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Getting to Zero: Design for Net Zero

The second session of a four-part comprehensive educational series, Getting to Zero: Design for Net Zero delves into the next target of the 2030 Challenge—70% reduction—and beyond. Participants will explore both the technical skills and cross-disciplinary approaches essential for the planning, design, regulations, financing, and operations of net zero energy buildings.

Session 2 will explore our current toolkit for net zero design, including envelopes and mechanical lightning to occupant comfort and well-being. This session will also delve into plug-in loads and other non-regulated energy use, as well as passive design principles. Additional discussions and case study examples on renewable energy and the limits of individual net zero energy buildings and communities will be explored.

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Note: Registration for Getting to Zero Season 2 is for the complete 4-Date Series 
Registration Close Date: Monday, September 28, 2015


  • Be able to identify what comprises the current net zero toolkit.
  • Be able to understand plug-in loads and other non-regulated energy use, as well as their impacts on buildings.
  • Be able to discuss renewable energy principles and current limitations and impacts of net zero energy approaches.
  • Be able to demonstrate understanding of thermal energy and all other sources of energy.


Friday, October 23, 2015 8:00AM – 12:30PM
The full program schedule is available for download.
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Download Parking and Transportation Information for getting to and from Haggett Hall at the University of Washington.


  1. Preparing for Net Zero on Friday, October 2, 2015 8:00AM – 12:30PM
  2. Design for Net Zero on Friday, October 23, 2015 8:00AM – 12:30PM
  3. Operations for Net Zero on Friday, November 13, 2015 8:00AM – 12:30PM
  4. Financing & Regulations for Net Zero on Friday, December 4, 2015 8:00AM – 12:30PM


$395 AIA Members, CRGBC & Government Employees
$235 AIA Associates
$795 Non-Members
$155 Students

Pricing includes 16 CEHs/HSWs, light breakfast, beverages for all sessions, and a reserved place at an exclusive networking lunch after Session 4 on December 4, 2015.

Series Speakers

Brad Liljequist | Duane Jonlin | Mark Frankel | Michael Hatten | Duncan Griffin | Jeff Sloan | Justin Stenkamp | Karina Hershberg | Marc Brune | Michael Hatten | Tom Marseille | Members from the Stone34 project team | Christie Baumel | Jeff Sloan | Matthew Combe | Guy Dauncey | Christopher Meek | Heather Burpee | Chris Angus | Anthony Amendola | Dan Clarkson | Phoebe Warren | Julia Raish | Stacy Smedley | Brett Phillips | Michael Hedrick

Session 2 Speakers

Michael Hatten, PE, Principal at SOLARC
Duncan Griffin, AIA, LEED AP, Principal at NBBJ

Moderator Tom Marseille, Hon AIA, PE, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Vice President at WSP
Jeff Sloan, PE, Design Manager at McKinstry
Christie Baumel, Policy Advisor at the City of Seattle, Office of Sustainability & Environment, Green Building & Resource Conservation

Marc Brune, PE, LEED AP, Senior Associate at PAE Consulting Engineers
Karina Hershberg, PE, Electrical Engineer at PAE Consulting Engineers

Getting to Zero: Design for Net Zero Speaker bios are available for download on the Attendees Resources Page. All speakers are subject to change. 


Special thanks to the sponsors of Getting to Zero Season 2:

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Berger Partnership | Cochran Inc. | dark|light design | GLY Construction | Hultz Bhu | IMAGINiT Technologies | Interface Engineering | LPD Engineering | MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions | Malsam Tsang Engineering | Quantum Consulting Engineers | Travis Fitzmaurice & Associates | Walters & Wolf


Andrew Lee, LEED AP BD+C
David Mead, Building Performance Specialist, Associate | PAE Engineers
Duane Jonlin AIA, Energy Code and Energy Conservation Advisor | City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development
Duncan Griffin AIA, LEED AP Principal | NBBJ
Michael Fiegenschuh AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Associate | Mithun
Stephanie Pitts, Marketing Communications Manager | McKinstry

Program Questions?
Contact AIA Seattle Program Manager AV Goodsell.

Registration and Credit Questions?
Contact AIA Seattle Membership Manager May Ruiz.

Sponsorship Questions?
Contact AIA Seattle Managing Director Kimber Leblicq.


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We ask that you bring your laptops if you have one. We’ll be using COMFEN (version 5) software for an interactive activity with Duncan Griffin.

Download COMFEN 5 here

url  Bring your laptop

System Requirements:
COMFEN has been tested on Microsoft Windows XP and Windows 7. Older version of Microsoft Windows might work, but are not supported. (The program WILL NOT run with Windows 3.1TM, Windows NT 3.51TM or Windows 95TM).

COMFEN has been tested and run successfully on Apple computers with Intel processors by using Parallels Desktop 3.0 for Mac. This software allows you to install Windows XP or Windows Vista on your Mac, and you can install our software in that version of Windows XP or Vista. See www.parallels.com for more information.


October 23, 2015
Event Price
$155 - $795
Class Credit


AIA Seattle
(206) 448-4938


University of Washington Cascade Room in Haggett Hall
4000 15th AVE NE
Seattle, 98105 United States
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