Integrating More Sustainable Practices into the Design and Construction Process

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Webinar On-Demand
Sponsored by Kohler
Presented by Olivia Fritz and Dianne Orlina

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify what drives the procurement of sustainable products and practices in a project
  2. Discover how to incorporate more sustainable practices and procure sustainable products in the design and construction phases of a building project
  3. Assess the sustainability practices of individual companies and the sustainability attributes of the products they manufacture, and
  4. Identify relevant criteria when specifying sustainable products.



Manufacturing companies are seeing an increased demand for sustainable products. This course discusses what drives the requests for sustainable products and how to incorporate sustainable choices within each step of the design and construction phases, including understanding what makes a product sustainable, what to look for when specifying a product and manufacturer, and how sustainable choices throughout the phases can have a positive impact on the construction project.


Photo courtesy of The Beacon, Kohler WI, designed by Gensler: Certified USGBC LEED Gold 2012


Olivia Fritz is a Senior Environmental Project Engineer in Kohler Co.’s Sustainable Design Engineering team. She graduated with a B.S. in Civil Engineering from UW-Madison and has an MBA from Marquette University. She leads product transparency for environmental and material health disclosures, as well as integrating product material health initiatives into Design for Environment. Olivia also has experience in environmental compliance in Kohler’s cast iron foundry. She is inspired by the challenge to show others how sustainability is connected to their role, no matter what they do.


Dianne Orlina is the Commercial Channel Manager for Kohler Co. She has been with the company almost 15 years holding various roles in engineering, sales and marketing, which gives her the unique perspective in being able to communicate plumbing expertise in a way that is relevant for the audience; whether it is technical, price, feature or design driven. As the commercial channel manager, she leads the marketing initiatives to support the commercial product offering and channel and works closely with trade partners, from contractors to distribution to the specification community.


Kohler A global force in power solutions since 1920, Kohler is committed to reliable, intelligent products, purposeful engineering and responsive after-sale support. The company manufactures complete power systems, including generators (portable, residential, industrial, and marine), automatic transfer switches, switchgear, monitoring controls, and accessories for emergency, prime power and energy-management applications worldwide. For more details, please visit


Originally published in October 2020