October 11 Forum Program

7:00-8:30 a.m.           Last Chance Breakfast in Exhibit Hall 

7 a.m. -2:30 p.m.      Registration Open

8:30-10 a.m.              Breakout Session 4

High-impact morning breakout sessions examine key aspects of zero energy, embodied carbon, and building electrification through codes and policy, design, and operations.

Session 1 | Technologies: What We Have, What We Need
Take stock of the current state of the building technologies needed to drive decarbonization at scale.  Presenters will share the latest developments in heat pumps, heat pump water heaters, induction cooking, renewable energy, and energy storage systems, and discuss the options for full electric kitchens and how equipment needs differ in residential vs. commercial kitchens. This session will also provide a high-level view of needs and drivers for renewables, including renewable gas, and various forms of storage devices such as batteries and thermal storage options.

Heat Pumps and Heat Pump Water Heaters
Ram Narayanamurth, EPRI

Induction Cooking
Richard Young, Food Service Technology Center

Session 2 | Utilizing Cost Effective Solutions for Getting to Zero
With the perception that zero energy costs more, how will the design and construction industry move toward zero energy as standard practice? This session will look at the key factors driving higher construction costs, review a set of principles and ideas to reduce costs significantly. Presenters will share new cost research, and case studies will cover how to balance efficiency with cost-effectiveness.

Moderator: Lisa Matthiessen, HGA

Getting from A to ZE: How an Oregon Utility Program is Charting the Way with Net Zero Fellowship Research Grants
Jessica Iplikci, Energy Trust of Oregon | Shilpa Surana, NEEA

Exploring A Path To More Cost-Efficient, Energy-Efficient (Zero Energy) Affordable Housing 
Mike Steffen, Walsh Construction Co.

Net Zero and On Budget: What We Did and How Much It Cost
Thomas Carlson-Reddig, Little | Alex Lowrie, Little

Session 3 | A Global Call to Action for Zero Embodied Carbon
Getting to zero requires targeting both operating and embodied carbon. Buildings are responsible for 39% of global carbon emissions–28% attributed to operational carbon, and 11% to embodied emissions from materials and construction processes. As the industry responds to the challenge of eliminating operational carbon emissions from the energy consumption of buildings through design improvements, standards and regulations, embodied carbon becomes even more significant. This session will present a theory of change with case studies that aim to be zero embodied carbon discussing the feasibility of building density goals on embodied and operating carbon and explain the role that building reuse plays in achieving a zero carbon future.

Moderator: Tony Saracino, Autodesk

A Global Call to Action for Net Zero Embodied Carbon
Victoria Burrows, WorldGBC

Thinking Small, Not Tall, to Get to Zero Carbon
Ann Edminster, Design AVEnues LLC | Larry Strain, Siegel & Strain Architects

Embodied Carbon & High Performance in Landmark Structures: The Transformation of Fort Mason Pier 2
Marsha Maytum, LEDDY MAYTUM STACY Architects | Ryan Jang, LEDDY MAYTUM STACY Architects

Session 4 | The Next Challenges in Electrification
Getting to zero leaders can go farther, faster, together to develop innovative, durable, and equitable policies and buildings that can address energy use in existing buildings. Attendees will get an update on the landscape of policy to address energy use and carbon emissions in existing buildings. Highlighted electric building case studies will highlight all-electric space and water heating systems, with both airside, waterside heat recovery, and show how we can maximize the potential for car charging to speed growth in electric vehicle market share.

Moderator: Diane Bailey, Menlo Spark

Create Capacity for Car Charging with Energy Conservation Upgrades
Peter Vierthaler, Northwest Partners LLC

A Laboratory Building Electrification Case Study at Berkeley Lab
John Elliott, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Building the Plane While Flying: Getting Existing Buildings to Zero at Scale
Amy Wheeless, NW Energy Coalition | Poppy Storm, 2050 Institute

Session 5 | Building-Grid Harmonization and Decarbonization
Design teams are in a unique position to create buildings that improve grid operations. Attending to issues of time of energy use and peak demands will help create smart, flexible, grid-connected buildings can be an asset both in net energy reduction and peak demand management. This session will examine the steps of reducing consumption, siting renewable energy resources, and creating grid enabled buildings that go beyond building efficiency and provide the flexibility needed to help reduce grid cost and increase the reliability, resiliency, and efficiency of the electric grid.

