Building Environmental Impacts and Sustainability
ASHRAE Technical Committee 2.8

Past Programs

June 2017 - Long Beach

WORKSHOP 1: Are We Afraid of What We’ll Find? Using Real Buildings to Improve ASHRAE Standards and Publications 
Chair: Joy Altwies, Ph.D., P.E.
, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
This workshop explains the results of a recent ASHRAE research project, 1627-RP, that studied the actual performance of buildings built using the ASHRAE 30% AEDG for schools and offices. Can we replicate the study to investigate the performance of buildings built using Standard 90.1? What will we find? Can the results be used to improve our future standards and publications?
1. Potential New Research on the Actual Energy Performance of Buildings Designed to Comply with ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2010
J. Kevin Cross, P.E., Member, Honeywell, Fort Collins, CO
2. Highlights of 1627-RP: Actual Energy Performance of Small Office and K-12 School Buildings Designed to Meet the 30% ASHRAE Advanced Energy Design Guides

Dennis Jones, P.E., Member, Group14 Engineering Inc., Denver, CO

SEMINAR 7: NZEB from Foundation to Financing: Nonresidential Buildings 
Chair: Janice Means, P.E.
, Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI
This seminar addresses commercial solar PV systems and discusses the steps to be followed during the design phase including system sizing. Also, it demonstrates the importance of demand savings that should be included in the economic analysis of PV systems. Other topics such as tax credits, third party financing and ownership and other methods are discussed to give project design professionals a full understanding of the options available to them to move toward Zero Net Energy Buildings. In addition, sustainability in historic buildings and the use of renewable energy systems is covered.
1. Introduction to Solar Electric Design and Installation 
Khalid Nagidi, BEAP, Member, Energy Management Consulting Group, Wantagh, NY
2. Photovoltaic (PV) Systems Impact on Electric Demand
Svein Olav Morner, Ph.D., P.E., CPMP, Member, Sustainable Engineering Group, Madison, WI
3. Financing and Ownership Alternatives for Large Scale Solar PV Projects
James Leidel, Member, Oakland University, Rochester, MI
4. Deep Energy Refurbishment of Historic and Heritage Buildings to Reach NZEB Status
Marija Todorovic, Ph.D., P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, University of Belgrade, VEA-INVI.Ltd Director, Belgrade, Serbia

SEMINAR 17: Those Who Cannot Remember the Past are Condemned to Repeat It: Modeling, Performance and Lessons Learned from Installation of Solar Energy Systems
Chair: Michael Case, Ph.D.
, US Army Corps of Engineers, Champaign, IL 
This session reviews modeled and actual performance and lessons learned from the installation of diverse renewable energy systems at Fort Huachuca and the Presidio of Monterey. It discusses the design, installation, operations and maintenance of these systems as well as work in progress on the installation of a Sterling solar thermal electric generator. The seminar presents the results of two models of geo-exchange heat pump system with solar thermal for a community located in Toronto. Simulation results show that by integrating a solar thermal system, heat pump performance in the heating mode improves by 26%.  
1. Learning from History: Lesson Learned over 35 Years of Solar Energy at Fort Huachuca, AZ
William Stein, US Army Corps of Engineers, Champaign, IL
2. Solar Thermal Sizing, Modeling and Verification for an Army Barracks
Jay Tulley, U.S. Army Garrison, Monterey, CA
3. Solar Community Heating and Cooling System with Central Heat Pump and Geo-Exchange System for Cold Climates
Farzin Masoumi, Member, Union Gas Limited, Toronto, ON, Canada

