February 19th, 2019

Net Zero Energy Building

For the month of February, the RAIC is presenting a weekly series on the subject of architecture and energy. Associate Kevin Van Hartingsveldt and Energy and Sustainability Specialist Kristen Yee Loong from RDH Building Science are presenting Net Zero Energy Building: Process Driven Design on March 6 at 2:30pm EST . Details can be found below and a link to register for the webinar is available here.

The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation, a new wing at Mohawk’s Fennell campus, was a project for the CaGBC Zero Carbon Building pilot program. Mohawk College is a leader in sustainability and the broader community. The project, led by a team of expert consultants including mcCallumSather, B+H Architects, and RDH Building Science, was driven by a net zero energy budget and has garnered national attention. This presentation will explore a new philosophy for net zero building design with the objective of understanding the concepts and implementation of an energy budget and integrated building systems design. As one of the first & largest net zero energy/net zero carbon institutional projects in Canada, this project is a bold step forward in the future of construction in North America. This project sets a precedent for an achievable sustainable design standard for buildings of all typologies.

1. Introduction: • Project overview • Why Net Zero? • What does Net Zero mean? Definitions and Applications: • “Net zero” • “Net zero Carbon” • “Net zero Energy”

2. Philosophy: • Prioritize project mandate • Energy budget • Strategic integrated design

3. Design • High Performance Enclosure • High Performance HVAC • Integration with geothermal and photovoltaic • Measurement and Verification

4. Evolution of Design: Managing Changes and Unknowns: • Adjustments for budget and schedule • Managing impacts of design updates

5. The “Final” Product

At the completion of this session, the participant/learner will be able to:

  • Describe how strategic integrated design can simplify systems design.
  • Summarize how to treat an energy budget in the same way as one would treat a capital budget while filtering design decisions through project priorities.
  • Recognize how passive design measures support high-efficiency HVAC solutions.
  • Recall various system options, their advantages and disadvantages and how renewable energy generation can be integrated in design solutions.

Continuing education learning hours: 1 credit

Kevin Van Hartingsveldt is an Associate of mcCallumSather, with the firm since 2008. Kevin’s role is that of an architectural Project Manager — and in the past, he has worked in various other capacities from design coordination through contract administration. He is an honours graduate of Mohawk College, a Project Management Professional, and a LEED Accredited Professional. Kevin manages projects of varied typologies, sizes, budgets, and schedules; recently, he managed The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation project at Mohawk College (mcCallumSather/B+H joint venture) — designed as one of the first & largest net zero energy/net zero carbon institutional projects in Canada.

Kristen Yee Loong moved to RDH Building Science in 2016. As an Energy and Sustainability Specialist, with over 9 years prior experience, Kristen’s responsibilities include whole building energy modeling and interpreting results to analyse energy conservation measures, support design decisions, and support capital & life cycle cost analyses. Prior to joining RDH, Kristen was a Senior Energy Analyst who led the team of energy analysts and provided technical reviews. On the Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation project RDH acted as the specialty consultant for energy, sustainability, envelope, and measurement & verification; Kristen acted one of the leads of RDH’s project team.