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Building Envelope & Energy Code Compliance
Summary of the changes to 2012 Washington State energy code in regards to the building envelope. [m&e]

2015 WA State Code Changes, Energy Conservation, Opportunities & Considerations
Updated prescriptive code requirements and benchmarked energy conservation goals are creating new considerations and opportunities in designing energy-intensive spaces. As a result, stakeholders are looking to intelligent design analytics and real-time reporting to make informed decisions and surgical modifications to align system performance with design intent. [m&e]


A/V   |   imagine the possibilities
Audio-Visual (AV) systems are contributing to the visualization of content, realization of virtual collaboration and reduction of physical barriers. Coupled with the advancements in converged technologies over a common backbone infrastructure and user-friendly software applications, organizations are looking to how they can leverage an infrastructure investment to meet their charter objectives. [t]

Displacement Ventilation
Displacement ventilation has evolved since first introduced in Europe in the late ‘70s and much later in the US as a possible solution for healthier buildings and energy reduction strategy in 2005 but the EPA. Recent evolutions that deliver on the promises of DV are being realized in 6 public institutions throughout the Pacific Northwest. Learn what this hybrid system is and how its benefits are delivered. [m]

Electrical Design | getting beyond the glossary of terms
Cross-referencing physical devices with symbology on technical drawings is an exercise in translation. Couple that task with visualizing the 3D world in 2D and it can be overwhelming to produce constructible, well-coordinated documents. This presentation will breakdown the approach to deciphering electrical design documents systematically and help unlock the code to system coordination and interpretation. [e]

Emerging Systems | displacement ventilation & photo voltaic
Displacement ventilation and photo voltaic systems continue to be considered design approaches for commercial and community spaces. Stakeholders are discussing their application to the resource conservation strategies, as well as healthier building environments. Examine how each contributes to the triple bottom line and fulfill performance promises. [m&e]

ECM Motors | next generation
At the crossroads of HVAC energy efficiency and system selection are fans and motors. Combined, they can contribute to 25% of a facility’s energy usage while providing vital functions to the occupied environment: ventilation. But not all are created equal. Learn about the different options and how they influence energy usage, IAQ and occupant comfort. [m]

Heat Recovery System
Stakeholders and consultants alike continue to seek ways to reduce our environmental impact while designing fiscally sustainable systems that perform as expected. One solution that has evolved in this quest of reducing waste and reusing energy is the heat recovery system. As the name would imply, warmed air that is exhausted from a space represents a source of energy that can be captured and reused in a well-integrated building operation. Discover the advantages and consideration of integrating a heat recovery system in various program spaces. [m]

Instantaneous Water Heaters | hot water at last!
The presentation explains the evolution of water heaters through a period of 60 years and also lists the current water heating options and applications. It provides with a list of conditions that help determine if using a water heater system is the right decision and also gives its cost-based operational, environmental and construction impacts. [m]

IP Technologies
Internet Protocol (IP) is an open standard that allows manufacturers to integrate systems. The systems that can be integrated require digital capabilities and equipment that can converge their functionality over a common backbone infrastructure. Develop an understanding of which systems are candidates for an IP-based solutions and considerations when converging them within various operating environments. [t&s]

Physical Security | necessary for every project...but that’s not new
Understand the concepts of deter, detect, delay and deny i.e. the 4 “”D’s”” of physical security and the role and responsibilities of each stakeholder in maintaining them. Learn more about mass notification and the different factors that influence it for effective physical security adoption and deployment. [s]

WiFi | 802.11 ac - BYOB meets BYOD
BYOD is a concept of interest to many organizations because of the increase in the number of devices and its associated applications that demand substantial bandwidth. This along with other factors has influenced the evolution of wireless technology to 802.11 ac. The features of 802.11 ac as compared to its predecessors are widely useful for satisfying the modern day business requirements. Learn more about the best practices for deploying 802.11 ac and the telecommunications infrastructure that fosters innovation. [t]

Energy Conservation/ Sustainable 

Achieving & Maintaining High Performance Buildings Post Occupancy | aligning program, TCO & M&V expectations
The conversation around sustainability has shifted from design approaches to actual system performance. How that is valued, measured and verified has a significant impact on the approach to system selection. Identify today’s KPIs and how they are influencing design decisions and the ongoing facility maintenance and operations. [met + energy]

Approaching Net Zero
Designing for net zero in the Pacific Northwest is an exercise in identifying opportunities to utilize renewable and reusable energy sources while reducing demands through system selection. Mechanical, electrical and lighting systems are significant contributors to that equation. This session will review some of the recent approaches to system integration, their advantages and leverage their benefits. [met]

