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September 15-18: Getting to Zero National Forum | Denver CO

The National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) is partnering with the New Buildings Institute (NBI) to host the “Getting to Zero National Forum” as part of NASEO’s 2013 Annual Meeting in Denver, CO.  The Getting to Zero National Forum will take place on September 17 – 18 and will feature plenary sessions, technical practicums, and interactive workshops.  This forum will bring together a cross-section of leading policymakers, design professionals, building owners, and commercial real estate representatives. Attendees will share perspectives on the growth of ZNE policies and projects and discuss the future of these extremely efficient buildings that produce as much energy as they consume over the course of a year.

Zero Net Energy (ZNE) has unprecedented potential to transform the way buildings use energy. This ultra-efficiency goal is one that owners can define, design teams can reach for and occupants desire. An increasing number of buildings are meeting this standard, raising confidence that a ZNE goal is realistic given current building technologies and design approaches. ZNE buildings also offer an opportunity to create future-ready, resilient spaces that are resistant to volatile energy markets and remain operational in the face of natural disasters or other emergencies.

See below for more information on the Getting to Zero National Forum, the rest of the NASEO Annual Meeting, and registration information.  You can also visit the event’s blog leading up to the event for background information and articles from session speakers.

What:     Getting to Zero National Forum at the NASEO Annual Meeting

Where:  The Curtis Hotel, Denver, Colorado.  Deadline for room block reservations is Friday, August 23, 2013.

When:   The Getting to Zero National Forum will take place Sept. 17-18, 2013.  The full NASEO Annual Meeting will take place Sept. 15-18, 2013.

Registration: The cost of registration for the Getting to Zero National Forum is $225.  Registration for the full NASEO meeting starts at $525 (view the full NASEO Annual Meeting agenda).  Both registrations include breakfast and lunch.  See theRegistration Page for more information. 

Sponsors and Exhibitors: Sponsors and exhibitors for the full NASEO Annual Meeting will also be featured during the Getting to Zero National Forum.  We will accommodate specific sponsorship requests for the Getting to Zero Forum, such as networking breaks or the reception taking place during the Forum’s program.  Please view our Forum Sponsor Prospectus or the sponsors and exhibitors page.  For more information, please contact Shemika Spencer at 703.299.8800 x15 or via email at sspencer@naseo.org.

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Key Questions We’ll Explore

  • What is the current state of zero energy building practices and projects including likely building types, climates issues, urban challenges, unacceptable costs, etc.?
  • What are the future opportunities in zero energy buildings? Why may this never be a reasonable standard for some building types?
  • Is policy an effective driver or does change need to come from the market?
  • How will we know we’ve succeeded and what are the milestone along the way? Will success matter and why?
  • Why should owners and the commercial real estate market care?

Who Should Attend

State and local government officials will discuss the policy trajectory toward zero energy and explore ways to develop a pathway for specific states, jurisdictions or market sectors.

Designers & engineers will explore the features and buildings types that qualify for zero energy and how to consider operations in building design to ensure persistence of performance. Discussion will also focus on presenting the business case for zero energy to clients.

Owners and commercial real estate professionals will look at definitions of zero energy and how to determine if you’ve achieved this goal. Conversations will center around maintaining zero energy status through attentive operations and occupancy as well as securing valuation for this remarkable status.

Manufacturers and service providers who make the products and service the technologies that enable ZNE performance.

Preliminary Agenda At-A-Glance

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

8:30 am – 10:00 am (Four Square Ballroom, Third Floor)
Getting to Zero: The Must-Have Aspiration and Design Paradigms for Creating Ultra-Efficient Buildings  

10:00 am – 11:45 am
Getting to Zero: Deeper Dive Breakout Sessions
These sessions will delve deeper into key aspects of ZNE ownership, design and management. Working together, participants will consider topics critical for successful ZNE projects.

Session A--Occupants, Plug Loads & Controls:  What Happens After The Design Team Goes Home? (Hopscotch, Third Floor)
Session B--Collaboration Models:  Integrated Design and the Systems Approach to Achieve ZNE Performance (Red Rover, Third Floor)
Session C--Team Resources & Tools: Getting the Most Out of Current Resources for Advanced Design Practice (Duck Duck Goose, Third Floor)

12:00 pm – 1:15 pm (Four Square Ballroom, Third Floor)
Lunch Speaker: ZNE – A Big Bold Energy Efficiency Strategy

1:15 pm – 2:30 pm (Marco Polo Ballroom, Third Floor)
The Zero-Net Energy Landscape: How Many, How Much, and How Hard is it to Achieve Ultra-Efficiency in the Built Environment 

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm (Flower Foyer, Third Floor)
Networking Break

2:45 pm – 4:00 pm
ZNE Breakout Sessions

Session 1: A Deeper Look at Incremental Costs for ZNE Commercial Buildings (Marco Polo Ballroom, Third Floor)
Session 2: Advances in ZNE-Ready Buildings in the School and Multifamily Sectors (Red Rover, Third Floor)
Session 3: ZNE at a Community Scale (Duck Duck Goose, Third Floor)
Session 4: Successful ZNE Program Design & Implementation (Hopscotch, Third Floor)

4:15 pm – 5:15 pm (Marco Polo Ballroom, Third Floor)
Jolt Session: Case Studies on ZNE Projects and Technologies

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm (Four Square Ballroom, Third Floor)
Networking Reception

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

7:00 am – 8:00 am (Marco Polo Ballroom Foyer, Third Floor)
Continental Breakfast

8:00 am – 9:30 am (Marco Polo Ballroom, Third Floor)
The Value of ZNE: Making the Business Case

9:30 am – 10:30 am (Marco Polo Ballroom, Third Floor)
Community Resiliency with ZNE Meets Economic Development

10:30 am – 10:45 am (Flower Foyer, Third Floor)
Networking Break

10:45 am - 12:00 pm (Marco Polo Ballroom, Third Floor)
Moving ZNE from 1 in 1,000 to the Mainstream

12:00 pm (Marco Polo Ballroom, Third Floor)
Closing Remarks and Adjourn