BOISE, Idaho, May 23, 2023 –SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), an internationally ranked architecture and engineering firm, announced today that two of its net-zero energy experts will present as part of the University of Idaho’s Integrated Design Lab Building Simulation Users Group Lecture Series on Wednesday, May 24, 2023, at the University of Idaho in Boise. This lecture, titled “High Performance Warehouse Design” will take place at 12:00 p.m. (MDT). The University of Idaho’s Building Simulation Users Group (BSUG) is a collective of engineers and architects interested in learning more about and discussing topics related to building simulation with a focus on energy efficiency. Based in Boise, their audience spans Treasure Valley and a broader online audience.
This one-hour presentation will provide attendees with a brief overview of a LEED Platinum Net-Zero Energy Warehouse designed for the National Institute of Health in North Carolina and certified (v2009) in October 2018. Using current analysis and simulation tools, SSOE’s David Johnson will look to validate the project’s design decisions to reduce energy use, and SSOE’s Simran Bajaj will demonstrate how performing a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) can be used to balance embodied carbon, cost, and performance targets on projects. As a retrospective on a project designed over five years ago, both Johnson and Bajaj will summarize whether the analysis suggests design improvements that would be beneficial if designed today.
SSOE’s Jennifer Breault, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, Architect and Chair of the firm’s Sustainable Design Strategy Group, stated, “Designing efficient, high-performing buildings takes a systems-thinking approach and we need to understand how our design decisions will impact a facility over its life cycle. Building systems, labor shortages, and materials availability are some of the parameters that continue to evolve within the AEC industry. By utilizing technology to evaluate and validate design strategies, we can provide our clients with evidence-based data so they can justify those decisions with their stakeholders.”
Simran Bajaj, Associate AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is an Architectural Designer with more than seven years of experience in automotive and manufacturing building projects. She is a passionate sustainability advocate involved in whole-building life cycle analysis and LEED certification of buildings.
David Johnson, AIA, NCARB, PE, is an Architect and Mechanical Engineer with over 10 years of experience in automotive, manufacturing, and commercial building projects. He practices sustainable design with a focus on building energy simulation and analysis.
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