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Carbon Neutrality Series - Session 4 - Electrification of Building Systems--Case studies

  • Tuesday, April 13, 2021
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Zoom webinar


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AIA Huron Valley is pleased to join with Ann Arbor 2030 and the Washtenaw Contractor's Association to host monthly CE events regarding Carbon Neutrality!  The fourth session is Tuesday April 13th at noon.

 1.0 LU|HSW - Course AIAHVCE0405

Please use this to register and note the upcoming monthly events:

(please re-register as a recent zoom update resulted in losing registrations for upcoming sessions - sorry!) 

Course Description: 

Our transition to a carbon neutral world requires us to reduce building loads and find non-fossil fuel ways to heat and cool our buildings as well as to heat our water. This session explores strategies for reducing building loads over time and explores many of the building systems that are (or soon to be) available to electrify our building stock.

The featured case study follows a building, originally constructed in 1917, through a repurposing that optimizes energy and water resources and achieves the highest level of LEED certification as possible with a budget of $125 per square foot. The goals included minimizing energy loads through passive design, electrification and achieving net-positive results.

Another approach that is rapidly expanding around the world, is to network buildings thermally, allowing waste energy from one building to be a source of thermal energy for another.  These District Energy systems or Thermal Highways use heat pumps with a common loop, and often also integrate wastewater energy recovery and ground-source heat exchangers. This technology has applications at a building and community scale.


John Beeson, RA, NCARB, LEED AP, BREEAM, BECxP  "Green Mystic in Residence"

Mike Machemehl, PE, CEM, LEED Green Associate, Sr. Manager Commercial Channel Strategy, Mitsubishi Electric Trane US HVAC LLC (METUS)

Stephen Hamstra, PE, AEE Fellow & Certified GeoExchange Designer/CGD, ASHRAE High Performance Design Professional

Moderator: Theresa Angelini, AIA, Continuing Education Director, AIA Huron Valley

Learning Objectives

  • Outline the process for reducing energy loads over time
  • Review HVAC system choices including fresh air systems available in all electric buildings.
  • Identify domestic water heating options in all-electric buildings.
  • Understand the overall concept of 5th and 6th Generation District Energy Systems in urban communities versus their predecessors.
  • Recognize the multiple options for heat sources and heat sinks when applying 5/6 Generation District Energy Systems.

Do not register on the AIAHV website - please register directly using the link above to receive CE credit.  (we cannot turn off the registration option on our website or the event won't be made public - sorry for any confusion) 

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