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2018 Net Zero Fellowship Research Presentation – Portland

JULY 18, 2019 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
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Passively Building for Resiliency: Assessing Energy Efficiency and Resilient Design in Oregon Buildings for Today and Tomorrow

Energy Trust invites you to a free event with 2018 Net Zero Fellow Joel Good. A senior consultant with RWDI’s Building Performance and Sustainability team, Joel will present his research on the value of passive design strategies for resiliency that align with net-zero design for new commercial buildings in Oregon.

Joel’s research evaluates two building designs using Kellogg Middle School as a case-study prototype. The school is designed to serve as a community center during a catastrophic event and part of the research focuses on how the building will perform when used as a place of refuge. While considering future climate in Oregon, passive systems and their resiliency were analyzed with a long-term view. Based on this case study, Joel will address key research questions: Can we establish a standardized methodology to evaluate resiliency? Can we clearly quantify benefits beyond energy savings? And how can we leverage our findings to improve community resiliency while striving for net-zero energy?

Energy Trust’s annual Net Zero Fellowship aims to uncover potential barriers to the widespread adoption of net-zero commercial building design, while growing the community constructing these remarkable buildings. Supporting Oregon design professionals to help bring more resilient, high-performance, net-zero energy buildings to the state is at the heart of Energy Trust’s vision.


Joel Good, associate–Building Performance, RWDI, Energy Trust 2018 Net Zero Fellow

Richard Manning, technical director, RWDI

Aaron Presberg, senior program manager, Energy & Sustainability, Portland Public Schools

Deb France, principal architect, Oh planning+design

About the 2018 Net Zero Fellow:

Joel Good is a senior consultant with RWDI’s Building Performance and Sustainability team, where he applies his mechanical and environmental engineering background to focus on passive design and active system components. He has a Masters of Applied Science in Environmental Engineering from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Victoria.


Date: July 18, 2019

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Cost: Free

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