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Designing Zero Energy (and Carbon) Buildings

Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center, 405 SE Spokane Street, Pullman, WA

About the event

Zero Energy (or Zero Carbon) buildings are one component of the future of a survivable planet. The idea of low energy/high performing buildings served by on site and grid-based renewable energy systems is compelling and achievable, and is the direction for climate policy and energy code development. Achieving Net Zero Energy requires big picture thinking and attention to detail. This lecture covers the basics behind design of Net Zero Energy buildings, using case studies from residential – and non-residential – Zero Energy projects to highlight the main strategies used in the areas of building enclosure design, building systems, and the role of building occupants. The lecture also explores definitions around Net Zero Energy and Carbon, and compares different certifications for these levels of achievement, including those from the International Living Future Institute, LEED, and Passive House. The lecture also covers the “why” of net zero energy, looking at cost/benefit analysis, grid interaction, and other ways in which NZE fits into the larger picture of a zero-carbon future.

This lecture is delivered by Jim Hanford from the Miller Hull Partnership. Jim joined Miller Hull in 2005 and is currently principal and leader of the firm’s sustainability team. Jim’s role on projects is primarily as building performance leader, where he helps develop project goals, design ideas, and integrated solutions for energy performance, daylighting, ventilation, comfort and mechanical system integration. His role extends through delivery of technical design and beyond to post-occupancy evaluation, tracking and reporting energy performance at each stage. He has contributed to many of Miller Hull’s highest performance projects, including the Bullitt Center, the Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design, and Loom House. Jim has an undergraduate degree in civil engineering from Stanford University and a master’s degree in architecture from the University of California at Berkeley.