April 17-19, 2018 | Wyndam Grand Pittsburgh

2018 Forum Program Details

Three jam-packed days of tours, workshops and learning sessions

Don't miss this premier event dedicated to zero energy buildings!

Check out our 2018 Getting to Zero National Forum Program!

The 2018 Getting to Zero National Forum program is below. The event will include three jam-packed days of tours, workshops, networking opportunities, interactive sessions and thought leadership about the growing trend toward zero energy (ZE) buildings.

Luminaries in this field will set the stage with a vision for the future of the built environment. Policymakers and practitioners highlighted the strategies for catalyzing a transformation to ZE performance. We cannot wait to see you there.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. Registration Open

8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Workshops

We are offering several options for intensive workshops that dig into the details on critical aspects of zero energy buildings from how to drive scale to making ready the next generation of practitioners. Workshop times vary. Be sure to check times carefully if adding a tour. For additional details and pricing, visit gettingtozeroforum.org/workshops

10:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. Building Tours

Pittsburgh boasts a number of model zero energy and ultra-efficient building projects. As part of the program, we have arranged for several tours. Times vary and spaces are limited. For details and pricing, visit gettingtozeroforum.org/tours/

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Opening Plenary Session + Mayors Panel

Three mayors of leading jurisdictions will examine how buildings are a primary solution for meeting worldwide energy and climate change mitigation goals. Our three civic leaders will offer their own perspectives and vision for ZE as a catalyst that could transform the future of the built environment to meet energy and climate action goals.

3:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. Exhibitor Showcase + Networking Break

4 p.m. –5 p.m. Getting to Zero Case Study + Innovation Jam

Get ready! These “jam sessions” will cover a lot of ground in a limited amount of time. Presenters on case studies of ZE design, tech innovation, planning and finance will surface the latest experiences and thinking.

Deep Energy Retrofits to Zero
How can you interrupt the typical capital renewal process with commercial properties to create multi-building deep energy retrofit projects? This is case study jam session will explore methods for benchmarking energy performance, integrated design, financing programs, operations and other techniques for impressive long-term energy and cost savings.

Moderator: Myrrh Caplan | Director, Green Project Solutions, Skanska USA, Inc.

Soup to Nuts PACE-funded Campus Deep Energy Retrofit – Starting with Planning, Through Development, Design, Financing, and Execution
Phillip Saieg | Regional Director, McKinstry
Blair Madden Bui | CEO, John Madden Company

A Net Zero Retrofit Idea Exchange: From Scientific Inception to Construction
Chris McEntee | Executive Director, American Geophysical Union
Roger Frechette | Managing Principal, Interface Engineering
Holly Lennihan | Senior Associate, Hickok Cole Architects

Game changing Innovation and Approaches
Although technologies are not the primary barrier to getting to zero, there are many emerging technologies that can greatly support low-energy outcomes. This session shares the recent research on technology gaps to get to ZNE as well as possibilities of deploying existing digital technologies to create interactive engagement systems between buildings, environment and occupants.

ModeratorMindy Craig, | Blue Point Planning (invited)

Technology Gaps in Zero Net Energy
Smita Gupta | Senior Principal Energy Consultant, Itron, Inc.

Alexa Optimize Performance: The Future of Voice Interactive Building Dashboards
Edward McGraw | President/CEO, Ashley McGraw Architects, D.P.C.
Eddie Opara | Partner, Pentagram
Calvin Ahn | Associate Principal/Senior Project Manager, Ashley McGraw Architects, D.P.C.

Zero Net Energy with Zero Net Funding: The California Existing Building Approach
Dan Burgoyne | Sustainability Manager, State of California, Department of General Services

Developing for Zero
Hear from innovative developers and teams on innovative approaches to achieve zero energy performance with a foundation of modeling, science, and stakeholder investment. Conditions ripe for brainstorming, modeling options, evaluating certifications, and pushing the design and operations boundaries are resulting in commercial buildings pushing the envelope of sustainability.

