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Let’s Bend the Curve: New Strategies to Maximize Ongoing Building Performance

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The recently completed Integrative Genomics Building (IGB) Laboratory on the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) campus, a 77,000 square foot facility consisting of wet/dry laboratories and office spaces, is helping the University of California (UC) meet aggressive sustainability goals through efficient design and prioritized ongoing operational performance. The project has eliminated onsite carbon emissions from space and water heating. Combined with passive design strategies, the IGB includes innovative elements such as heat pumps, heat recovery, radiant floors, chilled beams, integrated HVAC-lighting occupancy controls, and plug load controls. However, adding technology to the building system does not automatically result in efficient operations—high performance buildings often increase complexity, require integration of many systems, and demand additional operational resources. Using the IGB as a case study, this presentation will discuss new construction commissioning (NCCx) and ongoing commissioning (OCx) challenges in all-electric buildings. The speakers will introduce the need for a new management approach to operating buildings through an ongoing process to resolve operating problems, improve comfort, optimize energy use, and identify future retrofit opportunities.


  • Michele Sagehorn, CxA

    Michele Sagehorn has worked for over 15 years on high performance buildings, including as a leading commissioning agent. From her background as a quality assurance engineer in the automotive industry, she brings to commissioning a standard of care that is unique to the built environment. Her experience spans numerous project types, including leadership on eight ZNE and twelve carbon-neutral buildings. In 2018, Michele and her colleagues launched Red Car Analytics, a company dedicated to engaging clients in building and operating high performance buildings through analytics.

  • Chris Weyandt

    Chris Weyandt leads an ongoing commissioning team aimed at improving the energy performance of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory facilities. He draws on his background in facility maintenance, information technology, and control systems to develop innovative solutions for the modernization and optimization of buildings. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, is a licensed Professional Controls Systems Engineer, and is a graduate student in Data Science at UC Berkeley.

August 24, 2020
Mon 9:10 AM PDT

Duration 1H 0M

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