Laying the Foundation for 2040: Inventing the Future for a Low-Energy Building Stock

Laying the Foundation for 2040: Inventing the Future for a Low-Energy Building Stock

UC Washington Center
Washington, DC
March 07, 2011

An ACEEE 30th Anniversary Symposium
Laying the Foundation for 2040: Inventing the Future for a Low-Energy Building Stock

 

We face two significant challenges in our efforts to drastically reduce buildings energy consumption over the next 30 years: most of the 2040 building stock already exists today; and we’ve captured much of the energy savings available through improved equipment efficiency. To meet our goals, we need creative, effective ways to dramatically reduce energy use through systems-based solutions in building retrofits and new construction.

 

Please join ACEEE as one of a select group of participants for this one-day symposium to explore the vast potential for large-scale improvement of the building stock, and the challenges to a widespread transformation to sustainability. Our goal is to learn from the dialogue among participants and use the findings to guide ACEEE’s analysis and advocacy for the next 30 years, to help “invent the future.” The symposium will feature brief talks by a few experts, followed by vigorous facilitated discussion. ACEEE will summarize the presentations, discussion, and conclusions in a white paper to be disseminated after the event.

 

The morning session will frame visions for buildings in 2040 in the context of evolving communities, incorporating shifts in design, technologies, and society. The afternoon discussion will focus on the key elements of a roadmap to a low-energy building stock, and how to bring this vision to reality. 

 

We will address a range of topics including:

  • Technology developments required for deep reductions in buildings energy use by 2040. 
  • Promising technology pathways for construction and retrofit on the massive scale required
  • Role of information and communications technologies in facilitating and accelerating the shift to low-energy buildings, and their impact on how buildings are used.
  •  Building occupants as drivers of building energy use
  • Restructuring our built environment to meet the needs of individuals and communities
  • Potential synergies between efforts to rebuild infrastructure and reduce buildings energy use
  • Identifying the key gaps in our understanding of building energy performance and prioritizing research needs
  • Near- and long-term policy objectives to facilitate transition to a low-energy building stock
  • Using public and private programs and initiatives to engage a broad range of stakeholders in achieving our vision for a low-energy building stock

ACEEE’s goal for this conference, as for all of our 30th Anniversary events, is to build and articulate a common vision for the long-term role and path for energy efficiency in America. We seek to understand near- and long-term efficiency opportunities and obstacles, and to leave the symposium with a better understanding of how ACEEE and our partners can achieve these goals in the years and decades ahead.

 

PRELIMINARY PROGRAM

Printable Program

7:30 am to 8:30 am Breakfast

Multipurpose Rooom A

8:30 am to 9:00 am Welcome Multipurpose Rooom B&C
Welcome: Jennifer Amann, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

Setting the Stage: 

What are the key characteristics of the buildings stock today?  What are the boundary conditions for 2040: energy, climate/atmosphere, water, labor, infrastructure competition for capital?  What are our best guesses regarding population, demographics, and the building stock?

Speaker: Marilyn Brown, Georgia Institute of Technology

 

9:00 am to 10:30 am Visions of 2040: Part 1 Multipurpose Rooom B&C
Technology: Real Visions of a Low-Energy Building Stock A panel of experts will present on the technology developments required for achieving deep reductions in buildings energy use by 2040.  What are the most promising technology pathways for construction and retrofit on the massive scale required (construction/manufacturing practices; building shell, systems and services; and appliances, lighting, electronics)?  How will the revolution in information and communications technologies in recent years facilitate and accelerate the shift to low-energy buildings?
Panelists: Clay Nesler, Johnson Controls
Linda Wigington, Affordable Comfort, Inc (ACI)
Tom Durkin, Durkin & Villalta Partners Engineering
Diana Lin, Commercial Buildings Consortium

10:30 am to 10:45 am

Break

Multipurpose Rooom A

10:45 am to 12:15 pm

Visions of 2040: Part 2

Multipurpose Rooom B&C

The Human Elements

Building Occupants as Drivers of Building Energy Use: How will people’s decisions about where they live, work and play, how they conduct business,  the ways they interact with the built environment, and the services they expect from buildings and equipment shape the ultimate form of our future building stock?

Efficient Buildings in Sustainable Communities: Buildings carry great historical, cultural, and emotional significance for individuals and communities. What can we do to restructure our built environment without undue disruption of these important human needs? How can the need to rebuild our civil infrastructure (water, wastewater, transportation, energy, and information) offer new opportunities for synergy?

Speaker: John "Skip" Laitner, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)
Efficient Buildings in Sustainable Communities: Buildings carry great historical, cultural, and emotional significance for individuals and communities. What can we do to restructure our built environment without undue disruption of these important human needs? How can the need to rebuild our civil infrastructure (water, wastewater, transportation, energy, and information) offer new opportunities for synergy?
Speaker: David Goldstein, Natural Resources Defense Council

12:15 pm to 12:45 pm

Lunch

Multipurpose Rooom A,B&C

12:45 pm to 1:45 pm

A Conceptual Roundup

Multipurpose Rooom B&C

Each “Conceptual Roadmap” session will begin with a brief presentation to help frame open discussion
and brainstorming on each topic.

Research: Filling in the Gaps 

What don’t we know about buildings energy use? Where is energy actually dissipated, and what goes to reducible waste, irreducible waste, and beneficial energy services? What are the key gaps in understanding building energy performance?

Speaker: Drury Crawley, Bentley Systems

1:45 pm to 2:45 pm

A Conceptual Roundup Continued

Multipurpose Rooom B&C

Policy:

How can we best structure policy to achieve a low-energy building stock that meets human needs for vibrant, thriving communities? What policies can most effectively align incentives for the whole value chain? Near-term and longer-term objectives?

Speaker: Steve Nadel, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

2:45 pm to 3:00 pm

Break

Multipurpose Rooom A

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

A Conceptual Roundup Continued

Multipurpose Rooom B&C

Programs:

What is the role for public and private initiatives? Who should we engage in the near-term, what types of initiatives are most promising for achieving our vision? Who should we begin to build relationships with for longer-term action?

Speaker: Jeff Harris, Alliance to Save Energy

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Brainstorming & Closing Remarks

Multipurpose Rooom B&C

Facilitator: Neal Elliott, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

End of Symposium