LEED Fellow: Steven Guttmann, PE

Steve Guttmann is a Principal and the Director of Quality Assurance at Guttmann & Blaevoet (G&B). With more than two decades of leadership in integrated building design, energy conservation, and sustainable and healthy building design, he has been a Principal since 1991. G&B is a mid-sized consulting engineering firm in California that has received national and regional ASHRAE awards for innovation in sustainable design. The firm’s Sacramento office was named Sacramento Sustainable Business of the Year in 2007, and again in 2012.

Engineer and Environmental Studies

Steve is a native San Franciscan.  He is a 1983 graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a B.S. with Honors in Mechanical Engineering; and a B.A. with Honors in Environmental Studies.  As a 4th generation engineer, Steve didn’t start done this avenue in college but discovered it was in his blood and after 6 years embarked on this journey with the family business.

I graduated with a double engineering and environmental studies and had an idea that I wanted to combine the 2 but wasn’t sure how to do that.  I decided I didn’t want to go to work for my dad right out of college so I figured I better find out what I could do and what I could offer this industry.” – Steve Guttmann

Areas of Expertise

Steve has extensive experience in the energy analysis, design and construction of complex projects, including higher education facilities, libraries, hospitals and medical centers, laboratories, museums and aquariums, and performing arts/media facilities. Steve serves on national committees that developed guidelines and best practices for sustainability in our nation’s healthcare facilities.

I quickly realized when I joined my dad that the old style engineering was dying and we need to rethink how we approached delivering our products and services.” – Steve Guttmann


Some of Steve’s contemporaries who he met early on and he is still close with were his inspiration.  Amory Lovins was a large presence in his mind. David Brauer was a big influence that challenged how engineers did things.  These people really pushed market transformation and gave Steve a headstart to be an early adopter of LEED.

Most of my mentors were outside of the engineering field.” – Steve Guttmann

Book Recommendations

Blind Spot:  Hidden Biases of Good People

Books by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Eight Years My President

Tune into this podcast to listen to the rest of Steve Guttmann’s amazing journey in this podcast hosted by Charlie.

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