Moderator: Thomas Kaufman, Corporate Real Estate Manager, United Therapeutics

PGIM Real Estate Sees Multiple Benefits From ZNE Amenities Center
Marc Roper | Executive Vice President, Alta Energy, Inc.

Market Rate Net Zero: Innovative Methods for NZE Speculative Office Building Projects
Chris Light | Director of Engineering, Point Energy Innovations

How Developers Can Create an Environment of Inspiration
Julia Rogers | Sustainable Design Leader, WSP
Brad Mahoney | Development Project Manager, MP Boston

Zero Energy and Passive House–Policy to Projects
This panel of national and diverse industry experts have successfully delivered Passive House and Zero Energy buildings in many forms. Passive measures, on-site renewable generation, and off-site renewables that interact on the path to zero energy and emissions will be examined through the lens of the city of Pittsburgh and its progressive policy at the city and state level to fund net zero Passive House developments.

Moderator: Laura Nettleton | Architecural Collaborator, Thoughtful Balance

Getting to Zero in Pittsburgh – a Policy Push from p4 and PHFA
Brandon Nicholson | Founding Principal, Nicholson Kovalchick (NK) Architects

The Path to Zero in the PHIUS+ 2018 Passive Building Standard
Graham Wright | Senior Scientist, Passive House Institute US

Using Passive House to Deliver Zero Energy
Ken Levenson | Board Member, North American Passive House Network
Craig Stevenson | President, AUROS Group
Brenda Morawa | Vice President, North America, Integrated Environmental Solutions, LTD
Rob Hosken | Principal, Building Performance Architecture

Cost and Finance
An investment made today for the future is the key to getting to zero, and it doesn’t have to cost you. Learn about what happens when forward-thinking innovations in design, construction, and financing come together to catalyze the development sustainable real estate, improving efficiency and net operating incomes through residential and commercial PACE financing.

Moderator: Radhika Lalite, Rocky Mountain Institute

PACE: Financing Net-Zero New Construction
Iain Campbell | Managing Director, Rocky Mountain Institute
Paul Scharfenberger | Chief Operating Officer, Colorado Energy Office

Ahead of the Curve: High-Performing Buildings and How to Pay For Them
Joshua Kagan | Vice President, Business Development, CleanFund Commercial PACE Capital
Rob Watson | CEO and Chief Science Officer, ECON Group US
Gail Napell | Project Manager, Gensler

5:45 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Opening Reception at Phipps Conservatory
(shuttle buses will take attendees to Phipps)

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Registration Open

7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Exhibitor Showcase + Breakfast Buffet

8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. Morning Breakout Sessions 1

Get ready to feed your brain. Choice breakout sessions will delve deeper into key aspects of zero energy codes and policy, districts and portfolios, design, and operations with bonus sessions targeting critical topics.


Getting to Zero with Stretch Codes
Energy codes have long been viewed as setting the minimum performance levels for homes and commercial buildings. With efforts to aggressively lower the greenhouse gas impacts of buildings, codes are becoming an important tool for driving building performance. Most stretch codes take a relatively conservative approach, with small improvements on base codes, and/or adopting the provisions of a future code. Rhode Island is instead taking a large leap to promote zero energy ready homes, as well as adopting an aggressive stretch code for commercial buildings. The efficiency programs of the electric and gas utilities and Rhode Island state government have joined forces to introduce the two stretch codes that establish paths for low energy buildings.

Brian McCowan | Senior Vice President of Technology and Development, Energy & Resources Solutions

Mark Lyles | Project Manager, New Buildings Institute


Net Zero Energy Leased Buildings
Leased buildings make up a very small portion of the total net zero energy buildings in the US. This is largely due to the split incentive issue where the building owner purchases the equipment and the tenants pay the utility bills. Since a substantial portion of commercial buildings are leased, unlocking the largely untapped market of leased net zero energy buildings is necessary. A handful of buildings have overcome this split incentive issue and have found that net zero energy leased buildings can be accomplished profitably and replicable. This panel will discuss how to write and negotiate a net zero energy lease and will include perspectives from two developers that have profitably achieved net-zero energy on their multi-tenant leased office buildings.

