Building Environmental Impacts and Sustainability
ASHRAE Technical Committee 2.8

Meetings Information


Technical sessions sponsored/cosponsored by this TC at the Winter Hybrid Meeting in Las Vegas are listed below in Pacific Standard Time (PST).

Sunday, January 30

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (PST) Seminar 12  

Renewables and the Smart Grid

Track: Energy System Integration

Sponsor: 7.5 Smart Building Systems, 6.7 Solar Energy Utilization, 7.6 Building Energy Performance and 2.8 Building Environmental Impacts and Sustainability

Chair: Christie Kjellman, Member, Kliewer & Associates, Aliso Viejo, CA

Renewable energy resources are nearly 20% of the U.S. generation mix, growing rapidly through advanced technology and state policy changes. Matching these accelerations in the energy markets are the emerging developments at the distribution level, also known as the “Smart Grid”. While electric customers are now both consuming and generating electricity, the Smart Grid and buildings will both need to dynamically respond to manage resources, loads and reliability. This session presents a variety of approaches used to optimize and integrate renewables and the Smart Grid.

  1. 1. Microgrid Applications Mehdi Ganji, Ph.D., Willdan, San Francisco, CA
  2. 2. Field Demonstration of Optimal Control for Campus Cooling Plant for Renewable Energy Integration and Decarbonization Donghun Kim, Ph.D., Member, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA
  3. 3. Integration of Renewables and the Smart Grid Randall Higa, P.E., Member, Southern California Edison, Rosemead, CA
  4. 4. Decentralized Renewable Energy System and CO2 Expected Reductions by 2050 Samer Zawaydeh, Ph.D., Al Hussein Technical University, Amman, Jordan


Monday, January 31

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM (PST) Seminar 20 

HVAC Design, Control and Operation of Hospitals After COVID-19 Fiasco

Track: Environmental Health and IEQ in the International Arena

Sponsor: 1.4 Control Theory and Application, 9.6 Healthcare Facilities , TC-1.5, TC-7.3, TC-7.5, TC-2.8

Chair: Frank Shadpour, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, SC Engineers, Inc., San Diego, CA

COVID-19 came from nowhere; worldwide and without exception, our hospitals were not ready. Healthcare planners didn’t expect it and HVAC Engineers had not designed for it. So, what happens now? Obviously there are not adequate numbers of isolation rooms and research indicates that the ventilation methods of the past are inadequate to support the infection control and indoor air quality requirements of the future. This seminar presents the latest technology and findings for the proper design, control and operation of hospitals to comply with today’s requirements. Air change per hour, filtration, and building automation are among the topics of discussion.

  1. 1. The Hospital of the Future: Designing for Energy Efficiency and Infection Control Timothy Jacoby, Scripps Health, San Diego, CA
  2. 2. Designing Flexible and Adaptable HVAC Systems Renshaw Edward, P.E., Kaiser Permanente, La Mesa, CA


Monday, January 31

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PST) Seminar 3 

Would Your Building Perform Satisfactorily During a Heatwave or Power-Blackout?

Track: Buildings at 360°

Sponsor: 4.2 Climatic Information, 2.8 Building Environmental Impacts and Sustainability

Chair: Joe Huang, White Box Technologies, Moraga, CA, USA

Residents in lower-income neighborhoods typically have less access to green spaces and shading trees, increasing extreme heat exposure. Electricity can fail during heatwaves, especially if air-conditioning installations have outpaced the capacity of power grids. The sufficiency of passive and low energy alternatives depend on the extreme coincidence of heat and humidity. This seminar suggests how you might adapt your design solutions to three challenges for any particular project. Is air-conditioning necessary to satisfy the needs of building occupants? Could passive features maintain satisfactory performance during heatwave/power-blackout events?  What are the social and environmental justice implications of air-conditioning your client’s project?

  1. 1. Strategies for Urban Cooling – How Buildings Can Improve Indoor and Outdoor Urban Climates David Sailor, Ph.D., P.E., Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA
  2. 2. Could a Passive Design Satisfy the Needs of Building Occupants? Eric Peterson, Ph.D., P.E., University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom 

Tuesday, February 1 

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM (PST) Panel 1

In Real Time: Charting the Pathway for Existing Buildings to get to Carbon Neutrality

Track: Buildings at 360°

Sponsor: 2.8 Building Environmental Impacts and Sustainability

Chair: Paul Torcellini, Ph.D., P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO

Many corporate entities have set goals to be carbon neutral by a specific date, often within the next 20 years. This shift will take a concerted effort by these owners to make substantial changes to their buildings. But who makes the plan? Design firms are being asked more and more to provide planning and strategies to shift carbon consumption within the business cases for owners. This interactive panel in real-time will debate and create an action plan to bring a building to carbon neutrality. The audience will have a change to brainstorm, comment and help drive the action plan development.

