February Building Energy Simulation Forum features Accelerate Performance

Accelerate Performance is a U.S. Department of Energy funded initiative that helps building owners and developers achieve desired energy performance goals through a new approach to managing procurement for building projects. Building owners prioritize project goals, specify an energy performance requirement and select design and contractor teams based on their ability to meet the energy performance requirement.

Performance-based procurement enables design and contractor teams to bring their best approaches for superior building performance, and teaches owners how to evaluate these approaches for energy performance and quality. It allows room for designers, contractors and owners to benefit from cost savings in both construction and operation.

Energy Trust’s February Building Energy Simulation Forum will take a closer look at the Accelerate Performance initiative. Presenters will demonstrate how a target energy use intensity, EUI, metric can be used to inspire and motivate owners to achieve high-performance buildings. They will also share real-world examples of this approach in action at the University of Chicago’s 395,000-square-foot residence hall and at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s 360,000-square-foot Research Support Facility lab and office building in Colorado, which achieved net-zero energy use.

Building Energy Simulation Forum
Wednesday, February 17
Presentation: 12 – 1 p.m.
Q&A:  1 – 1:15 p.m.
Ecotrust Building
2nd Floor, Billy Frank Jr. Conference Center
721 NW 9th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209

Register here to attend in person or remotely through a webinar. Boxed lunches will be provided.

About the presenters:

Adam McMillen
Director of energy consulting, Seventhwave

Adam’s experience ranges from post-graduate education and research to building systems engineering, energy modeling, project management and building commissioning. He consults with architects, engineers and building owners on energy efficiency strategies in new and existing commercial building projects. His focus is to educate design professionals, contractors, building operators and owners in the best practices to achieve energy efficiency-goals. His background in mechanical engineering for education, municipal and laboratory facilities and in-depth energy analysis expertise enable unique project solutions that reduce building energy use and lifecycle cost. Adam has a master’s degree in engineering from Milwaukee School of Engineering and is a registered professional engineer. He also serves on the board of the USGBC–Illinois Chapter.

Jennifer Scheib
M.S. Civil Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder
B.S. Architectural Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder

Jennifer joined the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in 2009 and works in the Commercial Buildings Research Group as a lighting engineer. She works on daylighting application and occupant behavior research projects that help owners and operators realize zero energy in building operation. Previously she was part of the Daylighting Analysis Group at Architectural Energy Corporation in Boulder, Colorado, where she took part in the development of Sensor Placement + Optimization Tool, which won LightFair’s Most Innovative Product of the Year in 2008.