IFDA New England: 

Sustainability in the Time of Climate Change:

New Decade, New Design Solutions for New England

October 15 - 3pm - 4pm

RSVP via Eventbrite here 

Get answers to the following questions, (and bring some of your own) from these local experts:

Climate change and dwindling resources are affecting all residential design practices. How has this effected the design, construction and decor in our homes? What new materials and new aesthetic are you seeing/using?

What innovations in your specific fields are you most excited about? Which present the greatest challenges? How are you staying ahead of those challenges to be a leader in your field? What is your best advice to others in your field about how to grow your business in 2020 and remain relevant while addressing climate change and other issues?

Are you addressing climate change and other issues in your social media and marketing/promotions? What’s your best tip for staying ahead of the busy work that this can entail?

Cost + Sustainability: Does it cost more to build and decorate responsibly? How can we be innovative and remain cost effective? If you work for the luxury client, have their needs and wants changed?


Lisa Tharp’s firm specializes in design tailored to each clients personal definitions of luxury and well being. She is passionate about design practices that are healthy for people and the planet, modeled in her award winning Concord Green Healthy Home. As a member of Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood Architecture Committee, Tharp is an advocate for architectural preservation. 


Rachel White is CEO of Byggmeister Design/Build, a 37 year-old residential remodeling company that is striving to serve as an exemplary steward of Boston area homes and to prepare them to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Rachel also serves on the board of directors of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association.


J.B. Clancy is an architect and a partner with Albert, Righter & Tittmann Architects in Boston. ART Architects practices the art and science of architecture throughout the northeast designing houses in New England traditions with a focus on place and sustainability. J.B. is a Certified Passive House Consultant and designed Vermont’s first Certified Passive House. J.B. is a graduate of Brown and Yale School of Architecture. 

Bob LaFond is owner of Terrene of New England and Boston Green Renovations (BRG). He has more than 30 years experience as a contractor specializing in green construction. He does everything from historic restoration to gut rehabs to spanking new construction and can install all the products sold by his store Terrene of New England. 

Jacqui Becker of Jacqueline Becker Fine Arts Consulting Services is the IFDA NE VP of Community Relations, past chapter president and IFDA national board member. She is an experienced public speaker and lecturer on modern art, and a fervent advocate of sustainable design. 

Lisa Tharp

JB Clancy

Bob Lafond

Rachel White

Jacqui Becker

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