Lessons Learned: Pursuing a Performance‐Based Process toward Energy Efficiency

How often does the design team assume they know the best way to help a building owner achieve maximum efficiency? How active are owners in the process? One owner challenged its consultants to pursue a different strategy for the design and installation of a chiller project at the Ohio History Center. With a solid team, thoughtful steps and an engaged process, significant benefits can be gained by owners.

Presenters for this session share lessons learned that may assist other design teams and owners in the future, with goals that include:

  • understanding the Owner’s Program of Requirements (OPR) and the Basis of Design (BOD).
  • learning how to compare and contrast procurement options available for mechanical equipment and installations.
  • understanding the value of a commissioning agent to the design engineer.
  • evaluating the benefit of equipment optimization following a new installation.

Presenters for the session are:

  • Amy Kaspar, Architect, Ohio History Connection

Amy has served as project architect since joining the Ohio History Connection in June 2010 and is a LEED Accredited Professional with a specialty in Building Operations and Maintenance. At the Ohio History Connection, Amy has managed a dozen energy efficiency upgrade projects at multiple sites, totaling more than $4 million and overseen audits at 10 sites around the state. Recently, she completed training to become a Certified Energy Manager.

  • Greg Raffio, PE, Go Sustainable Energy, LLC

Greg is Go Sustainable Energy’s point engineer for net‐zero energy buildings and technical lead for energy simulation. As a project team member, Greg most regularly participates on commissioning, energy simulation, energy auditing, M&V, and portfolio‐scale utility data analysis projects. Greg has served as the lead and co‐author on eight peer‐reviewed publications regarding net‐zero energy, energy efficiency and multi‐site energy analysis.

  • Phil Stafa, PE, Korda Engineering

Phil is the Sustainability Coordinator for Korda/Nemeth Engineering, and he is involved with all of the firm’s LEED and sustainable projects. With this intimate knowledge of the company’s sustainable projects, Phil is able to glean concepts from one sustainable project, and apply them to others, thus improving the energy efficiency of each successive project. Phil is also responsible for designing mechanical engineering systems, and this combined background allows him to more fully assess the existing conditions of mechanical systems with sustainability measures in mind as well.

  • Fred R. Smith, Architect, Ohio History Connection

Fred is the Manager of the Architectural Services Department of the Ohio History Connection. He is responsible for all phases of the execution of capital projects throughout the Ohio History Connection’s statewide system comprising 57 historic sites and museums, including 13 National Historic Landmarks, and for the administration of all state, federal and grant funded construction projects. He is a licensed architect a LEED Green Associate.

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