Track 1: DOCUMENTATION AND DIAGNOSTICS – UNDERSTANDING HISTORIC PLACES / Volet 1 : Documentation et diagnostic – Comprendre les lieux historiques

Energy Analysis for Preservation Projects: The Right Technologies at the Right Times

Saturday, October 14
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM

As energy codes continue to raise the bar, energy modeling is becoming an increasingly important service for preservation projects. But not all energy models are created equal. This session will establish a framework for how owners and design teams optimally incorporate energy modeling into building design and operation. Energy modeling is used throughout the design process to optimize energy performance by comparing design options to understand how certain decisions affect efficiency and costs. However, there are different types of energy models that need to be distinguished throughout the design process. Energy models are not only used to optimize design decisions, but are also critical for third-party certifications and ongoing operations.

For preservation projects, design teams create energy models to measure how far they have to take their design to meet certain energy goals for a project. Optimizing a building’s design through energy modeling can translate into a significant amount of savings that can add up to millions of dollars over the lifetime of the building. For buildings currently in operation, owners can measure how far they may have strayed away from their energy model. Energy modeling can be used to optimize ongoing performance when comparing predicted energy use to actual energy use. Models used together with regularly updated real information, including metered data, create the best opportunity for continuous reductions in energy consumption for existing buildings.

The session will present two energy modeling technologies that can be used to inform design decisions in preservation projects. The first technology is automated energy modeling, which helps owners and design teams make energy-efficient decisions earlier in design than traditional energy modeling. Utilizing whole-building energy modeling to calculate the cost savings, payback, and available utility incentives for alternative design solutions, this technique helps determine which energy efficiency measures yield the best return on investment. The second technology is one that allows owners to quickly and easily understand both how a building is performing currently, and how it could – and should – be performing given its size, use, and location. Knowing how efficiently buildings are using energy allows owners to prioritize deferred maintenance and energy improvement projects. This session will provide audience members with the experience of how energy modeling impacts design decision-making and ongoing operations.

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Matthew S. Chalifoux

EYP Architecture & Engineering

Matthew Chalifoux, FAIA, is a Principal at EYP Architecture & Engineering. Mr. Chalifoux has over 30 years of experience in the renovation, restoration and rehabilitation of historic buildings. His projects have included the U.S. Supreme Court Building, the United Nations Headquarters, and the Richards Medical Research Building. While his projects have varied in scale they have all included the sensitive insertion of new technology and systems to provide appropriate levels of climate control, life safety and security while also being environmentally sensitive and sustainable. His projects have received local, state and national awards for design, historic preservation, construction and sustainability.


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