Building Environmental Impacts and Sustainability
ASHRAE Technical Committee 2.8

Meetings Information


Technical sessions sponsored/cosponsored by this TC are listed below. See you there!
Past technical sessions sponsored/cosponsored by this TC can be found here dating back to Long Beach 2017

Sunday, February 5, 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM EST

Seminar 2: Building on Twenty Years of Guidance Toward Decarbonization: The ASHRAE GreenGuide

Chair: Abdel Darwich, PE, LEED AP

Program Track: Pathways to Zero Energy Emissions and Decarbonization

This session provides insight into the newly published GreenGuide 6th Edition and its evolution over nearly 20 years from an introduction to 'green buildings' for beginners, to a manual for seasoned professionals on how to design, construct and operate decarbonized buildings to achieve zero energy emissions. Two of the editors/writers will highlight the refocused target users as well as key changes and additions to this new edition.

  1. Evolution of the ASHRAE Greenguide Thomas Lawrence, PhD, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA
  2. What’s New in the ASHRAE Greenguide 6th Edition? Janice Means, PE, Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI, USA


Sunday, February 5, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM EST

Seminar 19: Igniting a Carbon-free Fire around Building Science

Chair: Carol Marriott, P. Eng.

Program Track: Pathways to Zero Energy Emissions and Decarbonization

Need to bring the passion around decarbonization? Be re-invigorated to push the envelope in building science through the eyes of our students. A collegiate competition shows how to foster innovation and creative approaches in the design to increase adoption of prefabricated design, energy efficiency, energy production, grid integration, and building operations, as well as overall functionality and appeal. We also illustrate relevant education programs for teaching building science from the next generation to those wanting to learn more. Finally, two students will share their design and process for achieving zero energy design in Atlanta in a case study format.

  1. Lighting the Embers in Students through Competition Rachel Romero, NREL, Lakewood, CO, United States
  2. The Inferno of Building Science Education Paul Torcellini, P.E., NREL, Lakewood, CO, United States
  3. An Award Winning Design for Affordable Housing Samantha Morton, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA, USA
  4. Firing up Funding for Affordable Housing Projects Pete Choquette, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA, USA


Monday, February 6, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM EST

Seminar 37: LIVESTREAM: Accelerating Change in Building Design and Operation towards a Decarbonized and Net-zero Energy Future

Chair: Timothy Dwyer, CEng FCIBSE FIMechE

Program Track: Pathways to Zero Energy Emissions and Decarbonization

This seminar illustrates how readily adoptable and accessible changes to the status quo of systems design and operation can deliver buildings that are healthier, more productive and more resilient, potentially providing a route towards a decarbonized and net-zero energy future. This includes applying digitally integrated tools and applying modern methods of construction to 'decarbonize' built environments towards net-zero energy; optimising lighting fixture design and control to maximize performance and longevity whilst minimizing landfill waste; and how a strategic, automated approach to the operation of buildings enhances energy efficiency, minimize GHG emissions, and maximizes occupant comfort.

  1. Integrating Modern Methods for Sustainable Built Environments Kevin Mitchell, CIBSE President, CEng, FCIBSE, CIBSE, London, United Kingdom
  2. Improving MEP and Sustainability through Modular Design Stuart Cameron, CES, Calgary, AB, Canada
  3. Sustainable Lighting Methodologies and Selections to Minimize Building Carbon Footprints Jeff Nall, MCIBSE, Dialight, Sagamore Hills, OH, USA
  4. Improving Building Performance with Intelligent Optimization David Green, CEng, FCIBSE, PE, CCP, Integral Group, Edmonton, Canada
  5. Achieving Zero Energy Thomas Phoenix, PE, Mechanical Contractors, LLC, Greensboro, NC, USA


Tuesday, February 7, 3:15 PM – 4:45 PM EST

Seminar 51: LIVESTREAM: Advanced Energy Design Guidance for Zero Energy and Carbon Multifamily Buildings

Chair: Paul Torcellini, P.E.

