Workshops

On Tuesday, April 17, we will offer several options intensive workshops that dig into the details of zero energy buildings.  Descriptions of these interactive workshops are listed below. An additional registration fee for workshops is required.

8:30 to 11:30 a.m. | Zeroing in on Districts and Scale on ZE Projects

Zero energy (ZE) districts are growing in numbers and offer an effective pathway for rapid scaling of zero energy projects. They can uniquely harness building energy efficiency, thermal systems, energy storage and renewable energy generation more effectively than individual buildings.  However, districts bring challenges as well including heightened needs for integration, financing, siting renewables in dense environments, etc. This workshop will spotlight innovative projects that leverage the value of a larger development to drive more effective and holistic solutions. It will also look at common challenges and the creative approaches to overcome them.

This workshop will be followed by an optional tour to Hazelwood Green or the walking tour of Pittsburgh’s 2030 District. A separate registration is required. See details

Registration Fee: $275 or $200 with Forum registration
Register and see bundling options with Forum Pass


 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. | Advanced Jurisdictions: Cities and State Take the Lead on Driving Zero  

Increasingly, states and cities are formalizing energy and climate action goals as they relate to buildings with hundreds of jurisdictions adopting commitments to reduce energy use and the resulting carbon emissions from the building sector. This workshop will look at the goal-setting process and policy mechanisms cities and states are using to drive the changes necessary to achieve ultra low and zero energy performance in local building stock. From executive orders targeting publicly owned buildings, to education, to establishing aggressive energy codes and stretch codes, attendees will learn how leading jurisdictions are moving the needle on reinventing local building standards. See details

Registration Fee: $275 or $200 with Forum registration
Register and see bundling options with Forum Pass


8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. | Creating Optimal Buildings for the New Electricity Grid

Zero energy (ZE) buildings stand at the intersection of demand response, renewables, storage and decarbonization–all important facets of the emerging clean energy economy. Already, many grid operators are struggling to integrate renewable energy production from ZE buildings and other sources into the grid. There are currently no metrics that define building-level grid citizenship, or rate building-grid interaction quality, and different players are using different language to discuss the topic. These issues have the potential to be real roadblocks for the mass-market scaling of ZE buildings. NBI and the U.S. Green Building Council are launching the GridOptimal Initiative. The aim of the initiative is to provide standards, tools, and guidance to improve building-grid interactions by empowering utilities, regulators, grid operators, building owners, architects, engineers, and others with a dedicated building rating system. Participants in this workshop will work collaboratively to determine what key data categories should be included in the GridOptimal rating system and how to design this initiative to ensure that the low and zero energy buildings of today and tomorrow are optimized for grid integration in a way that is reliable, safe, and effective.

Registration Fee: $275 or $200 with Forum registration
Register and see bundling options with Forum Pass


8:30 to 11:30 a.m. | Next Gen Workshop for Students and Young Professionals

Students and young professionals are the future of the built environment and will be in a position to deliver on what we’re learning about designing, constructing and operating ultra-low and zero energy (ZE) buildings over the coming decades. This workshop will offer students and young professionals, with less than three years of experience, the opportunity to spend a morning with some of the world’s advanced architects and engineers who are creating ZE projects for commercial and residential sectors. The interactive session will require students to push the boundaries of their own knowledge and challenge our experts to answer the thorny questions that remain about achieving ZE performance.

Registration Fee: $100

Register or see options for scholarships