SEMINAR 22: Feedback: The Essential Ingredient for High Performance Green Homes
Chair: Audrey Dupuis, Pageau Morel, Montreal, QC, Canada
In high performance homes, comfort drives design, design drives energy use and careful design choices drive actual energy performance and occupant satisfaction. However, thermal comfort standards don’t include energy efficiency compliance requirements, leading to mismatches between comfort and energy efficient designs. This seminar explains why and how to use the vocabulary of thermal comfort as the first solution in solving residential energy problems. It also describes how feedback tools can be useful in calibrating modeling inputs to verify and ensure that actual performance outcome are achieved by design. The cost of poor design choices is also discussed. 
1. Feedback Tools for Designing and Implementing Comfortable Efficient Homes
Dan Perunko, Balance Point Home Performance, Nevada City, CA
2. Which Should Come First in Housing, Energy Efficiency or Thermal Comfort?
Robert Bean, Member, Indoor Climate Consultants Inc., Calgary, AB, Canada
3. The Energy and Environmental Benefits of Design Choices that Provide Excellent Comfort
Chris Mathis, Member, Mathis Consulting, Montreal, AL

SEMINAR 33: Flooding: Superstorm Sandy: Lessons Learned & Strategies Implemented
Chair: Scott Sherwood, Eco Care Corp., Bronx, NY
An in-depth discussion regarding the issues and decisions that NYC building engineers, architects, contractors and code officials faced during and in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Understanding the criteria to designing buildings and infrastructure supporting facilities to withstand Climate Events, in this case; Flooding, i.e., sub-cellar electrical distribution equipment exposed to flooding). Understanding NYC code changes implemented and lessons learned to design more efficient, resilient, and environmental friendly buildings. Understanding what kind of climatic data and trending is available to the ASHRAE community, the terms used in discussion of climate change and extreme weather events.
1. Superstorm Sandy: Lessons Learned
Chris Colasanti, P.E., Member, Jaros Baum & Bolles, New York, NY
2. Superstorm Sandy: New Codes & Design Considerations
Scott Sherwood, Member, Eco Care Corp., Bronx, NY
3. Life Safety Issues That Occurred at NYU Medical during and in the Aftermath of Superstorm Sandy
Richard Cohen, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, NY
4. Climatic Information: History & Current Data & Trending
William McQuade, Member, Johnson Controls, Inc., York, PA

FORUM 6: Best Practices For Low Energy Residential Buildings Across the Globe
Chair: Ashish Rakheja, P.E., AEON Integrated Building Design Consultants LLP, Noida, India
ASHRAE Associate Society Alliance (AASA) has members from over 50 global HVAC&R societies. AASA also has a large representation from Developing Countries where due to rapid urbanization, the demand for homes is growing exponentially (India alone will add 50 billion sq. ft. of constructed space in next two decades). The Forum discusses the case studies and best practices followed in design of cost effective homes. This Forum has international flavor with representatives from more than 20 countries and provides an opportunity to the attendees to interact & learn from each other.

SEMINAR 41: Designs and Policies for Affordable Zero Net Energy Homes and Sustainable Communities
Chair: Larry Brand, Gas Technology Institute, Davis, CA
New homes and communities represent an opportunity for economical design options for zero net energy performance. This seminar explores the concept of design for affordability and for homes and communities and provides an overview of codes, standards and policies that influence affordability and market penetration. Home design incorporates integrated layout and system packages to maximize benefit-cost ratio. Community design incorporates building design and layout of the streets and community spaces for optimal solar orientation and building performance. Success stories are described along with a discussion of public policies intended to encourage zero net energy buildings.
1. Affordable Zero Net Energy Home Design Strategies
Mike Huber, Habitat for Humanity of San Joaquin County, Inc., Stockton, CA
2. Challenges and Opportunities in the Design of Sustainable Communities
Judi Schweitzer, Schweitzer and Associates, Lake Forest, CA
3. Zero Net Energy Policies: Opportunities and Challenges in California
Michelle Sim, SoCalGas, Los Angeles, CA

SEMINAR 47: Zero Energy Healthcare Buildings: Current Status and Future Efforts
Chair: David Eldridge Jr., P.E., Grumman/Butkus Associates, Evanston, IL
Hospitals have traditionally been high energy users. Recent research has shown that hospitals can be designed and operated as 'Net Zero Energy Buildings' or even positive energy, contributing to their local community's low carbon goals, in a cost effective and sustainable manner. This seminar collects reports from European research, UK energy targets and discussion of North American ambitions to reduce toward zero. Cost effective technologies exist but need to be adopted and applied in new and existing facilities to achieve NZEB in this challenging sector. Support such as a new ASHRAE design guide on NZE Hospitals is discussed.
1. Toward NZE Hospitals in North America
Heather Burpee, University of Washington Integrated Design Lab, Seattle, WA
2. Owner Perspective on Potential for NZE Healthcare Facilities
Travis English, P.E., Member, Kaiser Permanente, Anaheim, CA
3. European Research Study into NZE Hospitals
Hans Besselink, Member, HaskoningDHV Nederland B.V., Rotterdam, Netherlands
4. Strategies for NZE Hospitals in the UK
Francis Mills, CEng, Life Member, Frank Mills Consulting, Leyland, United Kingdom

