BSUG 2.0 - March 22nd

Building Simulation Users Group 2017

Target Audience:

Engineers, Architects, & Simulationists


Date and Time:

Mar. 22, 2017 – 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. MT




Integrated Design Lab - Classroom

306 S. 6th Street Boise, ID 83702




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*FREE LUNCH provided to in-person attendees registered 24 hours in advance
In-Person attendees will receive a raffle ticket for each session attended for a prize drawing in August


The presentation will cover the energy related design and construction aspects of the City of Boise's recently completed Ultra-Low-Energy "Twenty-Mile South Farm" multi-use building. This LEED Gold (projected) building consists of an office building, maintenance shop, parts warehouse, and mechanic shop. In addition to LEED certification, the project is aiming to be Idaho's first Net-Zero Energy commercial building. The project's roof is outfitted with a 56.43kW PV array. Skylar will review the approaches and tools utilized to model and optimize the building's energy performance and how low tech and low maintenance strategies led to a reduction in heating and cooling demand of nearly 90% compared to conventionally constructed buildings. In addition, the rigorous onsite building enclosure testing and verification process will be discussed, as well as how it was utilized to minimize the performance gap between the energy model/design and actual building construction.


Skylar Swinford:

Skylar Swinford is the Principal of Energy Systems Consultants, an Idaho based building energy and enclosure consulting firm. Skylar graduated with a degree in Environmental Science from Willamette University in 2007 and has worked in the high performance building industry since. Skylar is a Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC®), PHIUS+ Rater and has consulted on hundreds of residential and commercial building projects in the Northwest and across North America. This ranges from his work on many Net-Zero Energy and Certified Passive House projects, to the forensic evaluation of failed buildings.

Scott Yribar:

Scott Yribar is a principal at AY Architecture in Boise, ID, a firm specializing in energy-efficient design. Scott holds a Masters degree in Architecture from the University of Utah and a Certificate in Construction Management from the University of Washington. He is a PHIUS Certified Passive House Consultant and Builder. Scott spent several years with RB&MC in Aigle, Switzerland, working on various high-performance project. He recently completed the Asthree Passive House, the state of Idaho’s first PHIUS+ certified Passive House. That project won the City of Boise’s 2016 Excellence in Design award for sustainability. Scott is currently working on a Passive House office project in Boise that will be the first commercial Passive House in the Idaho.