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Conference

GreenCon 2018: Restore, Repurpose, Regenerate

Better buildings happen when we innovate, collaborate, and learn together. GreenCon is the flagship green building conference and expo of central Pennsylvania.

For GreenCon 2018, we'll be featuring a keynote duo, Jay Siegel and Scott Breen, co-hosts of the SustainabilityDefined Podcast, which defines sustainability “one concept (and one bad joke) at a time”. Listeners from over 80 countries tune in to understand different facets of sustainability, why they’re important, and how they can help advance them in their personal lives. The podcast can be found at sustainabilitydefined.com and through all podcast media outlets.

GreenCon will also feature 15 breakout sessions and a diverse expo hall with approximately 25 exhibitors. Breakfast, lunch, and a cocktail reception are all included with your registration fee.

The deadline to register for GreenCon is Sunday, March 11.

Continuing education

Sixteen AIA CE hours will be offered at GreenCon, 15 of which are qualified for LU | HSW. All 16 sessions have also been approved for GBCI continuing education.



8:00 – 6:00 Expo Hall Open
Holland Union Building
9:00 – 9:30 Welcome from USGBC
ATS Auditorium
9:30 – 10:45 Keynote Address from Jay Siegel & Scott Breen of SustainabilityDefined
ATS Auditorium
Three New Lenses on Existing Buildings
11:00 – 12:00    

Breakout Session 1 – All sessions in Althouse Hall, except walking tour, which begins in ATS Auditorium

Walking Tour of Two LEED Gold Buildings at Dickinson (Room 207)
What Your LEED Reviewer is Looking For (Room 201)
Hospitals Tackle Energy Efficiency (Room 204)
Net Zero Microgrids in Retrofits (Room 8)
LEED Version 4: The Promise and the Reality (Room 106)

12:00 – 2:00 Expo Hall open, Lunch Served
Holland Union Building
2:00 – 3:00

Breakout Session 2 / Althouse Hall

Continuous Energy Improvement: A K-12 Schools Success Story (Room 207)
The Evolution of Ecological Design (Room 201)
Weathering Climate Change: Resiliency Strategies for Existing Buildings (Room 204)
Arc for Schools Pilot (Room 8)
UGI Headquarters Breaks Ground Targeting LEED v4 (Room 106)

3:00 – 3:30 Coffee break
Althouse Hall, Lobby
3:30 – 4:30

Breakout Session 3 / Althouse Hall

Implementing Green Schools for Entire School Systems (Room 207)
TRUE Zero Waste (Room 201)
Tenants as Team Members in Greening an Iconic Skyscraper (Room 204)
Assessment of University Electrical Supply System using PEER (Room 8)
Don't Forget the Sun - Daylighting Existing Buildings to Meet the LEEDv4 Requirements (Room 106)

4:30 – 6:00 Cocktail reception      
Holland Union Building

Time

School Green Initiatives Room 207

Green Perspectives Room 201

Existing Buildings: The 3 R's Room 204

Systems/Building Performance Room 8

LEEDv4: Front & Center! Room 106

11:00-12:00

Walking Tour of Two LEED Gold Buildings at Dickinson

What Your LEED Reviewer is Looking For

Hospitals Tackle Energy Efficiency

Net Zero Microgrids in Retrofits

LEED Version 4: The Promise and the Reality

2:00-3:00

Continuous Energy Improvement: A K-12 Schools Success Story

The Evolution of Ecological Design

Weathering Climate Change: Resiliency Strategies for Existing Buildings

Arc for Schools Pilot

UGI Headquarters Breaks Ground Targeting LEED v4

3:30-4:30

Implementing Green Schools for Entire School Systems

TRUE Zero Waste

Tenants as Team Members in Greening an Iconic Skyscraper

Assessment of University Electrical Supply System using PEER

Don't Forget the Sun - Daylighting Existing Buildings to Meet the LEEDv4 Requirements

Walking Tour of Two LEED Gold Buildings at Dickinson
Ken Shultes of Dickinson College
Join Ken Shultes, Dickinson’s Associate VP for Sustainability and Facilities Planning, for a tour of two of the college’s LEED Gold buildings!  The tour will start at Althouse, a 30,000 gsf classroom building, and then will proceed on to the Rector Science Complex.

What Your LEED Reviewer is Looking For
Todd Reed, Gerren Wagner, and Tyler Thumma of 7group
Have you ever received a review comment from GBCI and wished that if you could just talk to the reviewer they would understand what you are trying to show? Well, here is your chance to do so. This session is a panel of GBCI reviewers that will each discuss common errors and provide helpful tips for each of 6 LEED categories in regards to documentation and calculations. The primary focus will be for LEEDv3 BD+C, Schools, and Healthcare but many of the issues addressed can be carried over to LEEDv4 projects. This session is two parts with each reviewer having 10 minutes each to discuss their topics leaving 30 minutes for attendees to ask their specific questions.

