Creating Innovative Tools for the Green Building Movement with SIG’s Kristina Bach

Kristina earned both her Master of Architecture and her Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee along with certificates in Sustainable Design and Historic Preservation. A LEED Accredited Professional since 2008, Kristina is also a self-proclaimed credential junkie. She was the fifth person in the world to obtain all five LEED AP specialties as well as being an early adopter in the WELL AP program.

Kristina has a wide array of experience in sustainable design including traditional architectural practice/design, performing official LEED reviews while working at USGBC/GBCI, and acting as a sustainable consultant. Her experience includes work on both new construction projects as well as existing buildings and spans the gamut of the commercial real estate sector including offices, higher education, healthcare, and community buildings. Kristina has successfully led over 100 projects to achieving their LEED certification goals and has also worked on a variety of projects pursuing WELL and LBC certification. Kristina serves as the Chair of the Minnesota Wellness Collaborative, an industry volunteer group aimed at developing market demand and industry capacity for wellness in the built environment.

Kristina Bach serves as Vice President of Innovation with Sustainable Investment Group (SIG). In this role, she provides insights into emerging trends, software and technology within the built environment. Her focus is on developing new resources for SIG’s consultant teams as well as cultivating new opportunities to better support our clients in meeting their sustainability initiatives.

Kristina utilizes her background in the traditional architectural design and construction realm to help clients integrate sustainability practices within their projects. Her pragmatic approach to certification ensures that clients are incorporating the practices that will best serve their organization’s needs and goals. As a former LEED Reviewer for GBCI, Kristina has helped hundreds of projects achieve LEED certification. Additionally, her project management experience extends to guiding projects through various other sustainability systems including WELL, Living Building Challenge and local standards.

Kristina’s wealth of project experience and in-depth knowledge/background in the nuances of sustainability certifications enables her to be a strong resource to project teams and individuals wishing to get more involved with the sustainability movement. 

Show Highlights 

  • Pros and cons of being a credential junkie.
  • Linking the construction realm for new projects with functional designs.
  • Avoid getting pigeonholed by challenges different industries and sectors face. 
  • Changes the current pandemic climate is making on the industry. 
  • Ways to leverage best practices to benefit the clients.
  • Sneak peak into what Kristina’s working on industry.
  • Learn valuable tips from LEED reviewer. 

“Figure out what you can do to move the sustainability needle just a little bit for every client. We help move the industry by pushing on that frontage as opposed to just the jewel projects that get all the resources thrown at them.”


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