Carbon Neutrality | the pursuit
Since the effects of greenhouse gases (GHG) have been measured, policy-makers, design professionals and concerned citizens have formulated ways to slow, and ideally reverse, GHG emissions. As a major contributing source of these climate-changing pollutants, the built environment has been under significant scrutiny and proposed changes over the past 3 decades, and the term “sustainability” has entered mainstream America. Now, as design professionals, we are evaluating different sustainable design protocols, responding to broad stakeholder groups, and working to do more with fewer resources. Understanding how different protocols align with carbon neutrality, how building performance is currently being measured, a viewpoint on how the industry continuing to evolve, and approaches to rethinking the design process and engaging the end users from an engineer’s perspective are key topics of this presentation. [met]

Dynamic Building Energy Use
System zoning coupled with measure and verification strategies have enabled professionals to analyze a building and its occupants influence a building’s energy use. Applied against historical trends and current benchmarks, this information is influencing system selection and approaches to behavioral engineering. Learn about the evolution and strategies that are being employed today to support a more informed occupant community. [met + energy]

Energy Efficiency at Schools in Western Washington
Information about energy management and efficiency at a regional level is not readily available despite the demand for it. This presentation analyzes, summarizes and organizes the data collected from the regional school districts. This helps in understanding how the existing buildings operate as well as make performance-based design decisions for new constructions. [energy]

Measure & Verification | a path to savings
The first step to managing something is measuring it. By realizing the complexities of building systems, the presentation realizes the value of M&V in cost and energy terms. It introduces various analysis tools such as data logger and EMS trends and talks about building sub-meters. A success case study of a middle school in the Washington state conveys the power of effective M&V for improving energy and performance metrics. [energy]

Performance at the Forefront | standards, M&V and achieving project objectives
The goal of this presentation is to use M&V for attaining true system potential. It uncovers the prime reasons for completed projects not meeting client expectations and examines the disconnection between standards and completed projects. Learn the various analysis tools that guide effective M&V implementation and follow the progress of a project that incorporated the same. [energy]


Coordinating Enterprise IT Environments
As technology has supported the growth of the global economy, planning, designing and coordinating the infrastructure that supports it presents opportunities to improve the bottom-line. Realized through workplace productivity, reduced maintenance and operations costs and strategic sourcing, building systems are becoming organizations’ profitability multiplier. Learn which systems are game changers and how to leverage their true potential. [t&s]

Critical Facility Design Consideration
Systems that provide continuous operations for critical functions are being approached differently. Professionals are balancing new technologies for meeting performance demands as well as reducing energy through strategically integrated systems. Learn how UPS and power distribution systems are contributing to these contrasting objectives. [e + energy]

Engineering Human Behaviors | influence of dashboard & visual
Visualization of energy usage is a tool that resource conservation managers are turning to help influence occupant behavior. Coupled with IP-based energy management systems, owners are gaining access to real-time data to take proactive steps to shorten the time between discovery and resolution in a surgical manner, as well as make informed design decision as they advance their capital development program. [m + energy]

Human Centric Lighting
The body has a natural response to colors transmitted by light sources. From the cool morning hues to the high intensity rays of mid-day and warming tones in the evening, our bodies follow the same energy path. The light source’s temperature – from cool to warm – regulates our energy levels from wake up to our highest energy and focus at mid-day to ramping down for rest in the evening hours. However, as we have become more engaged with artificial light and ‘screen time’ this natural rhythm, known as the circadian rhythm, is disrupted. Learn how manufacturing and design professionals are approaching these challenges with integrated solutions. [e]

Impacts of Emerging IT Trends | from policy to the classroom
Emerging technologies are providing exciting new opportunities to enhance the learning experience and reposition our educational facilities in the community. However, these opportunities also bring new challenges. As new technologies enter the marketplace and stakeholders continue to redefine which ones to embrace, planners and educator are challenged to determine which technologies have the most promise to deliver a 21st century educational experience, position the facility as nexus within the community, and remain feasible with fluctuating resources. To successfully realize the promise of new technology, the total cost of ownership must be evaluated against district policies required to sustain the initial commitment. [t]

Integrated Design Approach for Academic | MET point-of-view
Understand how Revit and BIM can be used for information modelling and decision making and the role of consultants in the IPD design process. Also lists the various stakeholders, the pre-design requirements to be met across various disciplines and the sustainability goals for successful implementation of IPD. The presentation also lists success and failure case studies of three renowned academic institutions in the Pacific Northwest region and what can be learned from them. [met]

Integrated Design Approach for Commercial/ Retail | MET point-of-view
IPD is explored in collaboration with architectural peers from a commercial perspective. It lists the MEPT specifications for telecommunications infrastructure and the site due diligence for the mechanical and electrical disciplines. It also compares the options of ground-up construction vs tenant improvement and explains PD for clients across various sectors like Retail Banking in comparison to MEPT.