Hospitals Tackle Energy Efficiency
Al Neuner of Geisinger Health Systems & Kevin Kanoff of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
This session will feature energy efficiency programs of two major healthcare systems in Pennsylvania. Presenters will discuss energy efficiency retrofits and, will in addition, discuss energy efficiency opportunities through retro-commissioning, renovations and new construction. Building system and energy system resiliency, a major concern in healthcare, will also be discussed in relationship to energy efficiency.   Presenters will address the considerations, process, obstacles, outcomes and lessons learned for projects ranging from chiller optimizations to lighting retrofits, from vacuum pumps to CHPs (combined heat and power). The important environmental and community health impacts of these energy efficiency improvements will be discussed and quantified.

Net Zero Microgrids in Retrofits
Will Agate & Sam Klein of Net Zero Microgrid Solutions
Microgrids present a unique opportunity for campuses, developments, and buildings to become sustainable and resilient. Project teams that view generation, storage, and consumption holistically can cost effectively retrofit buildings, add renewable power generation, and store the energy for use onsite. This presentation will include an overview of the discovery process for optimum potential in savings and wrap up with a brief examination of some new and exciting finance options for power as a service. Project teams will learn the benefits of expanding retrofits to include renewable energy like solar, energy efficiency upgrades, or power generation such as CHP, and energy storage. Each site has distinct retrofit, generation, and storage potential. This presentation will show how each project can assess financial viability of a comprehensive plan to take a long term approach to retrofits. Starting with energy efficiency, NZM will show several tools that show a building's overall potential for cost effective retrofit starting with EUI, and looking into more sophisticated models that break down a building's energy use by component.   Every site will have the potential for a mix of wind, solar, fuel cell, and micro/low impact hydropower for renewable energy. We will briefly outline the tools we use to determine a site's best mix of all the available renewable technologies along with a brief assessment of the financial forecast of each renewable.   Energy storage is the least understood tool in a microgrid. Only in the last few years have batteries become cost effective in the right situations. NZM will briefly outline the different applications for energy storage including load management, ancillary PJM markets, and resilience.   The session will conclude with an overview of some new ways to finance cost effective retrofits. These strategies include: MEETS, Energy as a Service, and On Bill Finance. Each tool has different advantages and disadvantages, but overall they allow projects to make long-term commitments to eliminate upfront costs. Each strategy allows property owners to enjoy the benefits of an upgraded, renewable, and resilient facility without taking on the financial burden of costly retrofits.

LEED Version 4: The Promise and the Reality
Marc Mondor of evolve LLC
Over the last 20 years, the US Green Buildings Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system has become the global green building standard. There are over 90,000 LEED certified projects in over 160 countries around the world. LEED is evolving as well, with over 2 million square feet certified every day, LEED certification has become the benchmark for buildings that have lighter environmental impact, are more efficient and create higher quality interior spaces.   The new version of LEED, Version 4, is a response to the marketplace and to current environmental challenges. New and revised requirements reward greater team member engagement, yet also have higher baseline thresholds. Materials transparency, the Integrated Design Process, international applications, the construction process, healthier interiors and greater customization have become critical new aspects of LEED Version 4. This session will describe why LEED exists, the history of LEED and how LEED Version 4 came about. The structure of LEED Version 4 will be discussed, including prerequisites, credits, the LEED impact areas and the certification process, particularly in relation to the recent LEED Version 2009 rating system. New requirements for LEED Version 4 will be explained, as well as innovations that benefit the project teams. These concepts will be explained in the context of current design and construction projects presently pursuing LEED certification. Case studies will demonstrate the challenges and benefits of LEED now and in the future.

Continuous Energy Improvement: A K-12 Schools Success Story
Auralia Lundquist of PPL Energy Efficiency Program/CLEAResult
Since 2013, this initiative has assisted 13 school districts with over 65 buildings develop energy efficiency teams that have promoted energy efficiency education, and reduced consumption with little or no capital investment. The school districts embark on the CEI journey together as a cohort; committing to attending trainings, sharing information, and implementing this initiative district-wide.   This presentation will create awareness as it highlights the difficulty of change and provides mitigation strategies, providing an overview on key aspects of the initiative • Initiating Change • Starting with Structure • Utilizing Data • Creating Awareness and Engagement • Measuring and Verifying Energy Savings • Identifying and Prioritizing Capital Improvements • Applying for Rebates Savings and rebates received can be cycled back into additional projects that continue to generate savings and rebates. The outcomes of these schools’ efforts are recognized and appreciated as the bills decrease, maintenance programs become more effective, and more money is available in the budget. Three school districts will participate in this session presentation.

