2014 Series
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Mar 27, 2014
Session I: The 2030 Challenge: Setting + Achieving Energy Goals with Integrated Design
Integrated design is an important element in the creation of next-generation 2030 Challenge compliant buildings. In this session, we will explore the Integrated Design Process (IDP) and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD). We will explore collaborative strategies that can achieve the targets outlined in the 2030 Challenge, and how this process can be used as a roadmap throughout the design process. In particular, we will examine the utility of IDP in defining core, early design decisions such as building form and orientation.
AIA+2030 Learning Objectives
  • Explain how the Integrated Design Process differs from traditional design.
  • Identify specific characteristics of Integrated Design and its implications building energy performance.
  • Summarize the potential benefits gained by employing the Integrated Design Process.
Session Speakers
Apr 24, 2014
Session II: Getting to 60: The Power of Targets + Load Reduction
The goal of the 2030 Challenge® is to create buildings that are designed to meet a fossil fuel, greenhouse gas emitting, energy performance standard of 60% less than the regional (or national) average for that building type now, with the standard rising to a 70% reduction in 2015 and incrementally increasing 10% in efficiency every five years until 2030, when the goal of zero emissions is met. One of the more compelling aspects of dramatic energy reductions is the mounting evidence that if done well, such ambitious goals can actually be done with little or no added costs. This session will explore the use of EPA’s Target Finder (ENERGY STAR) to establish design targets and metrics, such as Energy Use Intensity (EUI). The session will include multiple examples of projects that have achieved exemplary energy performance, offer approaches for incorporating targets into the design process, and explore how providing targeting and EUI information can be a value-added service for design firms.
AIA+2030 Learning Objectives
  • Describe the energy/carbon objectives of the 2030 Challenge.
  • Use the Energy Star Target Finder tool to set an Energy Use Intensity target for a project.
  • Summarize the concept of Energy Use Intensity (EUI) and describe why it is an important tool for setting energy targets.
Session Speakers
May 29, 2014
Session III: Accentuate the Positive: Climate Responsive Design
Conventional building design presumes that a building’s energy will be imported in the form of electricity and fuel. Integrated design accounts for on-site resources, as well as minimizing unwanted environmental conditions. In this session, we’ll explore using climate data and site characteristics to conduct a Site Resource Inventory to inform building design and lower building energy loads. This will set the stage for future sessions that will address specific strategies in more detail.
AIA+2030 Learning Objectives
  • Produce a building form and orientation strategy that is responsive to site and climatic factors.
  • Explain why climate responsive design reduces the energy load of a building.
  • List the site and climate factors that impact a building’s performance.
Session Speakers
Jun 19, 2014
Session IV: Skins: The Importance of The Thermal Envelope
The building skin is the critical interface between occupant comfort and outdoor climatic conditions. A high performance building requires a high performance envelope, one that responds to exterior environmental impacts at various times of the year. This session will explore design, material and technology approaches to wall and window assemblies, from straightforward low cost methods to advanced double skinned wall applications. We will also address moisture issues associated with various wall insulation approaches.
AIA+2030 Learning Objectives
  • Identify critical elements of the thermal envelope responsible for building energy consumption.
  • Specify strategies for minimizing thermal bridging.
  • Understand the architectural elements, materials, and construction opportunities for designing a high performance thermal envelope.
Session Speakers
Aug 21, 2014
Session V: Aggressively Passive: Employing Passive Systems for Load Reduction
Properly designed, a building captures existing site resources such as light, wind, and solar radiation to provide for the comfort and needs of occupants. Passive systems work in concert with site resources to manage building energy demand through design. This session will build upon the concepts introduced in Sessions 3 and 4 and explore a holistic strategy for designing passive systems.
AIA+2030 Learning Objectives
  • Define passive systems and identify specific elements of a passive design.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of various passive strategies based on available site resources.
  • Determine the most successful strategies for a given site.
Session Speakers
Sep 25, 2014
Session VI: Illuminating Savings: Daylighting and Integrated Lighting Strategies
Lighting constitutes 29 percent of a typical American office building’s energy load. Proper lighting is critical to occupant comfort and productivity—and an exploration of daylighting and efficient artificial lighting is an exploration of integrated design. This session will explore natural light as part of a site’s resource inventory, and identify strategies for maximizing its application while controlling for glare and unwanted heat gain. It will couple this discussion with the latest research and application of artificial lighting choices designed to meet residual lighting needs.
