The 2014 AIA|LA ProDev Series: Zero Net Energy Buildings
Wednesday, October 8th, 2014, 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
AIA|LA Chapter Office, 3780 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 800, Los Angeles, CA 90010
The 2014 AIA|LA ProDev Series: Zero Net Energy Buildings

Where: AIA|LA Chapter Office, 3780 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 800, Los Angeles, CA 90010
When: Wednesday, October 8th, 2014, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Learning Units:  1.5 LUs (60 minute presentation plus Q&A)

Zero Net Energy (ZNE) buildings produce as much energy as they consume over the course of a year using clean on-site renewable energy sources. They are being constructed in most climate zones of the United States using readily available strategies and technologies. In some cases, they are being built at little or no incremental cost over comparable conventional quality buildings. California is nearly ideal for ZNE and is leading the nation in this approach.

However, this emerging concept and is not widely known and there are few structures that have been measured and verified. Yet, policies are being established today that will profoundly alter the way we design and construct buildings in the state so that all new buildings will be ZNE by 2030.

This session will explore the various definitions of ZNE, policies and regulations that influence ZNE building design, the role of energy modeling plus examples of constructed and proven ZNE buildings.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Basic introduction to the Zero Net Energy concept and various definitions
  • State policies and regulations regarding Zero Net Energy buildings
  • Techniques - How energy efficiency measures and renewable energy generation are applied to buildings
  • The role of energy modeling and the integrated design process.
  • Review of case studies of constructed ZNE buildings.
Case Studies
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), RSF- I - Net Zero, 220,000 SF (Built)
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), RSF-II - Net Zero, 140,000 SF (Built)
  • SMUD EC-OC - Net Zero, 350,000 SF (Built)
  • Salt Lake City District Attorney Office  Designed Net Zero, 105,000 SF
  • Marin County Day School  Net Zero School, 34,934 SF (Built)
About The Speakers

Porus Antia
Associate Building Simulation Manager
Stantec Consulting Inc. 
Porus is a Manager with the Buildings Engineering group of Stantec's San Francisco office. With a Master's of Science in Building Design and Climatic Responsive Architecture from Arizona State University, porus' practice focuses on sustainable building design and operations; coordinating a multidisciplinary group of engineers, and technologists with a focus on high performance, energy efficient built environments. 

Porus brings his leadership and his thorough understanding of energy and thermal systems to his role as Project Manager on high performance buildings. He has over ten years of experience in the building industry and was the project Manager for the new 361,700-SF Design Build Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), East Campus-Operations Center (ECOC) a Stantec collaboration with Turner and RNL Design. 

Porus has worked on some of the largest Net Zero projects in the world. Recently he was the Building Simulation Manager for the Research Support Facility project at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) which, at 370,000 square feet, is considered the largest LEED Platinum, Zero Energy Building in the world. He is a member of the Northern California Chapter of United States Green Building Council and BEMP (Building Energy Modeling Professional) certified.

  • Speaker Experience  ASHRAE High Performance Buildings Conference - April 2014
  • Speaker Experience  SAME (Society of American Military Engineers) Annual Conference - Aug 2012.
  • Speaker Experience  National Student Leadership Conference September 2012.
  • Speaker Experience  ASHRAE Winter Conference, 2011.
Interview - Achieving Net Zero Takes Teamwork. Constructor Magazine, 2013.
Interviewed to provide expert opinion on Energy Modeling -Net Zero Energy Design: A Guide for Commercial Architecture  by Thomas Hootman, 2012.

Alan Locke, PE 
Senior Principal/Mechanical Engineer  
Stantec Consulting Services Inc.  Sherman Oaks

Alan Locke--known as "the architect's engineer"--is inspired by contributing to buildings that thrive and endure. As a mechanical engineer whose work bridges the realms of engineering and building design, he has partnered with leading architects to design and implement advanced MEP systems that enable exceptional levels of energy efficiency, sustainability, and user comfort. With more than 30 years of experience designing and implementing high performance MEP systems for a diverse portfolio of projects, Alan has taught engineering design and construction practice for the past 15 years, and is currently an adjunct professor at UCLA's School of Architecture. He is a registered Mechanical Engineer in California, Arizona, New Jersey, Texas, and Nevada.