Program Track: Pathways to Zero Energy Emissions and Decarbonization

The Advanced Energy Design Guide developed as a collaborative effort of ASHRAE, AIA, USGBC, IES, and DOE provides design strategies to achieve zero energy and to make a significant reduction in carbon use for multifamily buildings. The guide contains rational for reducing energy in this sector, building effective design and owner teams and dozens of energy reduction tips that can be incorporated into new and existing multifamily projects. Case studies bring the reality of zero to projects. Presentations will dig into strategies for envelope, HVAC, lighting, hot water, and plug loads to show how zero energy/carbon goals can be met.

  1. The Process of Creating Advanced Energy Design Guides Paul Torcellini, P.E., National Renewable Energy Lab, Golden, CO, USA
  2. Start with the Envelope and then Move to Lighting and Plug Loads Stet Sanborn, Smithgroup, San Francisco, CA, USA
  3. We Are All in Hot Water: Addressing One of the Largest Loads in a Decarbonized Manner Daniel Nall, PE FAIA FASHRAE CPHC, Daniel Nall, Consultant, LLC, Princeton, NJ, USA
  4. Bringing the Pieces Together with HVAC Carol Marriott, P. Eng., Trane Technologies, Maple Grove, MN, USA


Wednesday, February 8 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM EST

Seminar 58: Fundamentals of Climate Science Part 2: Modern History and Physics

Chair: Daniel Villa, PE

Program Track: Fundamentals and Applications

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2021 reports show that anthropogenic effects on climate change are a primary cause of observed warming. As a result, understanding climate science fundamentals is becoming increasingly important. This is the 2nd part of a series of seminars to provide training to engineers in this area. The talks extend the first seminar topics by continuing from 19th century history to modern history, discussing how complexity in the physics of feedback mechanisms in earth’s climate system make uncertainty inevitable, and finish with the latest understanding of the impacts and actions needed due to the climate crisis.

  1. Modern Climate Science History Stephen Tossey, P.E., SHP Leading Design, Cincinnati, OH, USA
  2. Physics of Earth’s Climate: Complexity in Feedback Mechanisms Xin Qiu, PhD, ACM, EP, P.Met, SLR Consulting (Canada) Ltd., Guelph, Canada
  3. The Climate Crisis: Impacts and Actions Needed Scott Sherwood, Eco Care Corporation, New York, NY, USA


Wednesday, February 8 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EST

Seminar 63: LIVESTREAM: Embodied carbon vs Operational Carbon: Tradeoffs and Choices for the Building Envelope

Chair: Diana Fisler

Program Track: Pathways to Zero Energy Emissions and Decarbonization

The language around sustainable buildings has changed rapidly in the last several years. Carbon and zero carbon has replaced net zero energy and passive house as the lingua franca used for the pinnacle of sustainable building performance. In our rush to reduce operational carbon (and energy), the industry desperately needs the education, tools, and and decision making methodologies that consider embodied carbon so that we do not do more harm than good when considering the total carbon lifecycle of buildings both new and existing.

  1. Transforming Existing Buildings from Climate Liabilities to Climate Assets Eva Rosenbloom, RMI, CA, USA
  2. Embodied Carbon and Affordable Housing Case Study Sara Bayer, AIA CPHC LEED AP, Magnusson Architecture and Planning, New York, NY, USA
  3. Paths to Low Carbon in Buildings, New and Existing Steve Kemp, M.A.Sc., P.Eng., LEED® Fellow, RDH
  4. Estimating the Avoided Carbon of Building Reuse with the Care Tool Lori Ferriss, Goody Clancy, Boston, MA, USA


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ALL ASHRAE committee meetings, including this TC’s meetings at the Winter and Annual Society conferences, are open to the public at no cost nor is conference registration required. Interested visitors, local chapter members, and potential new TC members are always welcome. However to attend technical program sessions sponsored by the TC will require registration and payment of any applicable fee.

Participation in an ASHRAE TC provides the opportunity to grow professionally and to contribute to the advancement of HVAC&R within an international organization recognized for shaping the future of the built environment through research, standards writing, publishing, and education.