Shinn named to first class of LEED fellows by GBCI

Kim Shinn, a principal and sustainability consultant with TLC Engineering for Architecture, was named to the inaugural group by the GBCI and will be formally introduced in October.


Kim Shinn, a principal and senior sustainability consultant with TLC Engineering for Architecture, has been named to the inaugural class of LEED Fellows by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). The LEED Fellow Program is GBCI’s most prestigious professional designation. The designation recognizes exceptional contributions to green building and significant professional achievement within the rapidly growing community of LEED Professionals.

Shinn was among 34 of the world’s most distinguished green building professionals to be selected as LEED Fellows through a peer nomination and portfolio review process. His LEED Accredited Professional (AP) Building Design and Construction credential, 32 years of green building experience, and extensive portfolio including such exemplary projects as the LEED Platinum Tyndall Air Force Base Fitness Center, and the LEED Gold West Kendall Baptist Hospital and Franklin Police Headquarters projects.

Shinn is a registered Professional Engineer, an AABC Consulting Group (ACG) Certified Commissioning Authority and an ASHRAE-certified Building Energy Modeling Professional. He is a co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), was the first Chair of the USGBC Chapters’ South East Region Council, a member of the national Chapter Steering Committee and a member of the national USGBC Board of Directors, serving in that capacity from 2006 through 2009. He also served on the Greenbuild (USGBC’s national conference) Steering Committee.

He has been a USGBC LEED AP since May 2001, and has been actively involved in the design or commissioning of more than 200 LEED registered and certified projects, including higher education, courthouse, hospital, laboratory LEED-NC, and pilot projects for LEED Commercial Interiors, LEED Core and Shell, LEED for Homes, and LEED for Neighborhood Developments. He helped create the Green Guide for Health Care (GGHC) and has served on the LEED committees to draft application guides for laboratories, healthcare and campus combined heat/cooling/ power systems.

Shinn is a 1978 cum laude graduate of Texas Tech University with degrees in engineering physics and mechanical engineering. He is the author of several articles for and has been frequently quoted in the popular and trade press, as well as presenting educational sessions at several international conferences.

“We are thrilled to bestow the LEED Fellow designation upon these highly accomplished individuals,” said Peter Templeton, president of­ GBCI. “The Fellows are some of the leading innovators and vanguards of the green building movement, and their bodies of work strongly underscore their commitment to LEED and a sustainable built environment.”

Shinn will be recognized with the rest of the 2011 LEED Fellow class at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Toronto on Oct. 6.

- Edited by Chris Vavra, Consulting-Specifying Engineer, 

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