Howard M. Kaplan, RA, AIA, USGBC

A LEED Accredited Professional

Howard M. Kaplan

Mr. Kaplan is an architect and Co-Director of CASA. Throughout his 40 year career he has been actively involved in the "Green" building movement. He is most recently a member of the following organizations and committees promoting green, energy efficient buildings:

  • Co-founder of the New Mexico Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC-NM)
  • Past-President and Board Member of the New Mexico Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC-NM)
  • Member of Governor Richardson's Climate Change Advisory Group
  • Member of the New Mexico Public Schools Clean Energy Task Force
  • Member of the City of Albuquerque LEED Task Force
  • Member of the Clean Energy Advocacy Steering Committee.

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CASA develops the CASA Code Initiative

  1. CASA develops the CASA Code Initiative – a two year program to facilitate the adoption of a progressive Green Building Code in New Mexico. A response to the challenge of raising greenhouse gases and industry consensus.
  2. This long-term project will use Governor Bill Richardson’s Executive Order (05-033), to reduce current GHG emissions to 2000 levels 2012, increase to10% by 2020, and increase to 75% by 2050.
  3. A three-pronged strategy will include: State Agency Involvement, A Code Development Program, and a Political Action-Plan.
  4. This initiative will establish a task force that creates a partnership with the NM State Construction Industries Division; the agency responsible for proposing of all building codes for adoption.
  5. This effort is based on the evidence from actual energy consumption drawn from a recent survey of USGBC LEED For Building Program of significant reduction in, CO2 by 35%-50%, as well as an average of 35%-90% reduction of water use in surveyed buildings.
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