Aiming at Zero: The Struggle to Get There

Wednesday, March 09, 2016
10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Everyone is talking about getting to zero energy by 2030. It’s easy to say, but very hard to do. What is the process and how do we ratchet down our EUI on each project? How can goal setting and Client priorities influence energy use and building performance? Can we actually get to zero? This lively moderated panel discussion will include the Architect, Engineer, and Owner/ Client on Weygand Hall at Bridgewater State University (completed in 2013) and on Keene State College (currently under construction). We will address the planning, design, and results of both projects as well as the ZNEB pilot study completed simultaneously with Weygand Hall. We will show best practices and lessons learned from each experience. We will focus on the continuum of these projects over time, how each process and learning experience influenced the next, and how this iterative approach leads to better energy performance and keeps us on track for 2030.