Moderator: Alisa Petersen | Associate, Rocky Mountain Institute

James Gaither Jr. | Managing Partner, Hanover Page Mill Associates, LP
Andy Bush | Founder and Managing Partner, Morgan Creek Ventures
Laurence Preble | Of Councel, Holland & Hart


Approaching Social Equity, Affordable Housing and Net Zero in Residential Buildings
Looking through the lens of the growing need for affordable housing for the disappearing middle class, a range of multi-unit or clustered housing types can meet the growing demand for walkable urban living by focusing on a walkable context, lower perceived density, smaller, well-designed units and the creation of community. This multi-family housing typology is also well suited to achieving Net Zero Energy. This session will discuss the scalability of a mechanism that approaches the triple bottom line and social equity and how it could serve as a replicable model for economic development, inclusion, environmental sustainability, and energy resilience while advancing Climate Action Plan goals within the context of both multifamily and single family homes.

Moderator: Martha Campbell | Manager, Rocky Mountain Institute

Net Zero Energy and the Missing Middle: Achieving High Performance Multi-Family Housing
Erica Dunn | Director of Design, GreenHammer
Vassar Byrd | Chief Executive Officer, Rose Villa Senior Living

Social Impact Bond for ZNE Abandoned Homes: Where the Triple Bottom Line Lives
Brett Webster | Project Manager, Energy Solutions

REALIZE: Scalable Net Zero Energy Retrofits for Residential Buildings
Barry Hooper | Green Built Environment Senior Coordinator, San Francisco Department of the Environment
Katrin Klingenberg | Executive Director and Co-Founder, Passive House Institute US


How Do You Measure Up? New Ways to Evaluate Project Success
High Performance is not only designing a building to reduce the amount of finite resources it draws from our planet, but also designing to improve and support the purpose for which a building is being designed. For a school, this purpose is to provide high quality education for future generations. For residences, it is to support the health and lifestyle of the residents. But how can all of these parameters be measured to get a more holistic picture of a design’s performance? This session will cover the tools that can be used to measure building performance, occupant performance, and ultimately community scale performance to gain this holistic picture of a project’s impact at multiple scales. Attendees will be able to test drive these tools and understand the protocols necessary to get consistent and valuable data.

Heather Jauregui | Sustainability Specialist, Perkins Eastman
Katie Herber | Sustainability Specialist, Perkins Eastman
Sophia Duluk Beavis | Architect, Feldman Architecture


Navigating the Natural Ventilation Design Strategy In ZNE Buildings
Natural Ventilation has always been a useful design strategy to lower energy use of buildings in moderate climates through the introduction of outside air for fresh air and cooling when outdoor temperatures permit, usually through operable windows. Until now, the cooling potential has been limited by lack of fine-tuned control and a sophisticated integration with HVAC systems, inadequate hardware and poorly designed user-control features. The design approach for Natural Ventilation systems that include passive ventilation techniques such as thermal chimneys, and which use thermal comfort parameters as the basis of design, can further expand the cooling potential. The speakers will discuss the potentially remarkable reduction in building energy use for cooling comfort through the design of Natural Ventilation systems incorporating innovative but practical design strategies coupled with “smart building” technologies.

Moderator: Edward Dean | Principal, Bernheim + Dean, Inc.

Kasper Hoejmark Ravn | Building Performance Engineer, WindowMaster Control Systems Inc.
Paul Schwer | President, PAE Engineers


Scalable Utility Programs Innovating Zero Energy Market Transformation
Efficiency program innovation to ZE feasibility – From early design to construction and through post-construction phases, utility programs are providing the foundational technical and financial support that is enabling ZE projects to overcome market barriers. This not-to-be-missed session will feature what we’re learning from leading programs in Oregon, Michigan and California across the residential, K-12 education and commercial markets.

