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Max Zahniser
Max Zahniser
LEED Fellow Emeritus, NCARB, NOMA
Adjunct Professor, Architecture program
Adjunct Professor, Sustainability in the Built Environment Minor


Praxis Building Solutions

Max is a green building, sustainable development, and integration facilitator and educator. His professional and academic roots lie in a broad background in architecture, including professional practice across most building types, and both business-as-usual and high-performance/low-impact green buildings. On staff at the U.S. Green Building Council Max served as the LEED® Certification Manager and the LEED® Process & Integration Program Manager, and in these roles Max served as final arbiter of about 200 LEED® building certifications, supported technical and process development of nearly every LEED® program, managed USGBC's relationship with Google, Adobe, Autodesk, and others, and provided support to both customer project teams and LEED® technical staff in a variety of ways. Max has been cited/quoted as an expert on sustainability, green building, LEED® and/or Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Building Design + Construction, Metropolis, Contract, Environmental Building News, and on NPR. He also acted as a contributing author for a book published by Wiley in April of 2009, titled: The Integrative Design Guide to Green Building - Redefining the Practice of Sustainability. Max started Praxis | Building Solutions, LLC in 2007, and continues his involvement in leading the green building and larger sustainability movements through his continued support of USGBC, AASHE, B-Lab, as well as building project teams and clients like Humanscale, the Pentagon, GreenWizard, and Con Edison. He continues to develop and teach sustainability curriculum through private clients and strategic partners, USGBC LEED Faculty (1 of only about 80 in the world), Drexel University, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, Moore College of Art & Design, and others.

BArch, Drexel University