Dirk Kestner, PE, LEED AP BD+C, ENV SP
As director of sustainable design, Dirk Kestner provides overall guidance and resourcing to the entire firm, ensuring that all designs incorporate industry-leading expertise in sustainable strategies. His project work, teaching, and coaching throughout the firm and broad-reaching influence in the industry help maintain Walter P Moore’s status as a national leader in sustainable approaches and outcomes.
Trained and experienced as a structural engineer, Dirk applies his immense passion for environmental accountability in design to elevate the knowledge and expertise of all those around him, creating better results for clients and projects. Dirk guides each team through a client inquiry process that produces bespoke sustainability goals for each project, and then leads the team to achieve those goals.
He was founding chair of the Sustainability Committee of the ASCE’s Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) and is widely acknowledged as a national thought leader in the advancement of sustainable structural solutions. Dirk publishes and lectures frequently on topics that range from durability and deconstructability to salvaged structural steel and life cycle analysis. As a member of the LEED Materials and Resources Technical Advisory Group of the US Green Building Council, he helps guide the important technical criteria of the LEED rating system.
Dirk is a professional engineer in Texas and Georgia and is a LEED Accredited Professional/Building Design + Construction. He holds a Master of Science in Structural Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and graduated Cum Laude from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.
- Net Zero for a Non Profit in the Gulf Coast Climate: A case study of HARC’s new headquarters campus focus on Operational and Material Embodied Energy – with Rives Taylor, Lisa Gonzales, and, Mark Seibert, 3/27/2017
- “Green” Materials – From Attributes to Impacts, Austin Energy Green Building, 2/14/2017
- The Time Value of Carbon: Getting to Zero by 2050, with K Simonen and S Smedley, Living Product Expo 2016, Pittsburgh PA, 9/2016
- Collegiate Sports Greening Lessons: Case Studies of Successful Initiatives, Projects & Partnerships – Green Sports Alliance Summit, Chicago IL, 7/2015
See Dirk's discussion on Embracing LEED v4 and Broadening Scope of Sustainability Rating Systems.