AIA+2030 Learning Objectives
  • Evaluate various building forms and orientations for optimal daylighting potential.
  • Compare competing designs to determine the most effective approach to daylighting.
  • Assess a lighting scheme for its compatibility with an accompanying daylighting design.
Session Speakers
Oct 16, 2014
Session VII: Right-sized: Equipment and Controls for Super-efficient Building System
After designing for maximum passive use of site resources and mitigating energy loads, the next step to a breakthrough building is properly sized equipment and employment of advanced controls. This session will explore the concept and application of designing and specifying equipment and controls for buildings that need mechanical intervention only during periods of peak demand. Systems such as hybrid natural-mechanical ventilation systems and other approaches to engineering a mechanical system to be as small (efficient) and effective as possible will be explored.
AIA+2030 Learning Objectives
  • Apply right-sizing after passive energy conservation strategies.
  • Utilize controls to optimize the efficiency of equipment.
  • Enumerate energy efficient strategies to maintain occupant comfort.
Session Speakers
Nov 20, 2014
Session VIII: Site Power: Renewable Energy Opportunities
The ultimate goal of the 2030 Challenge is fossil fuel free buildings by the year 2030. As buildings approach zero for their carbon footprint, on-site renewable energy sources become a key element to realizing that goal. As the lower-up-front-cost conservation and efficiency measures are exhausted, renewable energy emerges as the final step to reaching aggressive carbon elimination goals. This session will explore the relationship between conservation and renewable energy, and investigate current renewable energy opportunities, both onsite and offsite systems, such as combined heat and power and local district energy (valuable for load sharing).
AIA+2030 Learning Objectives
  • Identify the major on-site renewable energy strategies for buildings.
  • Propose an appropriate renewable energy strategy based on site characteristics and resources.
  • Enumerate the life cycle costs and benefits of on-site renewable energy.
  • Understand how district energy can provide thermal and electric services and balance neighborhood loads.
Session Speakers
Jan 22, 2015
Session IX: The Hand-off + Staying in Shape: Operations, Maintenance + Education
Design intent is important, but at the end of the day, how the building actually performs is really what matters. The closer the match between predicted and observed performance, the more likely a client will be happy. This session will explore the tools available to an architect to help match performance with expectations, including building commissioning, maintenance staff and occupant training, and building performance monitoring. Using building performance data to validate and improve on design and construction decisions will also be explored—providing a strong tool for iterative learning and innovation.
AIA+2030 Learning Objectives
  • Explain the benefits of monitoring, evaluation, and education to design firms, clients, and building occupants.
  • Explain and advocate for commissioning on projects.
  • Instruct building maintenance and operations staff on optimizing building performance.
Session Speakers
Feb 26, 2015
Session X: Putting It All Together: Achieving 2030 Goals On The Project and At The Office
Success with advanced energy performance projects requires not only a detailed understanding of the individual strategies involved, but also a strategic understanding of the architect’s role in the design and construction process and how to orchestrate an already dauntingly complex process. This session revisits the integrated design and target creating process, and then looks outward to contextualize the architect in the larger environment of the project and—equally important—the firm. Key to the success of the 2030 Challenge is movement from learning to action. This session will examine the movement from in-class exercise to on-site implementation. Additionally, the session will provide tools for helping your firm institutionalize the creation of high-performance buildings and becoming a change agent within your community.
AIA+2030 Learning Objectives
  • Set energy performance targets early to inform design objectives.
  • Justify the inclusion of integrated energy efficiency strategies in projects.
  • Teach other design professionals in their firm and community about advanced energy efficiency strategies for buildings.
Session Speakers
AIA New Hampshire
Carolyn Isaak
McLane Audubon Center
84 Silk Farm Road
Concord, NH 03301
Series Moderator
Dale Doller, AIA
Bill Reed
An internationally recognized proponent, author, and practitioner in sustainability and regeneration Bill is a principal in two firms, the Integrative Design Collaborative, Regenesis, Inc., and a member of the Alliance for Regeneration – green building consulting, living system design, and education organizations working to lift building and community planning into full integration and co-evolution with living systems. His work centers on creating the framework for and managing an integrative, whole-systems design process. The objective: to improve the overall quality of the physical, social and spiritual life of our living places and therefore the planet. He is the co-author of many articles and the book, The Integrative Design Guide to Green Building: Redefining the Practice of Sustainability.

