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Career Focus : GBCE interview

In the field of sustainable construction, the role of a green building consultant is essential in guiding projects towards environmental responsibility, energy efficiency, and occupant comfort. At Green Building Consulting and Engineering (GBCE), our consultants bring their expertise and passion to every project. Previously, we explored the role of a green building consultant within the construction sector in our blog post, The Green Building Consultant: Expertise and Impact.

To give you an inside look at what it’s like to work at GBCE and the role of a green building consultant, we sat down with Siddhant Jain, a Sustainability Consultant at Green Building Consulting and Engineering. In this interview, Siddhant shares his journey, daily responsibilities, and insights into the future of green building consultancy.

Background and Role

Can you introduce yourself and describe your current role at GBCE?

Hi, I’m Siddhant Jain, a Sustainability Consultant at Green Building Consulting and Engineering in Singapore. My role involves managing green building projects with a focus on achieving certifications such as LEED and EDGE. I provide technical support for life cycle analysis (LCA) and carbon footprint calculations, ensuring sustainable practices throughout the project lifecycle. Additionally, I conduct comprehensive simulations on building designs, including energy modeling, daylight analysis, natural ventilation, and sun path analysis. These simulations inform the development of optimized solutions for heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, lighting, natural daylight integration, and wind flow management, ultimately enhancing the building's overall sustainability and efficiency.

How long have you been working at GBCE, and what attracted you to join the company?

I have been working at Green Building Consulting and Engineering for the past year. One of the biggest attractions for me was the impressive portfolio of projects the company has completed in its period of operation.The diverse range of design simulations conducted for each project also drew my interest. After reviewing the company’s website, I was confident that the work culture and the technical assistance provided for each project would be of the highest quality.

Have a look at GBCE's portfolio here.

What does a typical day look like for you as a green building consultant?

A typical day for a green building consultant involves conducting energy and environmental simulations, analyzing building performance, and ensuring compliance with sustainability certifications like LEED and EDGE for example. The role includes collaborating with architects and engineers to optimize HVAC systems, lighting, and natural ventilation, providing technical support for life cycle assessments and carbon footprint calculations, and preparing detailed reports and recommendations to enhance building sustainability and efficiency and occupant comfort. Regular meetings with project teams and clients to discuss progress and solutions are also part of the daily routine.

Career Path and Development

Can you share your career journey and how you evolved within GBCE?

I have around 5 years of experience in sustainability consulting, and my career and knowledge have grown steadily stronger each year. Since joining GBCE, I've observed significant changes in my professional skills. One of the most notable improvements has been my ability to create effective client presentations. Additionally, I have greatly expanded my expertise in various simulation software, conducting numerous simulations that have enhanced my technical proficiency in this field.

What kind of skills and qualifications are essential for someone in your role?

A sustainability consultant typically needs a strong educational background in Environmental Science, Engineering, Architecture, or a related field, along with relevant certifications such as LEED or EDGE. Proficiency in simulation software for energy modeling, daylight analysis, LCA, and carbon footprint calculations is essential. Strong analytical and problem-solving skills are crucial for assessing building performance and sustainability metrics. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are necessary for creating detailed reports and effective presentations, as well as collaborating with clients and project teams. Effective project management skills are important for coordinating multiple projects, meeting deadlines, and working with various stakeholders. Familiarity with sustainability standards and regulations, along with a high attention to detail, ensures accuracy in data analysis and reporting.

Responsibilities and Projects

Can you describe some of the key projects you have worked on at GBCE?

A couple of key projects I have worked on include a LEED certification project for Pomme de Pain, a restaurant chain in France. Given the confined space of the restaurant, we had to engage in frequent client meetings to ensure they understood the necessary implementations for achieving the highest level of certification. This project required meticulous planning and clear communication to meet the stringent LEED standards while accommodating the client's specific needs and space constraints.

Learn more about the Pomme de Pain project here.

Another notable project I have worked on is an Ulaanbaatar Green Affordable Housing and Resilient Urban Renewal Project (AHURP) in Mongolia, where we provided comprehensive consulting services. This included EDGE certification, creating building guidelines, conducting life cycle analysis, and offering material usage solutions. As a government project, it presented unique challenges related to climate conditions and financial constraints. We leveraged our technical expertise to assist in developing a green and sustainable housing model that sets a benchmark for future projects in the country. Our goal was to create an exemplary project that showcases the potential for sustainable and affordable housing development nationwide.

