2021 Call for Speakers

The 2021 Call for Speakers is now closed.

Questions? Contact Leada Fuller-Marashi at [email protected]


Session Types

This year’s program will feature several different presentation types and submitters should choose the style of presentation. Session types include:

Moderated Discussion: Interview-style sessions featuring speakers to briefly present/demonstrate best practices with the audience. A moderator-driven discussion will follow with high-level of audience interaction. For a moderated discussion, you must have a full 90-minute session to propose.

Panel Sessions: Panels will include 3-4 individual presentations on a related theme including case studies, technology applications, research findings, etc. to tackle challenges that will disrupt the status quo or offer breakthroughs in cost-effective, repeatable solutions. Panels will be facilitated by a moderator and concluded with 10-15 minutes of Q&A.

Solutions Lab: Experimental learning environments on specialized topics. Built to explore issues in greater depth, these information-intensive sessions are aimed to provide tactical knowledge of how-to’s and actionable steps. Attendees should leave with a list of tools, resources, and/or action plans in hand. For a solutions lab, you must have a full 90-minute session to propose.

Charrette: Facilitators will introduce the theme and set up problem statements for discussion. Grouped participants will be assigned one problem statement for discussion and interactive solution-finding. A charrette report will be distributed to summarize actionable solutions and next steps for post-event implementation. For a charrette session, you must have a full 90-minute session to propose.


Program Areas

Design, Build, Operate, Renovate: This topic covers innovative design practices, planning for building energy performance, operating to zero energy goals, and strategies for cost control. Special emphasis on net zero energy and carbon performance through deep energy retrofits.

  • Best practices in building system controls
  • Operating to zero energy goals/occupant engagement
  • Metering, monitoring, dashboards and feedback
  • Electrification in difficult building types
  • Building envelope improvement including Passive House and other strategies

Policy and Program Innovations: This topic spotlights states and local jurisdictions pursuing, achieving, and implementing ambitious action plans, policies, and energy codes. These leading jurisdictions will offer lessons learned including pitfalls to avoid and success strategies.

  • Developing and implementing advanced energy codes
  • Goal-setting, action plans, roadmaps
  • Advocacy and stakeholder engagement
  • Public-private partnerships
  • Zero energy policy for better resiliency
  • Driving scale in communities, districts, and campuses
  • Efficiency programs and incentives that can drive growth
  • Target markets for zero energy and zero carbon policies
  • Effective policies that decarbonize the built environment

Building-Grid Integration and Grid-Friendly Buildings: This topic explores the advantages and opportunities offered by grid-friendly buildings, including designing buildings as grid assets, monetizing a building’s value to the grid, and enhancing resiliency.

  • Smart device integration
  • Working constructively with utilities to effectively deliver clean energy
  • Microgrids
  • Innovations in peak energy shifting
  • Energy storage and load flexibility: opportunities and optimization

Development, Finance & Ownership: This topic addresses financing and the business case for zero energy and zero carbon buildings and will delve into innovative financing mechanisms, strategies for achieving zero at no additional cost, benchmarking and continuous improvement, and valuing zero energy and zero carbon buildings.

  • Transforming portfolios to zero energy
  • Investment, income, cost, and risk of redevelopment for zero energy/zero carbon
  • Encouraging developer interest with unique business models
  • Value propositions for owners and developers
  • Communicating the value-add of zero (to tenants and the industry at large)
  • Life cycle transactional triggers
  • Universities and campus developments

Residential/Multifamily Sector: This topic features design innovations, technologies, and cost analysis for single-family residential and multifamily buildings. It will also explore strategies for encouraging the consumer market, enabling zero energy for low-income projects, and planning for performance outcomes.

  • Deep energy retrofits including tenant spaces, low-income single-family homes
  • Technologies that work in residential projects
  • Occupant expectations and ongoing operations
  • Enabling zero energy for low-income projects and equity

Manufacturing and Product Innovation: This topic covers game changing technologies and innovations in construction and manufacturing improving the accessibility and affordability of building and operating zero energy and carbon buildings.

  • Cutting embodied carbon in design – strategies, tools, and product alternatives
  • Industrializing zero carbon goals
  • Prefabricated construction innovations
  • Zero energy/zero carbon manufacturing as an economic development engin