2012 Series
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Jan 12, 2012
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
Feb 9, 2012
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
Mar 8, 2012
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
Apr 12, 2012
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
May 3, 2012
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
Jun 14, 2012
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
Sep 13, 2012
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
Oct 11, 2012
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
Nov 8, 2012
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
Bill McMullen
Dec 13, 2012
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.
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Masaki Furukawa, AIA, LEED BD&C
Masaki is an architect and Director of Sustainable Design at Innovative Design in Raleigh, NC. He has 15-years of experience in sustainable and energy efficient architectural design and consulting. Before joining Innovative Design, he designed several pilot projects of the NC High Performance Guidelines, provided energy consulting for US Department of Energy, US Department of Housing, and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

He is AIA Triangle’s 2012 president-elect, served on the NC Sustainable Energy Association board of directors, is immediate past chair of ASES’s Ethics and Member Concerns Committee, and is founding chair of AIA Triangle’s Committee on the Environment.

Masaki has presented on the 2030 Challenge implementation and net-zero energy use at the AIA NC Conference, GreenNC, National School Expo, and CSI National. He graduated Cum Laude from University of Washington, and was an Integrated Building System Teaching Assistant while earning a Master of Architecture degree from MIT.

Alicia Ravetto
Architect Alicia Ravetto combines her skills as an architectural design expert with her experience in planning energy efficiency, conservation, and renewable energy features to design high-performance buildings. Throughout her career, she has been committed to designing buildings that reduce carbon emissions. Her practice is primarily focused on the design of new custom homes, additions and renovations.

She is LEED AP BD+C accredited, a 2011 LEED Fellow, is USGBC LEED Faculty, and was recently elected a Fellow of the American Solar Energy Society. Alicia consults and teaches green building initiatives, serves as Chair of the SBIC Technical committee, and is an instructor for Energy 10 workshops. She was a Fulbright Scholar at UCLA, received the NC Solar Hall of Fame award for expertise and leadership in education and architectural design, the SBIC Best Practices in Sustainability award, the California Building Industry Foundation Award and the Sustainable NC Green Building Business Award.

Steve Jurovics, Ph.D., LEED AP
A Senior Associate at Cadmus, Dr. Jurovics has more than 25 years of experience in the energy and environmental fields. For the past five years he has served as Cadmus’ lead technical resource for EPA’s commercial building design effort. He is the point of contact for questions about EPA’s energy performance rating system for new construction, Target Finder, and has communicated with a large number of architects and engineers about ways to improve building energy efficiency and about energy modeling. He also conducts regular Web-based presentations on EPA’s commercial building design resources and on green building rating systems such as ENERGY STAR®, LEED®, Green Globes™, and the Collaborative for High Performance Schools. Prior to his work with commercial new construction, Dr. Jurovics led Cadmus’ work supporting EPA’s existing building work with the public sector and served as lead technical resource on this initiative.

Steve Daley
In his 15 years of experience, Steve Daley has focused on K12 school design. He has been involved in project management, engineering, and energy modeling for more than 80 educational facilities. Steve has designed many types of HVAC systems based on sustainability, life cycle cost analysis, design guidelines, and input from maintenance personnel. He has been involved in the design of 13 LEED for Schools projects, including five LEED Gold and one LEED Platinum school. Steve has designed geothermal HVAC systems for two net zero schools, and is the energy modeling leader at Optima. Steve works closely with clients to calculate building loads, performs life cycle analyses to select the most efficient HVAC system, designs an effective layout, coordinates with other disciplines to ensure a productive working design, and construction phase. Steve is a successful presenter, having given seminars on energy recovery, net zero schools, and geothermal HVAC design. He has presented for the Council of Educational Facility Planners, International and Half Moon Seminars.

Victor Olgyay
A principal architect directing RMI’s Buildings Practice, Victor Olgyay is leading an initiative to encourage widespread adoption of comprehensive building energy retrofits resulting in energy savings of at least 50%. Victor has a wide range of experiences in architectural design and planning, with specializations in bioclimatic building, renewable energy and daylighting design. Current RMI projects include the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Ford Auto Dealership Retrofits, and the International Monetary Fund HQ1 Retrofit. Victor was an Associate Professor and Director of Research at the UH School of Architecture from 1993 to 2000. He has overseen numerous energy, environmental and lighting research projects for state and federal agencies, was appointed Chairman of AIA Honolulu’s Energy and Environment Committee 1995–2000, and in 1998 was named a Dana Fellow of the Joslyn Castle Institute for Sustainable Communities. He is currently on the Board of American Solar Energy Association, and a member of the National Academy of Environmental Design Research Committee.