Moderator: Amy Cortese | Program Director, New Buildings Institute

ZNE Homes for All: Perspectives from ZNE Homeowners, Who Don’t Know What ZNE Is
Will Vicent | Residential ZNE Strategy, Southern California Edison

Clear Skies, Full Pockets, Can’t Lose: Utility & Zero Energy
Celia King-Scott | Senior Engineer, DNV GL
Joseph Wadel | C&I Pilot Program Manager, Consumers Energy

More Than The Sum Of Its Parts: How a Net Zero Utility Program in Oregon Is Transforming the Market
Jessica Iplikci | Senior Program Manager – Commercial Sector, Energy Trust of Oregon

Scalable, Replicable and Possible! Retrofitting a school to ZNE with the Prop. 39 ZNE Pilot Program
Seth Jacobson | Senior Director, Climate Resolve

10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Exhibitor Showcase + Networking Break

10:30 a.m. – 12 noon Morning Breakout Sessions 2

Town Hall and Solutions Lab-type sessions have been added to optimize attendee participation and engagement. Together, attendees, speakers and moderators will evaluate opportunities for scale, policies and programs that drive progress, barriers to success and other critical aspects of Getting to Zero.


Two Ideals: Scaling Up ZNE vs A Healthy Grid – Can they work together?
With emerging standards requiring different forms of Zero Net Energy (ZNE) and aggressive owners developing ZNE buildings already it’s an important time to look at the potential impacts net metered buildings can have on the historic grid structure and operations. High penetration of renewable energy can destabilize the grid operations and cause havoc for grid operators. It’s time we shift thinking from “trading a kWh generated for a kWh used over a year” to “Grid responsive design”. This session will outline ongoing changes to the grid structures and enhancements needed for ZNE buildings on a mass scale and potential building strategies that can enhance ZNE building design participation with the grid such as battery storage with renewables, demand response, thermal energy storage, and controls.

Moderator: Paula Zimin| Director of Sustainable Building Services, Steven Winter Associates, Inc.

Ted Tiffany | Director of Sustainability, Guttman & Blaevoet Consulting Engineers, Inc.
Peter Turnbull | Principal, IDSM & Zero Net Energy Buildings, Pacific Gas & Electric Company
Erika Niedowski| Policy Advocate, Acadia Center


University Climate Commitments – The Role of Zero Energy in Carbon Neutrality
For colleges and universities, Climate Action Master Planning provides a powerful platform for advancing and achieving institutional goals for reductions in carbon emissions, for carbon neutrality, and for leveraging investments in renewable energy applications. A number of universities are taking bold steps to transform the way higher educational buildings use energy through the creating pathways and master plans the ultimately will lead to carbon neutrality. This case study-style session will share how these Universities have created model frameworks to align energy reduction goals and programs to a zero net energy target to achieve a common carbon reduction goal. Presenters at this session will demonstrate how universities and other large portfolios can leverage their stories and information to drive more rapid adoption.

Moderator: Rob Bennett | Chief Executive Officer, EcoDistricts (Invited)

The Role of NZE in University Climate Commitments – a UNC Chapel Hill Story
Steven Baumgartner | Director, BuroHappold

Climate Action Master Planning, Predictive Modeling, Carbon Neutrality
Nelson Scott Smith | Principal, Artichoke Design Company

Charting UC Riverside’s Pathway to Carbon Neutrality
Joshua Hatch | Principal, Brightworks Sustainability


Holistic Approach to Achieving Zero Energy High-Rise Residential Buildings
As codes and standards evolve towards ultra-low or net-zero energy buildings, the practicality of achieving these targets in multifamily, especially high-rise concrete construction gets increasingly challenging. The need for multifamily buildings are becoming more common as cities redevelop and add density. Current design and construction practice for high-rise in particular present a number of constraints including water, energy and sufficient solar with regards to achieving high levels of energy performance. The outcome of these combined constraints is often poor energy efficiency, with the burden of higher operating costs deferred to future owners. This talk explores the interconnected need for efficiency across all aspects becoming the primary consideration in residential buildings and what that will likely mean for the typical competing constraints.

