In recent years technology, economics and environmental concerns have converged to create new interest in the possibility of making existing buildings more energy efficient. Much of the work we do as small firms and small project architects and builders involves existing buildings and their alteration. This means that we are likely to pay more attention to energy savings as a design goal or at least as a more important factor in the design process.
At the November Small Firm Forum meeting we will look at the process of thinking about energy efficiency from the beginning of a project and how there may be opportunities which might appeal to our clients in a project that does not even have as its main purpose making a building more energy efficient. We will look at the methods available to us now, some of which were not available only a few years ago, to evaluate the opportunities to save energy. We will look at the effort and expense needed to explore the opportunities. We will look at the benefits that may accrue to our clients and how some of these efforts will have offsetting costs. We will also look at how these efforts can affect our designs and how some notions must be brought into our thinking at an early stage of the process.
Our presentation and discussion will be led by two known experts in the field of construction and energy saving design.
President, McCutcheon Construction, Inc.
Michael McCutcheon, CGBP, is the owner of McCutcheon Construction, Inc. in
Senior Vice President of Building Science, Sustainable Spaces, Inc.
Adam brings to Sustainable Spaces a wealth of experience, ranging from project management to environmental restoration. He currently oversees all remediation operations and acts as lead consultant to some of the Bay Area’s top green contractors, architects, and developers.
Adam moved to
Having returned to his environmental calling as a core member of the Sustainable Spaces Team, Adam is trained in a wide range of building science disciplines. He is a certified Green Building Professional and GreenPoints Rater.
Small Firm Forum: While You're At It - Mining Energy Savings in the Alteration of Existing Buildings
Cost: Free for
1.5 CES/LU - HSW/SD TBD
For more information: 510/464-3600