Gunnar Hubbard
AIA, LEED Fellow
Gunnar is the Practice Leader for the Building Sustainability Group at Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. As the founder and Principal of Fore Solutions for 10 years, he merged with Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. in January 2012. With more than 23 years of experience as a green building consultant, Gunnar has been involved in green building efforts across the United States and in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He has played a key role on a wide variety of sustainability projects and project types, including hotels, educational facilities, sports facilities, high-rise buildings, science buildings, health facilities, government buildings, retail facilities, museums, manufacturing facilities and residential buildings. His experience as a LEED consultant encompasses all variety of LEED rating systems, and he has experience with net-zero energy buildings. Active in teaching, Mr. Hubbard develops and leads green building workshops around the world. He has been LEED® Faculty™ since 2000, and holds a license to provide the U.S. Green Building Council’s curriculum in the U.S. and abroad. Gunnar graduated from the University of Vermont with a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, and from the University of Oregon with a master’s degree in architecture.

Karen Butler
Karen is the National Manager for the Commercial Building Design initiative, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR voluntary labeling program. She provides strategic outreach to the architectural commercial buildings community and its affiliates to elevate their awareness on incorporating energy performance targets during the project design phase. Ms Butler conceived and manages enhancements to the EPA Target Finder on-line tool created in 1999. She helped orchestrate Target Finder’s acceptance to establish energy goals for Architecture 2030, American Institute of Architects’ Sustainable Practice, as well as state and federal requirements such as the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. She works with third party software developers maintaining the Target Finder interface with Building Information Modeling tools.

Ms. Butler manages the “Designed to Earn ENERGY STAR” certification initiative to provide recognition for projects and A/E firms that meet EPA criteria for energy efficiency. She’s developed guidance to help owners and architects transition design projects to operating buildings that earn the ENERGY STAR qualified building label. Ms Butler participated on the AIA +2030 Professional Series, AIA COTE, AIA Educational Committee, ASHRAE Building Performance Metrics Steering Committee, USGBC LEED Advisory Committee and New Buildings Institute research projects to refine energy performance as it relates to sustainable design, energy and costs savings and preventing CO2 and global warming. She has written articles and been featured in Eco-Intel, EcoStructure, Building Operating Management, Archi-tech, and Metal Architecture and most recently contributed to ASHRAE - Energy Efficiency Guide for Existing Commercial Buildings. Ms Butler has been a speaker at AIA national conventions, Architecture 2030 Series, USGBC’s GreenBuild conferences and many local and regional chapter events. Ms Butler started federal service with EPA in 1992 and managed the Implementation Team for its flagship energy efficiency program – Green Lights. In 1998 she was awarded the Hammer Award from the National Partnership for Reinventing Government sponsored by past Vice President Al Gore.

Ms Butler’s academic background includes a Master’s of Architecture education from California Polytechnic University at Pomona, and a B.A. in Psychology from University of Southern California.

Christopher Schaffner
PE, LEED Fellow
Chris is founder and principal of The Green Engineer, Inc. a sustainable design consulting firm located in Concord, MA. He is a mechanical engineer with 26 years experience in the design of energy efficient buildings. He also recently completed his term as chair of the USGBC’s Energy and Atmosphere Technical Advisory Group. In 2011 he was named to the inaugural class of LEED Fellows.

James Petersen
James is President of Petersen Engineering, Inc. and a registered mechanical engineer in CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY and VT. Mr. Petersen founded Petersen Engineering in 1992 and brings 28 years of engineering experience on a wide variety of building types ranging from multi-family housing to municipal infrastructure. All the firm’s projects reflect James’ commitment to integrated design with a goal of significantly elevating building performance.