The Evolution of Ecological Design
Marcus Sheffer & John Boecker of 7group
Our journey began more than 25 years ago as we explored what constituted a green building. Our initial focus was on trying to figure out how to implement specific strategies related to technical building systems. We caught the LEED wave very early and worked to help create it in a myriad of ways as it swept across the market. We developed a keen focus on systems thinking and an integrative process. Impactful videos on our approach and projects put us on the map here and abroad. We wrote a book on integrative design with Bill Reed in 2009 that has become the definitive guide on the subject as applied to green building projects. While we still apply an integrative process to all of our work, the epilogue to the book, Evolving the Field, foreshadowed where we were headed. The book ends with the question, “Where do we stop integrating?” While working to develop our capacity to think this way, we discovered that applying an integrative process to technical systems was not enough. Our focus needed to shift from seeing buildings as the outcome, to buildings as a developmental instrument for achieving a larger purpose and processes aimed at the vitality and viability of the larger systems in which the building is nested. This process called us to shift our aim and direction toward regenerative design and development associated with living systems. Our trajectory of thinking over the years has followed the path Bill Reed laid out years ago, moving from doing less bad to focusing on how humans understand our role in service to sustaining and regenerating life. Together with our clients and colleagues, we have been imagining a whole new way to understand how humans, their built environment and the natural world around us all live and breathe with each other as co-creators. Through learning, community, design and story, 7group is stepping into a new era of deeply regenerative work. Regeneration is rooted in the understanding that healthy living systems have an inherent capacity to continually generate new sources of life for and within themselves and their environment – i.e., to Re-generate. This work is grounded in a philosophy that humans (and human activities) are not apart from the development and ongoing evolution of healthy living systems; rather, humans serve a participatory role in their continuing regeneration of viability and vitality. Through the practice of developing how we are thinking in this way about whole living systems, any project can be leveraged as a highly effective acupuncture point for helping transform community vitality and regenerating life. As the world evolves and transforms from the old story to the new, we are striving to work on nurturing the process of transformation with like-minded friends and future partners. We are most interested in helping to explore connections to develop interrelationships and to promote holistic affects that you are aiming to manifest. This session will tell the story of the evolution of our thinking and approach toward the application of regenerative principles.

Weathering Climate Change: Resiliency Strategies for Existing Buildings
Josh Millman of Nutec Design Associates, Inc.
In 2017, there was a shift in facilities management focus from sustainability to resiliency. The effort now is to counter the effects of climate change. Designing to withstand extreme weather harks to the dawn of architecture; maintaining continuity of operations has always been a mission of facility managers. In the coming decades, buildings will need to better handle rising water levels, increasingly severe storms, natural disasters and terrorism. The goals are to shelter building occupants, avoid or minimize shutdowns, and preserve real estate assets. Designing new buildings to meet those goals will be challenging; retrofitting existing buildings, which are the vast majority of the occupied facilities, will be doubly difficult. This program will present a model to identify strategies to build in resilience to achieve those goals in existing buildings, with the side effects of increased sustainability.

Arc for Schools Pilot
Tom Horton & Anne Otto of Carlisle Area School District
This session will share experiences & lessons learned while collecting the data needed for the Arc for Schools pilot. We will show a live demo of the Arc platform using the data collected to date. We will also discuss the value of the Arc program and how it can be used in organization.

UGI Headquarters Breaks Ground Targeting LEED v4
Michael Pavelsky & Maegan Sweeney of The Sheward Partnership
Learn how one of the largest utility companies, UGI Utilities, has taken on the leadership role of seeking LEED certification for a 110,000 SF new corporate headquarters under the LEED Version 4 for Building Design & Construction Rating System. Developed by one of the largest utilities, UGI is relocating their corporate headquarters to Denver, Pennsylvania with the overarching goal of the project being used as a model for sustainable development. The path to achieving this cutting edge sustainability commitment in the commercial office sector will be explored by a panel of team members leading the pursuit of at minimum, LEED Silver certification. UGI began the journey by taking the leadership position before LEED v4 was the required LEED rating system to seek certification under. Attendees will learn the strategies that aided in the project’s sustainability success ranging from site stormwater management to building materials and mechanical systems that all contributed to the pursuit of LEED Silver level certification (construction is targeting completion fourth quarter 2018). The presentation will highlight the areas of LEED v4 that presented challenges for the commercial building sector and areas that were significantly more rigorous than the previous LEED version 2009 Rating System. The panel will discuss how these challenges were overcome and innovative approaches to mitigating them. The audience will have the ability to interact with the panel following a brief presentation to frame the project’s path to LEED v4 certification with the goal of developing a stimulating dialogue between the panel and audience.