Holistic Approach to Achieving Zero Energy High-Rise Residential Buildings
Christian Cianfrone | Building Energy Specialist, Morrison Hershfield
Patrick Roppel | Building Energy Specialist, Morrison Hershfield

Save Water . . . Save Energy With Efficient Hot Water Delivery
Dylan Martello | Steven Winter and Associates

How to Accelerate Architectural Solar in the US Market: From BIPV to Building Component
Chris Klinga | Technical Director, Architectural Solar Association


Occupant Education and Engagement in Achieving Zero Energy Performance
As the architecture and engineering industry continues to focus on improving the energy performance of buildings, it has become apparent that some energy saving measures are outside the designer’s control. Occupants play a significant role when it comes to the energy used. We engage users to discuss space needs, environmental and aesthetic desires, yet we often do not discuss users’ roles in energy use. Designers must recognize the role occupants have on energy use and adjust our design process accordingly. Using both residential and commercial case studies, as well as passive and active technologies, explore how design teams can bring occupants into the conversation about energy, equipment and building usage to help improve energy efficiency and help net zero energy projects meet energy use targets.

Resident Education and Engagement; a Key to NZE Performance in Public Housing
Sharon Mathes | Executive Director, Granite City Housing Authority
Tony Holub | Senior Project Manager, Farr Associates + Passive House Alliance Chicago

Getting to Zero: User Engagement in Achieving Net Zero Energy
Katherine Bubriski | Director of Sustainability & Building Performance, Arrowstreet Inc.
Shannon Kaplan | Project Manager, In Posse


Inefficiency is Old School! Lessons of Designing Zero Energy School Buildings
More and more school districts are proving that zero energy is possible in both new construction and existing school retrofits. This session will weave the experiences and lessons learned of multiple school districts and technical experts as they share lessons learned and case studies about their steps to zero energy. Lessons from several California, New York and Virginia zero energy school projects will inform a discussion of how to mainstream zero energy school construction. This session includes highlights of how districts should plan, prioritize, and optimize energy efficiency and energy production throughout the district, while prioritizing what’s most important, enhancing the environment for student and teacher and performance.

Moderator: Nathaniel Allen | Science and Technology Policy Fellow, U.S. Department of Energy

Back to School: Zero Energy Retrofits
Alexis Karolides | Principal and Sustainability Practice Leader, Point Energy Innovations

Lessons and Opportunities of Designing Zero Energy Schools: A Case Study of Discovery Elementary School
Wyck Knox | Principal, VMDO Architects
Tony Hans | National Director of Sustainable Projects, CMTA Engineers

PS 62: Using Net Zero Energy to Create a “Sustainability Lab” for the Future of NYC’s Public Schools
Jon Cicconi | Associate Director, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Jeremy Shannon | Certified Passive House Consultant, NYC Construction Authority
Robert Diemer | Partner, In Posse


Delivering Scalable and Affordable Zero Energy on a Community Scale With the overarching goal of creating a model for sustainable communities that are not only affordable, but go one step above to operate at zero energy. This team of presenters will evaluate the current barriers and opportunities for incorporating community-scale solar and biomass and address the high cost threshold within zero energy buildings and communities. This dynamite session will provide an overview of important issues regarding community scale zero energy and also reveal fundamental programmatic, regulatory, and business model components that need to be addressed before community solar and/or biomass can be considered a viable zero energy compliance option.

