Making an Impact: Turning Existing Buildings into Net-Zero Wonders
This course examines all of the related factors, including embodied energy, building properties, market forces, and emerging trends to increase your ability to chart the likely course of action for an existing building.
When can existing buildings be transformed into net zero structures, and when should they be demolished and rebuilt? In this course, we’ll arrive at the answer by examining key factors, such as embodied energy, building properties, market forces, and emerging trends.
You’ll leave this course with a greater ability to chart the likely course of action for an existing building, such as whether to renovate, replace, or perform a detailed evaluation.
Participants will be able to:
• Describe the broad context of decisions pertaining to existing buildings.
• Chart the likely course of action for an existing building, such as whether to renovate, replace, or perform a detailed evaluation.
• Identify the likely opportunities for improving the energy performance of an existing building, potentially reaching net-zero. They will recognize the rough magnitude of environmental benefits and opportunities (made possible by renovating).
• Recognize and differentiate between the proper soft cost procedures for existing building optimization (energy audits vs. retro-commissioning) and the hard cost upgrades for improving existing building performance (capital improvements to building systems).
AIA, USGBC Faculty, LEED AP BD+C, ID+C, O+M
Design and Consulting Department ManagerPete Choquette, AIA, is the Design and Consulting Department Manager at Epsten Group. He oversees...
FAIA, LEED Fellow, LFA
President and CEO, PlanAPlanet LLC
Managing Partner, Epsten Properties LLC
Founder, Epsten Group, Inc. (President and CEO 1991-2016)Dagmar B. Epsten, FAIA, LEED Fellow, Living Future Accredited (LFA) Professional, USGBC-LEED-WELL...