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AECOM High Performance Building and LCA Specialist in New York City, New York

United States of America - New York, New York City

Job Summary

AECOM is seeking a talented and highly motivated High-Performance Building Specialist and LCA Specialist to join the High-Performance Buildings and Communities team in New York and/or Southern California. This multi-disciplined team provides High Performance design leadership and consulting on sustainable buildings and communities with projects ranging from the design of net zero buildings to the sustainable planning of major global eco-cities.

This position is expected to begin in June, 2021.


At AECOM, we believe infrastructure creates opportunity for everyone. Whether it’s improving your commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water, or transforming skylines, our work helps people and communities thrive.

We take on the most complex challenges and pioneer innovative, iconic solutions that push the limits of what’s possible – the world’s longest cable-stayed bridge, record-breaking sports events, the largest greenfield port development mega project, life-sustaining disaster recovery programs, and the tallest tower in the Western Hemisphere.

On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, energy, and the environment, we deliver professional services throughout the project lifecycle.

We are proud to be recognized for excellence:

  • Named one of Fortune magazine's "World's Most Admired Companies" for the sixth consecutive year

  • Ranked #1 in Engineering News-Record’s 2020 “Top 200 Environmental Firms”

  • Ranked #1 in Transportation and General Building in Engineering News-Record’s 2020 “Top 500 Design Firms”

  • VIQTORY 2020 Military Friendly® Gold Employer

About Buildings + Places

AECOM’s Buildings + Places practice includes architecture, interiors, building engineering, workplace strategy, business transformation, asset advisory, economics and development planning, master planning, urban planning, and landscape architecture.

With a range of expertise from strategy and design through project realization, we create better outcomes to grow economies, protect natural systems, conserve natural resources, make societies more equitable and connect and engage people through innovative, sustainable design solutions.

Our teams have worked on signature projects such as the London 2012 Olympic Park and Legacy Framework, to the new plan for the LA2028 Olympics, to industrial facilities for GE and Rolls-Royce, to headquarters and workplaces for NASA, Unilever, Sony Music, DirecTV, Box, Inc. and many Fortune 500 companies.

Job Summary/Responsibilities

The candidate will have a technical background such as Engineering, Building Sciences, Architecture or similar and ideally have some professional experience in the green building/design sector as well as demonstrated technical experience in energy simulation and/or parametric design.

The candidate will need to be a team player who can work with others in a multi-disciplinary team to undertake building performance analysis and produce reports to tight deadlines.

The ideal person must be able to understand and react to the changing design of the overall building/community and be able to verbally and visually communicate their ideas clearly. The ability to develop and communicate ideas convincingly will be a significant strength in any potential candidate.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Managing the whole building lifecycle assessment (WBLCA)/ cradle-to-cradle embodied carbon modeling

  • Working with high performance building modelling and evaluation including but not limited to ASHRAE 90.1 energy modeling, local code calculations, daylight simulations, parametric design modeling

  • Preparing and presenting results and professional recommendations, in report or graphical format, to clients and teams

  • Reviewing of mechanical drawings and mechanical equipment submittals, electrical drawings and/ or architectural drawings and specifications against high performance goals and sustainable certification criteria

  • Working or leading others in a multi-disciplinary team to undertake analysis and produce reports for deadlines

  • Developing and communicating ideas clearly and concisely at various stages of the project

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree required in Engineering, Building Sciences, Architecture or a related field

  • Demonstrated equivalency of experience/education.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Masters' degree preferred in Engineering, Building Sciences, planning, or sustainability-related field

  • Knowledge and experience in working with parametric design workflows (e.g. Dynamo, Grasshopper, etc.).

  • Experience of work in the high-performance/ sustainable design sector.

  • Experience with early stage and detailed building performance analyses including daylight modeling, glare analysis, hygrothermal simulation.

  • Knowledge and/or experience undertaking WBLCA/ embodied carbon analysis using BIM-based software such as Oneclick LCA, Tally or similar.

  • Understanding of high performance and zero carbon building principles and technologies and definitions of carbon boundaries.

  • Experience working with Autodesk Revit in a work shared BIM environment.

  • Knowledge and/or experience undertaking building energy modeling.

  • Experience in building performance analysis tools such as Ladybug Tools, Diva, WUFI etc.

  • Experience in graphics software such as InDesign, Illustrator etc.

  • Experience in building design 3D software such as Revit, Rhino, etc.

  • Knowledge of building energy codes and standards including ASHRAE 90.1 and Title 24 Part 6

  • Knowledge of sustainability assessment systems (such as LEED, Green Globes, and BREEAM)

  • Additional certifications/licenses e.g. ASHRAE BEMP, CEM, LEED AP, ENV SP are a plus

  • Knowledge of a programming language (python, R, C++, etc.)

  • Experience using the Adobe Suite (InDesign, Illustrator)

  • Knowledge of sustainability assessment systems (such as LEED, Green Globes, and BREEAM)

  • Experience in producing and reviewing MEP drawings or architectural Revit models

  • Excellent written, graphical, and verbal communication skills

  • Strong problem solving, analytical and research skills

  • Ability to balance various project and company responsibilities and deadlines while maintaining professionalism and quality. Adaptable and flexible, showing a willingness and ability to take on new projects or areas with or without supervision

  • Knowledge and experience using Microsoft Office Suite, and in particular, Excel for data analytics.

Additional Information

Sponsorship is not available for this position

Project related travel may be required for this position

What We Offer

When you join AECOM, you become part of a company that is pioneering the future. Our teams around the world are involved in some of the most cutting-edge and innovative projects and programs of our time, addressing the big challenges of today and shaping the built environment for generations to come. We ensure a workplace that encourages growth, flexibility and creativity, as well as a company culture that champions inclusion, diversity and overall employee well-being through programs supported by company leadership. Our core values define who we are, how we act and what we aspire to, which comes down to not only delivering a better world, but working to “make amazing happen” in each neighborhood, community and city we touch. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Job Category Architecture and Design

Business Line B&P - Buildings & Places

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country United States of America

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 255415BR

Virtual: No

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.