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    Melanie Bontusa

    Residential Lead

    Melanie Bontusa leads Brightworks’ sustainability services for multifamily residential projects across North America from Nashville, Tennessee. She specializes in residential sustainability programs, such as LEED for Homes and others, for all scales of multifamily development.  She has also worked with universities and colleges across California, and has a wealth of experience with medical office buildings and healthcare facilities.   

    Within Brightworks’ sustainability planning practice, Melanie served as project manager for the UC Riverside Net-Zero Energy Plan and as as lead project manager for Brookfield Properties’ Pier 70 Redevelopment and 5M Developments in San Francisco. She manages the implementation of Brightworks’ planning scale work through rating systems like LEED for Neighborhood Development, the Living Community Challenge, and others. 

    Within Brightworks’ resiliency practice, Melanie has adapted City of Boston and Red Cross standards to help private developers integrate measurable strategies.  She has also piloted the RELi resilience rating system in private developments. 


    • University of California, Berkeley
      Bachelor of Architecture

    Technical Credentials & Professional Memberships

    • U. S. Green Building Council
      LEED AP Building Design + Construction (LEED AP BD+C)
      LEED AP Neighborhood Development (LEED AP ND)
      LEED AP Homes
    • International Living Future Institute
    • National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)
    • Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
    • Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition

    Selected Experience

    • Fong & Chan Architects


    • U. S. Green Building Council
      Water Efficiency Technical Advisory Group, Member 
    • U. S. Green Building Council, Los Angeles Chapter
      Westside Branch Steering Committee, Member

    • Olive-View UCLA Medical Center
      2035 Campus Master Plan