DAY 1 - HELD IN-PERSON AND VIRTUALLY / DAY 2 - HELD VIRTUALLY ONLY

Tuesday, November 2, 2021
8:15 AM - 9:00 AM
 
 
8:55 AM - 9:00 AM
 
 
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Vicki Worden

Vicki Worden, President & CEO of the Green Building Initiative, will discuss how ESG, Net Zero, health and wellness, resilience, and annual reporting to the U.N. SDGs are driving increased focus on existing building retrofits and how to gain momentum for your retrofit planning.

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Gavin Taves
 
10:00 AM - 10:40 AM
Brian Imus Jessica Miller Saagar Patel
  • Share background on what exactly is a BPS, and the national trends for implementation of these policies around the country.
  • The value of a BPS beyond the carbon reduction benefits (increased property values, job creation, etc)
  • A case study of how such a policy was developed in St. Louis and the role of the building industry in developing a policy
10:40 AM - 11:00 AM
 
 
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
John Mlade

A survey of net zero buildings in the Midwest, and specifically, Illinois, along with new tools and incentives to continue reducing both embodied and operational carbon.

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Benjamin Skelton

A look at a 64-story high-rise

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
 
 
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Katrin Klingenberg​
 
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Melissa Sokolowsky

Buildings are significant sources of energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, but they also present great potential for energy efficiency and sources for distributed renewable energy. The energy grid is undergoing a metamorphosis, with distributed energy resources making up a bigger portion of our energy sources than ever before in the modern age. The impact of occupant comfort on productivity has also gained recognition. To this end, smart technology that automates processes and integrates systems for interoperability has quickly evolved and come into the forefront for existing building retrofits as well as new construction.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the focus of health and wellbeing of building occupants sharply into focus. Many technologies already present in buildings have seen accelerated deployment and/or adaptation during this time.  Buildings already equipped with some degree of smart technology, starting with building automation systems, have manifested easier adaption and more resiliency to business disruptions caused by the pandemic. COVID-19 has forever changed the way buildings will operate, given this renewed focus on the health and safety of occupants. Born of necessity, this is an opportunity to reap the tangential benefits of smart building technologies, including increased efficiency, security, and better user experience.

This presentation will discuss a sampling of smart technologies currently seeing a rise in deployment, as well as those on the horizon, to address environmental factors, occupancy/density, system maintenance, custodial, and occupant trust.

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Drew Morrison

Sorbent Ventilation Technology is a new arrival in commercial HVAC. It uses sorbent materials to remove carbon dioxide and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from building air streams. This allows building operators to reduce outdoor air flows and save energy while maintaining indoor air quality. This presentation will cover technology fundamentals, outline appropriate applications, and discuss the results of technology field tests.

Wednesday, November 3, 2021
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Joan Glickman
 
9:15 AM - 9:45 AM
Tracy Phillips
  • Discuss how C-PACE financing works and how it can help finance energy efficiency and renewable energy projects
  • Discuss the small/medium building (SMB) market/opportunity, and showcase resources and methods being employed to address this market 
  • Discuss Colorado's green bank, how it's helping to address the SMB market, and how it can serve as a model for other states
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Greg Swiss

This case study will discuss the great results on this iconic 2.3 msf building, a project that was wrapped up earlier this year.

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM
Brett Bridgeland Jared Rodriguez
  • NYSERDA’s Empire Building Challenge (EBC) has brought together New York real estate leaders, consultants and solution providers to advance low carbon retrofit solutions for cold-climate high-rises, while driving economic growth and renewal.
  • This session will describe a resource efficient electrification framework and technology examples that were identified within the EBC program partnership, including key elements such as heat recovery and thermal networking.
  • It will also describe a strategic decarbonization financial assessment process and tool integral to the EBC.
11:30 AM - 12:10 PM
Eric Corey Freed
 
12:25 PM - 1:05 PM
Anish Tilak

Grid-interactive efficient buildings (GEBs) are energy efficient buildings that leverage smart controls to optimize energy use not only for building occupants or cost-savings, but also in alignment with broader electric grid utility needs. As renewable energy generation becomes a more substantial portion of the electric grid’s fuel mix across the country, when energy is used is becoming nearly as important as how much energy is used. Grid-interactive functionality enables buildings to play an active role in the grid’s decarbonization.

Building owners are seeking guidance on how to deploy grid-interactive technologies in their assets to capture the financial value of existing and emerging utility programs that incentivize flexibility. This presentation will outline a standardized and streamlined approach for building owners to plan and execute energy projects that will enable grid responsiveness in existing buildings. We will present packages of technology retrofits organized to align with typical building lifecycle milestones for easy integration with existing capital planning frameworks.

1:20 PM - 1:50 PM
Jeff Greenberger Rick Hollander
 
2:05 PM - 2:45 PM
Stuart Galloway Tracy Phillips
 
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Reshma Singh

U.S. Dept of Energy's unique building technology Accelerator that encompasses technologies for decarbonization, digital transformation and equitable access to human health and climate resilience in buildings

3:45 PM - 4:15 PM
Scott Schuetter

HVAC energy accounts for approximately half of the energy use in commercial buildings. “Smart” pressure independent control valves (PICV) have the potential to significantly improve the energy performance of these intensive energy uses in commercial buildings. Smart valves are defined here as pressure-independent control valves with on-board electronics that can accurately and stably control air handling unit (AHU) supply air temperature (SAT) via superior variable flow control. The objective of this project was to demonstrate the energy savings performance and usability of smart valves as an HVAC retrofit.

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