Have a look at this project here.

What are the main responsibilities and tasks you handle in your current position?

Key responsibilities in my role include preparing detailed presentations for clients, focusing on various criteria related to sustainable building practices such as energy efficiency, water conservation, material selection, and air quality. I conduct weekly meetings with clients to explain these sustainable parameters and their integration into the design. Additionally, I perform various simulations related to energy usage, daylight optimization, and wind flow to inform and enhance building performance and sustainability.

Challenges and Rewards

What are some of the biggest challenges you face in your role?

The biggest challenge in my role as a sustainability consultant is balancing the diverse and often competing demands of sustainability standards, client expectations, and project constraints. This includes managing limited budgets, tight timelines, and the need to educate clients about the long-term benefits of sustainable practices. Additionally, keeping up with rapidly evolving technologies and regulations, while ensuring that each project meets the highest environmental and efficiency standards, adds to the complexity of the role. Overcoming these challenges requires a combination of technical expertise, effective communication, and strategic problem-solving.

What do you find most rewarding about your work at GBCE?

Working at GBCE over the past year has significantly improved my skill set. I have been fortunate to work on a variety of projects, each requiring a different technical skillset, conducting various  simulations, which has enhanced my technical expertise. Additionally, I have developed my non-technical skills, such as creating effective presentations and conducting client meetings. This diverse experience has been invaluable for my professional growth, allowing me to refine both my technical and interpersonal abilities.

Advice for Aspiring Consultants

What advice would you give to someone aspiring to become a green building consultant?

For aspiring green building consultants, start with a degree in Environmental Science, Engineering, or Architecture, and obtain certifications like LEED or EDGE. Develop proficiency in simulation software for energy modeling and LCA. Stay updated on the latest sustainability standards and technologies. Gain practical experience through internships or entry-level positions to apply your knowledge and build problem-solving skills. Strong communication skills are essential for explaining technical concepts to clients. Networking with industry professionals can provide valuable insights and opportunities. Lastly, be patient and persistent, as the field can be challenging but rewarding.

What do you think are the future trends in green building consultancy that new consultants should be aware of?

New green building consultants should be aware of several emerging trends shaping the future of the industry:

  1. Net-Zero Energy Buildings: Increasing focus on designing and constructing buildings that produce as much energy as they consume through renewable energy sources and advanced energy efficiency measures.

  2. Smart Buildings: Integration of IoT and smart technologies to optimize building performance, energy usage, and occupant comfort in real-time.

  3. Sustainable Materials: Growing emphasis on using sustainable, low-carbon, and recycled materials to reduce the environmental impact of construction.

  4. Health and Wellness: Designing buildings that promote occupant health and well-being, incorporating features like improved indoor air quality, natural lighting, and biophilic design elements.

  5. Resilient Design: Enhancing buildings' ability to withstand and adapt to climate change impacts, such as extreme weather events and rising sea levels.

  6. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA): Greater use of life cycle assessment (LCA) tools to evaluate the environmental impacts of buildings throughout their entire life cycle, from construction to demolition.

  7. Green Finance: Increasing availability of green bonds and sustainable financing options to fund eco-friendly building projects.

  8. Regulatory Changes: Evolving building codes and regulations aimed at improving sustainability standards and reducing carbon emissions, which consultants must stay abreast of. 

  9. Circular Economy: Emphasis on designing buildings with materials and components that can be reused, recycled, or safely decomposed at the end of their life cycle.

  10. Community and Social Impact: Consideration of the broader social and community impacts of green building projects, promoting inclusivity and social equity in sustainable development.


Our conversation with Siddhant Jain highlights the dedication and expertise required to excel as a green building consultant at GBCE. His experiences and insights not only shed light on the day-to-day responsibilities and challenges of the role but also underscore the importance of continuous learning and adaptability in this dynamic field. Siddhant's journey demonstrates the rewarding nature of working in sustainability and the significant impact that green building consultants can make. If you're considering a career in this area, his advice and experiences offer valuable guidance on what to expect and how to succeed.

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