Assisting AIA members to stay at the top of their field, DBR offers presentation opportunities for continuing education and we are ready to provide lunch & learn opportunities to you and your staff.
Meet the Experts
TIM W. KILBY
CxA, LEED AP BD+C
Director of Commissioning
Electrical Design Director
BRIAN C. UHLRICH
PE, LEED AP, CxA
LEED AP BD+C
Director of Sustainability
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DBR is pleased to offer both in-house Lunch & Learns as well as virtual Webinar courses for your convenience. For more information and to set up your next course please contact us at [email protected].
We pride ourselves on expert topics in the A/E/C industry and if you have already experienced one of our courses we encourage you to look into the other courses we offer. Please also consider taking our Lunch & Learn Survey to tell us what you thought!
Courses We Offer
Building Commissioning 101
This presentation is for the members of the building design team. It is an introduction to the commissioning process and a guide to the design team responsibilities within the commissioning process. The presentation will describe each step in the commissioning process and explain how the designer will fulfill their role during those steps. Ideally, the designer will come away with a better understanding of the commissioning process and how it is a benefit during the design phase of a project.
Exploring Existing Building Commissioning
The landmark 2004 study by Evan Mills “Building Commissioning, A Golden Opportunity for Reducing Energy Costs and Greenhouse Emissions” presents a study of the cost/benefit of commissioning, existing buildings and new construction. Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory updated the study with new results and findings resulting in what is considered as the world’s largest data base of commissioning cost/benefit studies for commercial buildings. This presentation will review the data for existing buildings and include a case study of an existing, public, high school commissioning project.
Energy Code Compliance
Improving Lighting Design & Effectiveness in Tenant Spaces
Energy Codes continue to become more stringent, reducing the amount of power allowed for use in interior spaces. As the energy codes, governed by either AHSRAE or IECC, reduce lighting power levels and increase lighting control requirements, the use of more efficient fixtures and fixtures with more features is becoming a higher priority design criteria. But the quality of interior lighting remains critical for occupant productivity. There are also conditions that are exempt from energy code compliance. This presentation will shed some light (pun intended) on common and uncommon requirements and educate about features available to simplify the selection process.
Hybrid Ground Source Heat Pump Systems
The evolution of the energy code and ASHRAE standards for achieving zero energy buildings require more energy efficient HVAC systems than current conventional systems. Standard Ground Source Heat Pump Systems (GSHP) can meet the high energy efficiency requirements, but the high initial construction cost and the need for large borefields sometimes make the implementation of these systems difficult. In addition, this system may not always be feasible for some climate zones and soil conditions. The Hybrid Ground Source Heat Pump System (HyGSHP) can be a good alternative to traditional GSHP systems. It combines the energy efficiency of the GSHP system with lower cost conventional HVAC equipment. This presentation provides an overview of the HyGSHP system, comparison with a GSHP system and return on investment for both systems.
Indoor Air Quality
Post COVID-19 HVAC for Schools
The COVID-19 pandemic will change the way we design, operate, and maintain the HVAC systems in schools. Measures to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus and other viruses and harmful bacteria should be implemented to maintain healthier schools and to ensure a safe return to normal activities. This presentation addresses the current Indoor Air Quality measures in schools and the proposed HVAC solutions that can help reduce the risk of spreading viruses. Most of the technologies needed for better Indoor Air Quality and safer operation of the HVAC systems are currently available. Owners should work with engineers to evaluate the current HVAC systems at their schools and develop a re-opening plan.
Making Our Buildings Net Zero Ready
Reducing carbon emissions is a critical strategy to mitigate climate change. Buildings account for 50% to 75% of carbon emissions in American cities. We will discuss how Net Zero Energy buildings contribute to lower carbon footprints. We will define NZE and EUI and we will discuss specific design strategies which can be used to reduce energy consumption. We will discuss how renewable energy can be incorporated into a building project to offset energy use and achieve Net Zero Energy.
Planning for Net Zero & Decarbonization
There is a growing trend of regulations regarding the operational carbon emissions of building. The real estate community across the US is watching closely as jurisdictions ban the use of fossil fuels and set goals for carbon neutral buildings. The general public is more aware than ever before of the impact that buildings have on human health and climate change. What does this mean for public building owners? How will this impact the operation and maintenance of existing buildings? This course will provide recommendations to help public building owners and their consultants to plan for a carbon neutral future.