Deep Dive into Net Zero Water and the Water/Energy Nexus

The New England Living Building Collaborative is presenting a series of webinars on how water management, water efficiency and water and energy nexus concepts can be incorporated into project planning, design, construction and operation.

Deep Dive into Net Zero Water and the Water/Energy Nexus will explore how energy is involved with water by looking at the energy embodied in water infrastructure, and the energy available from water and how these can be utilized to contribute to an overall energy budget. The implications of embodied and operational carbon in the built environment water cycle will be addressed. Case studies to be included in this third workshop will include thermal extraction of water from reuse water in Manhattan. Additional case studies may include geothermal and extraction of thermal energy from sewers are still underdevelopment and will be announced as the workshop is refined.

 

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Meet the Speakers

Sheng Chu
Senior Project Engineer  | Natural Systems Utilities

Sheng Chu is a Senior Project Engineer at Natural Systems Utilities

Bruce Douglas, P.E.
Vice President, Business Development | Natural Systems Utilities

Bruce Douglas has over 32 years of experience in integrated water management, specializing in the planning, design, construction, and operation of integrated and onsite wastewater management systems for direct and indirect reuse. He has worked internationally, in the Middle East, Indonesia, and China. Domestically, Mr. Douglas has worked in both the public and private sectors in New England, New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Wisconsin, and California. At NSU, Mr. Douglas has lead the New England design-build and operations groups and is currently responsible for business development. He recently played a key role in the establishment of a public-private partnership for a private onsite wastewater treatment facility which will treat wastewater, for indirect reuse, from both private and municipal sources. Mr. Douglas is a registered Professional Engineer and a licensed wastewater treatment plant operator, with a B.S. Degree from the University of New Hampshire and an M.S. degree from the University of Vermont.

Learning Objectives

  1. What are net zero water and the water-energy nexus?
  2. How much energy is embodied in water infrastructure?
  3. How can thermal energy be recovered from reclaimed water in a building?
  4. How can consideration of the water/energy nexus be included in project planning, design, construction and operation?

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Scholarships

Are you experiencing financial hardship and may have difficulty affording the course tuition? We have a limited number of scholarships available. Please fill out the scholarship application and we will get back to you as soon as possible about your eligibility.

2020 Zero Energy for Commercial Buildings Conference

In Eversource’s continued commitment to helping build the next generation of commercial zero energy buildings, they’re excited to announce their 4th annual conference! Learn from the experts at NREL, AKF, The Stone House Group, and Acton-Boxborough Regional School District about how commercial zero energy buildings have been designed and constructed. Energy Efficiency Consultants from Eversource will also speak about technical and financial support available through energy efficiency programs to support zero energy buildings. This event will be held virtually.

Agenda

Keynote (9:30 AM – 10:20 AM)
Introduction Nick Jones, Eversource

Moving from the Zero Pathway to the Zero Highway
Paul Torcellini, NREL Principal Engineer for Commercial Buildings Research Group
introduced by Nick Jones, Residential New Construction – Program Lead, Eversource

Session 1 – (10:30 AM – 11:20 AM)
AFK Group – Zero Energy Case Study – Verification & Commissioning
Brendan McGrath, PE, CCP, LEED® AP; Shannon Kaplan, PE, LEED® AP-

Session 2 (11:30AM – 12:00 PM)
How Eversource can Support ZE Projects
Jillian Corley, Kimberly Cullinane, and Mike Loughlin, Eversource

Session 3 – (1:00 PM – 01:50 PM)
The Stone House Group – Zero Energy Case Studies
Darren Cassel, The Stone House Group

Session 4 – (02:00 PM – 02:50 PM)
Triple Net Zero Energy Journey
John David Head, Director of School Operation, Acton-Boxborough Regional School District

About Eversource

Eversource is New England’s largest energy delivery company, with approximately 3.7 million electric and natural gas customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Eversource partners with like-minded companies and stakeholders to conduct their business in a responsible and sustainable way, providing the best solutions for their customers and the communities they serve.

POSTPONED: Two-Part Building Energy Modeling Course Part 2 | Green Building Training Program

NOTE: This event is a two-part series. The course is arranged in this way to allow you to practice the energy modeling in between courses:

Class 1: Aug 20th from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Class 2: Sept 3rd from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Introduction to Energy Modeling with eQuest

12 Hour Training presented by Built Environment Plus

Building Energy Modeling is a versatile, multipurpose tool that is used in new building and retrofit design, green
certification, qualification for tax credits and utility incentives. The importance of creating energy models for a
building is growing as we focus on building energy efficiency as a key strategy to fight climate change and global
heating.

Learning Objectives:
After completing the course, attendees will be able to:
1) describe how modeling is used as part of an integrative design process
2) construct simple commercial building energy models using eQuest
3) interpret the results of energy models
4) distinguish between design models and validation models

Prerequisites and Target Audience
What will students need to know or do before starting this course?
This is a hands-on, project-based course that will give you the confidence to use energy modeling on your
projects. While there are no specific pre-requisites, knowledge of the building industry and basic building science
will be helpful.

The course will be spread across two days. At the conclusion of day one, attendees will be asked to perform
modeling exercises (aka homework) outside of class, to be completed by the next class session. Each section
will build upon previous work in class. By the end of the class, students will have created, run and QCed an
energy model on a building of their choosing. Along the way, we’ll touch on the uses of energy modeling in an
integrated design process, and some of the standards that apply to energy modeling such as ASHRAE 90.1
Appendix G.

Note that students will need access to a computer with the Windows operating system, and administrative rights
to be able to load the eQuest software. 

