Event Building Enclosure Council Committee Meeting

June 11, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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Austin Center for Architecture
801 W. 12th Street
78701 Austin , TX
Phone: 5124524332

Building Envelope Optimization and its Impact on Net Zero Performance

The course begins by defining net-zero energy performance and discussing how this metric can have different meanings for different projects. Using analysis, the presenters will demonstrate the impact of envelope optimization on net zero energy goals. The presenters will discuss case studies, including built work and projects in different stages of design and construction, which have applied envelope optimization strategies to result in net zero energy performance.

Brian Meinrath, a member of Atelier Ten's environmental design practice group, has expertise in analyzing comprehensive water management systems and optimizing complex facades. He has managed a wide range of project types, including universities, lab buildings, and cultural institutions. Some of his current clients include the University of Texas, Stanford University, and the University of Utah. Brian holds a B.Architecture and a B.A. in Architecture from Rice University.
During his 22 years as an architect, Peter Hoffman has successfully worked at the intersection of design, construction and sustainability. Having led dozens of LEED Silver/Gold projects in the past ten years, he has demonstrated an ability to integrate technology, cost benefit analysis and human experience into award winning design that exceeds client’s goals. Coming from a construction background early in his career Peter has a deep understanding of the entire project delivery process and an ability to effectively communicate with the design-build team. Prior to joining Page in 1987 he worked for several nationally recognized firms such as 3D/International.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Define Net Zero Energy
  2. Understand the importance and potential of envelope optimization on net zero energy projects
  3. Become familiar with the tools and methods to optimize solar responsive fenestration
  4. Become familiar with the tools and methods to optimize opaque thermal wall assemblies






Knowledge & Resources: to improve the performance of the building enclosure by providing an objective forum for training, education, discussion, technology transfer, and the exchange of information

Interdisciplinary: for architects, engineers, contractors, building owners, consultants, facility managers, code officials, educators, and anyone else with a stake in high-performance and energy-efficient buildings

Climate-Specific: resource for building enclosure issues pertinent to the unique qualities of Austin, Texas and its surroundings

BEC: Austin typically meets the first Wednesday of each month from 12:00pm - 1:00pm. Check the AIA Austin calendar or contact the committee chairs for up-to-date information or to learn how you can become involved!

Terese Ferguson, AIA, Chair
John Posenecker, Allied Member, Chair
Matthew Carlton, PE, Chair