Envelope Energy Impacts: Building Science Informing Building Design

Date: October 10, 2013 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Construction Specifications Institute Fellow Paul Bertram will speak about the importance of prioritizing the energy efficiency of a building envelope and building modeling to support net-zero energy goals.

The Innovation Exchange will host this event at CEE's Downtown Minneapolis office, located at 212 3rd Avenue North, Suite 560.

The presentation will begin at 9:00, with a light breakfast at 8:30. Attendance is free, but registration is required. Sign up here for your ticket.

The event will also be webcasted live. Register here if you are unable to attend in person. 
Note: A recording of this event will not be available on our Resource Center. 

Who will attend?

Architects (approved for AIA/CES credit)
Building Science Experts
Building Operators/Owners
Building Specifiers
Corporate Sustainability Managers
Utility Engineers and Program Managers

*This program is registered with the AIA/CES for continuing professional education. Credit earned on completion of this program will be reported to CES Records for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for non-AIA members available on request.

Presentation description:

Paul Bertram spoke about the importance of prioritizing the energy efficiency of a building envelope. He  described the payback resulting from this investment and how the envelope contributes to a net-energy building. He touched on the building science behind exterior building panel efficiency and how Building Enclosure Commissioning is a growing driver behind building efficiency. This included a discussion on building modeling that supports net-zero energy goals and a case study highlighting successes and lessons learned.

In addition to outlining the energy impacts of the building envelope, Mr. Bertram discussed Kingspan’s work to achieve its net-zero energy goals as a company. This included steps that have been taken to move in this direction, examples of success, and challenges that the company needs to overcome. This was relevant not only to those involved in sustainable supply chain management, but also to reducing energy usage in industrial processes.

Learning objective 1: Impacts of building envelope on energy consumption
Learning objective 2: Energy modeling metrics, including cost-savings
Learning objective 3: Net-Zero Energy modeling research and databases from the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL)
Learning objective 4: Options for analytical approaches in energy modeling

Presenter bio:

Paul-Bertram_photo_Sept-2013.pngPaul Bertram is a Fellow of the Construction Specifications Institute and an Institute Past President. He has strong expertise in Envelope First Energy efficiency and Net Zero Energy strategies, as well as material evaluation and specification. In addition to Envelope First Energy Efficiency strategies, his current work includes energy modeling of building envelope, energy optimization, and related green house gas impacts.  

He has an extensive career in the field of Environment and Sustainability. This includes a Directorship position on Environment & Sustainability for the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA). He is currently the Director of Environment and Sustainability for the British company, Kingspan Insulated Panels, Inc.


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