Top 2021 IECC Efficiency Proposals for Northwest Voters

Learn about the top energy efficiency proposals under consideration in the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) update process — including those with the most potential to impact new buildings located in the Pacific Northwest climate. During this 60-minute session, experts from New Buildings Institute will highlight envelope, mechanical, electrical and renewable energy proposals in advance of the upcoming IECC hearings. Presenters will inform voters of factsheets and guides under development by NBI and our national partners to make electronic voting in November easy. You'll leave the webinar with a better sense of the technical aspects of the top proposals as well as their potential energy savings.

Zero Energy – A Foundation of Resilient Communities

In this event, participants will gain a better understanding for how designing to meet zero energy standards at the community level can make neighborhoods more resilient during extreme weather events, natural disasters and in the face of climate change.

The IECC Process Explained: A Guide for New Voters

Are you planning to vote in the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code update this November? If you’re new to the process, consider joining this free webinar to learn about the 2021 IECC update process. During this 90-minute session, our team of experts will provide a brief overview of energy codes, explain how voting in the IECC works, and provide a high-level overview of the efficiency proposals that have the greatest potential to reduce energy in residential and commercial buildings. You'll leave the webinar with a better sense of how to vote. You’ll also gain access to resources to help you prioritize your time when casting your votes in November.

Getting to Zero Energy in Schools is Achievable! Stories from schools on the path to zero

This one-hour webinar will highlight two projects that demonstrate the proof-of concept in zero energy school construction: P.S. 62 – the Kathleen Grimm School in Staten Island, NY and John J. Sbrega Health & Science Building at the Bristol Community College, Fall River, MA. This webinar will weave the experiences and lessons learned of districts and technical experts as they share resources, tools, and steps to success in designing, constructing and operating school facilities to an ultra-low energy target and adding renewable systems to offset their annual consumption.

Student Innovation and Initiatives Driving ZE Adoption

A critical element in any effort to promote a low carbon world is the engagement of all users and stakeholders in the mission. Across the world students are demanding action to reduce the threats of climate change. To engage our next generation of environmental stewards, schools are ideally positioned to respond and drive this cultural shift. Participants will be presented the current status of zero energy schools across the U.S. and then dive deep into examples of these projects to highlight the keys to successful projects, and illustrating the synergies between high performance and progressive learning environments. Join our presenters; Sylvia Wallis, Architecture for Education and Mary Ann Larrieu, Energy Conservation Specialist for Oxnard Union High School District as they discuss this path to zero and showcase successes that have realized utility cost savings of over $3.5M. Capital costs, cost savings, and funding sources will be described, as well as the district’s next moves to carry the school district through the next 30-50 years.

Financing Approaches for Getting to Zero Schools

The path to zero energy school construction can be a daunting one. Some issues may seem overwhelming such as, how do you pay for it? Financing renewable energy solutions and energy storage can be the key to a project’s economic viability and achieving the zero energy goal. In this one-hour webinar, hear how energy managers, sustainability professionals, energy consultants, and solar-plus-storage providers assessed various financing options from financiers. Financial instruments considered include tax-exempt leases, sale-leaseback, partnership-flip, and cash purchase scenarios. Attendees will learn about cost effective methods to improve energy efficiency, cost-saving methods to procure renewable energy and evaluating life cycle costs in buildings.