Iowa Association for Energy Efficiency

Presentation and Presenter Information

Chris Burgess, Building Program Director, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

Co-Presenter with Nicole Westfall, Building Policy Manager, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

Poster Presentation
Documenting the Expanding Benefits of Strong Energy Codes: How Energy Codes Impact Community Health: The benefits of strong building energy codes extend far beyond traditional energy cost savings. This presentation will discuss the results of a recent study that examines the impact updating residential building energy codes can have on societal health in Midwestern states.

About Chris
Chris is MEEA’s Building Program Director, working with stakeholder groups to improve energy code compliance for new residential and commercial buildings. He is a licensed architect and a LEED Accredited Professional. For the last 20 years Chris has been in private practice, working on commercial and residential buildings throughout the Great Lakes region, educating his clients about integrating energy efficiency and the principles of sustainable design into their projects.


Greg Clarahan, President and CEO, LiteZone Glass Inc.

Presentation
R19 Windows Are Real! LiteZone® is a next generation insulating glass unit that makes possible the world’s most energy efficient windows. LiteZone® embraces a new paradigm in how to construct an insulating glass unit to achieve overall window insulating values up to R18.7 (U=0.0535) and extreme longevity, while in harmony with the laws of physics. This presentation will explain how and why.

About Greg
In 1986, Mr. Clarahan co-founded and became the President & CEO of a high-performance insulating glass, window, and curtain wall manufacturing company which he managed for 24 years. Determined to improve window insulating values with a new paradigm for glass unit construction, Mr. Clarahan founded LiteZone Glass Inc. in 2014. His mission was to complete the development of and commercialize LiteZone®, a next generation insulating glass unit that he invented and is now in commercial production.


Ashley Craft, Program Director, Green Iowa AmeriCorps

Panel discussion with Dan Nickey, Iowa Waste Reduction Center and Justin Sheeder, GKAT Reclamation

About Ashley
Ashley Craft is the Program Director for the University of Northern Iowa’s Green Iowa AmeriCorps program; the largest environmental stewardship AmeriCorps program is the state of Iowa. Ashley has an undergraduate degree from Valparaiso University in Communication and a Master’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Development along with a Certified Nonprofit Credential. Ashley has served as the Director of Green Iowa AmeriCorps since  2010, was named AmeriCorps National Service/Volunteer Program Manager of the Year in 2015, and works with a variety of nonprofits, cities, schools, and utilities to promote energy efficiency, environmental stewardship, and green job development throughout Iowa.


Corina Cross, Business Development Manager, Siemens

Presentation
AI and Building Energy Efficiency: Optimize your indoor environment and lower your operating costs using the Dynamic VAV Optimization (DVO) software solution. DVO applies artificial intelligence (AI) to control AHU fan speed, supply temperature and humidity based on your priorities.

Poster Presentation
Leverage the power of data to enhance building performance: Smart buildings have visibility into data. Intelligent buildings make use of it. Learn how analytics and fault detection and diagnostic can help building owners maintain their HVAC systems, while reducing their overall operational costs.

About Corina
Corina Cross is the Building Performance and Sustainability (BPS) Energy Services Business Development Manager in the Midwest Zone. She supports the Siemens Midwest branches in driving the growth of the Energy Services Business.


Kevin DeMaster, Senior Manager Utilities & Electrification, Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC

Co-Presenter with Mike Schaefer, Senior Manager, Performance Construction, Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC

Presentation
Efficiency and Electrification Successes with Cold Climate Heat Pump Technology: This audience engaging session will seek to understand the gaps in heat pump knowledge and provide answers and details to help achieve greater adoption of heat pumps. Third party research, program design best practice insight, and exposure to the newest emerging technology will benefit any attendee from contractor to consumer or utility to implementer.

About Kevin
Kevin DeMaster is a Sr. Mgr. Efficiency & Electrification with Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC. Since 2014 his focused attention supports utilities and implementers of energy efficiency, demand response, and beneficial electrification for residential and commercial energy efficiency programs utilizing ductless mini-split and variable refrigerant flow (VRF) heat pump technology. Prior to Mitsubishi Electric, Kevin has 15 years efficiency experience ranging from 5 years as a School District Energy Manager saving over $1M in energy costs followed by 10 years designing and implementing many programs for two large Implementers Slipstream and CLEAResult managing over $100M in programs.


