From Ideas to Reality: Zero Energy Commercial Buildings

  • 25 Apr 2018
  • 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • SDG&E Energy Innovation Center (EIC), 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92117

From Ideas to Reality: Zero Energy Commercial Buildings

Sponsored by SDG&E Energy Innovation Center

Session Overview:

California goals require all new commercial projects and major renovations of existing buildings to be Zero Energy by 2030, and the energy codes are already on the path towards this goal. Many projects across the state are already designing for Zero Energy, and some have proven Zero Energy performance during operations. Join this discussion with local experts performing this work and learn how to be more successful as you prepare for the coming wave of very-low and zero energy buildings.

Learning Objectives:

1. What does Zero Energy actually mean, how is it different from typical buildings, and how do you know if it is being achieved?  

2. How does it affect design options and the project schedule? 

3. What is the impact on construction costs?  

4. How do occupants feel about these buildings?  

5. How can Zero Energy strategies be used to make any building more cost-effective to build and to operate?

This class is eligible for continuing education units from the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA). 

Speakers and Bios:

Beth Brummitt, CEM, CEA, LEED-AP 

Beth founded Brummitt Energy Associates in 1998 to focus on high performance buildings.  She is a regular presenter on topics such as Zero Net Energy: Ideas to Reality.   Beth was the founding chair of the San Diego Green Building Council and the founding co-chair of the San Diego Living Building Challenge Collaborative.  Collaborating with SDG&E, she developed the first Zero Net Energy Commercial Case Study in California; and she continues to assist many other clients to reach their higher-performance and Zero Net Energy goals. 

Susan Freed, Architect, Certified Energy Manager, LEED AP

Susan is the Project Manager for the Energy and Sustainability Program at County of San Diego since 2013. Her work at the County includes finding opportunities to increase the energy and water efficiency and sustainability of County operations, studying the feasibility of innovative solutions, and developing programs and projects to implement promising findings. She has hands-on experience with the challenges in creating sustainability momentum in the public sector. Previous to her position with the County, she worked for many years as an architect (involved in sustainability projects such as the first straw bale post office in New Mexico), architectural planner (working with public and nonprofit clients to develop sustainability planning and facility master planning), and economic development professional (10 years with the historic preservation/community development program Main Street). She holds a Master in Architecture from the University of New Mexico, has been LEED AP since 2005, and CEM since 2015.

Matthew Porreca, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Matthew is a Principal at BNIM and leads the firm’s presence in San Diego. In his experience, Matthew’s leadership with integrated design teams allows him to produce award-winning designs and high performance buildings. Matthew has acquired a comprehensive range of relevant skills, knowledge and expertise integrating sustainability throughout all aspects of design. His involvement in large, complex projects has allowed him to hone his ability to creatively solve challenging project issues related to functional design, technical integration, use of innovative materials, long-range scheduling and overall project management.

Jim Ogden, LEED Fellow, Associate AIA, WELL AP, CxA+BE

Jim has over 25 years of experience focused on the environmental design, construction and management of facilities for public and private sector clients.  Jim was distinguished as a LEED® Fellow in 2011.  Jim is also certified as a Quality Commissioning Provider through the University of Wisconsin Madison. His expertise and outstanding commitment to sharing what he has learned is exemplified by his participation in speaking engagements at industry conferences, contributions to publications, and his service on many green building committees and standards development.

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