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.

Tuesday, April 17

8:30 to 11:30 a.m. | Zeroing in on Districts and Scale on ZE Projects | Grand Ballroom 3
(3 AIA | HSW CEUs)

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.  See agenda

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.

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


8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. | Advanced Jurisdictions: Cities and States Take the Lead on Driving ZeroRivers Room (3 AIA | HSW CEUs)

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 agenda

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 |
Grand Ballroom 4 (3 AIA | HSW CEUs)

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. See agenda

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