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Charles Kibert



University of Florida


Charles Kibert is a professor in the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management at the University of Florida. He is the director of the Powell Center for Construction and Environment and is a past-director of the Rinker School. His current work focuses on mitigating the impacts of and adapting to climate change, the design of storm and flood resilient buildings, and high-speed manufacturing of post-disaster housing. He was responsible for the design and construction of Rinker Hall, the first green building of almost 70 high-performance buildings on the University of Florida campus. Since 1990, Kibert has been a pioneer in the green building community. He developed a widely used green building continuing education program for Florida contractors and subcontractors called “Build Green and Profit” in the early 1990s. He organized the First International Conference on Sustainable Construction in 1994 and several other green building conferences over the past 25 years, including the iiSBE Net Zero Built Environment Symposium in 2014 and the Symposium on the State of the Art of Modular Construction in 2017. Kibert has published over 120 papers and books, as well as edited several publications on construction, the environment, and related issues. He is author of the first edition of the highly successful online publication Greening Federal Facilities. He also wrote Sustainable Construction: Green Building Design and Delivery, 4th Edition (John Wiley & Sons, 2016) and Working Toward Sustainability: Ethical Decision Making in a Technological World (John Wiley & Sons 2011). He was the editor of Reshaping the Built Environment (Island Press, 1999) and lead editor of Construction Ecology and Metabolism (Spon Press, 2002). He has been the keynote speaker and lectured on sustainable construction in the U.K., Germany, Lithuania, Finland, Italy, Canada, Poland, Korea, Singapore, China and the U.S. He is a registered professional engineer in Florida and a Green Globes Assessor. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Green Building Initiative and was Vice-Chair of the ANSI Committee that produced the recent ANSI/GB01 Green Building Assessment Standard and he was also chair of the Materials Subcommittee for this Standard. He is a Green Globes Assessor, LEED Accredited Professional, and a Registered Professional Engineer in Florida. He is a co-founder and chairman of the Cross Creek Initiative, a non-profit industry/university joint venture seeking to implement sustainability principles into construction. He coordinates the Major in Sustainable Construction in the Rinker School’s Master’s degree program. He was awarded a BS degree in General Engineering from the US Military Academy, a MS in Nuclear Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University, and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Florida.