Carbon Wise with LEED Fellow Martha Norbeck

Martha Norbeck (AIA, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP) is founder and president of C-Wise based in Iowa City, Iowa. She founded C-Wise Design and Consulting Services in 2007. Martha is has served as the LEED consultant on over thirty projects around Iowa, assisting with the incorporation of sustainable principles during design and construction.

Recently certified projects include: Single Speed Brewing in Waterloo and Marston Hall at ISU, both LEED-NC v2009 Gold Certified. She has a broad background including; ecology, women’s studies, Fulbright research of Swedish Ecovillages, a Master of Architecture, and LEED consultation services. 

She has recently served on the Fairfield City Council, the Fairfield Go Green Commission, the board of the Iowa Chapter of the USGBC, and the Heartland Regional Council of the USGBC. She currently is working with Think Bicycles of Johnson County to promote bicycle culture and infrastructure in Johnson County.

Design work focuses on green residential remodeling, with an emphasis on more efficient use of existing space. Projects include a total rehabilitation of her 450 sf, 110 year old home which won a design award in the 2010 YLiving Small Spaces contest.

Show Highlights

  • The “sweet spot” on how to move towards green energy in Mid-America.
  • Increase opportunity with ADU, accessory dwelling units, in the current market. 
  • Support and concerns for the architectural community and their ability to respond to this crisis.
  • Ideas on packaging information to advance conversations persuading people to implement green systems.
    • USGBC’s LEED Advancement Working Group
  • Tips to refuse the second offer and push to meet in the middle of your green designs. 
  • Martha shares opportunities and insightful projects she is working on. 

Martha Norbeck Transcript

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