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    • April 22, 2015
    • 5:30 PM
    • Karen Berkemeyer Homes 175 W. Post Road Westport

          Earth Day Presentation 

    Course Description: Zero Energy, Net Zero, Near Zero,  Negative Zero, Energy Star, High Performance, Carbon Neutral, Passive Solar, Passive US, Passive Eur., "Off the grid".... The terms can be confusing when looking for direction on designing an energy-efficient building.  Join Karla Donnelly, of Steven Winter Associates, as she defines these terms and more.  

    "Zero Energy Home Construction" A presentation of two single family homes in CT achieving net zero. Each project used different construction techniques, products, and mechanical systems to get to a similar end result. These case studies focus on the construction from foundation to finishes and highlight the third party testing and verification process. 

    Presented by: Karla Donnelly, a Senior Sustainability Specialist at SWA, working with residential buildings. Her expertise is in sustainable consulting services, program certification support and implementation of high performance and sustainable building technologies. With architects, developers, builders, and homeowners, she develops specific sustainability strategies for both new construction and renovations. Ms. Donnelly is an integral part of the initial strategic planning sessions and workshops with stakeholders based on program criteria; she verifies in the LEED® for Homes, Passive House, Energy Star, and National Green Building Standard finishes and highlight the third party testing and verification process.

     Credit 1 AIA CEU

    Refreshments Sponsored by: Karen Berkemeyer Home and Aitoro Appliance




    • June 04, 2015
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Best Western Hotel 201 Washington Avenue, North Haven

    What's ZERO? How Do We Get There?

    Speaker: Paul Torcellini. PhD, PE
    Part I of the Building Performance Series

    Zero Energy Buildings have come to the forefront of the “next thing” in building performance. Questions as to technical viability and costs are seen as barriers to even producing pilots of these buildings. Questions about “what they are” are tossed about the literature. This presentation will look at what they are, the current definitions, and what is needed to change the paradigm of buildings from energy consumers to energy producers. Case studies of actual buildings and processes used by early adopters will be discussed. Many of the strategies can be used on existing buildings and new construction to achieve deep energy savings.

    Paul is a recognized expert in zero energy buildings having spoken widely on the subject and published numerous papers on the subject. Most recently, he served on a joint project between the National Institute of Building Sciences and the U.S. Department of Energy to define zero energy buildings. He is the Endowed Chair of Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University and a Principal Engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. He holds a Ph.D. from Purdue University in Mechanical Engineering and is a Registered Professional Engineer.


    Registration, networking & refreshments 9:00  -  9:20 am

    Speaker Presentation:  9:20 - 10:20 am

    Q & A    10:20 - 11:00 am




    • June 18, 2015
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • 122 Universal Drive, North Haven (Target Shopping Center)

    Raising the Bar - Living Building Challenge Event

    Come join the CTGBC for happy hour and a presentation on the Living Building Challenge, Part 2 of the Building Performance Series.

    Melissa Arminio Kops, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, LFA will present the Introduction to the Living Building Challenge. The Living Building Challenge is the built environment’s most rigorous performance standard. It calls for the creation of building projects that operate as cleanly, beautifully and efficiently as nature’s architecture.

    Attendees can earn AIA/GBCI/LFA credit.

    Learning Objectives:
    i. Understand how the Petals and Imperatives work within the Living Building Challenge Certification.
    ii. Identify scale jumping and how it can be incorporated with a project.
    iii. Repeat the steps involved in the certification process.
    iv. Understand the difference between a prescriptive and performance certification path.

    Bio: Melissa Arminio Kops, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, LFA is a LEED and Living Future.

    Thursday, June 18, 2015     5:30PM

    EnergizeCT Center North Haven

    CTGBC members 10.00

    Non-members 20.00



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