Net Zero Energy Buildings
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Since the completion of the Lewis Center at Oberlin College in 1999, which at 13,000 sf was at that time the largest net zero energy building (nZEB) in the country, the green building community has been conceptualizing and developing strategies to scale up nZEBs and make them more commonplace within the industry. Yet, for years energy neutral buildings have remained rarities and typically have been low-intensity use buildings under 15,000sf.
The recent completion of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Research Support Facility (RSF)—a 220,000 sf office and lab building with a data center in Golden, CO—has led to new optimism. The NREL-RSF is a testament to a new level of performance, and to an approach to design and construction that rewards cooperation and respects the expertise of all team members. Dr. Paul Torcellini of NREL and Philip Macey of Haselden Construction will describe the design process, which included an analysis and rethinking of occupant behavior and office interiors and led to an innovative building design with unique features that allow the building to operate as an nZEB. Building on this insight into the inspiring work of the NREL-RSF team, Bert Gregory of Mithun will discuss his firms' involvement in net zero energy buildings and neighborhoods such as the Lloyd Crossing and Project Green planning efforts. He will present inspiring projects that are achieving new levels of sustainability in a challenging marketplace and will provide expert insights into metrics, best practices, trends, and prospects in the realm of low/net zero energy buildings.
Networking reception to follow.
Chris Garvin, Terrapin Bright Green
Catherine Pfeiffenberger, Skanska
Chris Garvin, AIA, LEED AP
Terrapin Bright Green
Chris Garvin is an accomplished practitioner and active voice in the sustainable design community. His interests include high-performance design at both the building and community scale; zero energy communities, biomimicry, and water conservation. Chris serves as a project lead for many of Terrapin Bright Green’s consulting engagements while also managing projects for Cook + Fox Architects where he is a Senior Associate.
Complementing his work at Terrapin, Chris lectures on sustainable design and has taught at the Pratt Institute’s Center for Professional Practice since 2002. He also advises several organizations on sustainability issues, including the National Building Museum. Chris is a member of the New York Academy of Sciences’ Green Building steering committee and serves on the Board of Directors for the US Green Building Council - New York Chapter and on the Advisory Board for Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Office of Long-term planning and sustainability.
Bert Gregory, FAIA, LEED® AP, Partner
As Chairman and CEO of Mithun, Bert Gregory FAIA leads Mithun to national recognition for concept-based, environmentally intelligent design. Under his leadership, three design organizations honored the firm with the international 2003 Sustainable Design Leadership Award: the American Institute of Architects, International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and CoreNet Global. His project design leadership has resulted in four AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top 10 Green Project awards, two American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) National Honor Awards and an AIA National Honor Award for Regional & Urban Design. The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) bestowed Mithun with the 2004 Local and Regional Leadership Award. As a renowned expert in resource efficient design, Bert serves as a national leader, speaker and advocate for sustainable building and urbanism.
Philip Macey, AIA, LEED AP
Phil Macey leads Haselden Construction’s division dedicated to the expert construction of highly sustainable and low energy use development and facilities. Haselden is a Colorado-based construction company with over 30 years of experience in complex facility construction, including extensive history in leading edge project delivery methods, including performance based design-build and firm-fixed price contracts. Haselden has developed a Collaborative Delivery process that centers on a integrated approach that views the whole project delivery as precious resources. Under Macey’s leadership those resources are evaluated, protected and managed by a wide range of design and construction participants, all in support of high performance facility construction and sustainable outcomes delivering long term performance to the Client Team.
As a licensed architect with over twenty years of specialized expertise in the design of laboratory and biotechnology facilities Macey has led teams in the creation of challenging projects from corporate headquarters to clean rooms to genomic research. These experiences have proved a keen insight into the demands of advanced buildings including the integration of architecture and energy management, raw land development, and the requirements of Safe Design. Phil has also been recognized for his leadership in successfully directing diverse client, design and construction teams in the creation of leading edge facilities.
Currently Phil leads the Haselden/RNL design build team for the NREL Research Support Facility project, slated to be one of the nations largest net zero energy buildings. He has recently moved from design into construction to provide leadership and expertise in the collaborative delivery of low and zero energy buildings. Recent lectures: Design Build Institute of America National Conference, Colorado University Law School Urban Land Development Forum, and the Daniels Business School Sustainable Development Conference.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Paul Torcellini is the Principal Group Manager for Commercial Buildings Research at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. The laboratory is one of the National Laboratories for the U.S. Department of Energy. Paul leads the Commercial Building’s Research Efforts. This effort is dedicated to making a substantial energy reduction in the commercial building. One of the focus areas is developing design methods such that energy features are integral to the building. This work not only includes passive solar design, but also includes daylighting strategies, control strategies, and HVAC design.
Paul has been with NREL for 16 years. Paul holds a Master's degree and Ph.D. from Purdue University specializing in passive solar design and control of commercial buildings. He is also a registered Professional Engineer.
*Additional speaker biographies coming soon
Hand over the Keys: Strategies for Achieving Net Zero Buildings and Neighborhoods
Bert Gregory, FAIA, LEED® AP, Mithun
Demand reduction, renewable energy, governance, financing, and human behavior are the keys to achieving Net Zero buildings and neighborhoods. Bert Gregory, FAIA, of Mithun will discuss his firm’s involvement in Net Zero energy development through case studies of the Lloyd Crossing Sustainable Urban Design Plan in Portland, Project Green in Austin, Baltimore’s State Center campus, and the Lopez Common Ground community in Washington State. While different in location, scale, and bioregion, this session will explore conceptual challenges common to all.
Net Zero Energy Buildings: Moving from Demonstration Projecting to the Mainstream
Philip Macey, AIA, LEED AP, Haselden Construction and Paul Torcellini, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
For years energy neutral buildings have remained rarities and typically have been low-intensity use buildings under 15,000sf. The recent completion of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Research Support Facility (RSF)—a 220,000 sf office and lab building with a data center in Golden, CO—has led to new optimism in the pursuit of large scale ultra low energy use facilities. Dr. Paul Torcellini of NREL and Philip Macey of Haselden Construction will describe the design and construction process, which included an analysis and rethinking of occupant behavior and office interiors and led to an innovative building design with unique features that allow the building to operate as an nZEB. They will also discuss the innovative contracting approach, ‘performance based design build’ which set the metrics for the entire project and underpins this breakthrough project.
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