Jacob Knowles

Jacob Knowles

Jacob Knowles

Electrical Engineering, Energy Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Plumbing Engineering, Sustainability Consulting

Director of Sustainable Design


Suffolk County, Massachusetts

  • 14.5M GSF
  • 39 Projects
  • 24 Year Career


We have shifted net zero energy buildings from early adopters to the early majority.  Now it is time to bring net zero to everyone.

As Chief Sustainability Officer at BR+A, I am responsible for the growth and success of BR+A's energy and sustainability practice. Our dedicated team is responsible for managing our highest performing projects.

We are working on multiple Zero Net Energy and Living Building projects, including campus master plans, academic facilities, healthcare facilities, highrises, and laboratories. For example, the Sbrega Building at Bristol Community College is the first ZNE-verified laboratory building in the U.S. This project received the highest commercial MA DOER Pathways to Zero Grant, a 2016 I2SL Go Beyond Award, and a 2017 AIA COTE Top Ten Award.


Building Types

  • Healthcare
  • Aviation
  • Education: Higher Ed
  • Industrial / Warehouse
  • Laboratory / Tech / Science
  • Mixed Use
  • Office

Achieved Project Certifications

  • LEED
  • Living Building Challenge
  • Living Building Challenge Petal Certification
  • ILFI Zero Carbon Certification
  • ILFI Zero Energy Certification
  • ILFI Core Green Building Certification


3x COTE Top Ten, 2x I2SL Go Beyond, Lab of the Year