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Envelope Energy

The October Small Firm Forum
Thursday, October 4, 2012

Noon to 1:30pm
Cost: Free for AIA members; $3 non-members
Open to all, bring your own lunch.

1.5 CES LUs

SFF Host: Juliana Brodsky, Assoc. AIA

We will discuss the energy-generating potential of building envelopes, and how new technology makes this possible.  We’ll look at types of solar panels and what’s being developed, the paradigm shift in applications of solar panels, and new competitive products for American markets.  We’ll get an in-depth look at the types of options available today, including photovoltaic vision glass, electrochromic tunable glass, heat mirror films, and even living wall applications.  We will cover potential new products for other systems that can lead to net-zero energy buildings, including wind power, prototype off-grid solar chargers, water heaters, and “smart” technologies.

Net-zero energy buildings have highly interconnected systems, and we’ll learn about how different trades have to work together to create a system that’s appropriate for each project.  Possible tax credits and incentives will be discussed, and the importance of a quick pay-back period.  We will see examples of projects that utilize BIVP systems, as examples of what we can see when these systems become more popular in the future.

Learning Objectives:

1.  Learn three key performance parameters for envelope design.

2.  Learn what the four main types of photovoltaic panels are.

3.  Learn four cutting edge envelope material systems.

4.  Learn two key Federal tax regulations applicable to BIPV (Building Integrated Photovoltaic) systems.

Free for AIA members / $3 for non-members

1.5 CES LUs

Brown bag lunch (BYO lunch)

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