G16 - Redefining “net Zero”: Design + Operate + Educate

Friday, November 16 from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM | 185A « Back

Abstract Text:

Learn how a nonprofit that provides independent research on energy, air and water issues went beyond “net zero” to pursue “real zero” when they designed their new headquarters. The panel will illuminate lessons of the feasibility program through the collaborative design and delivery partnership, for a LEED Platinum campus with a target of Net Zero operational energy and minimized embodied energy. We will challenge convention and propose an alternative to broaden the current definition of Net Zero energy and materials through LCA to take a more regenerative and resilient approach. The design team conducted an in-depth feasibility study allowing the Houston Advanced Research Center’s (HARC) to make a smart investment, with emphasis on a complete Lifecycle framework. Their new 18,000 sq. ft. facility not only provides them a productive work environment, but also embraces HARC’s mission and ultimately creates a sustainable future that helps people thrive and nature flourish. Transparency and transfer of information is a key theme and the new headquarters allows HARC to educate the community about sustainability and resilience. The session will structure a critical discussion around key questions the design team needs to address when delivering resilient Net Zero, LEED V4 Platinum projects.

Learning Objectives:

Identify steps for effective integrated design and delivery team engagement from programming  through use and community resource development necessary for high performance LEED v4 BD+C Integrated Design Process credit at any scale

Understand the successful transition from LEED 2009  to LEED v4  lifecycle research methods in materials stewardship by utilizing LEED v4 BD+C Building Lifecycle Impact Reduction credit and operational energy

Provide examples and insights into campus user, community education and operational engagement for Net Zero impacts that span LEED v4 BD+C and O+M protocols aligning with M+V application and  Innovation credits through user education

Create interactive engagement in current and potential future Lifecycle resource optimization, including operation fine-tuning aligned with the owner’s mission and disaster resiliency.

Learning Level:



GBCI Credit Hours:
LEED Specific:
LEED Specific: BD+C
Well/LEED Specific:
LEED Specific: BD+C

Education Tracks: People's Voice

Event Type: Core Education Program > Session