Best Practices for Water Efficiencies in Commercial Facilities


September 28, 2014

Our panel discussion will be led by three sustainable building operations practitioners. Facility Managers, Property Managers, Real Estate professionals, Architects and others responsible for designing and operating commercial facilities should attend. Topics include new water efficiency technologies, LEED applications, facility water use benchmarking, real-time water monitoring, and case study applications.


Charlie Cichetti, LEED AP BD+C, ID+C, O+M, ND, Homes, Principal & Co-Founder of Sustainable Investment Group (SIG)

Charlie has more than 13 years of experience in commercial construction, real estate development, project management, and LEED consulting. He has directed multi-million dollar office, warehouse, specialty, and condo construction projects. Prior to being a LEED Consultant and Trainer, his background started as a General Contractor and transitioned to Real Estate when he worked for Opus Corporation, a $2.2B leading commercial real estate and design-build developer. Opus was an early leader within the LEED movement and he gained invaluable experience from an Owner’s perspective.

Since transitioning into the Green Building Industry, Charlie has worked on over 45 Million SF of LEED, Energy Star, and Cx/RCx projects for clients ranging from Jones Lang LaSalle, JP Morgan, and Morgan Stanley, to the Army Corp of Engineers and Various School Systems. Project types include Class A Office, Medical, Hotel, School, Stadium, and Convention Center. Mr. Cichetti was one of the first professionals to hold all of the new LEED credentials. He is also a sought after trainer and speaker on green building topics.

Joe Sorbet, Director of Engineering for Gateway Facility Services

Joe is the maintenance manager of two prominent facilities located at Technology Square in Midtown Atlanta. Centergy One is a LEED Silver certified, 500,000 square feet, office building and Technology Square Research Building, 200,000 square feet, has successfully achieved its Better Buildings Challenge goal of 20% energy reduction. Gateway’s stated goals are to provide a clean, safe, and efficient working environment for our tenants and to provide maximum value through reduced operating expenses and asset preservation for our ownership entities.

Scott Kale, VP of Sales for WaterSignal

Scott Kale is the Vice President of Sales for WaterSignal, the first and only real-time water monitoring, management, and alert system. An active member of BOMA and the USGBC-GA chapter, Scott has been published in Insight magazine and has spoken to various engineering groups, “Green” groups, and many water utilities about the benefits of real-time water monitoring. Over the past several years, Scott has helped locate numerous leaks and has identified excessive watering with irrigation systems and cooling towers within commercial office buildings, schools, manufacturing facilities, and apartment homes.

Scott received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and spent many years in sales and marketing in the manufacturing and healthcare markets with both Illinois Tool Works and Siemens.


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