Dirk Kestner

Principal / Director of Sustainable Design at Walter P Moore
P.E., LEED AP BD+C, Austin, Texas
United States

Dirk Kestner is a practicing structural engineer with over fifteen years’ design experience. He is a Principal and the corporate Director of Sustainable Design for Walter P Moore, a 600-person structural and enclosure engineering firm with a worldwide portfolio. Dirk is a licensed Professional Engineer and is a LEED AP BD+C. He received a BS from Cornell University and a MS from The University of Texas at Austin. Dirk is a current a member of the LEED Materials and Resources Technical Advisory Group (MR TAG) and was the founding chairman of the Sustainability Committee for The Structural Engineering Institute, an organization which represents over twelve thousand structural engineers nationwide. He also served as an editor and coordinator of the committee’s book Sustainability Guidelines for the Structural Engineer and is currently leading development of a pre-standard for defining a reference building for Whole Building Life Cycle Assessment (WBLCA) comparisons. He is currently pursuing the LEED WBLCA credit via Pilot Credit 63 and LEED v4 on five projects including Capitol Tower, the first LEED V4 project in the US to attempt the LCA credit. He has also performed comparative LCA’s on ten other buildings that did not pursue LEED ratings. He has extensive experience with both the ATHENA and Tally WBLCA tools, and was the invited speaker at The Athena Institute’s 2016 general meeting. In addition to his published graduate research on the use of crushed concrete as recycled aggregate, his other recent publications include: “Achieving Sustainability though Durability, Adaptability, and Deconstructability” and “Sustainability: Thinking Beyond the Checklist” in STRUCTURE magazine. His team’s entry “Deconstructable and Reusable Composite Slab” won the “Professional Unbuilt Component” category of the inaugural EPA Lifecycle Building Challenge. He is a member of the USGBC Texas Chapter.