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Breaking the Cost Barrier | Green Building Training Program

April 14, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Breaking the Cost Barrier?

Like it or not, money talks. In pursuing high performance, there are many potential financial pitfalls.

For example, the benefit of high performance envelope strategies are often washed out with overly-conservative HVAC sizing; using rules of thumb for system sizing makes it look like achieving targets are out of reach. And, designers often are not aware of the impact of their design decisions on loads, HVAC system design, and construction cost. So, improper investments are made that tip the balance away from achieving both energy and construction cost goals.

In other words, using data to question and inform optimal design decisions is essential to achieve true high performance without driving up construction cost. The high performance goals extend beyond energy to address indoor environmental quality including thermal comfort and daylighting. The experts listed below, will guide you through these challenges, and approaches to deal with them, using real world experiences and case studies to showcase each scenario.

Get Ready to Play!

But, beyond your typical training, this session directly engages the attendees in a game that simulates the design decisions encountered on actual projects. In the game, teams compete to achieve high performance goals, while breaking the cost barrier. You will be surprised at what you learn through this hands-on process, and how much fun you have doing it!


Upon completion:
  • participants will be able to describe what drives a peak heating and cooling load, and how those related to annual energy consumption.
  • participants will be able to explain the impact that envelope performance and amount of glass have on HVAC system sizing and first cost.
  • participants will be able to dispel the myth that quality design, superior energy performance (NZE), occupant satisfaction and low first costs are incompatible goals through real examples.

You and your business may be eligible to take this training for FREE! Learn more about this opportunity at our Green Building Training Program website.

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. **

Alejandra Menchaca, PhD, LEED AP, WELL AP

Vice President Thornton Tomasetti

Alejandra is a Vice President in the Sustainability practice for Thornton Tomasetti.  She combines expertise in mechanical engineering and building science to give clients a clear understanding of the impact design strategies and innovative solutions have on long-term building performance. Alejandra leverages research and simulations to provide project teams with sustainable design knowledge and energy expertise. She is experienced in the design of both passive buildings and energy- and carbon-intensive structures such as laboratories and healthcare facilities. Her expertise also includes thermal comfort, energy modeling, daylighting, embodied carbon, and computational fluid dynamics. Alejandra holds a PhD from MIT in Mechanical Engineering, and has taught courses on natural ventilation and energy in buildings both at MIT and the Harvard GSD.

Heather Jauregui, LEED AP BD+C, O+M, CPHC

Director of Sustainability | Perkins Eastman

Heather works as the Director of Sustainability at Perkins Eastman, where she combines her passions for both research and architecture. As a firmwide resource, she works internally to educate architects about sustainability, and to provide them with easy access to key research and tools they need to integrate sustainability into the design process. As a project resource, she works as an internal consultant to help guide sustainability throughout the design process from goal setting to strategy identification to measuring results. She is passionate about passive design, building science, indoor environmental quality, and pre/post-occupancy evaluations.

Jacob Knowles

Director of Sustainable Design | BR+A

As Director of Carbon Neutral Planning at BR+A, Jacob Knowles leads our sustainability consulting team. He is a Zero Net Energy guru, spearheading millions of square feet of Carbon Neutral + Cashflow Positive projects. With the help of his team, we have developed carbon neutral master plans and our projects have received awards such as AIA COTE Top Ten, I2SL Go Beyond, and major MA DOER high performance buildings and zero net energy grants. Jacob is also a board member of the Boston Society for Architecture.

Jana Silsby, AIA, LEED AP

K-12 Education Client Leader / Principal | DLR Group

Jana was highly involved with Greenbuild 2017, where she developed Tours for the Greenbuild International Conference in Boston, which included 29 tours that visited 80+ sites over three days, as well as developed the RFP, reviewed and compiled tour sites into tours, and managed more than 60 volunteers. She is part of DLR Group’s Sustainability Forum, the firm-wide group that provides sustainability strategy, resources, education, analysis and supports teams in DLR’s integrated design process. Jana graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelors in Architecture and a Bachelors in Environmental Design.


April 14, 2021
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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