Moderator: Abhijeet Pande | Associate Vice President, TRC

The Role of Community Distributed Energy in Zero Net Energy Compliance
Vasudha Lathey | Director, TRC
Derek Jones | Director, Navigant
Andrea Romano | Managing Consultant, Navigant
Carrie Brown | Senior Technical Consultant, Resource ReFocus
Rachel Allen | Strategic Analyst, Pacific Gas & Electric

Scalable and Affordable A New Way for Master-planned Communities to Deliver Zero Energy Capable Homes
Axel Lerche | Founder and CEO, EcoSmart Solution LLC

12 noon – 1:30 p.m. Lunchtime Plenary Session + Keynote

Digital Disruption: How Data and Technology Innovations Are Changing the Way We Approach Building Energy Performance and Other Cool Stuff
Innovative technology advances and the advent of the Internet of Things and “Big Data” analytics promise to revolutionize the performance of our buildings and communities. Advanced modeling software, controls, lighting and heating and cooling products, and the ability to better monitor energy performance in real-time make ultra-low and zero-energy buildings more feasible than ever before. Hear why, how and where building owners around the world are investing in energy efficiency and renewable energy and how new digital technologies are serving as key enablers for achieving ultra-low energy performance.

Clay Nesler | Vice President, Global Sustainability and Industry Initiatives, Building Technologies and Solutions, Johnson Controls

Systems Efficiency – A Pathway to Net-Zero Discussion Panel
Improving the efficiency of building systems is increasingly necessary to scale up the delivery and operation of cost effective, high performance net-zero buildings. This session provides strategies for improving building energy efficiency, performance, and resilience through systems design, integrated project delivery, and system-level solutions beyond the building such as grid-responsive buildings.

Laura Van Wie McGrory | Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Alliance to Save Energy
Maureen Guttman | President, Building Codes Assistance Project
Brian Patterson | President, EMerge Alliance
Matt Latchford | Principal, Lam Partners

1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Afternoon Breakout Sessions 3

Our afternoon group of Breakout Sessions continue to delve into the details in small group setting where conversations and vital connections can happen. Real-world experiences offer practical insights and information that can be use immediately when you get back to your desk.


How Policy Tips the Scale to a Net Zero Energy Future
Currently, at least 30 cities in North America have adopted commitments to 100% renewable energy by 2050 or sooner, and many others have goals of carbon neutrality during that same time frame. Achieving these ambitious goals will require unprecedented changes in building design for energy and water efficiency, and renewable energy deployment. This session will walk the audience through some of the key changes that are happening in the policy world, using specific examples from cities have been most successful in catalyzing energy efficiency improvements in their local and regional markets. This interactive afternoon will call attention to the specific mechanisms that have been most successful in creating this market shift.

Moderator: Bill Updike | Principal, Integral Group

Supercharging Mainstream Building Performance
Anthony Brower | Director of Sustainable Design, Gensler

How Policy Drives Design: Towards a Net Zero Energy Future
Mark Chambers | Director of Sustainability, New York City Mayor’s Office of Sustainability
Sean Quinn | Senior Associate, Sustainable Design Leader, Pacific Region Chair of Social Responsibility, HOK Impact
Dave Ramslie | Principal, and Head of Planning and Research for Canada, Integral Group


Achieving Net Zero Energy Building Goals in High Density Urban Cities
With the rapid increase of dense urban development in hot, humid climates the technical and policy issues are becoming even more challenging. This three part presentation and discussion first reviews the state of net zero buildings globally, identifying trends, accomplishments, and challenges across building type, life cycle, design tools/ process, economics, technology, integrated systems solutions, and policy. Then, using the technically challenging context of a dense urban design in the hot/humid climate of Singapore, engage the audience in case studies to move their own urban zero energy goals forward.

Stephen Selkowitz | Senior Advisor for Building Science, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
John Keung | Dean, BCA Academy
Khee Poh Lam | Dean, National University of Singapore School of Architecture

How Can ZNE Marketing be Most Effective? Understanding Needs and Awareness Across the Residential Home Market
Join the owner, architect, engineer, and LEED consultant who helped design and construct the first city building (and fourth building of any type) in the world to achieve ZE and Living Building Challenge design goeals. Hear their perspectives on how a strong integrative process leveraged synergies between occupant, building, and district scale goals and how you can apply these strategies in your own community.

