October 23, 2012


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    Getting to zero today: how zero net energy buildings will define the next decade of development

    Tuesday, 11th March 2014 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

    Co-organiser: New Buildings Institute

    Zero Net Energy (ZNE) has unprecedented potential to transform the way buildings use energy. This ultra-efficiency goal is one that owners can define, design teams can reach for and occupants desire. An increasing number of new and existing buildings are meeting this standard, raising confidence that a ZNE goal is realistic given current building technologies and design approaches.

    ZNE buildings use no more energy over the course of the year than they produce from on-site renewable sources. Additionally, zero net energy-capable buildings achieve energy performance similar to ZNEs by do not have sufficient on-site power generation. New Buildings Institute has been tracking the number, cost and features of ZNE and ZNE-capable buildings in the United States in recent years. ZNE building are not only feasible, international examples demonstrate that they can be constructed for incremental costs in line with incremental costs for typical green buildings.

    This session will engage the audience on four different perspectives of what it takes to create a ZNE building. A panel including an owner, architect, engineer and city official (policymaker) will consider the counterintuitive notion that net zero goals may not need to cost more, the essential requirement of an integrated design process to achieve extraordinary energy performance and keeping costs in line, why only a few building and owner types have undertaken net zero to date, and opportunities to bring this practice to scale. Finally, the session will present the critical relationship between the policies that govern commercial building construction and successful achievement of the ZNE goal.


    Steven Borncamp Steven Borncamp
    International Living Future Institute | Managing Director - Europe
    Mr. Borncamp is leading a campaign to promote the Living Building Challenge as an ambitious yet economically-viable model for Net Zero Energy Building requirements in Europe. Steven also serves as co-Director of Construction21.eu, Chair of Education for the Europe Green Building Council Network’s and is the Founding President of the Romania GBC and advisor in the development of seven GBCs in Europe.

    He has developed an innovative “green mortgage” program, advocated for a successful property tax discount for certified green buildings program and leads demonstration projects aspiring to “Living Building Challenge” certification. He is the lead author of the multidisciplinary “Green Building Professional” training program and a graduate of the University of California, San Diego and the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy.

    Arch. Massimo Roj Arch. Massimo Roj
    Progetto CMR | Founder & Pricipal
    Massimo Roj, Architect. He founded in 1994 his own company, Progetto CMR, an architectural consultancy firm skilled in integrated design. He has a varied and rich experience of more than 26 years in the fields of Architecture, Building Design and Master Planning . Research is one of his true passions, which he cultivates by taking an active part in numerous academic ventures. Visiting Professor at the University of Tianjin Faculty of Architecture, he was appointed to the Advisory Committee of Humantec (Design for the Humanisation of Technology) in 2002 and has been a member of the Academic Committee of ULI (the Urban Land Institute) since 2006. Roj’s commitment to dissemination has also led him to author numerous articles and books, his last work, Less Ego more Eco, published in 2012, is focused on the relation between architecture, planning and sustainability.
    Kasper Guldager Jørgensen, Architect MAA Kasper Guldager Jørgensen, Architect MAA
    3XN architects | Partner 3XN and Director GXN
    Kasper Guldager Jørgensen is Partner in 3XN architects and Director of GXN; the innovation unit at 3XN. GXN was established in 2007 to exploit the possibilities that arise applying the latest knowledge and technology into design and architecture. The mission of GXN is to develop a building culture that positively affects the world we live in - both architecturally and environmentally.

    Kasper is passionately engaged in research and development of sustainability design, digital processes, and new materials. He sees a great potential in these areas and wants to take part in its exploitation. In the space of a few years he has become a spokesperson for the shape of future architecture, focusing on new business areas and integration of new materials and green technologies.


    Ralph DiNola Ralph DiNola
    New Buildings Institute | Executive Director
    New Buildings Institute Executive Director, Ralph DiNola, has dedicated his professional life to bringing green building innovation to scale. DiNola served as a technical advisor for the Living Building Challenge™ standard and has consulted on over 130 LEED® projects, including ten precedent-setting LEED Platinum certifications. As principal investigator of a landmark study of historic buildings, DiNola helped establish and validate the true value and benefits of building reuse, bridging the divide between sustainability and historic preservation. DiNola is a LEED Fellow, founding Board Chair of the International Living Future Institute, founder and former principal at Green Building Services and 2012 BetterBricks award winner.

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