Zero Energy Buildings & DES

Webinar:  September 26, 2019

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Zero Energy Buildings & District Energy Systems: A case study from Spokane

Currently under construction in Spokane, WA, “Catalyst” is at the leading edge of certified Zero Energy buildings, with a wide array of deeply innovative technologies to reduce environmental impacts while also achieving cost savings for the university, the other tenants, and the owners. When construction is completed in 2020, the five story, 159,000 sq.ft. innovation hub will house portions of Eastern Washington University’s College of STEM as well as private sector firms and places to eat and relax. About 1,000 students in computer science, electrical engineering and visual design programs will take classes there and have more opportunities to connect to the regional business community.

This interactive webinar will include an overview of the $57MM project’s design and technologies, and a discussion of how zero energy buildings can help catalyze higher education institutions to stretch beyond the norm in achieve climate goals, while also providing cost savings and outstanding pedagogical platforms for applied learning in STEM and climate solutions.

The building is also the first office building in the state constructed out of environmentally friendly cross-laminated timber (CLT). With expertise in new construction, ongoing operation and advanced renewable energy systems, McKinstry is the developer for this project. This provider of services to universities is a national leader in designing, constructing, operating and maintaining high-performing buildings across the entire building lifespan.

The speakers in the program are David Bowman, Dean of EWU’s College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM); Brad Liljequist, Zero Energy Program Manager at McKinstry, and Eric Howard from Second Nature.

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