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Track A: Trends in Energy Efficiency
Tue/PM 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
United States
How To Not Screw Up A Net Zero Building, From Those Who Have

Net-Zero buildings provide no room to hide from performance challenges associated with the design, construction, or operations phase of a project.

This session will utilize the first LEED Zero project in the US to highlight key lessons learned from construction and operation phases.
Performance-based projects create a different environment with different variables for design, construction, and operation professionals. The macro-project constraints (legislative and regulatory controls associated with renewables, energy code, available finance mechanisms) can impact the project before a contract is signed. Building efficiency tactics during the design and construction activities take on a more operational-focused approach, providing flexibility without undue complexity. The realities of building entropy (performance degradation) emphasize operational and maintenance capabilities, system complexity, occupant behavior, etc.

The presentation will emphasize the specific in lieu of the general. The presentation will reveal the challenges (design, financial, performance,
political) that were experienced through the project. Actual performance data will be presented to highlight occupancy-phase surprises (not usually the good kind); and the new, and sometimes uncomfortable, roles for various stakeholders will be discussed.

These challenges are truly the opportunities that Net-Zero buildings bring to all stakeholders associated with a high-performance building.

Through his previous experience, Chris has expertise in Net-Zero buildings, solar power, HVAC systems, performance contracting, controls as well as knowledge of industrial controls. Chris has participated in LEED certification through all the major rating systems including the United States first LEED Zero project. Additionally, Chris has served in many capacities for the U.S. Green Building Council and is a past consultant for the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI).
Chris has presented on sustainable design and construction to various groups including Master Speaker at the USGBC Greenbuild Conference, American Planning Association, National Environmental Balancing Bureau (NEBB), the American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), graduate architecture programs, and various sustainability conferences.
Entegrity has been recognized as Sustainable Business of the Year (2012), ranked on Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies in America (2014 & 2015), Arkansas Business of the Year (2021), named as one of Arkansas’ Best Places to Work (2017, 2018, 2019,2020) and winner of the Arkansas Advanced Energy Business Innovation Award (2017).

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