Implementing Green Schools for Entire School Systems
Jeff Straub of Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates Architects
Sustainable and green schools have become prevalent throughout the country. Many school districts have now begun to look moving beyond one or two green schools in their communities and implementing standards to create sustainability throughout their school systems. Implementing these standards often becomes challenging at a district wide level when many district often have facilities with a wide breadth of age and condition. It is not uncommon to have a school with both new and 80 year old facilities serving thousands often students.   This seminar will discuss aspects of short and long term planning, opportunities of improving the built environment of education and the sustainability of long range life cycle cost analysis. It will also evaluate the challenges of working with school districts in communicating their visions with their constituents.

TRUE Zero Waste
Teresa Bradley of Pennsylvania Resources Council
This session will briefly talk about the PA Resources Council (PRC) waste reduction and recycling projects. More importantly, it will highlight Zero Waste PA which focuses on moving businesses toward Zero Waste.   More recently, Zero Waste PA has conducted many Zero Waste Audits and have assisted buildings to fulfill LEED credits for EBOM. Last year, a new program, called TRUE Zero Waste merged with USGBC to give businesses a foundation and criteria to become zero waste. This session will give insight and perspective regarding TRUE Zero Waste and how facilities achieve TRUE Zero Waste certification by attaining credits points on the TRUE Zero Waste scorecard. The rating system outlines these certification requirements and credits in detail, and includes important program information.

Tenants as Team Members in Greening an Iconic Skyscraper
Marc Mondor of evolve LLC
This session will show how large savings in building energy use can leverage even broader sustainability strategies. Through tenant LEED certifications and landlord improvements, the three million square foot US Steel Tower, once inefficient and moribund, has engaged tenants, achieved Energy Star certification and become the cornerstone of the largest 2030 district in the US, showing regional and even national leadership. This deliberate process can be followed by any committed building owner. Pittsburgh’s iconic US Steel Tower, one of world’s largest office towers, has undergone a transformation. In the last decade Steel Tower has grown from inefficient to exemplary due to an innovative combination of building leadership and tenant engagement. This three million square foot building, still the eighth largest high-rise in the US, has undergone a series of steady, leveraged improvements over the last decade, including LEED CI certifications for nearly one million square feet, leadership of Pittsburgh’s 2030 District, BOMA 360 certification, the creation of a Tenant Sustainability Committee, the building’s achievement of Energy Star certification and its pursuit of LEED for Existing Buildings certification. Steady improvements show an energy use decline as occupancy has increased over the last decade. The building has been able to pace 2030 District peers towards energy, water reduction, air quality and transportation goals, establishing it as a regional leader and resiliency hub. Tenants have played a key role in this transformation through engagement, collaboration and outreach. This presentation will also cover the basics of 2030 Districts, LEED CI, LEED EB, Energy Star and collaborative engagement, particularly as they pertain to energy, water, waste, resiliency and real estate valuation.

Assessment of University Electrical Supply System using PEER
James Knight of Bucknell University
PEER provides an independent certification process for electricity supply and distribution systems modeled after the LEED green building certification process. PEER objectively measures the performance of an electrical system using industry standard criteria. In September, 2017 Bucknell University became the second university and the fourth organization worldwide to receive PEER certification. Bucknell has supplied electricity and steam to the Lewisburg, PA camps from a combined heat and power (CHP) plant since 1998. The CHP plant in combination with a well-managed maintenance and upgrade program for distribution systems enabled the University to exceed the requirements for PEER certification. PEER not only confirmed the high performance level of the existing systems, it helped identify steps to further improve performance.

Don't Forget the Sun - Daylighting Existing Buildings to Meet the LEEDv4 Requirements
Todd Reed of 7group
Properly daylighting your renovation project uses the same method, rules, and tools used when designing a new building with a few added items to consider. This session will show attendees the methods and tools used to provide any project the best quality daylight. This method follows an integrative process that leads projects to not only meet the requirements for daylighting in LEEDv4 but will also help earn the integrative design process credit. Todd has firsthand knowledge of what is needed to meet the LEEDv4 requirements since he contributed to the creation of the daylighting and views credits in LEEDv4.