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2020 Lecture Topics

Each year the IDL presents a handful of topics to professional Architecture & Engineering firms. These topics cover a wide range of design and building applications such as energy modeling and daylighting. Topics are focused on helping a firm integrate energy efficiency practices into their projects and design process. Each presentation is about an hour with lunch provided. All in attendance will receive 1 AIA CEU as well as a certificate to verify attendance. The classes marked with (HSW) qualify for Health, Safety and Welfare credit. For a complete list of topics offered for lunch and learn visit idlboise.com If you are interested in scheduling one or two sessions for us to present at your firm you can fill out the form linked above or you may contact Dylan Agnes or Lyndsay Watkins. Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you.

High Performance Classrooms

Description:

Student enrollment in Ada County is projected to grow by 1,000 students per year for the next ten years and at least six capital projects are planned in the West Ada District alone to meet this demand. This session will cover a variety of issues facing the design of an efficient, healthy, and productive classroom environment. A quick look at the state of the last 50 years of school design will give an introduction to the problems faced by designers. This session will highlight several case studies of high performance schools in the Northwest to address daylighting, natural ventilation, and integration of mechanical systems. Each passive strategy will be addressed in detail with regional examples and performance research.

HSW Justification: Participants will learn what makes a classroom "good" through exploring four qualities of the indoor environment (Temperature, Air Quality, Light, and Noise) and how they affect a student performance.

Daylighting Multipliers - Increasing Daylight Harvesting Efficiency

Description:

This session will explore the role that daylighting multipliers are used when trying to increase the efficiency of daylighting or daylight harvesting in a building, such as, light shelves, manufactured glazing, and material specification. Furthermore, we will explore the rate of return, the ranges of efficiency, and appropriate uses between daylighting strategies and multipliers.

OpenStudio - Parametric Analysis Tool

Description:

This session will cover the parametric analysis tool (PAT) within OpenStudio. PAT removes the need to hand edit each model to try out different architectural design, energy efficiency measures, or mechanical systems. Participants will learn the fundamental concepts of measure writing for OpenStudio, simulation parameters, running a simulation with PAT, and how firms can utilize this feature to inform early design decisions in regards to building performance.

Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems

Description:

In an effort to operate buildings in the most energy efficient manner, we are designing building envelopes to be as airtight as possible with as little outside air as allowable. In this presentation the following issues are addressed: significance of IAQ to human health and productivity, the link between IAQ and building energy demands, and efficient technologies for optimizing IAQ.

Hybrid Ground Source Heat Pump System (HSW)

Description:

The initial cost of ground-source heat pump systems can be substantially higher than conventional systems, limiting it as a design option. This presentation will highlight how, with a hybrid GSHP system, it is possible to optimize the overall system life-cycle cost while reducing initial cost and maintaining a low operating cost. The GSHP system should be sized based on coincidental building loads and the system components including, the heat exchanger and additional central plant equipment.

Luminaire Level Lighting Controls

Description:

LLLCs have sensors and controls within individual fixtures that enable them to be controlled remotely or on a case-by-case basis. Remote control allows users to adjust the programming criteria or illumination levels without replacing the fixtures. In conventional lighting systems, lighting zones are defined as a collective unit and thus are centrally controlled. LLLCs however, incorporate sensors into each fixture, such as occupancy, daylight, temperature or receive/broadcast signals. Each fixture has the potential to become a semi-autonomous zone that is capable of responding to small changes in the area under each fixture. Furthermore, individual fixtures can communicate with other fixtures, using wireless or infrared signals, to share data for an even greater potential to increase energy savings and user satisfaction. Some LLLCs can be connected by gateway to transfer information collected. This data is analyzed, usually through the manufacturer’s software, to provide a user interface different from a typical text editor. From there users are able to identify trends in occupancy and lighting energy consumption that can then be used to refine the building schedules for occupancy and lighting and, if applicable, for the buildings’ HVAC schedule programming.

Indoor Air Quality and Energy Efficiency in Buildings

Description:

In an effort to make buildings operate in the most energy efficient manner, we are designing building envelopes to be as airtight as possible with as little outside air as allowable. In this presentation the following issues are addressed: significance of IAQ to human health and productivity, the link between IAQ and building energy demands, and efficient technologies for optimizing IAQ.

Future of Lighting Controls

Description:

Although LEDs have shown, they are a big game changer in the commercial lighting realm; lower lighting power density is not the only area of value when considering lighting. We can further increase savings from these highly efficient lighting systems by introducing control systems that collect data and user input to create an evolving feedback loop that seeks peak system operation. While LLLC’s (Luminaire Level Lighting Control) use this feature, they still use the same infrastructure as the lighting and control system that have come before it, which can be a limitation for expanding the systems efficiency and integration to other building systems. We believe the internet of things (IoT) will change the lighting and controls industry, providing an excellent medium for an integrated, multi-service IoT platform. Why? Where there are people, there are lights; where there are people, there will also be the need for connectivity. New and connected lighting controls provide a means to deliver valuable IoT services and increased energy savings.

The Architect's Business Case For Energy Performance Modeling

Description:

Most of us think of energy modeling as an engineering exercise. The truth is that more models and simulations are performed, and to better result, if the architect understands when and how to support the process and how to utilize the output. A building energy model can provide the architect an iterative process to increase the real-world effectiveness of energy systems within a building. This session will explore the value-add of energy modeling from the architect’s perspective, providing a business case for more active involvement in avocation for energy performance modeling.

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