Paul Erickson, Energy Solutions Engineer, Central Iowa Power Cooperative

Presentation
Electric Vehicle Panel

About Paul
His credentials are noteworthy, with undergraduate degrees in Engineering from Black Hawk College and Iowa State University and an MBA and a Graduate Certificate from Lindenwood University. Paul has worked in the Utility Industry for over 32 years, is a member of the Association of Energy Engineers and holds several professional certifications. Paul currently works for Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO) as the Manager of Commercial Energy Solutions. He has performed in 7 short electric vehicle videos as CIPCO’s EV Rider. Paul has helped inform, demonstrate and educate those interested in electric vehicles at fairs, STEM, safety and other meetings across Iowa. The car he uses is a 2017 Chevy Bolt.


Oliver Garnett, Managing Consultant, Energy and Environmental Economics, A Willdan Company

Co-Presenter with Joel Logan, PE, Project Manager, Willdan

Presentation
Opportunity for Electric Vehicles in Iowa: Summary of the implications of electric vehicles in Iowa drawing from a range of studies across the USA. This talk explores the implications, opportunities, and challenges with a particular focus on the electric grid.

About Oliver
Oliver focuses on the challenges and benefits of effectively integrating distributed energy resources into the electricity system. His recent projects include quantifying the grid and ratepayer benefits of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure, designing demand response programs, and valuing energy storage assets. Oliver’s other interests lie in wholesale electricity market analysis, and long-term system planning to meet environmental goals. He holds a MSc from University College London.


Eric Henderson, Mechanical Engineer/Project Manager, IMEG Corp.

Co-Presenter with Mike Zorich, Director of Healthcare, IMEG Corp.

Presentation
Lessons Learned from COVID-19 and its Impact on HVAC Design: Learn about the changes and new design strategies the HVAC industry is taking to reduce COVID-19 transmission in new and existing buildings. Various strategies, along with the benefits and challenges, will be reviewed to help building owners and operators take steps to minimize virus transmission.

About Eric
Eric Henderson is a mechanical engineer and project manager at IMEG. He has a developed a strong background of experience in both project management and mechanical systems design, particularly in the healthcare industry, with projects ranging from phased surgical suite renovations to imaging equipment replacements and pharmacy upgrades. Eric’s role allows him to be the primary contact and coordinating the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, technology, and fire protection services IMEG provides.


Dr. Craig Just, Associate Professor, University of Iowa

Presentation
Wastewater Test Facility Project: This session will provide an overview of the Iowa Wastewater and Waste to Energy Research Program (IWWERP). IWWERP is a public-private partnership working to modernize municipal wastewater treatment to reduce federal compliance burdens, protect water resources, and foster economic growth in rural Iowa. IWWERP partners on current and prospective wastewater projects in Birmingham, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Dike, Dow City, Dubuque, Ely, Epworth, Iowa City, Libertyville, Middletown, Muscatine, Olds, Ottumwa, Pleasantville, State Center, Wayland, and West Branch. More communities are added each month. IWWERP partners extensively with the Iowa-based companies Gross-Wen Technologies and BES Water Solutions on applied research and development.

About Craig
Craig Just has served the College of Engineering at the University of Iowa since 1993. He is an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and a research engineer at IIHR – Hydroscience & Engineering. Dr. Just teaches Principles of Environmental Engineering, Water Quality & Flow, and Environmental Biotechnology. He leads the Iowa Wastewater and Waste to Energy Research Program which is a public-private partnership for innovation for the benefit of Iowans.


Anne Kimber, Executive Director at Electric Power Research Center, Iowa State University

Presentations
Iowa Mobile Microgrid Development and Application

Toolkit for Identification, Characterization and Energy Evaluation of Low-Efficiency Rural Housing

About Anne
As Director of the Electric Power Research Center (EPRC) at Iowa State University I work with ISU power program faculty research teams and industry partners to build collaborations that advance education and research in electric power systems. Together we work to solve the most challenging problems of the electric grid, from development of better tools for customer-side energy efficiency, demand-response and AMI analysis, to projects that include energy storage integration at multiple scales ranging from microgrid development to large scale co-optimized grid expansion planning. EPRC’s industry members jointly select and fund projects of common interest to the group, and also participate in ISU DOE and NSF grants, as well as in grants from non-profits and state agencies. Before joining ISU in 2014, I worked for over 14 years with Iowa municipal electric, gas and water utilities at the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities.


W. Boyd Lee, Vice President, Strategic Planning, CKenergy Electric Cooperative

Presentation
Geothermal Loop Ownership: Capturing the Earths Stored Solar Energy to Drive Major Utility Margins: Boyd Lee of CKenergy Electric Cooperative in OK will talk about the cooperative's successful geothermal loop ownership program that benefits residential and commercial customers, the utility, and the environment. Boyd challenges builders and utilities to think outside the box when it comes to geothermal heating and cooling. This presentation is a must for utility marketing, cost of service and rate managers, and other decision makers as well as regulatory commission staff & other industry professionals.