Moderator: Brian Dunbar | Institute for the Built Environment, Colorado State University

Living Building Challenge: A Case Study
David Griffin | Energy Analyst, Architectural Nexus

Walking the Talk: How One City’s Newest Building Champions Ambitious Climate Goals
John Phelan | Resource Conservation Manager, Fort Collins Utilities
Tom Hootman | Performance + Design Innovation Lead, MKK Consulting Engineers


Moving Past the Low-Hanging Fruit: High Performance and Innovative Control Strategies
How do we move past just the low-hanging fruit to get to the ultimate goal of low EUI’s? Moving from simply the ability to track energy data on a granular level to closely monitoring that usage to make decisions on prioritizing bigger technology choices that impact the EUI significantly. With 99% of buildings in the existing building stock, this session focuses in on how to continue to use this data to measure energy use while observing behavior and operational patterns over time across dynamic daily and quarterly schedules. These stories of zero energy classrooms and commercial buildings focus on the tougher challenge faced in the pursuit of low EUI’s, occupant education and driving behavior toward efficiency and conservation.

Innovative Control Strategies for NZE Classrooms in Hawaii
Jim Maskrey | Associate Specialist, University of Hawaii-Hawaii Natural Energy Institute

ELCP – Historic Building Delivers High Performance
Beth Eckenrode| Principal, AUROS Group
Stefani Danes | Co-Chair, Renovations Committee, East Liberty Presbyterian Church

What Happens After the Low-Hanging Fruit Has Been Picked?
Eric Doyle | Senior Project Manager, Catalyst Partners
Rut Wattanasak | Engineer, Catalyst Partners


What Ultra-Low Energy Buildings Are Telling Us About the Next Design Project
Zero Energy projects help cities meet emissions reductions, Owners meet operational goals, and elevate the state of healthy, sustainable design. This panel of engineers, architects, and sustainability professionals investigates over a decade of work on high profile projects ultra-low energy and ZE projects across North America. Hear the team’s perspectives on how a strong integrative process leveraged synergies and alliances between occupants, design teams, and district-scale goals for their projects. This session will analyze trends, strategies, tools and offer lessons learned so attendees can apply these strategies in their own community.

Committing to Net Zero: Lessons Learned from DPR Construction’s Net Zero Offices
Christopher Hoffman | Northeast Preconstruction Leader, DPR Construction
Greg Mella | Vice President, Director of Sustainable Design, SmithGroupJJR

Learning from a Decade of NZE Projects Across North America
Blake Jackson | Sustainability Design Leader, Stantec
Rachel Bannon-Godfrey | Sustainability Design Leader, Stantec

Are We There Yet? Tales from the Road to Performance-Based Procurement and Programs
Performance-based procurement (PBP) assistance is a premier customer offering that drives and supports high-performance and net zero new construction projects, a stepping stone to outcome based programs and an answer to looming threats to traditional deemed-savings programs. Within these universal value propositions, a PBP program design must be tailored to address the utility’s legacy programs, regulatory requirements, funding and local design industry. Seventhwave’s study examines the market barriers to PBP, strategies that have worked to overcome market barriers, and offers guidance for utility programs looking for deeper savings and new savings opportunities from commercial new construction.

Brett Bridgeland | Energy Engineer, Seventhwave

3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Exhibitor Showcase + Networking Break

3:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Getting to Zero Status Update + ZEDx

NBI Research Director Cathy Higgins will share the trends of zero energy buildings from NBI’s latest Getting to Zero Status Update and Buildings List. Presenters of ZEDx (Zero Energy Developments) talks will share the latest in zero energy news and projects. The rapid sharing of ideas will feed the conversation where you can add your own perspectives through a group dialog and polling on key solutions, policy and market subjects.

