Spring 2010 Forum    

Topics included:

Highlights from the February Legislative Session - including a discussion of the future for the Business Energy Tax Credit and possible future legislation impacting energy efficiency in the state, by Rep. Phil Barnhart; and commentary by Bob Repine, Oregon Department of Energy, on changes to the Business Energy Tax Credit. See the handouts on House Bill 3680 and updates to BETC Incentives.

Lynne Eichner-Kelley, Energy Manager – City of Eugene plans for energy efficiency and successes

Strategies for achieving Net Zero buildings presented by keynote speaker Mike Hatten, SOLARC. See his Discovery Center Case Study.

Chilled Beam Systems. In June 2009, the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) finished construction of the first active, four-pipe, chilled beam system in the Pacific Northwest at the Eugene State Office Building. A panel discussion from the project team for the building covering the technical merits of chilled beam systems, the decision to move innovation forward with taxpayer money, the comparison to a traditional radiant cooling system and the realistic energy saving projections, and a tour of the building after lunch.

Why use a chilled beam system? – Elin Shepard, DAS Sustainability Coordinator
The ESOB project – Steve Ponce, DAS Senior Construction Project Manager
Design challenges and successes – Tricia Berg, PIVOT Architecture
How it works – Steve Hoffman, Systems’ West – Mechanical Design Engineer
The energy model – Steven Savich, Systems’ West – Energy Modeler