Getting to Zero Series: Session 3

Building and Operating Net-Zero Energy Buildings

Presented by Hossley Lighting
May 3, 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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Getting to Zero Series, presented by Hossley Lighting Associates, is a comprehensive, cutting-edge four-part series that will lead participants to the next target of the 2030 Challenge - 70% reduction - and beyond.  Participants will explore both the technical skills and cross-disciplinary approaches essential for the design, construction and operation of net zero energy buildings.

The third session covers construction and project hand-off.  Attendees will be able to:

  • Plan for additional costs and time, as well as, perceived risks, with non-traditional systems for constructing net zero energy buildings.
  • Identify the basic needs for start-up operations and energy systems in net zero energy projects, including staffing and energy reporting requirements.
  • Define essential strategies for engaging occupants, including plug load control, tenant feedback, use of dashboards and lease agreements.
  • Define key aspects of the operations life cycle, from startup to making key operational adjustments for net zero energy buildings.

Session Presenters:

Barbra Batshalom, Founder & CEO, Sustainable Performance Institute - For more than 15 years, Barbra has been leading efforts to make green building mainstream.  She soon recognized that rating systems, building codes and performance targets, don’t drive the wholesale change that we need. They result in “random acts of sustainability” and individual successes, but not complete culture shifts in professional practice. The root of the problem is that we are still clinging to the same old processes, behavior and mindset to deliver a new product. LEED, Net Zero, Living Buildings, 2030 – none of these targets can be achieved without addressing how we do our business at an organizational level – culture, systems, processes and methodologies.  She holds degrees in Social Psychology from Ben Gurion University and in Architecture from Boston Architectural College.  She is an Adjunct Professor in the Brandeis International Business School.

Beau Dromiack, AIA, DBIA, Associate Principal, RSP Architects - Beau is an award-winning architect of educational, high-tech, cultural and collaborative environments with over 24 years’ experience. Beau’s commitment to design and construction excellence and his ability to listen to and translate the needs of the client make him a great project director. He leads every project with a passion for meeting the needs of the client and also takes care to recognize the ultimate users of the building while creating innovative design solutions. He brings an enduring commitment for integrated and high performing teams to every project. Beau is a registered architect in Arizona, a member of Society for College and University Planning, and holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Architecture from Arizona State University. 

Kai Kaoni, MBA, Assistant Professor of Practice, College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences at Northern Arizona University (NAU) - Teaching in the Civil Engineering and Construction Management programs, he strives to share his experience and passion in building and design with his students.  Prior to being an instructor, Kai began his career as a civil designer in Prescott, Arizona specializing in sub-division and commercial site development.   Following completion of graduate studies in 2011, he transitioned into a construction management role with a general contractor in Flagstaff, Arizona.  With a focus in higher education construction, Kai helped deliver several campus projects around Northern Arizona as project engineer, estimator and project manager.  Most recently, he acted as the CMAR project manager on the NAU International Pavilion, NAU’s first Net Zero Energy building completed in August, 2015.  As professor, Kai has become a building end-user, hosting frequent sustainability lectures/discussions in the space.