the opportunity to work on a wide range of unique and challenging projects that advance my professional expertise and help me collaborate with the EQ TAG. At the end of the day, we are working on projects that are applying for LEED, so being able to create our design to comply with LEED standards makes it interesting and fun.

What are the most important changes and the future that you see for the EQ TAG?

I see the future of the EQ TAG giving more emphasis on the health and comfort of the users, improving their requirements and standards on subjects like acoustics. Talking about the perception of acoustics, I believe that in general, users can experience an architectural space using three sensory organs: seeing things, touching and walking towards objects or spaces, and listening.

The issue with this later one is that we cannot isolate ourselves from the acoustic environment in which we are immersed, and when acoustics from a space is poor, this negatively impacts our experience of it and our health. There is plenty of research that proves that a good acoustics design brings economic value and health benefits to the users of the space...I want to make people more aware of how acoustics can benefit us daily.

Interested in becoming a LEED Committee volunteer? Start by taking a look at the current volunteer opportunities and learn more about LEED Committees.

Apply to be a Committee Volunteer