Detailed Agenda

Day 1
9:30 AM – Start
• Introductions
• Uses of Energy Simulation
• Overview of eQuest
• Intro to Our Project
• Setting up Building Geometry

12:30 – 1PM Lunch Break
• Internal Loads
• HVAC systems
• Energy Targets
• Parametric Runs

4:00 PM – Finished for the Day

Goal for Day 1
1) Download and install eQuest
2) Get a general familiarity with the eQuest interface
3) Set up our Model in Wizard Mode
4) Identify an Energy Target for our project
5) Run Parametics to identify three energy saving strategies

Day 2
9:30 AM – Start
• Recap, Q & A
• Intro to Detailed Mode
• Tips and Tricks
•Creating Code Baseline

12:30 – 1PM Lunch Break
• Working Session
• Modeling Uncommon Systems
• Quality Control
• Wrap up

4:00 PM – Finished for the Day

Goals for Day 2
1) Move into to Detailed Mode
2) Create your Code Baseline
3) QC Your Results
4) Learn some tips and tricks

Green Building Training Program Information

This course is now funded through the Commonwealth Workforce Training Fund’s Small Business Direct Access Program (SBDAP). If you are a small, Massachusetts-based business that employs 100 people or less, you and your employees may be eligible to take this training session for free! Learn more about this opportunity at our Green Building Training Program website.

** This course will be hosted virtually. All attendees, regardless of whether or not they are eligible for the Green Building Training Program (GBTP), must register for the course through our Eventbrite page. For GBTP participants, your company’s enrollment in the Commonwealth Workforce Training Fund’s Small Business Direct Access Program (SBDAP) must be verified before you can access the Zoom link – unverified participants will not be let into the meeting. **

POSTPONED: Two-Part Building Energy Modeling Course Part 1 | Green Building Training Program

NOTE: This event is a two-part series. The course is arranged in this way to allow you to practice the energy modeling in between courses:

Class 1: Aug 20th from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Class 2: Sept 3rd from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Introduction to Energy Modeling with eQuest

12 Hour Training presented by Built Environment Plus

Building Energy Modeling is a versatile, multipurpose tool that is used in new building and retrofit design, green
certification, qualification for tax credits and utility incentives. The importance of creating energy models for a
building is growing as we focus on building energy efficiency as a key strategy to fight climate change and global
heating.

Learning Objectives:
After completing the course, attendees will be able to:
1) describe how modeling is used as part of an integrative design process
2) construct simple commercial building energy models using eQuest
3) interpret the results of energy models
4) distinguish between design models and validation models

Prerequisites and Target Audience
What will students need to know or do before starting this course?
This is a hands-on, project-based course that will give you the confidence to use energy modeling on your
projects. While there are no specific pre-requisites, knowledge of the building industry and basic building science
will be helpful.

The course will be spread across two days. At the conclusion of day one, attendees will be asked to perform
modeling exercises (aka homework) outside of class, to be completed by the next class session. Each section
will build upon previous work in class. By the end of the class, students will have created, run and QCed an
energy model on a building of their choosing. Along the way, we’ll touch on the uses of energy modeling in an
integrated design process, and some of the standards that apply to energy modeling such as ASHRAE 90.1
Appendix G.

Note that students will need access to a computer with the Windows operating system, and administrative rights
to be able to load the eQuest software. 

Detailed Agenda

Day 1
9:30 AM – Start
• Introductions
• Uses of Energy Simulation
• Overview of eQuest
• Intro to Our Project
• Setting up Building Geometry

12:30 – 1PM Lunch Break
• Internal Loads
• HVAC systems
• Energy Targets
• Parametric Runs

4:00 PM – Finished for the Day

Goal for Day 1
1) Download and install eQuest
2) Get a general familiarity with the eQuest interface
3) Set up our Model in Wizard Mode
4) Identify an Energy Target for our project
5) Run Parametics to identify three energy saving strategies

Day 2
9:30 AM – Start
• Recap, Q & A
• Intro to Detailed Mode
• Tips and Tricks
•Creating Code Baseline

12:30 – 1PM Lunch Break
• Working Session
• Modeling Uncommon Systems
• Quality Control
• Wrap up

4:00 PM – Finished for the Day

Goals for Day 2
1) Move into to Detailed Mode
2) Create your Code Baseline
3) QC Your Results
4) Learn some tips and tricks

Green Building Training Program Information

This course is now funded through the Commonwealth Workforce Training Fund’s Small Business Direct Access Program (SBDAP). If you are a small, Massachusetts-based business that employs 100 people or less, you and your employees may be eligible to take this training session for free! Learn more about this opportunity at our Green Building Training Program website.

** This course will be hosted virtually. All attendees, regardless of whether or not they are eligible for the Green Building Training Program (GBTP), must register for the course through our Eventbrite page. For GBTP participants, your company’s enrollment in the Commonwealth Workforce Training Fund’s Small Business Direct Access Program (SBDAP) must be verified before you can access the Zoom link – unverified participants will not be let into the meeting. **

BuildingEnergy Boston Conference, hosted by NESEA

Attend the BuildingEnergy Boston Conference + Trade Show, an event designed by and for practitioners in the fields of high-performance building and design, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. Hosted by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), this year’s event is Thursday & Friday, August 13 & 14. The theme of BuildingEnergy Boston 2020 is Transforming Existing Buildings, with additional emphasis on decarbonization and on bringing more diverse communities into the discussion. Register at: nesea.org/be20

This conference is hosted by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), which helps high-performance building and renewable energy professionals improve their practices by learning from and networking with each other. Founded in 1975, it is a member-driven 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the adoption of sustainable energy practices in the built environment. Learn more at nesea.org.