About Boyd
W. Boyd Lee is Vice President, Strategic Planning, CKenergy Electric Cooperative, Binger, OK. In addition to running his own program, Boyd speaks to groups around the U.S. about the cooperative’s successful geothermal loop ownership program. He has pioneered several “outside the box” marketing concepts including over 1340 free geo ground loop installations, multiple demand control programs, EV initiatives and unique rate concepts. He was awarded the VISION Award by the OK Assoc. of Electric Coops.


Joel Logan, PE, Program Manager, Willdan 

Co-Presenter with Oliver Garnett, Managing Consultant, Energy and Environmental Economics, A Willdan Company

Presentation
Opportunity for Electric Vehicles in Iowa: Summary of the implications of electric vehicles in Iowa drawing from a range of studies across the USA. This talk explores the implications, opportunities, and challenges with a particular focus on the electric grid.

About Joel
Joel oversees all facets of utility demand side management program delivery including design, marketing and outreach, technical standards, reporting, and quality control. He also provides consulting services for high performance buildings, assisting design professionals and building owners in selecting optimal energy-saving strategies for their project goals and budgets. He received his Master's and Bachelor's degrees in mechanical engineering from Iowa State University.


Diba Malekpour Koupaei, Graduate Research Assistant, Iowa State University

Poster Presentation
Toolkit for Identification, Characterization and Energy Evaluation of Low-Efficiency Rural Housing: Development of a toolkit to identify the least energy-efficient homes in rural Iowa with consideration of residents' motivations for efficiency investments.

About Diba
Diba Malekpour Koupaei is a Ph.D. candidate and graduate research assistant in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at Iowa State University. She holds master’s degrees in Civil Engineering (2020) and Sustainable Environments (2018) from Iowa State University and received her bachelor’s degree from Art University of Isfahan in Architectural Engineering (2015). Diba’s research is mainly concerned with building energy performance modeling and energy efficiency in the built environment, specifically residential buildings in the rural and urban landscapes. In addition, she has also worked with smart home energy management systems, where her work involved evaluating users’ perceptions and attitudes towards such devices.


Greg Marsicek, Slipstream

Co-Presenter with Lee Shaver, Energy Engineer, Slipstream 

Presentation
Keeping Cool: Refrigeration Thermal Energy Storage for Refrigerated Facilities: Refrigeration systems not only use a tremendous amount of energy but can also be a significant stress on the grid as they tend to be operating near full-load at peak times. Thermal storage can also be applied to refrigeration systems to provide cost-effective grid services like demand response, load shifting, and load shaping.

About Greg
Greg leads field research projects in buildings to test the performance of emerging technologies. His commercial building experience includes field measurement and energy modeling of emerging technologies. In addition to field research, Greg is an experienced energy consultant, assisting building owners, architects and engineers in applying energy conservation measures in commercial buildings. He has a bachelors and masters degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.


Samarth Medakkar, Policy Associate, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

Presentation
Opportunities for Pairing Energy Efficiency with Renewable Energy and Energy Storage: This presentation will focus on the opportunities to coordinate energy efficiency with renewable energy and energy storage and the benefits of doing so. Specifically, the presentation will cover MEEA’s research on how energy efficiency can complement decarbonization activities and energy efficiency-adjacent technologies that advance grid modernization.

About Smarth
Samarth is a Policy Associate on MEEA's Policy Team and is responsible for tracking policy developments, engaging with policymakers and state agencies, and producing resources on energy efficiency in Iowa, among other states. Samarth’s areas of focus include energy equity, state energy planning, electrification, and decarbonization. Samarth received a B.S. in Environmental Sciences with a minor in Sustainability from Emory University.


Dan Nickey, Associate Director, Iowa Waste Reduction Center

Panel discussion with Ashley Craft, Green Iowa AmeriCorps and Justin Sheeder, GKAT Reclamation

About Dan
Dan is the Associate Director at the Iowa Waste Reduction Center (IWRC) located at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.  Mr. Nickey received a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Wesley College and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Drake University.  He is also a Certified Energy Manager and LEED Accredited Professional. 

As the Associate Director one of his primary responsibilities is assisting with the management of the IWRC to fulfill its mission of providing environmental technical assistance to Iowa small businesses Dan also serves as the IWRCs liaison with regulatory agencies as well as state and national associations.