Michael Bruss
Michael is the founder, president and co-owner of Bruss Construction and Integrated Building Energy Associates, LLC. Michael’s passion and drive focus on building with towards sustainability, reuse of historic structures, energy efficiency and preparing today’s buildings for future generations. In the past 10 years, Bruss Construction has built 40 plus Energy Star homes with a HERS rating of better than 50, including 2 LEED platinum and 3 LEED gold homes. In the past 5 years Bruss Construction has done Deep Energy Retrofits of over 250,000 square feet of commercial and municipal buildings with over 50% energy savings. With over 30 years of experience in the construction industry, Michael brings unmatched collaboration, innovation and craftsmanship to every project that he is involved in.

Jesse Thompson
Affecting social change both through his work and through community outreach, Jesse has become a national leader in building science and green design. Jesse is increasingly seen as an architect who is knowledgeable not just in the craft and details of the profession but who also has a deep holistic understanding of construction on the macro and micro level.

He has practiced all phases of architecture and design while working at firms in Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont. Jesse grew up in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, and lives in the Deering Center neighborhood of Portland with his family.

Jesse’s portfolio straddles the residential and commercial worlds, and has a deep knowledge of modern construction types and project planning. These projects have ranged from designing intimate residential additions to managing multi-million dollar construction projects. Jesse is Kaplan Thompson's director of technical and digital practices, maintaining our leadership in energy efficient construction techniques, software adoption and digital construction management.

Daniel Cushman Lewis
Dan Lewis is a founding partner of Kohler and Lewis Engineering in charge of Building Air Ventilation, Heating, and Cooling Systems design, and Building Energy Simulations. He is a registered engineer in Vermont, Massachusetts, Maine, and New York. Prior to establishing Kohler & Lewis, Joe Kohler and Dan Lewis worked together at Total Environmental Action, where they were in the forefront of research for passive solar design and energy conservation in buildings. They performed research and computer simulations for Brookhaven National Laboratory, the U.S. Department of Energy and the Tennessee Valley Authority. Dan Lewis (with Marc Rosenbaum) received the ASHRAE New Technology Award (1999-2000) and the National Second Place ASHRAE 2000 Technology Award for New Institutional Buildings. The awards were for the design of the energy efficient mechanical system for the Vermont Law Oakes Hall Classroom Building in South Royalton, VT. The National award recognizes “outstanding design innovation and successful implementation.” Since 1982, the firm has designed mechanical systems for more than five million square feet of commercial and institutional buildings, including more than one hundred and fifty schools, 25 biomass heating systems, 10 LEED buildings, 5 net-zero buildings, and 3 Living Building Challenge (1 certified, 1 under construction, and 1 in design) buildings.

Paul Leveille
Paul Leveille is the High Performance Building Specialist at Resilient Buildings Group in Concord, NH. Paul works with interested parties through the design, construction, and operation to optimize energy and environmental performance in buildings. He led The Jordan Institute’s high-performance buildings program for seven years and has been instrumental in certifying more than 50 LEED projects. He is also a Certified Building Commissioning Professional. Paul is the past Director of Facilities for the Society for the Protection of NH Forests, the State’s oldest and largest land conservation organization. Among those facilities he oversaw was the award-winning Conservation Center, a showcase for passive solar design. He oversaw lighting upgrades, installation of the then largest utility inter-tie solar electric system in NH, and a central woodchip-fired heating system. He also guided a state-of-the-art addition that features a super-insulated and air-tight envelope, day-lighting, local materials, composting toilets, a full grey-water recycling system, non-toxic materials and more. The project was New England’s first LEED certified building. Paul has chaired the Environmental Committee of the NH Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the NH Sustainable Energy Association. He has two degrees in engineering, previously worked in the architecture field, and lives in a super-insulated passive solar home he built using lumber from the site or salvaged logs. The home has an Energy Use Intensity (EUI) of 24,804 BTU’s / SF / Year.

Bill Maclay
Bill Maclay, founding principal of Maclay Architects of Waitsfield (VT), has been recognized as a leader in innovative, ecological planning and architectural design since 1971. Maclay Architects specializes in net-zero energy design and was the recipient of the 2012 NESEA Zero Net Energy Building Award. Among the firm’s net-zero, near-net-zero, and net-zero-ready projects are NRG Systems, an office and manufacturing facility, the Bennington State Office Building, the Aiken Building at the University of Vermont, the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Education Center, and numerous homes. He is the author of The New Net-Zero, which will be published by Chelsea Green Publishing.

