Webinar series 2022

JUNE 28 – 30, 2022


Webinar series 2022


Thursday June 9, 2022 // 12pm EDT

Lunch & Learn

Importance of Integrating New Tools and Technologies in the Design Process to Achieve Building Performance Goals with Long Lasting Impacts

The Sixth Assessment Report published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shows that based on current and trending carbon emission rates, the earth's temperature will increase by 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2040. In order to mitigate further climate catastrophe, Nations and Industries alike must amend their activities and prioritize lowering emission. The building sector alone accounts for 40% of all global carbon emissions, therefore data-driven design decisions can significantly reduce the energy consumption and carbon emissions of buildings. Achieving zero carbon today is not as difficult as it may once have seemed. The knowledge and technology are available in all climates, and the health, economic and environmental benefits are well documented. During this session we will show the impact of performance modeling especially in the early stages of design to achieve net zero energy buildings

Speaker: Zahra Zolfaghari, Research Team Lead, cove.tool

Format: 30-minute presentation, including Q&A with audience

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Tuesday June 28, 2022 // 11:30AM EST

11:30AM: Sustainability Spotlight Session: Outlining What Matters Most in Making a Zero-carbon Commitment

Confirmed Speakers:

Speaker: Brent Trenga – Director of Sustainability, Kingspan Insulated Panels

Session sponsored by Kingspan Insulated Panels

12:00PM: Building Owner Showcase: Habitat for Humanity International

Speakers: Molly Berg – Senior Specialist Building Science, Habitat for Humanity International




Wednesday June 29, 2022 // 11:30am EST

Panel: Designing for Healthy Retrofitted and New Buildings: Why a Collaborative Approach to Net-zero Design is Integral to Its Success

With workplaces, schools and public locations reopening after the pandemic, how can we ensure these buildings are healthy on the outside and inside for those spending time in it? And how can we ensure new buildings and adaptive reuse projects are in line with future embodied and operational carbon emission quotas?

Bringing together leading design experts, this session addresses the following topics and challenges:

  • Addressing the challenge of integrating more sustainable design strategies into design flow, in early phases of design to make a more informed decision
  • The importance of collaborating early with the building owner on design strategy of a net-zero building: from construction to materials to building operations
  • Reducing energy usage in the early stages of design (as well as carbon emissions)
  • Innovations in building envelope developments in areas such as insulation, airtightness, foundations, wall assemblies and roofing systems


  • Moderator: Tim Murray – Sustainability Specialist, Page Southerland Page
  • Patrick Thibaudeau – Principal Sustainability Officer, JLG Architects
  • Lana Crouse - Regional Director, Market Transformation & Development, US Green Building Council
  • Harvey ‘Chip’ Amoe – Director of Sustainability, Henry Ford Health System
  • Kelsey Groesbeck – Sustainability Leader and Mechanical Engineer, TowerPinkster




Thursday June 30, 2022 // 11:30am EST

Panel: From New Renewables Infrastructures to Updated Legislation – What to Expect in the Next Decade?

With solutions such as wind, solar and on-site heat generation becoming more widely available, the landscape of utilities is changing. What does this mean to building owners and what should you take into account when looking to switch to other energy resources?

Key experts on the future of electrification and renewable energy resources come together to discuss the following:

  • How can Michigan and the Midwest make solar more accessible?
  • Updates on the infrastructure bill, latest renewable energy codes, incentives, and legislation
  • Understanding the roll out of renewable energy infrastructure in the Midwest
  • From photovoltaics to geothermal to wind power – which (on-site) renewable resources are promising to the Midwest and what solutions will they bring?
  • What impact will initiatives such as the Zero Code Energy Efficiency Standard and the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code on the future of renewables in the Midwest?
  • What types of renewable energy financing structures and subsidy programs are available for renewable energy resources in the Midwest, that help support the affordability of reaching net-zero renewable energy goals?
  • As consumers and building owners are electrifying their homes and buildings, which distributed generation renewables are important for maintaining the grid?


  • Moderator: Grace Michienzi – Director of Research and Policy, Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council
  • Jim Edelson – Director of Policy, New Buildings Institute
  • Kerwin Wimberley – Senior Policy Analyst & Taskforce Director, Detroit City Council, Green Taskforce
  • Lisa White – Associate Director, Phius
  • John Delurey – Senior Regional Director, VoteSolar