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2017 Net Zero Fellowship


Energy Trust of Oregon’s first Net Zero Fellowship grant was awarded to Shilpa Surana of Brightworks Sustainability. As lead energy analyst and modeler, she set out to find the most cost-effective way to reach net zero, focusing on two building types: midrise multifamily buildings and low-to-midrise office buildings. Brightworks received grant funding to support Shilpa’s research.

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Shilpa Surana
2017 Net Zero Fellow

Shilpa Surana is the former lead energy analyst and modeler for Brightworks Sustainability, and was previously a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) energy model reviewer. She has extensive energy experience and expertise.

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Approaching Net Zero for Today’s Buildings

Advisory Panel

To assist with selection of the grant recipient, Energy Trust assembled a Net Zero Advisory Panel comprised of leaders in a variety of commercial new construction industry sectors.

Alisa Kane
City of Portland
Andrew Pape-Salmon
Ben Sturtz
REACH Community
Erica Dunn
Green Hammer
Jeni Hall
Energy Trust
Jessica Rose Iplikci
Energy Trust
Johanna Brickman
Oregon Best
JP Batmale
Oregon Public Utility Commission
Ken Baker
Northwest Energy
Efficiency Alliance
Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg
University of Oregon
Energy Studies in Buildings
Mark Perepelitza
SERA Architects
Nicole Hillis
Energy Trust
Paul Schwer
PAE Consulting Engineers
Ralph DiNola
New Buildings Institute
Renee Loveland
Gerding Edlen

While Energy Trust provides funding support for Net Zero Fellowship research projects, the resulting professional research content was developed by and is the product of the Net Zero Fellow author(s). Energy Trust makes no representations and gives no warranties of whatever nature in respect to these documents, including but not limited to the accuracy or completeness of any information, or any facts and/or opinions contained therein.