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Advances in energy efficient technology and design practice have produced a new generation of highly energy efficient buildings. When combined with renewable energy, these buildings may qualify to be called “net zero energy buildings.” This year at NFMT, the FMXcellence session will examine the energy efficiency strategies that are at the heart of any net zero energy building. The session, “FMXcellence: Next Frontier of Energy Efficiency,” will be held Tuesday, March 20 at 9:00 a.m. at the Baltimore Convention Center. To many facility managers, the term “zero energy buildings” might sound almost like an impossible dream. In the past few years, a range of projects has demonstrated that a many types of buildings can achieve net zero energy consumption. These buildings use advanced design thinking and proven technology to make dramatic reductions in energy consumption; renewable energy is then used to provide for the building’s needs. This session will take a practical look at the net zero approach from the perspective of two facility managers who have been involved in the design and operation of net zero buildings. • John Chadwich, AIA, is Assistant Superintendent, Facilities and Operations, Arlington Public Schools. He has led the district’s response to sustained student enrollment growth through three biannual capital improvement plans, and several capital projects, notably Discovery Elementary School. Discovery opened in 2015 and was designed to achieve zero net energy and integrate learning, design, sustainability, and environmental stewardship. Marianne Larrisey, LEED GA, is Senior Advisory Consultant for CBRE. The firm is a Vested partner with TD Bank Group and Larrisey worked closely with TD Bank Group on its net zero energy efforts. She has more than ten years of experience in energy management and sustainability. Panelists will share their experiences in both the design and operational stages, reviewing both successes and obstacles and highlighting the factors that made the projects work. The session will help FMs understand both what the net zero approach entails and the process required to make net zero a reality. The session will give FMs a chance to:
NFMT — the National Facilities Management Conference and Exposition — will be run Tuesday, March 20, through Thursday, March 22, at the Baltimore Convention Center. For more information, go to www.nfmt.com/baltimore.