Moderator: Greg Arcangeli, Austin Energy

Passive Buildings as Baseline for the New Grid
Lisa White, Passive House Institute US

Deriving New Wholesale Market Revenue Opportunities and Maximizing Customer Utility Savings with Behind-the-Meter Distributed Energy Resources (DER)
Pierre Bull, Center for Sustainable Energy

Grid Interactive Buildings in the Midwest 
Alison Lindburg, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance | Paulomi Nandy, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

10-10:30 a.m.           Networking Break

10:30-11:30 a.m.     Jolt Sessions

Jolt sessions are fast-paced one-hour events designed to present many similar topics in rapid succession. Hear how the landscape of energy storage is changing, learn about essential technologies, and see new zero case studies.

Jolt Session 1: Metrics and Measures
Metrics and definitions matter. For decades building performance targets have been based on energy efficiency and are now shifting to focus on decarbonization and climate change. By evaluating building energy greenhouse gas emissions, we can form a more accurate methodology to measure the net impact of a building, offering a more truthful way of assessing our built environments. Attendees will study the differences between various energy and carbon metrics, evaluate implications for building design, and understand how these metrics can impact municipal policies to achieve zero carbon goals.

True Greenhouse Gas Emissions: A Bold New Approach to Tracking Sustainability
David Mead, PAE | Karina Hershberg, PAE

Zero Carbon Buildings and Communities in California: A Feasibility Study
William Eisenstein, UC-Berkeley | Eric Rubin, Energy Solutions

Metrics Matter: Exploring the Performance of ZNE Homes Using Energy and Carbon Metrics
Margaret Pigman, Resource Refocus LLC

Jolt Session 2: Essential Technologies for Getting to Zero
The U.S. building industry is creating new products, advancing manufacturing techniques, and altering construction approaches to meet the needs of zero energy and carbon goals. This session will show attendees how building envelopes have evolved and how they progressed to achieve zero energy goals; evaluate three key standard HVAC design features that are outdated and not supporting zero energy; and understand how off-site, modular construction can overcome productivity and help zero energy buildings adoption issues in the national construction market.

Inserting Zero Energy Design into the Growing Offsite Prefab Construction Market 
Stacey Rothgeb, NREL | Shanti Pless, NREL

Design for Off: Decarbonization of Existing Buildings 
Jonathan Heller, Ecotope

Building Envelope for Net Zero Buildings: Lessons Learned Over Twenty Years
Henry Siegel, Siegel & Strain Architects | Nancy Malone, Siegel & Strain Architects

Jolt Session 4:  How Did They Do That? Getting to Zero in Complex Building Types
A zero energy misnomer is that only small, low-EUI buildings can achieve zero. Attendees will hear from three project teams that challenged this idea. First, a zero energy pharmaceutical manufacturing lab. Second, a high-volume grocery store retrofit in downtown San Francisco while keeping the doors open to customers. Third, one of the U.S.’s largest airports, San Francisco International Airport’s Terminal 3, will use 60% less energy and incorporate lifecycle-cost analyses plan to incorporate best-in-class energy systems. The projects will prove that getting to zero is possible in complex building types.

Moderator: Marge Anderson, Slipstream

Urban Zero Energy, the Challenges and Triumphs at Unisphere
Jason Fierko, EwingCole | Thomas Kaufman, United Therapeutics

MarketZero: Taking an Existing Grocery Store to Scalable Near-ZNE 
Jessica Tse, City County of SF

Getting to Zero in Large Complex Campuses 
John Galloway, San Francisco International Airport | Alejandro Pimentel, San Francisco International Airport

Jolt Session 5: Energy Storage Opportunities
Recent academic research and the assessment of a California energy storage incentive program have shown that behind-the-meter energy storage can cause emissions due to a mismatch of electric grid dynamics, building load profiles, and rate structures. However, emissions increases can be eliminated through careful energy storage control strategies. Attendees will hear how district-scale photovoltaics and battery banks can be implemented, optimizing system capacities and battery control strategies to maximize potential savings in first costs, annual utility costs, peak demand charges, and greenhouse gas emissions.

Moderator: Jamie Mandel, Rocky Mountain Institute

Photovoltaic and Battery Bank Optimization for District Scale Systems
Jared Landsman, Integral Group

Cleaning Up Batteries: Reducing Emissions and Cutting Costs for Building Energy Storage 
Henry Richardson, WattTime | Tucker Ruberti, Enel X North America, Inc

The Looming Energy Storage Revolution
Mark Frankel, New Buildings Institute

11:30-12:45 p.m.      Luncheon Panel

Industry Titans Lead the Way to Market Adoption of Zero Energy and Carbon
Until recently, only the most innovative architects, engineers, contractors (AEC), and developers embraced ultra-energy efficiency buildings with renewables, and building-grid integration controls.  New zero energy and zero carbon pledges from leading industry trade organizations are accelerating the AEC community toward zero.  AIA, USGBC, ASHRAE, World Resource Institute and other industry giants have committed to progressing codes and policies, and providing their members with advanced education and design guidance for delivering on high performance buildings. Hear from market leaders about how their potential collective impact, as well as other industry commitments, can bring about the changes needed to reduce energy demand and curb carbon emissions resulting from the built environment.