WORKSHOP 9: How to Design, Construct and Operate Net Zero Hospitals AND Save Money
Chair: Francis Mills, CEng, Life Member, Frank Mills Consulting, Leyland, United Kingdom
Hospitals are high energy users and produce a lot of carbon emissions. However recent research has shown that hospitals can be designed and operated as 'Nett Zero Energy' or even Positive energy and this can be done without diverting funds from Healthcare. This workshop invites ASHRAE members to take part in a brainstorming session to see what are the best methods toward Nett Zero and what differences apply between different locations, countries and climate regions. Issue such as local Standards, codes and traditions will be raised and any other potential obstacles to the ZERO target.
1. How to Achieve Net Zero Energy Hospitals
Wim Maassen, Royal Haskoning DHV, Rotterdam, Netherlands
2. Strategies to Net Zero Hospitals
Frank Mills, Member, Low Carbon Design Consultants, Liverpool, United Kingdom 

January 2018 - Chicago

 AHR Expo Session 3: Real-World Experience Providing Residential Energy Excellence
Carrie Anne Crawford, Associate Member, Austin, TX
High performance residential buildings combine modeling skills, designs for sustainable performance, installation practices that implement the integrated designs and strategies that satisfy a diverse set of occupant needs without penalizing energy performance or indoor environmental quality over the life of the building. This seminar highlights the importance of a trained workforce in meeting expected design and performance targets, shows the benefits of modeling to achieve exceptional performance affordably, compares model predictions with monitored performance in multifamily applications and demonstrates the positive impact of awareness and actionable energy data on occupant behavior when the landlord is paying the energy bill.
1. Five New Multifamily Residential Buildings: Measured Vs. Modeled Energy Consumption
Katrin Klingenberg, Passive House Institute US | PHIUS, Urbana, IL
2. Prescriptive Doesn’t Work for Buildings so Why Would It Work for a Project Team?
Kimberly LLewellyn, Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating, Suwanee, GA
3. The U.S. Army Experience: Reducing Energy When Occupants Don’t Pay for Utilities
Katherine Hammack, Fellow Member, Ernst & Young, McLean, V

Seminar 32: The Art and Science of Delivering Healthy, Productive and Effective Buildings
Chair: Tim Dwyer, CEng, Fellow ASHRAE, UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering (IEDE), London, United Kingdom
This seminar draws on the experience of senior industry practitioners who will show how robust, but not extreme, engineering practice that is accessible to all building professionals delivers buildings that are not just 'fit for purpose,' but can excel in performance and be delivered in time. The speakers present both the high level picture as well as essential details that deliver success. The seminar identifies the essential characteristics required to deliver high performance buildings and then explores real-world examples of project techniques that have a proven record in new-build, retrofit and the critical commissioning process.
1. The Art of High Performance Buildings
Peter Wong, CEng, Member, Yook Tong Electric Co Ltd, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
2. Creating Healthy Emergency Rooms for Staff and Patients
David Clark, CEng, Member, Stantec, Toronto, ON, Canada
3. Retrofitting to Net Zero Energy
Kevin Hydes, P.E., Integral Group, Oakland, CA
4. High Performance Buildings Require High Performance Commissioning
David Green, CEng, CPMP, Member, CDML, Edmonton, AB, Canada

