Presentation on “Net-Zero” Energy Building Renovations to Begin 2019 Season
The PNW School of Engineering’s 2019 Distinguished Speaker Series is scheduled to open on Friday, Feb. 22, at 3:00 pm in the CIVS Theater, with the presentation “Net-Zero Energy Renovations: American Geophysical Union Headquarters Building – A Case Study,” delivered by Roger Frechette, Managing Principal at Interface Engineering in Washington, DC.
The presentation is expected to outline how a team of engineers and architects collaboratively analyzed and selected a particular combination of strategies to (1) safely and sustainably generate energy for, while also (2) significantly reducing the energy demands of, a 62,000-square-foot building in which (3) parts of the electrical, plumbing, and mechanical systems were approaching the ends of their service lives and needed renovation; (4) accomplish all of the previous at a price point that would encourage broad buy-in of such strategies by others; and (5) do so while maintaining high aesthetic standards.
For those interested in learning about innovative water- and energy-conserving measures, or how different eco- and engineering systems can be both functional and cost-saving elements of architectural design, or the extent to which creative engineering solutions are helping reduce the human “carbon footprint”—there will be much in the way of both practically transferable information and inspiration.
Spoiler: By getting permission to tap into a sub-street storm-and-sanitary-sewer line, the project team was able to use the near-constant 55°F water there as a source for cooling the building in summer and heating it in winter. More project details can be found in the article “Renovation Relies on Innovative Processes to Achieve Net Zero Energy,” published in the Magazine of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) . . . or by attending the Distinguished Speaker Series Presentation at:
CIVS Immersive Theater
Friday, Feb. 22, 2019
All Engineering Distinguished Speaker presentations are FREE and open to the public, PNW students, faculty, and staff. We hope you will join us!