Net Zero Design Competition with Prasad Vaidya

About this Episode

In this episode, we talk with Prasad Vaidya about his experience growing up in one of the most populous cities in the world (Mumbai) to a LEED Fellow/consultant/professor of a Master’s degree program that is scaling the sustainability industry. Prasad shared his initial interest in sustainability and how he (and the sustainability industry) have evolved over the years.

Key Talking Points 

  •     Transitioning from traditional architecture to sustainability
  •     Early mentors and projects in Prasad’s career
  •     The evolution of the sustainability building industry
  •     Improving sustainability building models to improve energy efficiency
  •     Why sustainability is about more than checklists
  •     Why there is so much to be done in sustainability

Key Milestones of the Episodes

[1:46] Prasad’s background

[3:09] How did you get that spark to sustainability?

[5:00] Prasad’s transition to the US

[7:19] Mentors and early influences

[9:50] How has sustainability and the energy-efficient movement changed over the years?

[17:00] Early design assistance

[14:09] Prasad’s proudest work achievements

[19:17] What is your current “green” mission?

Key Quotes

There’s so much to be done.”

“There are architects who want to make a difference…” 

Key Resources

Fundamentals of Integrated Design for Sustainable Building

Solar Decathlon Entry by CEPT University’s Team Kill Bill (Affordable Housing Category)

Other Resources


Race to Zero student competition

The Art of Andy Goldsworthy

Passage by Andy Goldsworthy

Get in Contact with Prasad

Prasad Vaidya is a LEED Fellow, professor at CEPT University, and consultant with a background in architecture who specializes in energy efficiency, sustainability, and integrated design.

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