Seminar 49: The Process for Zero Energy K-12 Schools: The Next Series of ASHRAE Advanced Energy Design Guides
Chair: Charles Eley, P.E., Member, Eley Consulting, San Francisco, CA
K-12 schools are leading the way for zero energy. As the next in the series of the popular Advanced Energy Design Guides, this zero energy guide focuses on what is needed to achieve zero energy in K-12 schools. The session focuses on the simulation models; EUI targets; lighting and HVAC design, on-site renewable energy needs; as well as looking at processes to ensure success in meeting the zero target. How-to tips and practical advice are presented as well as successful zero energy case studies.
1. The Process of Creating Zero Energy Design Guidance: The Next in the Series
Paul Torcellini, Ph.D., P.E., Member, NREL, Golden, CO
2. The Owners Perspective: Making Zero Energy Happen
John Chadwick, AIA, Arlington Public Schools, Arlington, VA
3. Lighting Design Parameters for Successful Zero Energy Schools
Shanna Olson, IMEG Corp., Chicago, IL
4. Making It All Work: Important Aspects of HVAC Zero Energy Design
Daniel Nall, P.E., HBDP, CPMP and BEMP, Fellow Life Member, Syska Hennessy, New York, NY


June 2018 - Houston

Forum 1 (Intermediate) Expanding Our Perceptions of Building Performance: Updating Standard 105
Chair: J. Patrick Carpenter, P.E., Facility Performance Engineers, Cinnaminson, NJ
Standard 105 which provides a method of building energy performance determination, expression and comparison was last revised in 2014. The expanding use of energy benchmarking in many parts of the country reflects the increasing awareness of the impacts of building performance on the environment. There is also growing concern about the impact of buildings on water consumption. Guidance with evaluating these impacts is important to many designs as well as potential legislation. Feedback from the industry on the current standard will help TC 7.6 begin the process of reviewing, updating or expanding this standard.

Workshop 3 (Advanced) New ASHRAE Hot Climate Design Guide
Committee Chairs: Melvin G Glass, EMC Engineers, El Paso, TX and Frank Mills, CEng, Frank Mills Consulting, Leyland, United Kingdom
• Understand the alternative approaches to hot climate design which take account of local climate factors, passive solar design, thermal mass, evaporative cooling and occupancy factors
• Define climate issues which affect design approach in hot humid, hot dry (arid) and hot windy locations
• Identify the principle design factors toward successful low energy buildings in hot climates
• Be aware of the design tools which can be used to assist optimum design of buildings in hot climates, particlularly options for passive/air conditioned/hybrid/designs. This presentation is a working session which invites ASHRAE members to input into the new guide and to contribute ideas and requests.
1. The New ASHRAE Hot Climate Design Guide
Melvin G Glass, Member, EMC Engineers, El Paso, TX

Seminar 46 (Intermediate) Comparing the Energy, Emissions and Economic Impacts of Buildings in Energy Performance Calculations
Committee Chair: Larry Brand, Gas Technology Institute, Davis, CA
• Describe how the energy, emissions and economics impact calculation framework can be used in energy performance comparisons
• Explain how the EEE framework complements the ASHRAE Standard 90.1 and 189.1 performance calculation methods
• Understand how to apply the relative valuation of metrics in determining energy performance compared to a baseline
• Apply the EEE Impact methodology to a residential building energy performance comparison Measuring and comparing technology and building energy performance equitably with minimum unintended consequences has been challenging for decades. One reason is the use of a single metric such as energy cost to determine and compare performance of different options. With increased focus on environmental impacts, the energy cost metric may be incomplete or misleading.

This seminar describes a new way to evaluate performance based on relative valuation of metrics related to energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and cost (EEE) impacts. Application and benefits of the EEE impacts approach in ASHRAE standards and other initiatives are discussed.

