On Wednesday, October 12, we will offer two intensive workshops that dig into the details of zero energy buildings (ZEB). The first will look at how zero energy buildings relate to the grid, and a second on the opportunities to fully transform the schools market to ZEB. Descriptions of these interactive workshops are listed below. An additional registration fee for workshops is required.

10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Zeroing in on Schools: Transforming new and existing K-12 buildings to zero energy | Crystal Peak A (4.5 AIA  LU|HSW CEUs)

Sponsored by Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy


Schools are leading in the count of zero energy buildings (ZEB) with over 100 verified and emerging educational buildings across the country. These buildings save money on energy expenses that can be put back into the classroom and offer students and teachers healthy and productive learning spaces. ZE school projects hail from all regions, represent new construction and existing buildings and in many cases are being created with no or low additional cost. Led by the Department of Energy, this half-day workshop will delve into those costs considerations as well as the technical approaches and policy drivers that are transforming K-12 schools market. The workshop will also feature a new DOE initiative that will support states and districts in the pursuit of ZE schools. During this interactive session, participants will learn about the real-world experiences of districts working toward achieving ZE schools and attain the planning and technical tools to achieve successful ZE school project financing, planning, design, construction and operations. Lunch will be provided.


Solome Girma | U.S. DOE
Ralph DiNola | New Buildings Institute
Carolyn Sarno Goldthwaite | Collaborative for High Performance Schools and NEEP
Shanti Pless | NREL
Keith G. Pehl, P.E., LEED AP BD+C | Optima Engineering
Phillip Saieg | McKinstry + Jeff Medwetz | Boulder Valley School District
Jeff Setterman + Darin Vey | San Diego Unified School District
Nik Kaestner + Nate Kinsey | San Francisco Unified School District

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This workshop will be followed by an optional tour to Broomfield Middle School in Boulder. A separate registration is required. See details

Registration Fee: $70
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 1 p.m.-5 p.m. |  More than Zero: Building the Value of Zero Net Energy to the Grid | Crystal Peak B/C  (4 AIA  LU|HSW CEUs)

Sponsored by Rocky Mountain Institute

Rocky Mountain Institute

In this four-hour workshop, attendees will learn about the services that net-zero energy buildings can provide to electric grid, and the values that these services can provide to owners, electric utilities, ISOs, RTOs, and other key electric grid players. While many zero energy buildings are ready to provide demand response, frequency response, load flexibility, energy storage, and other services to the grid, roadblocks stand in the way of fully realizing and monetizing these values. The session will begin with presentations and a panel session featuring key experts, who will dive into the current state of the ZEB-grid interface and present several case studies illustrating key issues. Next, workshop participants will work in facilitated breakout groups to identify the barriers to zero energy buildings realizing their true value on the grid. Each breakout group will then develop a path forward on at least one key issue and report out to the full group. Groups will be facilitated and attended by experts with key knowledge and experience in this topic area.


Matt Jungclaus | Rocky Mountain Institute
Leia Guccione | Rocky Mountain Institute
Dane Christensen, PhD. | NREL
Bud Vos | Enbala Power Networks

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Registration Fee: $295
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