Special training explores Chemeketa Community College’s Path to Net Zero

The Chemeketa Community College Health Science Complex in Salem, Oregon was one of 13 projects that participated in Energy Trust’s Path to Net Zero pilot, now a standard program offering. This pilot allowed the project team to analyze and use energy-reducing building features including natural ventilation, dedicated heat recovery with demand control ventilation, hydronic heating, passive cooling, solar electric generation and a control system for integrated mechanical and electrical system operation. The Health Science Complex also has exceptionally integrated lighting design. The owner was committed to designing a passive building that would operate within a limited extended range of comfort, and providing detailed room-level metering.

This training session will explore the project’s design concept, development and construction. The building has been operating for nearly three years, and the project team will share room-level data that is available to demonstrate building performance. In addition, Energy Trust’s team will introduce the new Path to Net Zero program, which is now a standard program offering. Register here to attend the live presentation in Portland or a group webinar in Bend, Eugene, Medford or Salem.

Learning objectives:

  • Summarize passive cooling, heating, ventilation and lighting strategies utilized in this project
  • Understand value of room-level metering data showing energy usage and ambient temperature
  • Identify technical challenges in the project’s design and construction
  • Learn how to participate in Energy Trust’s new Path to Net Zero offering


  • Jerry Vessello, Chemeketa Community College
  • Jon Wiener, AIA LEEP AP, Principal, SRG Partnership, Inc.
  • Nick Collins, Principal, PAE Consulting Engineers
  • Bart Ricketts, CEO, Lease Crutcher Lewis

Adding to Zero: Chemeketa Community College’s Path to Net Zero
Thursday, June 4
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Ecotrust Building
721 NW 9th Ave.
Portland, OR 97209
Number of credit hours: 2.5 AIA LU/HSW