David Kaneda


IDeAs Consulting

David has a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering and an MBA, and is a professional engineer, an AIA Fellow, a LEED Fellow, a Senior Fellow at New Buildings Institute, and a European Engineer with over 35 years of experience designing electrical systems for buildings. He is an expert on advancing cutting edge, environmentally sound, high performance, electrical, lighting, and low voltage systems in green buildings. His focus includes electrification of existing buildings; getting to zero carbon; photovoltaic and battery energy storage microgrids; EV charging and V2G strategies; color tuning LED lighting; daylighting; all electric incorporating induction cooking; BIPV technologies; plug load controls and smart buildings.

David is a GSA - Peer Professional and served on the federal GSA - Green Building Advisory Committee which he chaired from 2020 to 2022. He is also a member of AIA California's Committee on the Environment, was a member of California's Green Building Code (CALGreen) Advisory Committee and a Planning Commissioner for the City of Cupertino. He is both an architect and an electrical engineer which helps him to see the bigger picture but still loves to drill into the technical issues related to the latest developments in electrical systems for buildings, in our rapidly evolving industry. 

His project experience includes: 

• 20+ LEED Platinum Certified Buildings

• 50+ Net Zero Energy or Net Zero Electric Energy (in design, construction or completed)

• 15+ Battery/PV Microgrids (in design, construction or completed)

• The first ILFI Certified Net Zero Energy Building (IDeAs Z2 Design Facility - 2012)

• The first ILFI Zero Carbon Certification (Janet Durgin Guild and Commons - 2021)

• 5+ Living Building Challenge Certified Projects 

• 10+ AIA COTE Top 10 Award winners

In his spare time, David teaches karate and has coached his students to positions on the US National Team 32 times.