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NESEA Speakers at BuildingEnergy 15: Andy Shapiro

Making the Financial Case for Net Zero Buildings

Wednesday, March 04, 2015
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

The presentation illustrates the financial prudence of net zero buildings today. From the outset of design through construction and operation, Maclay Architects and Energy Balance utilize comparative energy modeling and cost estimating to determine financial benefits of net zero buildings compared to code compliant or intermediate building solutions. This detailed analysis demonstrates how fossil fuel powered buildings no longer make economic sense. Case studies illustrate the detailed and interwoven financial/energy analysis process used to convince building owners to pursue aggressive energy conservation. These include a net zero feasibility study for a mixed use office/manufacturing/residential project at NRG, a 65,000 sf office renovation and a 15,000 sf new dining hall. This presentation provides a clear financial analysis process, metrics, and templates to guide net zero projects from initiation to completion/operation. Builders, developers, owners, investors and designers will gain the understanding necessary to successfully make the financial case for net zero buildings.

Tuesday Workshop – Pushing the Envelope and Air Barrier for Commercial and Institutional Cold Climate Buildings and Lessons Learned

Tuesday, March 03, 2015
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
BuildingEnergy 15 Workshops

This workshop will investigate the design process for analyzing and constructing a building envelope to meet aggressive air-sealing goals for new and renovated commercial and institutional projects in cold climates. Example details from four case study buildings will be shared with a central focus on decisions, changes, best practice guidelines, thermal analysis, lessons learned and specific challenges encountered during the construction process. The final details that evolved from focused scrutiny and close collaboration between the design and construction team will be presented for two new construction projects, the Middlebury South Village Professional Office building and The Putney School Field House (net zero), as well as two renovation projects, the George D. Aiken Center at UVM and the Bennington Superior Courthouse and State Office Building (net zero ready). All of these Vermont buildings achieved exemplary levels of low air-infiltration, with one achieving a rate of 0.06 CFM50/sq. ft of exterior surface area.

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