SB2030 Training information CSBR Training Series: Fall 2017

The Center for Sustainable Building Research is offering an educational training series during Fall 2017. The educational sessions are 1) Understanding the Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) as a part of the B3 process, 2) Design with Plug Loads and 3) Creating high efficiency building with little or no cost using Accelerated Performance.

Each session is $100.00 per person. Please register HERE.

Session 1. B3 Buildings: What the Post-Occupancy Evaluation (POE) Process Contributes to Outcomes

        Instructor: Caren Martin, Ph.D., Associate Professor Emeritus, College of Design and Principal, Martin & Guerin Design Research, LLC
        Date:  September 15, 2017, 12:30pm - 4:30pm
        Location: 221 Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota (tentative)
                      111 Church Street SE
                      Minneapolis, MN 55455

        Course number: TBA, 4 AIA HSW LU

Session description
POEs contribute great value to building owners and designers by demonstrating the building occupants’ perceptions of how the designed environment affects their satisfaction, work performance, and health—key factors of indoor environmental quality (IEQ). In this session, the POE process, occupant scores, and the design firm’s responsibility related to meeting B3 standards will be discussed. This information will be grounded in a review of the reasoning for the POE requirement and the POE development process itself. Participants will also engage in collaborative exercises to identify factors that contribute to both high and low occupant scores, how to improve occupants’ responses relative to IEQ, and how the survey process works. A summary overview of outcomes of 45 POEs previously conducted on B3 buildings will be discussed.

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Session 2. Advancing the Last Frontier: Reduction of Building Plug Loads

        Instructors: Rick Carter, FAIA, LEED Fellow, Integrative Design Team Leader, LHB, Inc.
                         Chris Plum, Program Development Manager, Center for Energy and Environment
                         Lester Shen, Director of Innovative Technologies, Center for Energy and Environment
        Date:  October 13, 2017, 12:30pm - 4:30pm
        Location: 221 Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota (tentative)
                      111 Church Street SE
                      Minneapolis, MN 55455

        Course number: TBA, 4 AIA HSW LU

Session description
Plug load energy is used by everything from computers to water coolers to small, embedded data centers and represents a relatively untapped energy savings resource in new and existing buildings. These loads, defined as all electric end uses that are not HVAC, lighting, or domestic hot water, are increasing. The significance of plug loads is most evident when the Energy Use Intensity (EUI) target for an office building may now be set at 40 kBtu/SF/year or lower. With plug load use rising, it can mean 20 kBtu/SF/year (50%) or greater of that target EUI is consumed by these loads, making it increasingly difficult to meet performance goals. To achieve SB 2030 energy targets and optimize energy efficiency, building owners, tenants, office operators, and their design teams must better understand plug loads and strategies for reduction.

The recently conducted Impacts of Office Plug Load Reduction Strategies and Small Embedded Data Center Pilot Program projects evaluated plug load energy usage in office buildings in Minnesota to determine the extent of the problem as well as testing solutions to the problem. In this session, principal investigators of these projects will explain how the results demonstrate that reducing plug loads is critical to achieving improved building energy performance and EUI targets.

One of the project researchers will discuss office workstation, common area, and small embedded data center plug load reduction strategies and explain how design thinking was used to create a behavior change campaign. Finally, the architect involved in the project will discuss how office operators and design professionals can implement cost-effective and non-disruptive strategies that will reduce office energy usage. With these unique points of view, this session provides guidance for owners, tenants, facility managers, IT staff, architects, interior designers, and engineers looking to implement plug load reduction strategies in their workplaces.

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Session 3. Accelerate Performance - A New Approach to Creating Energy Efficient Buildings at Low Cost

        Instructors: Scott Hackel, Seventhwave
                         Patrick Smith, Research Fellow, CSBR
                         Rich Strong, Senior Research Fellow, CSBR
        Date:  December 15, 2017, 12:30pm - 4:30pm
        Location: 221 Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota (tentative)
                      111 Church Street SE
                      Minneapolis, MN 55455

        Course number: TBA, 4 AIA HSW LU

Session description
Accelerate Performance is a U.S. Department of Energy funded initiative that empowers owners and developers to achieve desired energy performance goals. It will change the way they procure their buildings. Building owners prioritize project goals, specify an energy performance requirement and select the design and contractor teams based on their ability to meet it. Then they measure energy performance to verify that the contract requirement is met. This session will review research findings of the program and the effectiveness of the Accelerate Performance techniques in Minnesota. 

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