Friday, November 11, 2011


For Release:
Nov. 10, 2011

Contact: Jodi Scott
Public Relations

Call for Posters
Keynote Speakers, ALI Course Announced for ASHRAE High Performance Building Conference

ATLANTA – Application techniques, actual performance and policy issues for achieving high performance buildings with deep energy savings are addressed at ASHRAE’s upcoming High Performance Buildings (HPB) Conference. Registration is now open.

High Performance Buildings: A Focus on Deep Energy Savings, advances the industry’s efforts to change the energy-use aspects of the built environment. The conference takes place March 12-13, 2012, San Diego, Calif., and features 50 presentations in 16 sessions covering a broad range of HPB topics.  To register or for more information, visit

“This is a must-attend conference for professionals, researchers and building owners involved in setting policy and applying best practices for energy efficiency in high performance buildings,” conference chair and ASHRAE Presidential Member Kent Peterson, P.E., said. “This specialty conference provides a great opportunity to network with the trend setters in building energy efficiency.”

With an attendance limited to 300, the conference allows an exchange of ideas and dialogue to facilitate understanding of current energy saving efforts, share best practices and to establish an action plan to substantially improve energy efficiency in buildings.

The conference is presented by ASHRAE’s High Performing Buildings Magazine, which publishes articles on measured high performance buildings only. The conference features three HPB case study sessions that include natural ventilation, net zero energy implementation, building controls, Germany’s first LEED® Platinum building as well as schools, office buildings and a library.

In addition, a special HPB Magazine session features the editorial advisory board, sharing lessons they have learned from reporting on the experiences of the designers, contractors, suppliers and owners of buildings that have been featured in the magazine.  In addition, case studies of selected buildings are presented.

Keynote speakers are:
•       Jeanne Clinton, special advisor for efficiency at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), appointed by Governor Brown, speaking on “Energy Management Meets Economic Development.” Previously she was Governor Schwarzenegger’s Clean Energy Advisor at the CPUC, during which time she led the California Solar Initiative and guided California’s Long-Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan.
•       Eric Corey Freed, organicARCHITECT, San Francisco, will challenge attendees through his address, “Dodo-Sapiens: How Our Way of Life is Killing Us and the Need for Regenerative, Bio-Based Buildings.”
•       ASHRAE President Ron Jarnagin, who will discuss “ASHRAE's High Performance Building Initiatives: Sustaining Leadership in Sustainability.”

The Building Performance sessions address integrated measurement, operation and maintenance practices; thermal and visual performance; residential retrofits; design, operation and tenant behavior; and minimum ventilation rate procedure.

The Policy and Benchmarking sessions cover U.S. Army net zero policy initiatives; NSTAR – HPB as a part of the State of Massachusetts’ energy efficiency goals; and CALGreen – California’s green building standards code.

The Low Energy Techniques Sessions cover net zero district vs. net zero buildings; the 50% Advanced Energy Design Guide for Small and Medium Office Buildings published by ASHRAE; biomimicry; and high temperature cooling techniques.

Bottom-line results are addressed in the Return on Investment Session with business case studies on net zero energy buildings in San Diego and Phoenix; financial metrics for comparing efficiency and renewables projects; Caltech’s Energy Conservation Investment Program; and life-cycle commissioning.

Other sessions cover envelopes, lighting/daylighting, plug loads, operations and integrated building design.

Registration cost is $650 ($550, ASHRAE, U.S. Green Building Council and American Institute of Architects members).  An “on-demand” Virtual Conference is included with the registration fee.  A Virtual Conference only registration is $149 ($99, member).  The conference will be approved for AIA LUs, PDHs and LEED AP credits.

Also being offered in conjunction with the conference is an ASHRAE Learning Institute seminar, Implementing Standard 189.1-2009 for High-Performance Green Buildings, which focuses on the minimum requirements for the design, construction and plans for operating high-performance buildings. The seminar takes place on March 11, and the cost is $485 ($395 ASHRAE, U.S. Green Building Council and American Institute of Architects members). Attendees can save $100 on the seminar cost if registering for both the seminar and the conference.

Call for Posters
Poster presentations are requested for high performance buildings that may be either in design or completed, and will be grouped in two categories:  those with one year or more of measured energy data and those relying on modeled energy use. Submissions are particularly encouraged for projects that:
•       Emphasize innovative strategies to dramatically improve energy efficiency
•       Demonstrate replicable strategies
•       Share valuable lessons learned
•       Have one year or more of measured energy data

Poster proposals are due Jan. 9, 2012, and decisions will be made as posters are submitted. Accepted posters will be displayed at the conference. Poster presenters receive a discounted registration rate of $500, ($400, members). To download the poster template or for more information, visit

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