Edward Mazria
Edward Mazria, FAIA, founder of Architecture 2030, is an internationally recognized architect, planner, author, and educator. His award-winning architecture span a thirty-five year period, each employing a cutting-edge environmental design approach. He is the author of numerous published works, including a key book in solar design, The Passive Solar Energy Book. His current research reshaped the dialogue on climate change to incorporate the role of the building sector. He issued the 2030 Challenges, strategies to dramatically reduce sector CO2 emissions, and the 2050 Imperative, targeting zero CO2 emissions in the built environment by 2050 and adopted by International Union of Architects representing over 1.4 million architects from 125 countries.

Erik Olsen
Erik is a climate engineer known for his passionate focus on high-comfort, low-impact environments. As Director of Transsolar Climate Engineering’s New York office he works collaboratively with clients, architects, and other engineers worldwide to develop and validate low-energy, architecturally integrated indoor climate and energy concepts. The scope of these concepts ranges from individual buildings to large master plans. Recent work includes the ground-breaking Angelos Law Center at the University of Baltimore, several university research and teaching laboratories, and the new Canadian House of Commons debating chamber. In addition to his specialist work at Transsolar, Erik has worked as a consulting mechanical engineer on a wide variety of building types and launched and directed the City of Chicago’s Green Permit Program. He has served on several local and national U.S. Green Building Council committees and boards of directors.

Amy Seif Hattan
As the Corporate Sustainability Officer for Thornton Tomasetti, Amy Seif Hattan is responsible for “greening” the corporation’s operations and services and achieving Thornton Tomasetti’s goals in meeting the American Institute of Architect’s 2030 Commitment. Her role as the sustainability officer for a 800+ employee international engineering and building services firm involves educating and engaging employees across the company’s 27 offices. Prior to the acquisition of the Maine-based green building consulting firm, Fore Solutions, by Thornton Tomasetti, Amy was the Chief Operating Officer for Fore Solutions. Previously, Amy was the Director of Strategic Initiatives at Second Nature in Boston, where she initiated a three-year program to advance green building in higher education and lead the Advancing Green Building in Higher Education program and its staff. In this role she supervised the development of the award-winning web site, The Campus Green Builder. With 20 years experience working in the field of sustainability, Amy helped to initiate campus sustainability efforts at the University of New Hampshire and was the sustainability coordinator at Middlebury College. At Middlebury College, she served as an owner’s representative on building projects to ensure that all new buildings followed the college’s green building guidelines and played an important role in guiding the college towards leadership in greenhouse gas emissions reduction. She has worked as a Senior Research Associate at Rocky Mountain Institute; served as the Communication Director for two national research institutes studying rural sustainable development and earth systems/climate change; and managed sustainability projects for Dennis Meadows, co-author of Limits to Growth. Amy’s freelance articles on green building and sustainable living have appeared in Natural Home, Biocycle, Sustainability: The Journal of Record, and other periodicals, and she co-authored a guidance document with the U.S. Green Building Council on educating students about green building. She holds a B.S. in environmental conservation from the University of New Hampshire, a M.A. in journalism and mass communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.P.A. from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Fortunat Mueller
Fortunat Mueller is a partner at ReVision Energy, Maine’s largest full service renewable energy installation contractor. ReVision Energy is dedicated to the professional design, installation and service of renewable energy systems and has offices in Liberty and Portland, ME and Exeter, NH, serving all of Maine and NH. At ReVision, Fortunat's responsibilities include managing operations at the Portland shop, and overseeing solar thermal and solar electric system design for both commercial and residential applications. Fortunat received a Masters Degree in Mechanical engineering from Brown University with a concentration in thermodynamics and fluid mechanics and is a licensed Professional Engineer and licensed solar thermal installer in Maine. Fortunat also serves on the board of directors of MABEP (Maine Association of Building Efficiency Professionals) and is a Captain on the North Yarmouth Volunteer Fire Department. Before joining ReVision energy to start the Portland office in 2006, Fortunat was a project manager and senior systems engineer at United Technologies Fuel Cells in Hartford, CT.

