Barry Giles, CEO, BREEAM USA
Based on his iconic status in the green building industry and his expertise as the first BREEAM In-Use assessor in the US, Barry was appointed CEO of BREEAM USA in May of 2016.
He first saw the potential for the BREEAM standards to apply to the US market after becoming a BREEAM International and BREEAM In-Use Assessor in 2009. Since then, Barry has taken the lead in developing the partnership between BuildingWise and BRE Group to create the BREEAM USA standard. He worked to specifically tailor the methodology for the unique conditions in the United States and continues to advocate for the application of sustainability benchmarks to all existing buildings as a BREEAM Fellow.
In the early days of his career, Barry worked in virtually every aspect of the building industry —as an engineer, general contractor, systems operator and a facilities supervisor. His breadth of experience gives him particularly astute insight into what will satisfy the many different stakeholders in a project and inspires his strong, practical approach to green building.
Barry was a LEED for Existing Buildings pioneer and a founding member of its Core Committee, and has continued to assist the USGBC in the development of the LEED EB rating system in the years since as a LEED Fellow.
Barry’s passion, innovative thinking, and candor make him a highly sought after speaker, consultant and teacher. In 2005, Monterey County recognized Barry as the “Green Person of the Year,” and in 2009, he was invited by Mayor Gavin Newsom to be on San Francisco’s Green Building Task Force, which led to the city’s requirement of energy benchmarking for all existing buildings.
Susan Giles, V.P. Marketing, BREEAM USA
Susan spearheads all marketing, communications and outreach efforts of BREEAM USA. She helped found BuildingWise in 2007, and as VP of Marketing (previously as President), she leads all strategic operations as well as manages the daily work flow of the office. Susan started her career in marketing and advertising, working as art director for clients like AT&T and Proctor & Gamble at the NYC agency FCB (Foote, Cone and Belding). She developed a passion for promoting a healthier environment rather than laundry detergent, so she headed back to school to get her master’s degree in environmental studies. In her spare time, Susan serves on the Board of Trustees at The Laurel School in San Francisco and spends time in the kitchen canning fruits of the season.
Levi Jimenez, Project Manager
Levi received his LEED GA prior to joining the BuildingWise team in 2011 and has since acquired the LEED AP credential with a specialty in Existing Building Operations and Maintenance. Levi came to work with BuildingWise after studying sustainable design and construction with BuildingWise founder, Barry Giles, and once here, quickly distinguished himself and became a BuildingWise project manager. Levi is highly experienced in conducting a multitude of energy, water and waste assessments and coordinating vendor services to support the LEED efforts at all types of commercial facilities. To date, he has consulted on and certified over 10.7 million square feet of commercial office space in California. Levi is a lifelong resident of the Monterey Bay, a father of three, and a student of the arts.