Seminar 48 (Advanced) New ASHRAE Hot Climate Design Guide
Frank Mills, CEng, Frank Mills Consulting, Leyland, United Kingdom
• Develop strategies for cooling in hot climates • Identify the scope for passive design and where mechanical systems will be needed
• Describe the energy usage patterns of buildings in hot climates and possible strategies for net zero
• Develop proposals for external cooling of areas around buildings in hot climates

This seminar provides information on the scope and content of the new guide and invites ASHRAE members and others to comment and contribute new ideas. This guide is proposing new low carbon design solutions and also ways to integrate traditional 'passive solar' concepts into modern buildings. The seminar covers building design and also external cooling of areas around buildings and semi external spaces such a Atriums, where members of the public may want to gather, meet sit, eat, drink, relax and in some cases even work. Hybrid and passive designs are explored to consider applications
1. The New ASHRAE Hot Climate Design Guide Frank Mills, CEng, Life Member, Frank Mills Consulting, Leyland, United Kingdom
2. Low Energy Cooling Techniques in Hot Climates Including External Melvin G Glass, Member, EMC Engineers, El Paso, TX

Seminar 59 (Intermediate) Beneficial Carbon Reduction Strategies: Cogeneration, Electrification and Consumer Options
Chair: Kevin Brown, P.E., The Linc Group, Atlanta, GA
• Explain the impacts that existing building energy policies have on the tradeoffs between incumbent fuel sources, new distributed energy resources and energy efficiency
• Understand how building energy policies can evolve to accommodate and encourage the market adoption of zero energy and zero carbon buildings
• Distinguish the role of electrification of previously fossil-fueled end uses from other approaches to carbon emission reduction
• Identify the role of CHP and other affordable options as alternatives to electrification in a balanced carbon emission reduction strategy

High performance building technologies such as combined heat and power, heat pumps, and photovoltaic panels can be an integral part of beneficial greenhouse gas emission reduction strategies. Rapid advancements in each of these areas, along with dynamic changes in the electric grid, are creating opportunities and challenges when trying to determine a balanced approach to achieving the ultimate goal of zero carbon emissions. Diverse viewpoints on technology improvements, polices that may inadvertently or intentionally favor one type of fuel over another and emission reduction options that provide consumer and societal benefits are shared.
1. Getting to Zero Carbon: Distributed Energy Source Strategies and Options
Jim Edelson, Member, New Building Institute, Vancouver, WA
2. Electrification, Cogeneration and Emissions Efficiency
David Farnsworth, Regulatory Assistance Project, Montpelier, VT
3. Retaining Worthy Consumer Options for Carbon Reduction
Neil Leslie, Member, Gas Technology Institute, Des Plaines, IL 


January 2019 - Atlanta

Seminar 66: How ASHRAE Standard 100 can be Applied to Atlanta's Building Energy and Water Efficiency Ordinance
Chair: Kevin Brown, P.E.

Learn how cities with energy conservation goals can adopt Standard 100 to boost energy efficiency in existing buildings. Hear from the City of Atlanta and get an update on how their program is progressing. Additionally, this seminar discusses background information on ASHRAE Standard 100 and goes through the steps of the Standard 100 compliance flow chart.

1: How to Use ASHRAE Standard 100 and Seek Compliance
Curtis Fong, Taylor Engineering, Alameda, CA, USA
2: Atlanta's Building Energy and Water Efficiency Ordinance
Megan O'Neil, City of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA, USA

Seminar 69: Climate Change Liability for Owners, Designers and Manufacturers
ASHRAE provides guidance on use of climatic data in designs and facility assessments. Currently, the vast majority of design firms use historic climate files. This practice aligns with professional standard of care. However, given the international consensus that climate is changing, use of historic weather data in designs could lead to underperforming systems or building failures. Projected weather files from regional climate models include their own uncertainty and risk. This puts architects, engineers, owners and manufacturers in a difficult situation. This session covers climate change science, risks associated with various weather file use and changing standards of care.

1: US National Climate Assessment
Kenneth Kunkel, Ph.D., NOAA, North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies, Asheville, NC, USA
2: ASHRAE TC4.2 Climatic Information Uncertainties: Historic Vs Projected Data
Drury Crawley, Ph.D., Bentley Systems, Inc., Washington, DC, USA
3: Climate Change Liability
Kevin Haroff, Esq,, J.D., Marten Law, San Francisco, CA, USA
4: Safeguarding Assets for a Robust and Relevant Practice
Ann Kosmal, F.A.I.A., LEED AP BD +C, CPHC, PDC, U.S. General Services Administration, Washington, DC, USA