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Looking Cool and Bright II: The latest research on cooling and building envelope technologies and strategies

Aug 21, 2012 from 04:30 AM to 06:00 AM (America/Los_Angeles / UTC-700)
1130 K Street, Room LL3
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Partners: WECC, EEC, UCCS

Description: HVAC is the largest sector of peak electricity demand, commanding over 50% of the total peak power used in built environments. The CA Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan calls for an aggressive reduction in peak electricity demand used for cooling. The Western Cooling Efficiency Center (WCEC) at UC Davis works to reduce peak energy demand through a variety of research projects focused on advancing market-ready energy efficient technologies, policy changes and stakeholder outreach. One such project, the Western Cooling Challenge, is a multi-winner competition platform that works with manufacturers to advance the application of climate appropriate energy efficient technologies and advocates for them. The success of the Challenge has also inspired the DOE to create an HVAC challenge of their own (High Performance Rooftop Unit Challenge). WCEC is actively involved in HVAC policy through the successful change and implementation to Title 24 that now makes Fault Detection Diagnostics, a way to detect potential energy wasting faults within an HVAC unit, mandatory on all new RTUs (effective January 1st 2014). Today, WCEC is innovating a new technology that uses aerosolized particles to seal building envelopes quickly and thoroughly, allowing conditioned air to remain in desired spaces, and unconditioned air to remain outside. This technology will be field tested for a second time in the coming weeks.

This policy forum will ask the following key questions:
1. What are the latest cooling and building envelope technologies and strategies and what do they imply for the next round of building and appliance standards as well as large-scale retrofit programs and AB758 implementation?
2. What are the latest indirect cooling technologies (costs/benefits)? How to properly value water in indirect evaporative cooling systems?
3. How do we properly value peak load reductions from cooling technologies?
4. What are appropriate methods for validating industry claims on new technologies?

Speaker Bios:
Anthony Eggert is the executive director of the UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy which is dedicated to leveraging university expertise to inform better policy. From 2007 through 2012 Eggert served as an appointee of Governors' Brown and Schwarzenegger in several senior policy positions overseeing clean energy and environmental policy development for California including Science and Technology Policy Advisor to the Chair of the Air Resources Board, Commissioner for the California Energy Commission, and Deputy Secretary for Energy Policy of the California Environmental Protection Agency. Prior positions include advising the University of California on federal energy and climate policy, directing research on low-carbon fuels and vehicles at UC Davis' Institute of Transportation Studies, and as an engineer and then manager for Ford Motor Company.

Mark Modera is the Director of the UC Davis Western Cooling Efficiency Center (WCEC), Sempra Energy chair in energy efficiency, professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering, and an Associate Director of the campus’ Energy Efficiency Center. He joined the WCEC Carrier Corp., where he was a Vice-President, and from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). Modera was a Principal Investigator at LBNL on many research projects, and developed a new research program focused on thermal energy distribution in buildings. While at LBNL, He developed an aerosol-based duct sealing process, and he subsequently established Aeroseal, Inc. to commercialize the technology. Aeroseal’s technical success and market promise became recognized by Carrier, who bought the business in 2001 and retained Modera to help manage it.

Dr. Kristin Heinemeier has over 20 years of experience in building operation-phase efficiency issues. Previously, she worked with Portland Energy Conservation, Inc, a non-profit firm that is an established leader in the area of building commissioning, was the technical director of the Brooks Energy and Sustainability Laboratory at Texas A&M University, and developed products for Honeywell Home and Building Controls. Prior to that, she was a researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She was formerly the administrator of the California Commissioning Collaborative, and the chair of ASHRAE’s technical committee on Building Commissioning. Kristin has a Ph.D. in Building Science, and is a Licensed Mechanical Engineer.

Richard Bourne is the inventor of DualCool and original founder of Integrated Comfort, and plans to lead Integrated Comfort forward with his extensive expertise on energy efficiency. He recently served as commissioner on the Western Cooling Efficiency Council (WCEC) for the past 2 years. He was elected to research emerging energy efficient technologies and inventivfy the use of them. He also ran Davis Energy Group, which dealt with solving energy efficiency issues. Mr. Bourne earned a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford in 1968 and specializes in the design, development, and performance prediction of energy efficient projects and components for buildings. A former Associate Professor at the University of Nebraska, Mr. Bourne has presented more than 150 special lectures, workshops, and technical papers on energy subjects since 1974. He served as Chairman of ASHRAE’s radiant heating/cooling technical committee, and holds 14 U.S. patents. Mr. Bourne is co-founder of DEG and served as President from 1981-97.

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