Glenn Heinmiller
Glenn Heinmiller is a principal at Lam Partners in Cambridge Massachusetts. Utilizing his expertise in producing high-quality electric and daylighting solutions with minimized energy use and negative environmental impact, he has designed daylight and electric lighting systems for a diverse range of commercial, institutional, and civic projects. As Chairman of the IALD Energy and Sustainability Committee, he manages the IALD’s participation in sustainability initiatives, and the review of and contribution to standards, regulations, and rating systems development. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and serves as a USGBC Subject Matter Expert. Glenn is NCQLP Lighting Certified, a professional member of the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), and a member of the International Dark-Sky Association. He is also a guest instructor in lighting design at the Boston Architectural College, and lectures and writes on the subjects of light pollution control, lighting codes, and lighting energy efficiency.

Victor Reno
Mr. Reno is the principal of Reno Engineering & Light Design. His diverse background includes more than 35 years experience in electrical, mechanical, and energy engineering, with 25 years devoted to architectural and specialty lighting design. Engineering projects cover a wide range of residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial facilities. He has taught at the post secondary level and has authored more than ten technical papers and articles and has contributed to two books. Mr. Reno’s lighting design projects have received several honorable mention awards and been written up in magazines such as Home, House Beautiful and New Hampshire Magazine.

Keith J. Yancey
Keith J. Yancey, a principal at Lam Partners Inc in Cambridge, Massachusetts, received his Master of Architectural Engineering Degree from Oklahoma State University. He has 28 years of experience in the architectural, lighting, and engineering fields, is NCQLP Lighting Certified, and a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), and the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD). His portfolio includes daylighting and electric lighting design for a multitude of projects throughout the world. Keith has served on several design-related juries, and has presented on LEED and daylighting at several AIA National Conventions, at the BEST2 Conference, and at GreenBuild. As a member of the Daylighting Subcommittee, Keith helped develop the daylighting section of the new IGCC (International Green Construction Code). He also regularly guest lectures at the Boston Architectural College, MIT, and Harvard University.

Steven J. Strong
Steven is President of Solar Design Associates, LLC, an E&A group dedicated to environmentally responsive buildings and the engineering and integration of renewable energy systems to power them. Over the past 3 decades, he’s earned the firm an international reputation for the pioneering integration of renewable energy systems with environmentally responsive building design, completing projects in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Canada, Central America and across the US from Maine to Hawaii. The firm’s recent projects include a ZNE academic laboratory for the UMass system and a ZNE commercial office building in downtown Seattle that meets the Living Building Challenge – described by the New York Times as the ‘Greenest Building on the Planet’. In 1999, TIME magazine named Steven an ‘Environmental Hero of the Planet’. The American Solar Energy Society honored him with its Charles Greeley Abbot award. In 2007, TIME again recognized Steven as “An Innovator Building a Greener World” in their special publication on responses to Climate Change.

Troy Peters
Troy is an Associate Professor in the Architecture Department at Wentworth Institute of Technology. Before teaching at Wentworth, Troy taught at California Polytechnic State University, University of Southern California and Ball State University. Professionally Troy is NCARB certified and a registered architect in the state of Illinois and Wisconsin in addition to being LEED accredited. He has a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon and he is the founder of ArchiPhysics, a website for distributing software and other tools for building simulation and investigation. The author of several software programs for passive solar calculations and daylighting, his academic research and software designs have focused on various aspects of thermal transfer and passive solar design. Currently, Troy is working on SolarShoeBox, a simple passive solar design tool built on EnergyPlus.

Bill Root
Bill is president of GWR Engineering, is an Professional mechanical consulting engineer with 25 years’ experience in design and commissioning of High Performance building energy systems. He has designed and commissioned over 12 large biomass systems and over 1 million SF of LEED and CHPS projects in VT, NH & ME. He was the first mechanical engineer in VT to be LEED Accredited and the only ASHRAE High-Performance Building Design Certified Professional. He has received numerous awards for energy efficiency design and presented multiple session on high performance and renewable energy systems and Cx. He was involved with the initial Commercial Building Energy Code development for Vermont and more recently with a Taskforce to develop efforts towards an integrated and comprehensive whole-building approach to thermal energy efficiency. He developed a NET ZERO plan for his 3800 sf home/office and was able to successfully implement that plan in 3 years.

