Session III: Accentuate the positive: climate responsive design™
9 November 2012
Jewett Hall UMA, Augusta
Conventional building design presumes that a building’s energy will be imported in the form of electricity and fuel. Integrated design accounts for on-site resources, as well as minimizing unwanted environmental conditions. In this session, we’ll explore using climate data and site characteristics to conduct a Site Resource Inventory to inform building design and lower building energy loads. This will set the stage for future sessions that will address specific strategies in more detail.
Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
- identify building form and orientation strategies,
- implement climate responsive design and identify building energy loads and
- understand site and climate factors as it relates to building performance.
Erik L. Olsen, PE
Erik is a climate engineer known for his passionate focus on high-comfort, low-impact environments. As Director of Transsolar Climate Engineering’s New York office he works collaboratively with clients, architects, and other engineers worldwide to develop and validate low-energy, architecturally integrated indoor climate and energy concepts. The scope of these concepts ranges from individual buildings to large master plans. Recent work includes the ground-breaking Angelos Law Center at the University of Baltimore, several university research and teaching laboratories, and the new Canadian House of Commons debating chamber.
In addition to his specialist work at Transsolar, Erik has worked as a consulting mechanical engineer on a wide variety of building types and launched and directed the City of Chicago’s Green Permit Program. He has served on several local and national U.S. Green Building Council committees and boards of directors.
Michael Pulaski, Ph.D., LEED AP BD+C
Thornton Tomasetti Fore Solutions
Michael Pulaski has been responsible for sustainable design of mixed-use developments, higher education, residential and industrial structures. He is the office leader in Portland Maine, the center for excellence for Thornton Tomasetti’s Sustainability Practice. With more than nine years of experience, he played a leading role as project manager for the 18-million-square-foot Las Vegas CityCenter Block C development, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and currently, University of Massachusetts Medical School Sherman Center. He is a Visiting Faculty in the Department of Architecture at Cornell University co-instructing a class.
Michael is a volunteer for the International Living Futures Institute serving as an Ambassador of the Living Building Challenge. He is also a board member of the University of Southern Maine Construction Management Advisory Board. Michael was a board member of USGBC Maine Chapter, founding member of USGBC National Emerging Green Professionals Committee, and Whole Systems Integration Process ANSI Standard Integrated Design committee. Michael holds a doctorate in Architectural Engineering from Pennsylvania State University with a focus on sustainable design and construction, master’s and bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University.