Getting to Zero Series: Session 2

Integrated Design and Process for Net-Zero Energy Buildings

Presented by Hossley Lighting
April 5, 2016
1:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Credit: 4.0 LU/HSW/SD
Dallas Center for Architecture Map It
1909 Woodall Rodgers Fwy
Suite 100
Dallas, TX 75201

Brought to you by: Committee On The Environment

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The second session in this four-part series covers the design processes and systems necessary for net zero energy building design.  Attendees will be able to:

  • Define key design processes, renewable energy systems and energy performance modeling for integrated design in net zero energy buildings.
  • Participate in essential A/C/E processes, including budgeting, assessing technical and business realities, forecasting and using common design strategies to help cue occupant behavior.
  • Understand how design comes together in low-energy building, including the heat systems, lighting and plumbing, and identify tenant engagement strategies.
  • Identify lessons learned from a net zero energy project case study that used an integrated design approach.


Craig Schiller, MSSD, LEED AP

Craig Schiller is an associate for Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) who works in both the sustainable buildings’ and communities’ practices. With RMI, Craig has managed a Superefficient Affordable Housing Design Challenge for university students, co-hosted a deep energy retrofit conference with the General Service Administration, helped formulate a new sustainable campuses initiative, and has been a core design team member for RMI’s new net-zero-energy headquarters. Craig currently works on an RMI team dedicated to increase energy efficiency and scale building retrofits in the city of Chicago.

Prior to joining RMI, Craig received a Masters of Science in Sustainable Design from Carnegie Melon University and spent several years as a green building researcher, advocate, and educator. He has consulted for a variety of clients including Xavier University, the Pittsburgh Public School District, and the National Wildlife Federation, and the Green Building Research Institute. Craig also founded Build to Teach LLC, a consulting and research firm that focuses on green schools and buildings that are being used as teaching tools for sustainability. He is particularly passionate about implementing sustainable education into both k-12 and higher education classrooms and had the opportunity to speak on the topic at TEDx Boulder.  Craig holds a MS, Sustainable Design, Carnegie Mellon University graduating magna cum laude, a BS, Geology & Geophysics, University of Wisconsin graduated on Dean’s List, and a BS, Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin graduated on Dean’s List.

Alejandro Hernandez, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Al is Business Center Discipline Leader, Senior Associate and Senior Project Architect at Stantec.  He was the Senior Project Architect for Richard J Lee Elementary, the Net Zero elementary school toured at the beginning of the Getting to Zero series.  As Business Center Discipline Leader, Al leads discipline-specific professional and technical standards, quality assurance practices, health and safety, best practices, research and development, and innovation, while attracting top technical experts to the business center.  He received his degree in Architecture from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Columbia and is registered to practice in Texas, Florida and Columbia.

Paul Westbrook, LEED AP

Paul Westbrook is the Sustainable Development Manager for Texas Instruments (TI), and has worked for TI since graduating from LSU with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1982. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and a Senior Member of TI’s Technical Staff.  In 1996, Paul designed his own passive/active solar home, which won the 1996 NAHB Energy Value Housing Award for Innovative Design. In 2006, he installed a 1.8 Kilo-Watt wind turbine in his lawn. Taking his “green crusade” to the next level, Paul toured TI executives through his house in 2003 to convince them to adopt a sustainable design for TI’s new, multi-billion dollar 300mm semiconductor manufacturing plant in Richardson, TX, which was built from the ground up with energy efficiency in mind and completed in 2006.  Paul will be retiring in March from Texas Instruments and, after a short break, will work part-time for the Rocky Mountain Institute.


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