Building Environmental Impacts and Sustainability
ASHRAE Technical Committee 2.8

Past Programs


June 2017 - Long Beach

Are We Afraid of What We’ll Find? Using Real Buildings to Improve ASHRAE 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

NZEB from Foundation to Financing: Nonresidential Buildings 

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

Those Who Cannot Remember the Past are Condemned to Repeat It: Modeling, Performance and Lessons Learned from Installation of Solar Energy Systems

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

The Essential Ingredient for High Performance Green Homes

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

Flooding: Superstorm Sandy: Lessons Learned & Strategies Implemented

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

Best Practices For Low Energy Residential Buildings Across the Globe
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.

Designs and Policies for Affordable Zero Net Energy Homes and Sustainable Communities

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

Zero Energy Healthcare Buildings: Current Status and Future Efforts

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

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 

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January 2018 - Chicago

Real-World Experience Providing Residential Energy Excellence

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, VA

The Art and Science of Delivering Healthy, Productive and Effective Buildings

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

The Process for Zero Energy K-12 Schools: The Next Series of ASHRAE Advanced Energy Design Guides

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

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June 2018 - Houston

Expanding Our Perceptions of Building Performance: Updating Standard 105
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.

Comparing the Energy, Emissions and Economic Impacts of Buildings in Energy Performance Calculations
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.

New ASHRAE Hot Climate Design Guide

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

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 

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January 2019 - Atlanta

How ASHRAE Standard 100 can be Applied to Atlanta's Building Energy and Water Efficiency Ordinance

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

Climate Change Liability for Owners, Designers and Manufacturers

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 

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June 2019 - Kansas City

The Process for Zero Energy Office Buildings: The Next ASHRAE Advanced Energy Design Guide

1. Overview of the AEDG Series and a Look Towards the Future Tom Phoenix, P.E., CPL (Clark Patterson Lee), Greensboro, NC, USA
2. The Process of Creating the Zero Energy Office Guide Paul Torcellini, Ph.D., P.E., National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO, USA
3. Marriage of the Envelope and HVAC Selection and Design Daniel Nall, P.E., Daniel Nall, Consultant, LLC, Princeton, NJ, USA
4. A Deep Dive into HVAC Systems for Zero Energy Buildings Ronnie Moffitt, P.E., Trane, Inc., Lexington, KY, USA

Energy Systems Integration and Smart Grid-Ready Buildings: All You Need to Know to Be a Good Grid Citizen

1. Smart Grid-Ready Buildings: Enabling Tools and Solutions Glenn Remington, Consumers Energy, Jackson, MI, USA
2. Smart Grid Distribution Intelligence: Towards a Resilient, “Self-Healing” Grid Andy Haun, Schneider Electric, Andover, MA, USA
3. Integration of Renewable Energy Systems: Opportunities and Challenges Aaron Bloom, Energy Systems Integration Group, St. Paul, MN, USA

Demystifying Cooling Tower Water Treatment

1. Current Challenges with Cooling Towers Rafi Karim, P.E., Affiliated Engineers, Inc., Pasadena, CA, USA
2. Alternative Water Treatment Systems Jesse Dean, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO, USA
3. Chemical Free Water Treatment Michael Deru, Ph.D., NREL, Golden, CO, USA

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January 2020 - Orlando

What Makes Orlando and Central Florida a Front-Runner in Implementing Clean Energy and Sustainability Solutions?

1. City of Orlando Chris Castro, Director of Sustainability & Resilience, City of Orlando, Orlando, FL, US
2. Architect Lindsey Piant Perez, AIA, Southeast Sustainability Leader, DLR Group, Orlando, FL, USA
3.  MEP Engineer John Chyz, P.E., CPMP, Building Performance Project Consultant, Affiliated Engineers, Newberry, FL, USA

Watch Out for the Unforeseen When Designing Green

1. Breathe Deeply, or Don't: Energy Conservation, Indoor Air Quality, Health and Productivity...and Legal Liability James Newman, BEAP, OPMP, Newman Consulting Group, Farmington Hills, MI, USA
2. Controlling Opportunistic Pathogen Growth While Achieving Energy and Water Conservation William J. Rhoads, Ph.D., Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA
3. Impacts of Sustainable Design Choices on Noise Control Mandy Kachur, P.E., Soundscape Engineering, Plymouth, MI, USA
4. Considerations When Going Green with a Historic Building Janice K. Means, P.E., Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI, USA 

