Continuing Education Symposium: The Future of Housing

Thursday, 21 SEPT 2017
Charter Hall at the City Market Building
32 Market Square SE, Roanoke, VA 24011

AIA Blue Ridge is pleased to present our fall education symposium: The Future of Housing – Energy Efficiency, Affordability, and Beyond.  We invite members of the architecture, engineering, and construction industry, as well as allied organizations, community groups, government officials, and anyone interested in learning more about trends in sustainable, affordable housing, to participate.  The day’s events will include a number of presentations from industry leaders, panel discussions designed to facilitate conversation and sharing of ideas, and opportunities for networking with colleagues and trade vendors.  Attendees can earn up to (8) continuing education units (HSW), and lunch and happy hour hors d’oeuvres are included in the ticket price.


8:30 – Registration

8:50 – Welcome

9:00 – Presentation // Building Assemblies: Insulation and Moisture Management // (1 HSW)

Presenter: Michael Ermann, Professor of Architecture, Virginia Tech

In most climate zones, a tight envelope is a key element in the design and construction of energy efficient housing. However, a tight envelope can lead to serious problems if water vapor is trapped within the assembly of materials. In this presentation, we explore the importance of understanding perm ratings, thermal bridging, insulation, air sealing materials and applications for high performance envelope design.

10:00 – Presentation // Ventilation, Heating and Cooling for Tight Building Envelopes // (1 HSW)

Presenter: Galen Staengl, Principal, Staengl Engineering

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning loads are greatly reduced in well insulated buildings with low levels of air infiltration. The tradeoff for buildings with tight envelopes is the need for continuous mechanical ventilation to remove excess moisture and to ensure good indoor air quality. In this presentation, we focus on the key concerns and best practices for HVAC design in high performance buildings.

11:00 – Panel Discussion // Residential High Performance Building Design, Construction and Use // (1 HSW)

Moderator: Monica Rokicki, Principal/Owner, Better Building Works

Panelists: Michael Ermann, Professor of Architecture, Virginia Tech, Galen Staengl, Principal, Staengl Engineering

This panel discussion provides an opportunity for attendees to engage in a conversation focused on the critical integration of tight building envelopes with high performance HVAC design.

12:00 – Lunch, with remarks from VA Delegate Sam Rasoul

1:00 – Presentation // Planning and Urban Design: A Broader Perspective on Affordability and Energy Efficiency // (1 HSW)

Presenter: Tom Low, Director, Civic by Design

Even the most energy efficient buildings can still significantly contribute to resource depletion and carbon emissions if they exist within a planning context that demands the use of highly inefficient personal automobiles. The legacy of single-use Euclidian zoning is a barrier to greater overall efficiency in our lives. In this session we learn how Civic by Design is working to “elevate the quality of our built environment” with strategies for “Sprawl Repair” and “Urban Triage.”

2:00 – Panel Discussion // Collaboration for Affordability and Energy Efficiency // (1 HSW)

Moderator: Katharine Gray, Land Use and Urban Planner, City of Roanoke

Panelists: Colin Arnold, Vice President of Architecture, CHP Design Studio, Chris Chittum, Director of Planning, Building, & Development, City of Roanoke, John Garland, Former President, Spectrum Engineers and Spectrum Design (1980-2012), Partner in Historic Preservation Companies restoring City of Roanoke historic properties, Lucas Thorton, Managing Partner, Hist:Re Partners

While architects often know of the specific assembly types for energy efficiency, there are other items (cost, building code, zoning code, historic tax credit regulations, funding regulations, building maintenance, tenant education and participation, etc.) that also are part of the equation.  Join us in a discussion with regulators, designers, and developers to explore how to overcome the barriers to energy efficiency and affordability.

3:00 – Presentation // Cartridge Based Modular Architecture // (1 HSW)

Presenter: Bobby Vance, Visiting Instructor of Architecture, Virginia Tech

Joe Wheeler and Bobby Vance are leading the design and construction of Virginia Tech’s entry for the Dubai Solar Decathlon. This is Virginia Tech’s first engagement with the Solar Decathlon since winning the European Solar Decathlon in 2010. Bobby Vance presents the team’s innovative Cartridge concept for modular construction with projects that include the Dubai house, single-family, multi-family, and disaster relief housing.

4:00 – Presentation // Direct Current Microgrids for Efficient Energy Management // (1 HSW)

Presenter: Brian Patterson, President and Board Member, EMerge Alliance

Electricity is distributed as alternating current, but almost exclusively, we convert it to direct current for use. The inverting process is inefficient with substantial amounts of the energy lost to heat. With increasing amounts of our electricity captured with solar panels and turbines as direct current, there is the opportunity to avoid the conversion losses with Direct Current Micro Grids. Brian Patterson will explain how EMerge Alliance is leading this exciting innovation.

5:00 – Networking / Trade-show, with heavy hors d’oeuvres

6:30 – Keynote Presentation // High Performance Affordable Housing // (1 HSW)

Presenter: Matt Fine, Certified Passive House Consultant and Partner, Peabody Architects

Matt Fine is a Partner in Peabody Architects in Alexandria, VA. Peabody Architects is committed to sustainable design and has developed a portfolio of numerous Passive House Certified single and multi-family homes. They have also found success in the particularly challenging goal of delivering modular housing that is affordable and meets Passive House Certification. They have delivered Net Zero homes and are engaged in the experiments with DC MicroGrids.


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