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Getting to Zero: Session 1

Part one of a four-part series, Getting to Zero’s Session 1: “Market Realities & the Value Proposition for Net Zero Energy Buildings” introduces the Getting to Zero program, provides an overview of the state of net zero energy building design, and explores how we define value for net zero energy buildings.

Following sessions in this series will delve into design; construction and project hand-off; and ownership and long-term operations. All sessions will explore the cross-cutting themes of identifying and overcoming barriers to change, and are intended to provide continued technical “how to” content, as well as to address new content related to marketing, financing, developing, and operating net zero energy buildings. Each session will use a combination of lectures and case-study exploration, and will conclude with takeaways, tools, and resources pertaining to each session focus.

Getting to Zero is a four-part series. Registration is for the complete series. Classes are not sold individually. 

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Learning Objectives

  • Define key terms for the design, construction, and operations of net zero energy buildings, while being able to identify integrated approaches needed across disciplines.
  • Understand current data on net zero energy building design, technical highlights, and limits by examining a variety of key project examples that demonstrate barriers and strategies in the field.
  • Define key factors in making a business case for net zero energy, analyzing lifecycle value, and identifying measures for occupant productivity and satisfaction.
  • Define current market limits of net zero energy project types, overall project financing, and market value of on-site renewable energy.

Key Program Dates

  1. Market Realities & The Value Proposition on Friday, November 7, 2014
  2. Integrated Design and Process on Friday, December 5, 2014
  3. Building and Operating on Friday, January 9, 2015
  4. Long-Term Operations on Friday, February 6, 2015


Moderator Chris Meek, AIA, Research Associate Professor, University of Washington, Integrated Design Lab
Joel Loveland, Director, University of Washington, Integrated Design Lab
Mark Frankel, Technical Director, New Buildings Institute
Molly McCabe, Founder and President, HaydenTanner
Ray Johnston, Principal, Johnston Architects
Jess Anderson, Blanton Turner
Mark Garff, Principal, Project Groundwork
Ginger Garff, Designer, Johnston Architects
Tom Marseille, PE, LEED AP, Senior Vice President, WSP
Elizabeth Rinehart, Walsh Construction

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Joel Loveland // Mark Frankel // Molly McCabe // Ray Johnston // Mike Hatten // Justin Stenkamp // Casey Schuchart // Chris Faul // Angela Faul // Chris Meek // Tom Marseille // Ray Johnston // Jack Avery // Pat Brunner // Judith Heerwagen // Rob Harmon // Amanda Sturgeon // Greg Belding // Jim Hanford // Justin Stenkamp // Margaret Sprug


This series was made possible thanks to an AIA National Innovation Grant. Special thanks to our 2014-2015 Getting to Zero Sponsors, and the City of Seattle Office of Sustainability & Environment for contributing space for this event.

Program Questions?
Contact AIA Seattle Program Manager AV Goodsell.

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


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November 7, 2014
8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Event Price
Series Price
Class Credit
4 CEHs / 4 HSWs


AIA Seattle
(206) 448-4938


Seattle City Hall – Bertha Knight Landes Room
600 Fourth Ave
Seattle, WA 98104 United States
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