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June 2020 - Virtual

Battle of the Nexus: Water vs. Energy in HVAC

1. Does Simple Always Equate to More Energy Consumption: The Elegance of Selecting Air or Water Cooled VRF Systems Chris Miller, P.E., Associate Member, P2S Inc., Long Beach, CA
2. Exploring Cooling Towers and Fluid Coolers to Achieve Water and Energy Savings Adriana Brasoava Roath, P.E., Associate Member, HGA, Minneapolis, MN 
3. Potential Impact of Heat Recovery Chillers on Water and Energy Conservation Joseph Witchger, P.E., Member, HGA, Minneapolis, MN

Zero Energy Buildings and Intelligent Controls

1. Zero Energy Buildings in a Campus Setting James Del Monaco, P.E., Member, P2S Engineering, San Diego, CA
2. Zero Energy Buildings and Intelligent Controls Justin Mezzadri, Carrier, Charlotte, NC
3. Achieving Net Zero Energy in a Laboratory Brett Friedman, P.E., Affiliated Engineers, Inc., Madison, WI

Timing is Everything in the Modern Grid: Which Measures Do You Apply and When Do You Operate Them?

1. Applying Building Load Shifting Measures Scott Hackel, P.E., Member, Slipstream, Madison, WI
2. Would You Like Some Free Electricity for Your Building? Shanti Pless, Associate Member, NREL, Golden, CO
3. Better Together: Interactions Between Energy Efficiency and Demand Response and Driving Co-Benefits Andrew Satchwell, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA

Could Electric Energy Storage Systems Be The Answer For Zero Energy Buildings?

1. Renewable Electric Energy Storage for Zero Energy Buildings, Introduction and Technology Overview Gaylen Atkinson, Life Member, Atkinson Electronics, Inc, Retired, Salt Lake, UT
2. Introduction to Lithium Ion Batteries Khalid Nagidi, BEAP, Member, Energy Management Consulting Group, Wantagh, NY
3. Case Study of Integrating Electric Storage with Alternative Energy in a School Svein Morner, Member, HGA, Middleton, WI

The Process for Zero Energy Multifamily Buildings: The Next ASHRAE Advanced Energy Design Guide

1. Overview of the Advanced Energy Design Guide Series and a Look Towards the Future Tom Phoenix, P.E., BEMP and BEAP, Presidential Fellow Life Member, CPL (Clark Patterson Lee), Greensboro, NC
2. The Process of Creating the Zero Energy Multifamily Guide Paul Torcellini, Ph.D., P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO
3. Intense Interactions from Plug Loads to Envelope to Occupant Behavior Stet Sanborn, AIA, Member, Smith Group, San Francisco, CA
4. Marriage of the Envelope, Plug Loads and HVAC Selection and Design Dan Nall, P.E., BEAP and BEMP, Fellow Life Member, Daniel Nall Consulting, LLC, Princeton, NJ

ASHRAE’s Latest Guides to Zero Energy Design

1. Advanced Energy Design Guides and Zero Energy Targets for K-12 Schools and Office Buildings Paul Torcellini, Ph.D., P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO
2. The New Ashrae/REHVA Guide Toward Net Zero Hospitals Francis Mills, CEng, Member, Frank Mills Consulting, Leyland, United Kingdom

Technical Consultants aren’t “Designers of Record”, so No E&O Insurance is Needed
Today’s buildings are more complex than ever. Demands for higher performance, faster delivery and lower costs have spawned the growth of Energy Modeling, BIM development, in-field photogrammetry, Commissioning and Green consultants. These early-on consultants can have a big impact on final design decisions.  Do they have professional liability similar to licensed design professionals? Should they carry PLI? If you've contracted out to consultants, have you verified their capacity to ‘handle’ the risks associated with the direction they provide?  This debate will dig into the potentially dirty details and shifting terrain covered by tech consultants and the “responsible party.” 