His current research focuses on ecological restoration and ecosystem services for green building assessment, which was published by Elsevier Solar Energy 77 (2004) and has been widely presented, nationally and internationally. Victor’s research has expanded into building tool applications for demonstrating the reduction of carbon, water, and ecological footprints.

Blake Talbott is an Associate Principal and the Quality Assurance Lead for BBH Design, responsible for oversight of any firm process or action that affects a project’s quality. During the eight years of BBH Design’s existence it has grown from 14 to 51 employees and has become the largest regional architectural firm and the fifth largest in North Carolina.

Mr. Talbott is the current and founding chairman of the Building Enclosure Council – Research Triangle established in 2011.

In addition to inner office studio training speaker presentations; local CSI ; IFMA; and Building Enclosure Council; he has presented at the national CSI Conference on Green Roofs and 21st Century Institutional Building Enclosure Detailing.

R. Christopher Mathis
President, Mathis Consulting Company
Chris has over 30 years of experience in the building industry focused on the performance of buildings, building materials, and energy. He holds a Master’s from MIT where his graduate work focused on energy use in buildings. Chris served four terms on the International Energy Conservation Code Committee, and the Sustainable Building Technology Committee, is an active participant in code and standards development at ASHRAE including 10 years on its 90.1 standards committee, and serves on ASHRAE’s Code Interaction Subcommittee. Chris is a founding member of the National Fenestration Rating Council, serving as its first Director for 4 years, has authored over 30 articles and technical papers on subjects ranging from insulation test methods to new building codes. A featured speaker and educator at numerous conferences including Affordable Comfort, EEBA, and ASHRAE, he has conducted workshops for over 10,000 builders, architects, and others in the building industry. Currently Chris is on the executive board of ASTM Committee E60.01 on Building and Construction Sustainability, working to develop standards for measuring and comparing building and product sustainability claims. He was a Principle Investigator on recent efforts that improved the NC Energy Code by over thirty percent.

Norbert Lechner
Architect and Prof. Emeritus Auburn University
Mr Lechner is an Architect, Professor Emeritus at Auburn, and an expert in energy responsive architectural design with an emphasis on solar responsive design. He has taught for 33 years in the College of Architecture, Design, and Construction at Auburn University. In 2011 he was elected as a fellow of the American Solar Energy Society.

His book, Heating, Cooling, Lighting: Sustainable Design Methods for Architects, is used by more than 1/3 of all US architecture. It has been translated into Chinese, Indonesian, and Farsi. His companion book, Plumbing, Electricity, and Acoustics: Sustainable Design Methods for Architecture will be published late 2011.

Lechner has lectured extensively in the US and internationally at architecture schools, conferences, such as Lightfair, GreenBuild, EcoBuild, and ASES. He is the inventor of new types of heliodons that are conceptually clear and easy to use. www.cadc.auburn.edu/sun-emulator.

Umesh Atre, Associate AIA, LEED AP
Umesh Atre holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from India, and earned his Master of Science in Architecture from Texas A & M University, with a focus on integration of daylighting with whole building energy design using the U.S. DOE simulation software DOE-2. He has 3 years of experience with architectural firms in India prior to joining Raleigh-based Innovative Design Inc. as a Sustainable Design Analyst in May 2005. His areas of expertise include daylighting design, building energy modeling, carbon footprinting of buildings, and passive solar. He has been involved in sustainable design consulting on a variety of architectural & engineering projects throughout the country, and has been a regular presenter at local and national energy conferences. In addition to being a LEED AP, he is a member of ASES and an Associate Member of AIA.

Linda M. Anderson, LC, LEED AP
Linda is a lighting designer with a strong background in state-owned projects from university buildings to recreation and street lighting. She has been involved in numerous university based projects such as the UNC-Chapel Hill Sonja Haynes Stone Center, the Campbell University Convocation Center, as well as small commercial and residential lighting designs. Her expertise includes architectural lighting and systems control requirements, from both performance and code based standpoints. Linda is the owner of Lighting Language & Design, LLC (LL&D) of Carrboro, NC where she provides comprehensive lighting design consulting services, from schematic design concept through construction administration, including complete lighting specification, energy analyses, electric lighting and daylighting calculations. Formally educated with a studio art degree, she holds both the LC (Lighting Certified) designation with the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions, is a LEED AP, and has served as a municipal building inspector.

