Cara’s focus on building efficiency is based on an integrative, cross-disciplinary foundation, stemming from her background in both architecture and low energy building engineering. Her passion lies in creating net zero energy buildings and portfolios and looking systematically at how buildings can play a role in the larger energy landscape. She has been at RMI for over 10 years and has developed net zero energy road maps for international portfolios of buildings and orchestrated the engineering and business case for deep retrofits. For the past 5 years, she has led an effort working with GSA on their National Deep Energy Retrofit program, which more than doubled typical energy savings delivered through performance contracting. She also served as the project manager for RMI’s new Innovation Center, a net zero energy office and convening center in Basalt Colorado that used Integrated Project Delivery (IPD).