Moderator: Cathy Higgins | Research Director, New Buildings Institute

Getting to ZNE Before the RFP
Amanda Bogner | President, Energy Studio, Inc.

Taming the 900 lb Gorilla: How to Make Commercial Food Service Net Zero Energy
Bill Maclay | Principal, Maclay Architects

The Missing Ingredient is… Water
Mike Collignon | Executive Director, Green Builder Coalition

The Belly of the Duck
David Kaneda | Principal, Integral Group

What Doomsday Preppers Teach Us about Selling ZNE
Danielle Vitoff | Associate Director, Navigant Consulting, Inc.

Using Competitions to Drive ZNE Education and Awareness
Ellen Steiner | Vice President, Opinion Dynamics

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Networking Reception

7:15 p.m. Dine Around Dinners Out

Meet new friends or connect with old colleagues at one of our Dine Around Dinners hosted by friends of the National Forum. These organized pay-your-own way dinners offer a chance to experiences some of Pittsburgh’s stellar culinary options.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

7:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. Morning Run/Walk

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Master Speaker Sessions

These Master Speaker Sessions will spotlight some of the critical conversations about what is driving momentum in zero energy buildings. Who are the changemakers building awareness and understanding that eases the way for zero energy policies to take root in an organization? What is the business case that will drive corporate owners and developers to invest in ZE buildings? How does zero energy help cut carbon emissions in order to curb impacts of climate change? Experts will share their perspectives and ask attendees to add their own.

Zero Energy Changemakers
Organizational leadership on zero energy can start at the top, but it doesn’t have to. Champions, emerging at all levels of the org chart are creating the spark that is inspiring others’ interest in zero energy projects and the benefits they offer. Hear from these changemakers who are leading transformation internal with impacts well beyond a single organization.

Richard Piacentini | Executive Director, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Bakari Kennedy | Director of Facilities, SunCoast Credit Union

Nik Kaestner | Director of Sustainability, San Francisco Unified School District

The Business Case for Zero Energy
With private ownership keeping pace with public buildings achieving zero energy, we want to know the business motivations behind investing in ultra-low energy buildings. Hear from several experts on why business are increasing investment in ultra-efficiency in their building portfolio and onsite renewables.

Moderator: Helen Gurfel | Executive Director, ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance

2030 Districts: Scaling Up High Performance
Angelica Ciranni | Pittsburgh 2030 District Director, Green Building Alliance

Alex Dews | Executive Director, Green Building United

Zero Energy and Carbon
Organizational leadership on zero energy can start at the top, but it doesn’t have to. Champions, emerging at all levels of the org chart are creating the spark that is inspiring others’ interest in zero energy projects and the benefits they offer. Hear from these changemakers who are leading transformation internal with impacts well beyond a single organization.

Moderator: Grant Ervin | Chief Resilience Officer, City of Pittsburgh

Advancing Net Zero with Carbon as the New Metric
Fin MacDonald | Manager, Zero Carbon Building Program, Canada Green Building Council

Jonathan Laski | Director of Global Projects and Partnerships, World Green Building Council

Pushing Market Leaders to Operational Net Zero Carbon
Elizabeth Beardsley | Senior Policy Council, U.S. Green Building Council

Brendan Owens | Chief of Engineering, U.S. Green Building Council

9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Last Chance Exhibitor Showcase + Networking Break

10:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Closing Plenary Session + Keynote

Kimberly Lewis | Senior Vice President, Market Transformation and Development, U.S. Green Building Council

12 noon – 12:30 p.m. Event Wrap Up: Take + Shake Up the World
Session moderators and attendees will share the key takeaways from the Getting to Zero National Forum and confirm next steps for advancing zero energy buildings.

Ralph DiNola | CEO, New Buildings Institute

To see past Forum programs, visit: gettingtozeroforum.org/past-forums