  1. 1. Creating an Effective Action Plan #1 Stet Sanborn, AIA, Member, Smith Group, San Francisco, CA
  2. 2. Creating an Effective Action Plan #2 Kent Peterson, P.E., Presidential Fellow ASHRAE, P2S, Inc., Long Beach, CA
  3. 3. Creating an Effective Action Plan #3 John Hickey, P.E., Jacobs, Seattle, WA
  4. 4. Creating an Effective Action Plan #4 Kiersten Washle, Associate Member, CMTA, Boston, MA


Tuesday, February 1 

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (PST) Seminar 31

High Efficiency Variable Speed Pumping Systems and Integration Challenges with Chiller Plant Design

Track: Buildings at 360°

Sponsor: 8.2 Centrifugal Machines, 6.1 Hydronic and Steam Equipment and Systems, TC 8.1, TC 2.8

Chair: Trent Hunt, Member, Mechanical Products NSW, Salt Lake City, UT

  1. This session overviews variable speed chilled water pumping systems with a technical understanding of how a chiller fits into primary-secondary, variable primary and distributed-variable primary systems. The purpose of this seminar is to present the technical points of each type of pumping system in terms of function and operation while providing an understanding of how a water chiller responds functionally to a variable fluid flow through its evaporator. Presenters provide pointers and suggestions in the form of lessons learned regarding the control and operation of each of these systems.
  2. 1. Key Chiller Selection Criteria in a Variable Flow Pumping System Rick Heiden, Member, Trane - Ingersoll Rand, La Crosse
  3. 2. Pumps That Know the Flow in Chilled Water Pumping Systems David Lee, P.Eng., Member, Armstrong Fluid Technology, Toronto, ON, Canada
  4. 3. Lessons Learned in Control and Operation of Primary-Secondary and Distributed Pumping Chilled Water Systems Chris Miller, P.E., Member, P2S, Inc., Long Beach, CA
  5. 4. Key Design Considerations for the Implementation of Variable Primary Chilled Water Pumping Systems Brandon Gill, P.E., Member, Taylor Engineering, Alameda, CA


Wednesday, February 2

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (PST) Seminar 41

Design Challenges to the Electrification of Heating in Mid to Large Buildings

Track: Energy System Integration

Sponsor: 8.2 Centrifugal Machines, 2.8 Building Environmental Impacts and Sustainability

Chair: Raymond Good Jr., P.E., Member, Danfoss Turbocor Compressors, Inc., Tallahassee, FL

Electrification of heating is becoming an imperative based on a desire to reduce heating with fossil fuels and in some cases to meet codes and standards enacted to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This seminar introduces some of the basic concepts and driving forces behind the current and developing trend of electrified heating. It also explores some of the technologies available and share specific design and control strategies that make the dream a reality.

  1. 1. Fundamentals and Technologies of Heating Electrification Drew Turner, Danfoss, Baltimore, MD
  2. 2. Time Independent Energy Recovery: The Solution to Large Building Electrification Brandon Gill, P.E., Member, Taylor Engineering, Alameda, CA
  3. 3. The Ins and Outs of Heat Recovery Chiller Sizing and Control Chris Miller, P.E., Member, P2S, Inc., Long Beach, CA


Wednesday, February 2 

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (PST) Seminar 44 

Upgrading Existing Building Control Systems for High Performance Operation

Track: Buildings at 360°

Sponsor: 1.4 Control Theory and Application, 7.6 Building Energy Performanc , 2.8 Building Environmental Impacts and Sustainability

Chair: Gregory Cmar, Member, Interval Data Systems, Boston, MA

The Commonwealth of Kentucky evolved an approach to upgrading existing buildings that not only yields high performance (based upon Guideline 36 SOO) and better-quality delivery of automation but does so repeatedly across multiple manufacturers’ BASs. Buildings are retrofit with far fewer operational deficiencies and operate consistent with design intent much earlier in warranty period. The seminar takes you through KY’s program for better quality automation and the role of the owner, engineer, and verification of performance–and it started with G36.

  • 1. Upgrading Building Control Systems for High Performance Operation across a Portfolio Dick Mink, Commonwealth of Kentucky, Frankfort, KY
  • 2. Designing, Specifying and Managing High Performance Controls Upgrades into a Centralized System Casey Wilson, Member, CMTA, Inc., Louisville, KY
  • 3. Verifying Control System Performance Using Data, a Digital Twin, and Easy to Understand Analytics Kevin Fuller, Interval Data Systems, Boston, MA


Past technical sessions sponsored/cosponsored by this TC are listed below can be found here:

  • Long Beach Meeting (June 2017)  
  • Chicago Meeting (January 2018)
  • Houston Meeting (June 2018)
    Atlanta Meeting (January 2019)
  • Kansas City Meeting (June 2019)
  • Orlando Meeting (January 2020)
  • Virtual Summer Meeting (June 2020)
  • Virtual Winter Meeting (January 2021)
  • Virtual Summer Meeting (June 2021)

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