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Helping Schools be BETR with the Building Electrification Technology Roadmap

Join New Buildings Institute and Resource Refocus to learn more about the Building Electrification Technology Roadmap (BETR) for K-12 schools. BETR for schools is a new technical guide for school district stakeholder and decision makers who are interested in incorporating electrification technologies and approaches in schools. This study summarizes a comprehensive set of electrification technologies that can replace traditional gas combustion and offers information on cost implications, degree of difficulty, indoor air quality impacts, level of difficulty and emissions reduction opportunities.


Panelist: Rhys Davis, Technical Consultant, Resource Refocus

Rhys Davis is a technical consultant for Resource Refocus, which provides strategic energy consulting and analysis. His work focuses on moving towards zero carbon energy and building codes as well as modeling and evaluating pathways to decarbonization for existing buildings. Prior to his work at Resource Refocus, Rhys worked with SMUD’s Building Electrification and Energy Efficiency team on electrification load planning and forecasting. He has a Master of Science in energy systems from UC Davis and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the Ohio State University.

Panelist: Mischa Egolf, Technical Associate, New Buildings Institute

Mischa Egolf conducts data analysis, creates data visualizations, and completes technical research for several projects and initiatives at New Buildings Institute, including the GridOptimal Initiative, the Getting to Zero Buildings Database, and the Advanced Water Heating Initiative. Before joining NBI in 2021, Mischa worked for the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC), managing technical research projects and developing new test methods for measuring the radiative properties of roofing materials. She has a Bachelor of Science in multidisciplinary engineering with a focus on environmental and ecological engineering from Purdue University.


Panelist: Shannon Oliver, Senior Project Manager, New Buildings Institute

Shannon Oliver is a senior project manager at New Buildings Institute, working on energy efficiency in schools. He has extensive experience in operational and facility sustainability programs, including seven years with the Adams 12 School District in north Denver, Colorado, as their energy and sustainability manager. Shannon has experience with energy performance contracting, net zero building design, greenhouse gas inventories, water conservation, and waste management and reduction. He has a Bachelor of Science in environmental health from Colorado State University and a Master of Public Health in global environmental health from Emory University.


Moderator:  Reilly Loveland Falvey, Associate Director, New Buildings Institute