Arash Guity

Associate Principal, Sustainability & Mechanical Engineer


EXPERTISE

Sustainability

With nearly 10 years of experience, my work focuses mainly on sustainability consulting for healthcare and institutional facilities. In addition, my expertise lies in: research and policy; managing and conducting research and developing healthcare design and construction standards; strategic energy and sustainability planning; securing funding for energy/renewable projects via rebates and incentives; and financing via analysis, tools, and partnerships with financial institutions. I have also directed domestic healthcare design projects, supervised analysis projects as part of our MEPT design work, and managed developing world design projects firm-wide and in Africa.

As a sustainability & licensed mechanical engineer, I help lead Mazzetti’s sustainability efforts, specializing in sustainability and LEED® consulting, energy analysis, strategic planning, greenhouse gas analysis, international design standards development, measurement and verification, and managing and directing research efforts in ventilation and airborne infection control. The value I bring to my clients is my ability to bring forward-thinking concepts and approaches to projects. I also work with clients to understand their core issues and challenges and help them find optimal solutions.

If I could change the world, I’d identify barriers to innovation and shatter them! I particularly want to take on improving public health around the world through applications of sustainability, resilience, and regenerative design. I want to help develop guidelines and approaches that support designing healthcare facilities that have a healing impact on people and their environments.

Innovative contributions I have made to the industry include serving as project manager on the Healthcare Ventilation Research Collaborative (HVRC), which, in partnership with Stantec, focused on researching alternative ventilation strategies in healthcare facilities and resulted in a change to ASHRAE Standard 170 (2008). Additional research projects include: natural ventilation, also in partnership with Stantec; plug loads, with Kaiser Permanente and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory; and circuit level monitoring for the BIRD Foundation/Panoramic Power.

My work has taken me around the world, designing healthcare facilities in resource-limited settings, including Haiti, Liberia, Rwanda, and other African nations. As a member of Engineers Without Borders, much of the work I have done in Africa has been pro bono – including a project for Free the Children. I also work with MASS Design to develop a Rwandan engineer workforce training program and travel to Rwanda on my own time to help with the training.

I have extensive education in engineering management, research and development, economic analysis, and financial planning. I am also involved on professional committees, serving as a non-voting member of ASHRAE Technical Committee – TC 9.6 (healthcare), and a Corresponding Member of ASHRAE Standard 189.3.

 

My Flipside

When I’m not at work, I enjoy being outside and active: running, swimming, biking, ultramarathons, triathlons, open-water swimming (escaping from Alcatraz), backcountry skiing/snowboarding, mountaineering, hiking, rock climbing. I also like playing music (guitar and bass), cooking, volunteering, and playing with my amazing Labrador!

I’ve worked on projects across the United States, as well as in Haiti and Africa. It’s hard to decide on my favorite, but it would have to be one of the Sub-Saharan African countries mainly because of the fulfillment of my desire to help others, and the opportunity to have such an impact on the lives of those who greatly need assistance. I also learn so much from working with the local people – about how to do more with less, and how to question the status quo of how we do things in the developed world.

If I could change the world, I’d identify barriers to innovation and shatter them! I particularly want to take on improving public health around the world through applications of sustainability, resilience, and regenerative design. I want to help develop guidelines and approaches that support designing healthcare facilities that improve wellness and have a healing impact on people and their environments. I also want to research natural ventilation to better understand how it can be used safely and reliably to improve sustainability and health outcomes.

Why the AEC industry? In college, I wanted to do sustainable and energy-efficient technology product development. My life’s professional goal has always been to seek ways to most positively impact the world. Passionate about the concept of sustainability, efficiency, and minimizing waste, I also have a strong entrepreneurial drive and interest in business, finance, and marketing. My life changed when, on a whim, I decided to interview with Walt Vernon, CEO of Mazzetti, at the Cal Poly Career Fair. Despite my conviction never to get involved in HVAC, Walt surprised me by opening my eyes to the opportunity of sustainability in the built environment and its impact on the world. He wanted my help in establishing a more formalized sustainability practice at Mazzetti, and the opportunity to create a business within a business fed my entrepreneurial interest. I gave it a go and have never looked back. I immediately fell in love with the industry and was particularly excited about my future opportunities. I am now interested in the intersection between sustainability, resilience, and public health.

I strive to be as environmentally conscious as possible. I ride my bike to work every day, try to eat only local and sustainable food, and do pro-bono consulting of energy projects in the developing world. I’m also planning to install solar panels on my house in San Francisco!