12:45-2:15 p.m.        Breakout Sessions 5

This final set of breakout sessions will leave you inspired as you hear about new research, policies, and buildings.
Take home lessons learned and prepare to implement them in your community.

Session 1 | Pioneering Pilots: Learning from Zero Programs that Transform the Market
Over the past eight years, billions of square feet of projects have reported design performance data in an effort to evolve the industry to meet zero carbon goals by 2030. Research on these buildings and the technologies incorporated contain critical clues for how firms of all sizes achieve high performance goals in design and patterns of how the 2030 goals can be met. Designers are using new research and data from getting to zero certification programs to guide design, performance validation, and recognition necessary to influence the evolution of the market in North America. This session will explore the status and progress of getting to zero programs and show how they were created to overcome market barriers and achieve deep energy savings.

Moderator: Brendan Owens, USGBC

Piloting Zero in Canada
Fin MacDonald, Canada Green Building Council

Data Driven: How the 2030 Commitment Propels High Performance Design
Gwen Fuertes, LMS Architects | Tate Walker, OPN Architects

A Year of LEED Zero: Impact & Insights from Project Teams
Chris Ladner, Entegrity Partners

Finding Non-Financial Incentives for your Net Zero Energy Program
Bryan Bomer, Green Building Division

Session 2 | Beyond Zero Energy: The Carbon Mitigation Solution
Three project teams aim for the same goal: create the next generation zero energy buildings by scaling up and decarbonizing. Featured will be: the Sonoma County Junior College District’s goal is to become a carbon neutral by 2030. McKinstry has partnered with Katerra, Avista, and Eastern Washington University to construct a five-story cross laminated timber classroom/office and world’s largest registered zero energy building, and the new 380,000-square-foot CARB facility which serves as an instructive example for the challenges and considerations in zero energy buildings when scaling up size and increasing the program complexity. Attendees will study project insights, technologies used, and operational energy findings from these zero energy and carbon project teams.

Moderator: Alice Sung, Greenbank Associates

Scaling Up: Insights from the New CARB Net-Zero Energy Emissions Testing and Research Facility 
Paul Erickson, Affiliated Engineers, Inc (AEI) | Shara Castillo, ZGF Architects

Beyond ZNE: The Carbon Mitigation Potential of California Buildings
Carrie Brown, Resource Refocus LLC

Spokane’s Catalyst: Large Scale, Grid Optimized, Carbon Positive Construction, Combustion Free, District Energy, Higher Ed = Zero Energy Awesomeness
Caroline Traube, McKinstry | Nick Edney, McKinstry

Session 3 | Getting to Zero at the Community Scale: Charrette
No building is an island. Examining the built environment at a community scale allows for a more comprehensive evaluation of planning and design alternatives to reduce total carbon. This interactive session will present a fictitious medium-sized city’s downtown district consisting of several blocks of commercial and residential construction. The area must accommodate a set number of new jobs and households in order to meet the city’s future population and employment growth projections. Participants must determine where and how to add the new building capacity while attempting to reduce the total operational and embodied carbon of the district as close to zero as possible. The exercise’s goal is to highlight the importance of addressing energy usage in existing buildings and embodied carbon in new construction, and spur a discussion of tradeoffs between operational and embodied carbon at the community scale.

Miya Kitahara, Stopwaste

Emily Alvarez, Stopwaste

Frances Yang, Arup

Wes Sullens, USGBC

Session 4 | Zero Energy Educational Buildings
Colleges and universities are employing aggressive strategies toward high performance campuses. This session will explore how new capital improvement and construction projects incorporate energy targets, integrated design approach, carbon capturing materials, behavioral change, and robust communications reduce building energy demand, water usage, and carbon impact of materials, for notable long-term operational energy and cost savings. Research presented will include a recent study on decarbonizing university buildings comparing electrification to biogas-based approaches, and resulting building efficiency, capital, and operational costs.

Moderator: Alexis Karolides, Point Energy Innovations

Integrated Approach Drives Effective Design Choices to Achieve School’s ZNE/ZNC Goals
Pauline Souza, WRNS Studio | Hormoz Janssens, Interface Engineering

Higher Education with a Lower Footprint
Lois Arena, Steven Winter Associates, Inc. | Karla Butterfield, Steven Winter Associates, Inc.

Electrification as a Path to Zero Carbon University Buildings – Lessons from the UC Study
Peter Rumsey, Point Energy Innovations

2:30-3:30 p.m.      Closing Keynote + Wrap

3:30 p.m.                 Adjourn