Accepting the 2030 Challenge: Striving for Net Zero Building - Spring '07

April 4 2007
Mark Frankel, New Buildings Institute
  Getting to 50 (98 min)
What are the characteristics of high performing buildings? Is there a common language and process for cost-effectively achieving efficiency and performance in buildings? During 2006 the New Buildings Institute compiled a database of the top 100 high performance buildings worldwide. The intent was to document the 100 buildings that exceeded code by 50%, however some buildings were included in the database because of their interesting applications of energy reduction strategies. In this session NBI senior staff, Mark Frankel, will present the strategies and technologies most associated with successful high performance building design. On our way to carbon neutral, zero net energy, we need to first get to 50!

April 18 2007
Terry Egnor, Microgrid
  Advanced Building Guidelines (89 min)
The Advanced Buildings Suite (AB) of manuals was developed by New Buildings Institute specifically to address the small building (less than 50,000 square feet) sector. It provides a simplified prescriptive path to achieve predictable energy and demand savings from new and renovated commercial buildings by providing technical guidance on energy efficiency without the costs associated with the modeling process. AB is set at a performance level 30% beyond code, a guide that can be updated as the market at large is ready and as code changes. Unlike LEED, AB focuses exclusively on energy, rather than more broadly on sustainability issues. AB is integrated design in a prescriptive package. As such, AB is recognized by LEED as a rescriptive option. This session will provide an overview of the AB process that can be utilized by architects to successfully achieve energy savings and LEED points.

May 2 2007
John Bernardo, Sustainable Innovations
  Energy Conservation in the Grocery Industry (53 min)
In this session, John Bernardo, former energy manager of a large grocery chain will share stories on how efficiency can change the grocery energy use paradigm. The session will provide the attendee with a good understanding of the energy using systems within a grocery store and present the casestudy for design changes. This is an informative session designed to present the strategies and technologies of high performing groceries, including the benefits of recommissioning, the financial and social benefits of energy conservation efforts, and the use of carbon credits for funding LEED certification. The presentation will also provide a glimpse into the energy efficiency transformation process within a national corporate operation.

May 9 2007
Dr. Judith Heerwagen, J.H. Heerwagen & Associates, Inc.
  Investing In People: The Human Benefits of Sustainable Design (94 min)
Dr. Heerwagen is one of the foremost researchers in the area of human performance in buildings. This talk will explore the research evidence linking sustainable building design to improvements in human health, wellbeing, and productivity. The talk will draw on case studies in a variety of settings and will identify sustainable design features and attributes with the highest potential for creating positive human outcomes. The talk will also discuss the emerging field of biophilic design, which reconnects people and buildings to the natural environment to promote health, well being, and engagement with place. It will help us keep focus on the most important thing in our commitment to the 2030 Challenge, indeed the reason we made the commitment in the first place, improving our human condition.