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Getting to Zero: Preparing for Net Zero

The first session of a four-part comprehensive educational series, Getting to Zero: Preparing 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 1 will explore our current state and the direction we are headed with net zero energy. This session will cover the support and opposition from key stakeholders, the actual cost-effectiveness, and feasibility of achieving net zero and its impacts beyond the individual scale into the greater community. Additional comparisons of new and existing net zero buildings, as well as major and minor alterations will be discussed.

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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

Learning Objectives

  • Be able to identify key stakeholders – including opposition and proponents – in the case of net zero energy.
  • Be able to understand the impacts and identify key examples of net zero policies on the city, state, and regional scale.
  • Be able to identify the differences between net zero now and net zero ready.
  • Be able to understand carbon in the context of net zero and processes that transition it from fossil fuel.


Friday, October 2, 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 1 Speakers

Brad Liljequist, Technical Director, Living Building Challenge at International Living Future Institute
Mark Frankel AIA, Technical Director at New Buildings Institute

 Getting to Zero: Preparing for Net Zero Speaker bios are available for download on the Attendee 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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October 2, 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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