Kim Reitterer, PE
Kim Reitterer is the founder of Elm Engineering, Inc., a woman owned small business in Charlotte, NC. Elm was founded to further the application of energy and water conservative technologies to solve the challenges facing our world, now and in the future. Elm specializes in energy and water efficiency, modeling, audits, and renewable energy systems. Ms. Reitterer is a frequent speaker at local and national conferences as well as colleges and universities. She educates others in energy efficiency, water conservation, waste and recycling management, and renewable energy systems. These strategies combine to save money, reduce greenhouse gasses, and conserve dwindling natural resources. She is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University, a member of the North Carolina Building Code Council, and a licensed professional engineer in numerous states.

Michael Shore
CEO of FLS Energy
Michael Shore is CEO of FLS Energy, a solar energy generation company that is ranked in the top 50 of INC Magazine’s fastest growing small companies in the United States. FLS Energy has developed, engineered, installed, and financed some of the most important solar energy projects in the nation. His company has grown from three employees in 2006 to over 80 employees today. Michael has written extensively on sustainability issues, and he served on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency Leadership Group and North Carolina’s Global Climate Change Commission. He played a key role in crafting North Carolina’s landmark Clean Smokestacks Act and its renewable portfolio standard. He has a Masters in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University and a second Masters in Environmental Policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Rasika Savkar, CEM, LEED AP BD+CGreen Building Services
Technical Consultant, Green Building Services
Rasika serves as a Technical Consultant to the Energy Management Services and Building Management Services. Rasika started at GBS in June 2007 on the Energy Management Services group with a focus on energy simulation and analyses and carbon footprint analysis. Her experience in this area ranges from mid size commercial to large commercial projects (a total of over fifty projects). In 2009, Rasika transitioned to the Building Management Services (EB) team, working on EB technical projects including assessments, LEED-EB, NC, CI Certification process, energy audits, thermal comfort assessments, incentive documentation, ventilation adequacy calculations. She also actively serves as a technical resource for projects across the entire organization. Rasika also heads the organization wide carbon accounting and reporting process at GBS and holds GHG Inventory and corporate sustainability reporting as two of her keen professional interests.

Craig Briscoe, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP
Director of Integrated Design
After 11 years of work at Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects, first as a project architect and then as an integrated designer, Craig Briscoe recently became director of integrated design at the Portland office of international engineering company Glumac.

Clark Brockman, AIA, SERA Architects
AIA, LEED AP/ Principal, Director of Sustainability
Clark is a champion for energy-efficient, climate-responsive design throughout the built environment. Since joining SERA in 2002, Clark has helped his colleagues embed sustainability practices into all aspects of the firm. As Co-founder and Director of SERA’s Sustainability Resources Group (SuRG), Clark is a passionate advocate and facilitator who has led the firm’s continuing evolution in the fast-growing arena of high performance buildings and district scale systems. He is involved with many of SERA’s LEED projects and all of the firm’s Living Building projects, while also working on systemic change in the industry through policy development at the local, state and national level. Clark is also a nationally recognized speaker and panel participant on topics ranging from green building to energy and water efficiency. He is a founding and current Board member of the International Living Future Institute, and a past Board member and Chair of the Cascadia Green Building Council. In 2010, he was named to the US General Services Administration (GSA) Professional Peer group. Clark is a long-time member of the AIA and a LEED Accredited Professional focused on Building Design and Construction (LEED AP BD+C).

Charles Brown
Charles Brown has practiced architecture for over 25 years, founding Brown Architecture in 1996. The firm was awarded the 2002 Sustainable Business Award by Sustainable NC. Charles has designed numerous green and LEED projects, and consults with design teams and owners to implement green design strategies. He has lectured to over 25 groups and conferences on energy efficiency, daylight control, building science, and consulted to the US EPA Commercial Building Design Program. He is currently leading a team of energy managers advising eight community colleges in central North Carolina to prioritize energy conservation measures.

He served as committee chair to create the High Performance Design Guidelines for Triangle Region Public Facilities, was a founding board member of the USGBC NC Triangle Chapter, and serves on the Appalachian State University Interior Design Advisory Committee.