Brian Buckley
Brian joined Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEp) in early 2014 as the High Performance Buildings Associate. In this role, he focuses primarily on identifying and promoting best practices for building construction, renovation, and retrofits at schools and other public buildings. He also works on building energy rating efforts, with a specific focus of benchmarking public facilities. In addition to several years of experience in the facilities maintenance field, Brian spent time working with the Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG) and the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC) before joining NEEP. He holds a Juris Doctor, Master of Environmental Law & Policy, and Energy Law Certificate from Vermont Law School, and has passed the New York and Massachusetts bar exams.

Peter J Arsenault
Peter is a registered architect and sustainability consultant with offices in Syracuse, New York, and Greensboro, North Carolina. A 1977 graduate of Syracuse University, he simultaneously earned degrees in both Architecture and Sociology with an emphasis on urban design and environmental planning. Since 1980, even before the term “green” architecture was popularized, he has focused his work on the principles of energy consciousness, environmental sensibility and sustainable design. As a practicing architect, Mr. Arsenault has managed design teams and brought green and sustainable principles to notable projects throughout the United States for commercial corporations, government agencies, not-for-profit associations, and private clients. His career of more than 35 years includes diversified experience in sustainable building design and planning for governmental facilities, educational campuses, health care centers, residential communities, and religious institutions. As a sought after speaker and author, Mr. Arsenault has presented at numerous state, regional and national seminars and conferences, primarily on the topic of sustainable design, green building practices, and green building rating systems such as the US Green Building Council’s LEED® program. He has also been published dozens of times in national and regional journals and professional magazines and has contributed to books on green and affordable housing. A member of the Advisory Board of the AIA+2030 series, he led the development and presentation of the Sustainability by Design Program in New York City with a focus on achieving net zero energy in a dense urban environment. Mr. Arsenault has been active in the American Institute of Architects (AIA) since becoming a member in the 1980’s, recently completing a three-year term on the National Board of Directors and a two-year term as national vice president. He has been an active member of the AIA Community by Design programs serving as team leader for multiple Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) programs around the country. He is also a past president of the New York State and Central New York Components of the AIA, a member of the US Green Building Council, and charter president of a green community advocacy organization known as Greening USA.

Margaret Dillon
MS, LEED AP, BPI and BAC Sustainable Design Masters Certificate
Margaret Dillon is a private, independent building and energy consultant, and Envelope Specialist dba S.E.E.D.S. In its 8th year, S.E.E.D.S. exists to foster the transition to higher performing buildings. Margaret conducts energy performance assessments on existing buildings and serves as an envelope and building science consultant on new construction. She has worked with many towns and organizations throughout NH and is author of Field Guide for NH Municipal Building and Energy Audit Guidelines and Field Guild to Energy Conservation and Efficiency for New Hampshire Businesses.

Colin Schless
Colin specializes in commercial building energy analysis, daylight analysis, climate analysis, simulation tool development, existing building deep energy retrofits, and data visualization. He has been a regular guest lecturer at Cornell University’s school of Architecture for the past two years and has presented at conferences like Greenbuild 2012 and AASHE on subjects like Energy Programming and Green Building Metrics. Colin manages the firm’s efforts regarding monitoring installations that provide real-time energy and resource consumption data to facilities managers and building occupants. Colin received his Master of Architecture in 2010 from University of Oregon. His project experience ranges from a 340,000 sf museum in Riyadh Saudi Arabia to the Net-Zero Bosarge Family Education Center in Boothbay, ME. Currently he is consulting on 25 existing mixed-use buildings owned and operated by Sweden’s largest real estate property holder, Vasakronan and is leading a team of developers creating a parametric-based rapid simulation tool called PANDA.

Jordan Goldman
Jordan is a specialist in energy modeling, mechanical engineering, and manages the HVAC design practice for ZeroEnergy Design. He is fluent in building envelope strategies and energy efficient construction systems, building science design principles, as well as mechanical system design, specification, and sizing for enhanced energy performance. Additionally, he is experienced in sizing and specifying renewable energy systems, such as photovoltaics and solar hot water. Jordan has been recognized by the EPA for his achievement in systems design for green buildings and has been featured on NPR. He is a Certified Passive House Consultant, a LEED Accredited Professional, a Verifier for NAHB's National Green Building Standard, and a HERS Rater. Jordan studied Environmental Engineering at Cornell University, where he received both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering.