SB 2030 Course and Session Details

Sustainable Building 2030 Professional Design Series
Getting to 70% Energy Reductions
Prepare your firm and your career for the new energy frontier
Fridays, March 28 – May 16, 2014
12:30 – 4:30 PM
University of Minnesota, East Bank campus
The SB 2030 Professional Series helps design professionals create buildings that meet the ambitious energy
efficiency goals of SB2030. Eight, 4-hour sessions offer strategies to reach 70% reduction in fossil fuel
greenhouse gas emissions, giving design professionals the knowledge and leverage to create next-generation,
super-efficient buildings—and provide firms with the skills that will set them apart in the marketplace. During
the SB 2030 series, a special emphasis where appropriate will be place on the means of compliance with the
State of Minnesota: Sustainable Building 2030. In addition to the entire series, an new module will be create to
assist the design professional to assist building owners to strive to meet higher and higher energy conservation
Sessions assume participants have a beginning and intermediate understanding of the suite of energy efficiency
strategies and technologies available to a design professional. Session information is cumulative and aims to
provide an overall understanding of specific design strategies and how they can be integrated to provide optimal
results. Upper Midwest region case studies will illustrate concepts and lessons learned. Experts from both
academia and active practice will lead the sessions. Participants will be provided tools to take back to their firms
to help share and implement the knowledge and skills gained.
The first session will be limited to 50 seats, in order to maximize group learning and information transfer. The
entire curriculum will be established for multiple teaching opportunities when future demand requires it. While
it is highly recommended that individuals experience the series in its entirety, individual class seats will be
released if space permits.
$800 / 8 session series
Pre-register online to reserve your spot at
Registration fee must be paid in full by the first day of class.
Checks only, payable to the University of Minnesota
Mail payment to:
Center for Sustainable Building Research
Attn: Missy Collins
1425 University Avenue SE, #115, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Questions? Contact Richard Strong at 612-624-7327 or [email protected]
Session 1: SB 2030: Getting to 70: Setting + achieving energy goals with an integrative process
March 28, 2014, 12:30 – 4:30 PM
Instructor(s): Rick Carter, Tom McDougall, Doug Pierce, Becky Alexander
AIA Course #SB2030-1 4 AIA LU/HSW Pending Approval
Session description:
Building off of the national Architecture 2030 program, the goal of SB 2030 is to achieve net-zero energy use in
buildings by 2030. The program requires buildings to be designed to meet an energy performance standard of
60% less than the Minnesota average for that building type in 2003, with the standard rising to a 70% reduction
in 2015 and incrementally increasing 10% in efficiency every five years until 2030, when the goal of zero
emissions is met. One of the more compelling aspects of dramatic energy reductions is the mounting evidence
that if done well, such ambitious goals can actually be done with little or no added costs. In this kickoff session
to the SB 2030 Professional Education series, we will introduce the purpose and objectives of SB 2030 and
provide an overview of tools that can be leveraged throughout the design process to reduce energy
In order to achieve high energy standards, the profession must move from application of best practices by
separate disciplines toward an integrative process (IP) where design is approached collaboratively from the very
beginning. This session will explore how an integrative process can be used to assist a team to collectively
achieve the targets outlined in SB 2030, and describe how this process can be used as a roadmap throughout the
entire design process. In particular, we will examine the utility of IP in defining early design decisions such as
building form and orientation.
Additionally, this session will demonstrate the use of tools such as the SB 2030 Energy Standard Tool,
preliminary energy modeling, Energy Design Assistance, and B3 Benchmarking to set energy targets, reduce
energy demands, meet energy loads through low-emitting energy sources, and track actual performance. Along
with providing several opportunities for interactive learning, the session will include multiple examples of
projects that have achieved exemplary energy performance by using an integrative process and setting and
pursuing energy targets.
Learning objectives:
Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
 Describe the objectives of the 2030 Challenge and SB 2030 to reduce building energy consumption and
carbon emissions.
 Summarize the concept of energy use intensity (EUI) and describe how it enables the establishment of
normalized energy baselines and targets for a project.
 Identify specific characteristics of an integrative process and its implications for building energy
 Use the SB 2030 Energy Standard Tool and Energy Star Target Finder tool to set an energy target for a
 Leverage a variety of tools to achieve energy targets, including: early energy modeling, Energy Design
Assistance (EDA), commissioning, and actual performance tracking.
Session 2: SB 2030: Skins - the importance of the thermal envelope
April 4, 2014, 12:30 – 4:30 PM
Instructor(s): Judd Peterson/Dave Bryan and Rolf Jacobson
AIA Course #SB2030-2 4 AIA LU/HSW Pending Approval
Session description:
A building’s skin is a critical interface between occupant comfort and the variations of season and climate. A
high performance building requires a high performance envelope, tuned to the site conditions that can control
for unwanted heat gain and loss. This session explores the design and technology approaches to wall and
window assemblies, including cost effective methods to reduce air leakage and create highly-insulated
assemblies with minimal thermal bridging while controlling moisture risk.
Learning objectives:
Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
 State the critical elements of thermal envelope responsible for building energy expenditure.
 Specify strategies for minimizing thermal bridging.
 Defend the use of added design, materials, and construction investment related to a high performance
thermal envelope in order to reap building operational savings.
 Discovery the different envelopes needs of the skin denominate buildings and internal heat load
Session 3: SB 2030: Passively-Aggressive -- employing passive systems for load reduction
April 11, 2014, 12:30 – 4:30 PM
Instructor(s): Doug Pierce and Julianne Laue
AIA Course #SB2030-3 4 AIA LU/HSW Pending Approval
Session description:
Properly designed, a building captures existing resources such as light, wind, and heat/cool to provide for the
comfort and needs of occupants. Passive systems work in concert to allow the building to manage energy
demand by design. This session will build on the concepts introduced in Sessions 1 and 2 to flesh out a holistic
strategy to designing passive systems.
Learning objectives:
Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
 Define passive systems and identify specific elements of a passive design
 Appraise the effectiveness of various passive strategies based on a site’s available resources
 Determine which of a suite of strategies will be most likely to be successful on a particular site
 Explore mixed-mode heating and cooling strategies applicable to Minnesota
Session 4: SB 2030: Illuminating savings: daylighting and integrated lighting strategies
April 18, 2014, 12:30 – 4:30 PM
Instructor(s): David Eijadi/Tom McDougall
AIA Course #SB2030-4 4 AIA LU/HSW Pending Approval
Session description:
Lighting constitutes 29 percent of a typical American office building’s energy load. Proper lighting is also critical
to occupant comfort and productivity—and an exploration of daylighting and efficient artificial lighting is an end
of itself an exploration of integrated design. This session will explore the nature of natural light as part of a site’s
resource inventory, and identify strategies for maximizing access to beneficial light while controlling for glare
and unwanted heat gain. It will couple this discussion with the latest research and application of artificial lighting
choices designed to meet residual lighting needs.
Learning objectives:
Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
 Evaluate various building forms and orientations for optimal daylighting potential
 Compare competing designs to determine the most effective approach to daylighting
 Assess a lighting scheme for its compatibility with an accompanying daylighting design
 Creating an understanding when daylight strategies are the most beneficial and when other energy
saving strategies are appropriate
Session 5: SB 2030: Lowest HVAC Energy - equipment design and control for super-efficient systems
April 25, 2014, 12:30 – 4:30 PM
Instructor(s): Daniel Fox, Julianne Laue, Jay Denny, Russ Landry
AIA Course #SB2030-5 4 AIA LU/HSW Pending Approval
Session description:
After designing for maximum passive use of site resources and mitigating energy loads, the next step to a
breakthrough building is properly sized equipment and employment of advanced controls. This session will
explore the concept and application of designing and specifying equipment and controls for buildings that are
already designed to take care of themselves, and need mechanical intervention only during periods of peak
demand. Systems such as hybrid natural-mechanical ventilation systems and other approaches to engineer the
mechanical system to be as small (efficient) and effective as possible will be explored.
Learning objectives:
Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
 Describe the concept of right-sizing as it applies to buildings employing passive energy conservation
 Explain the importance of controls in optimizing the efficiency of equipment
 An understanding of cascading energy in buildings
 Enumerate energy efficient strategies to maintain occupant comfort
Session 6: SB 2030: The handoff & staying in shape
May 2, 2014, 12:30 – 4:30 PM
Instructor(s): Doug Pierce, Jay Denny, Peter Herzog, CEE
AIA Course #SB2030-6 4 AIA LU/HSW Pending Approval
Session description:
Design intent is important, but at the end of the day, how the building actually performs is really what matters.
The closer the match between predicted and observed performance, the more likely a client will be happy. This
session will explore the tools available to an architect to help match performance with expectations, including
building commissioning, maintenance staff and occupant training, sustainable operation and building
performance monitoring. Using building performance data to validate and improve on design and construction
decisions will also be explored—providing a strong tool for iterative learning and innovation.
Learning objectives:
Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
 Explain the benefits of monitoring, evaluation, and education to design firms, clients, and building
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 Explain and advocate for commissioning on projects
 Instruct building maintenance and operations staff on optimizing building performance
 Explore methods of trouble shooting and dynamic commissioning methods for bringing a new building
into alignment with predictions
Session 7: SB 2030: Site power- renewable energy opportunities
May 9, 2014, 12:30 – 4:30 PM
Instructor(s): David Williams
AIA Course #SB2030-7 4 AIA LU/HSW Pending Approval
Session description:
The ultimate goal of the 2030 Challenge is fossil fuel free buildings by the year 2030. As buildings approach zero
for their carbon footprint, on-site renewable energy sources become a key element to the strategy. As the lower
up-front cost conservation and efficiency measures are exhausted, renewable energy emerges as the final step
to reaching aggressive carbon elimination goals. This session will explore the relationship between conservation
and renewable energy, and explore current renewable energy opportunities, both onsite and offsite systems,
such as combined heat and power and local district energy (valuable for load sharing).
Learning objectives:
Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
 Describe the technology behind major on-site renewable energy strategies for buildings
 Propose an appropriate renewable energy strategy based on site characteristics and resources
 Enumerate the life cycle costs and benefits of on-site renewable energy
 Explore various renewable and deep energy retrofit energy financing methods
Session 8: SB 2030: Putting it all together: achieving SB 2030 goals on the project and at the office
May 16, 2014, 12:30 – 4:30 PM
Instructor(s): Rick Carter, Julianne Laue, Elizabeth Turner
AIA Course #SB2030-8 4 AIA LU/HSW Pending Approval
Session description:
Successful advanced energy performance projects require not only a detailed understanding of the individual
strategies involved, but also a strategic understanding of the architect’s role as an orchestrator in the design and
construction process. This session revisits the essential steps in high-performance design, from using an
integrative process to target setting and performance tracking. These topics will be presented through the lens
of the practitioner, focusing on the opportunities and barriers facing individuals, firms, and the design and
construction industry as a whole.
Using building stories to reveal the barriers that teams have faced in the implementation of high-performance
design, this session will provide examples of both effective and ineffective practices. Additionally, participants
will engage in practical exercises, such as how to motivate a building owner to strive to achieve high energy
conservation targets for all building types and ownership structures.
Overall, this session will examine the movement from in-class exercise to on-site implementation by
contextualizing the architect in the larger environment of the project, the firm, and the industry. The session will
provide tools to help your firm institutionalize the creation of high-performance buildings and to enable you to
become a change agent within your community.
Learning objectives:
Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
 Summarize the steps to achieving high-performance design.
 Describe the opportunities and barriers to implementing high-performance design in practice.
 Motivate building owners and team members to include integrated energy efficiency strategies in
 Develop a roadmap for integrating energy efficiency projects into their current projects and office
 Teach other design professionals in their firm and community about advanced energy efficiency
strategies for buildings.