Oct 9 Forum Workshops

Getting to Zero with Passive House

Passive building highlights the efficiency-first path to a net-zero energy building. The PHIUS+ standard provides cost-optimized efficiency targets, guiding the designer to the sweet spot between energy conservation versus generation, on the path to zero. Attendees will learn the key performance criteria for PHIUS+ 2018 Certification, understand the development of these targets, and take away the design methodology to achieve this. The session will also cover the capabilities of WUFI Passive, the energy modeling tool used to guide the design and verify compliance with PHIUS+ performance targets.  CEUs pending.

Time: 1-5 p.m.
Cost: $195
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Embodied Carbon: Strategies to Zero

Embodied carbon accounts for an increasingly large proportion of carbon emissions from new buildings. The industry is rapidly improving its understanding and response to embodied carbon with new practices, tools, and real projects. The workshop will explore key materials including concrete, steel, timber, insulation, and carbon sequestering options. It will introduce the latest design and data tools available and engage participants in interactive discussions about designing to lower embodied carbon.  CEUs pending.

Time: 1:30-4:30 p.m
Cost: $195
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Getting to Zero Energy in Schools

Zero energy schools are possible and don’t have to come with a premium price tag. Students and teachers benefit from healthy and productive learning spaces and districts benefit from cost avoidance on utility expenses that can be put back into the classroom. This workshop will weave the experiences and lessons learned of districts and technical experts as they share resources, tools, and steps to success in designing, constructing and operating school facilities that produce as much energy as they consume. Participants will refine their understanding of the overall process and technical design features via case studies and lively interaction with others who are getting to zero in schools. Includes a tour to Bishop O’Dowd High School. CEUs pending.

Time: 1 to 5 p.m.
Cost: $95
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Modular Multifamily Markets Advancing to Zero

Volumetric modular multifamily construction approaches are being investigated across the U.S. to address affordability and labor shortages. We have an opportunity to leverage this emerging construction approach to embed energy efficiency and zero energy design principals into this advanced manufacturing of buildings industry. This workshop includes a visit and tour of a local volumetric modular apartment factory – Factory OS– to learn about the cost and quality benefits of building apartments in an off-site factory setting, and to explore opportunities to enhance the energy efficiency and renewable energy integration strategies in a factory workshop setting. Factory OS and NREL will lead an overview of the concept, and participants will have an opportunity to engage in an ongoing exploration in the development of an industrialized advanced manufacturing approach to zero energy multifamily. CEUs pending.

Time: 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $95
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