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January 2021 - Virtual

Hotter Cities, Hotter Climates: Modelling and Measuring Urban Heat Island Effects Around the World WITH LIVE Q & A

1. Cooling Hot Cities: A Systematic and Critical Review of the Numerical Modelling Literature Evyatar Erell, Ph.D., Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beersheba, Israel
2. Case Studies of Blue and Green Mitigation of Urban Canyons Eric Peterson, Ph.D., P.E., University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom

How Will Climate Change Affect Standards, Guidelines, and the Way We Design? Part 1: Why Climate Change May Affect the Design of Buildings and Their Systems
This is Part 1 of a 3-seminar series. Part 1 will introduce the new ASHRAE Fundamentals Handbook Chapter on Climate Change with a discussion of climate change issues which are anticipated to effect changes in some standards, guidelines and, eventually, codes. It will include a review of the newest climate zone maps with zone creepage, additional climate change related information and an exploration of questions of whether it is good practice to continue using  30-year historic weather data for load calculations in view of rapid climate change.

How Will Climate Change Affect Standards, Guidelines, and the Way We Design? Part 2: Application to Loads Calculations and Design Conditions
This seminar is Part 2 of a 3-seminar series. It will cover specific climate effects on the built environment and on loads calculations. The sessions seeks to show what areas are expected to need modification due to the changing climate and what areas do not need change. The session starts with issues specific to 90.1, looks at the effects of climate change on loads calculations, and then turns to the subject of appraising actual changes in design conditions due to climate through statistical analysis.

How Will Climate Change Affect Standards, Guidelines, and the Way We Design? Part 3 Decarbonization by Smart Grid and Adaptation to Northern Warming
This is Part 3 of a 3-part seminar series. Part 3  looks at specific solutions and problems related to climate change. International standards concerning new building guidelines for the smart grid and their relationship to decarbonization is explored in the first presentation. The second presentation similarly explores how carbon emissions are changing with time in Minnesota and explores how the ASHRAE Smart Grid Guide can be used. The third presentation looks at warming in the Canadian north and associated adaptations that are needed.  

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January 2022 - Las Vegas/Hybrid

Renewables and the Smart Grid

1. 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
2. Integration of Renewables and the Smart Grid Randall Higa, P.E., Member, Southern California Edison, Rosemead, CA
3. Decentralized Renewable Energy System and CO2 Expected Reductions by 2050 Samer Zawaydeh, Ph.D., Al Hussein Technical University, Amman, Jordan

HVAC Design, Control and Operation of Hospitals

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

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

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. Could a Passive Design Satisfy the Needs of Building Occupants? Eric Peterson, Ph.D., P.E., University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom 

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

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

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

1. Key Chiller Selection Criteria in a Variable Flow Pumping System Rick Heiden, Member, Trane - Ingersoll Rand, La Crosse
2. Pumps That Know the Flow in Chilled Water Pumping Systems David Lee, P.Eng., Member, Armstrong Fluid Technology, Toronto, ON, Canada
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
4. Key Design Considerations for the Implementation of Variable Primary Chilled Water Pumping Systems Brandon Gill, P.E., Member, Taylor Engineering, Alameda, CA

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

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

Upgrading Existing Building Control Systems for High Performance Operation

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

June 2022 - Toronto

College of Fellows Debate “Be Like Water:" Engineers Have a Duty to Address Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience

Climate Change Issues for Decarbonization, IAQ and Sustainable Buildings

1. The Shocks and Stressor of Climate Change and the Impact upon IAQ and Occupant Health Joss Hurford, P.E., AEI Engineering, Maddison, WI, USA
2. The Fraternal Twins of Decarbonization and Climate Resilience Erin McConahey, P.E., Arup, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Fundamentals of Climate Science, Part 1: History and Physics

1. Climate Science History Scott Sherwood, Eco Care Corporation, New York, NY, USA
2. Physics of Earth’s Climate: Understanding Global Warming Daniel Villa, P.E., Sandia National Laboratories, Alamo (virtual employee), TX, USA
3. Recent Developments and Measurements Xin Qiu, Ph.D., SLR / Novus Environmental Inc., Guelph, ON, Canada

Water Quality in Low Occupancy and Shutdown Buildings: Lessons Learned from COVID-19 Building Shutdowns

1. Variable Legionella Response to Flushing after Moderate and Long-Term Plumbing Stagnation William Rhoads, Ph.D., Eawag, Dübendorf, MD, Switzerland
2. Can Flushing, Superheating and Shock Chlorination Control Legionella after Extended Stagnation? Michele Provost, Ph.D., Polytechnique Montreal, Montreal, QC, Canada
3. Plumbing Recommission Guidelines: Lessons from Water Testing during COVID Building Shutdowns Andrew Whelton, Ph.D., Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA

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