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2013 Green Building Symposium and Expo

2013 Symposium for the web

The Green Building Symposium Planning Team would like to express thanks to everyone who made this year’s Green Building Symposium and Expo an all-around excellent event from start to finish. 

The past year has been an exciting chapter in the District’s history as one of the leading sustainable cities in the country.  Many groundbreaking, one-of-a-kind green building innovations and programs such as the new green code, energy code, the Mayor’s Sustainable DC Plan, the Green Area Ratio, and more have been developed with input from thousands of dedicated citizens from across the city. 

The Department of Consumer and Regulatory affairs hosted this event to provide a deep dive into new programs and a celebration of accomplishments throughout the past year with local and national green leaders.

See the Keynote and Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s Address online produced by the Office of Cable Television (OCT).


Keynote Speaker

Jonathan F. P. Rose
Jonathan’s work has set the standard for well-designed, mixed use, mixed income, green projects. His strong commitment to making high-quality architecture and urban design accessible to all has made his projects national models for community transformation. Perhaps most notable is the recent Via Verde which has set new standards of architecture practice—achieving deep community benefits and holistic health in a blighted neighborhood in the South Bronx.  Jonathan began searching for green building solutions as early as the 1970’s focusing his efforts on how to bring green design to low-income communities. His firm’s development projects are characterized by sensitivity to their varied urban contexts, their concentration on walkability and accessibility to public transit, their variety of affordable housing options, and their striking design. He undertakes each project with a commitment to his core belief that the highest goal of every project is to make the world a better place.

The following sessions were held during the 2nd Annual Green Building Symposium and Expo on September 24, 2013:

DC’s First Green Construction Code (The Code Dan Brown Can’t Tell You About)

Moderator: David Epley (DCRA)
Speakers: Anica Landreneau (HOK), Fulya Kocak (Clark Construction), John Otto (Akridge)

Learn how the District’s first Green Construction Code will be applied to the design and construction of commercial and residential buildings in the District from the local experts who were involved in the year-long drafting of the code.

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Stormwater Synergy: Green Area Ratio and Stormwater Regulations

Moderator: Jeff Seltzer (DDOE)
Speakers: Laine Cidlowski (OP), Ryan Brannan (Wiles Mensch), Mark Chambers (DGS), Brian VanWye (DDOE)

During this session, learn about the District’s new Green Area Ratio and stormwater regulations.  This session will focus on the scope of the new regulations, how they both overlap, and best practices for meeting the requirements.

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You Can’t Manage What You Don’t Measure: Using Benchmarking Data to Enhance Efficiency

Moderator: Marshall Duer-Balkind (DDOE)
Speakers: Sam Brooks (DGS), Michelle Good (Akridge), Hanna Grene (DCSEU)

An early summary of the benchmarking data results will kick off a conversation in this panel about how energy and water consumption data is used to increase efficiency by various entities in the District. 

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Financing Green Building Improvements in the District

Moderator: Dave Good (DDOE)
Speakers: John Supp (DCSEU), Tina Johnson (Self Help), Andrew Gilligan (Sol Systems)

Join this session to learn about the different ways green building improvements are financed in the District such as property assessed clean energy (PACE) financing, renewable power purchase agreements, and local energy efficiency programs.

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Green Before You Bling:  Understanding the Fundamentals of Building Science 101

Moderator: Kimberly Newcomer (DCRA)
Speakers: Andrea Foss (Everyday Green), Krista Egger (Enterprise Green Communities)

A foundational understanding of building science is essential to designing and constructing efficient, healthy buildings as well as understanding the new DC codes.  Topics to be discussed during this session include heat transfer, air leakage, ventilation, insulation strategies, water management and more.

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Here Comes the Sun: Solar Market Potential and Technological Solutions

Moderator: Olayinka Kolawole (DDOE)
Speakers: Zach Axelrod (Skyline Innovations), George Nichols (DCSEU), Kevin Graves (Prospect Solar)

With our high price of solar renewable energy credits, the District has one of the strongest, if not the strongest, solar market potentials in the country.   Learn the newest market trends and technological solutions in renewable energy happening in the District. 

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Achieving the New 2012 Energy Code

Moderator: Keith Nelson (Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates)
Speakers: Ryan Meres (IMT), Roger Chang (Westlake, Reed, Leskosky), Patrick Kunze (GHT Limited)

The Green Code may be the star of DC’s new code cycle, but the new Energy Code is equally headline news.  Join this session to learn about the major changes in the Energy Code and how it will impact your building and design.

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Bringing EcoDistricts and Cogeneration to the District

Moderator: Jeffrey King (MWCOG)
Speakers:  James Freihaut (DOE), Diane Sullivan (NCPC), TBD

Join this session to learn more about projects and initiatives around the District that are implementing ecodistrict and cogeneration technologies and systems.  Speakers will use case studies of local projects such as Walter Reed, St. Elizabeth’s, McMillan, and Burnham Place as a platform to discuss best practices, challenges, new technologies, and lessons learned.

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Greening Affordable Housing in the District

Moderator: David Epley (DCRA)
Speakers: Denise Everson (DCHA), David Bowers (Enterprise Community Partners), Mark James (Urban Green)

Join this session to learn from seasoned experts how affordable housing is blazing the trail for green building in the District. Speakers will review green affordable housing projects and policies in the District.

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Green Economy in the District

Moderator: Stephanie G. Reich (DCRA)
Speakers: Allison Gerber (WICK), Brooke DeRenzis (DC Appleseed), Brendan Shane (DDOE)

In this session learn how new green initiatives in the Sustainable DC Plan, as well as new regulations such as the Green Construction Code, are requiring new skill sets from existing trades and creating new jobs and opportunities

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