Kevin Nordmeyer, BNIM

Presentation
High Performance Prototype Home Plans: The IEDA Prototype Home project was an effort to design a home that would meet the goals of the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Program and also the Iowa Green Streets Criteria.  The goals of the project included creating a home design that could be utilized for construction by Iowans or to be utilized as an educational example of energy efficiency and sustainable design in Iowa.  The home was designed to be flexible and adaptable for various configurations on a site or within a subdivision.  Construction techniques, systems and orientation were evaluated for their energy performance impacts in relation to a code-compliant home in Iowa.

About Kevin
Kevin Nordmeyer, AIA, LEED AP is an architect and a Principal at BNIM Architects in Des Moines. He has served as a pioneer in sustainable design in Iowa, leading the creation of Iowa’s first model sustainable buildings in the 1990’s and the first LEED Platinum collegiate facilities In Iowa in the late 2000’s.  Prior to joining BNIM in 2011, Kevin served as Director of the Iowa Energy Center at Iowa State University (ISU) and over the years has served on several environmental and energy boards and commissions in Iowa.  He has also served as a lecturer periodically between 2003 - 2012 in the Department of Architecture at ISU’s College of Design.  Kevin has received the ISU College of Design’s Design Achievement Award and the AIA Iowa Medal of Honor for accomplishments in design, education and service. 


Sue Pierce, CEO, Fusebox

Presentation
Helping Iowa Schools Become More Energy Efficient: Technology advances in the energy sector have made real-time data transparency a next-generation tool that can be used to increase an organization’s energy and water savings. Fusebox (powered by Pierce Energy Planning) is bringing real-time electric data to Iowa educational organizations and supporting them in using this data for educational and operational purposes. Fusebox, a cloud-based software platform, streams real-time electric data, sets up customized alerts to support operations staff, and graphically images building performance for all to see. The Pierce Energy Team of engineers, educators, and utility experts provide Iowa districts and private colleges with training, utility rate plan analysis, identification of billing errors, energy analytics and reports, cost saving strategies, engagement of staff and students, impartial third-party evaluation of use of solar and/or other alternative energies/technologies. At the end of the grant project case studies and best practices will be available for other interested school districts and colleges to review and apply if interested.

About Sue
In 2015, Ms. Pierce along with her son, Scott Pierce, launched a proprietary utility management software called, Fusebox which allows utility data to be automated and both billing and real-time data to be available to guide clients’ conservation efforts. Each client is supported by a team of utility experts and engineers to guide their efforts to save. In 2020, the Iowa Energy Office funded a data visibility project with Fusebox and through this effort, seven K-12 districts and private colleges are actively working to lower energy costs.


Jim Sayers, New Ground Iowa

Presentation
Great Moments in EE History: Everyone here loves energy efficiency, for a variety of reasons; each of us has our own EE story. This presentation takes a look at how and why we got here today, through important events in EE history.

About Jim
For over 34 years, Jim Sayers worked for Corn Belt Power Cooperative, an Iowa-based generation and transmission rural electric cooperative, leading efforts in public relations, marketing, information services and energy efficiency. Along the way, he became a strong advocate for—and believer in—member owned cooperatives, co-op connections and the cooperative difference.

After retirement from Corn Belt Power, he proudly became a “Beneficial Electrification” ambassador—sharing stories and experiences about the advantages of living better electrically!

Today he works as cooperative engagement coordinator for the Geo Exchange Organization, a national non-profit trade association promoting the manufacture, design and installation of geothermal heating and cooling systems. In this role, he works to help connect people, ideas and programs supporting the benefits of high efficiency geothermal heating and cooling systems.

Jim loves promoting, speaking and planning to help people move toward common goals, provide service, encourage others, improve communities and enable creativity.


Mike Schaefer, Senior Manager, Performance Construction,  Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC

Co-Presenter with Kevin DeMaster, Senior Manager Utilities & Electrification, Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC

Presentation
Efficiency and Electrification Successes with Cold Climate Heat Pump Technology: This audience engaging session will seek to understand the gaps in heat pump knowledge and provide answers and details to help achieve greater adoption of heat pumps. Third party research, program design best practice insight, and exposure to the newest emerging technology will benefit any attendee from contractor to consumer or utility to implementer.

About Mike
Mike has been in the HVAC Industry since 2005 where he has worked on all levels including contracting, distribution and manufacturing.  Mike joined Mitsubishi Electric in 2014 and has held multiple roles including Commercial Area Manager, Residential Area Manager and Regional Sales Manager for the Chicago Market.  He currently holds the position of Senior Manager, Performance Construction which is focused on providing healthy, efficient and reliable mechanical solutions to the Single Family, Multi-Family & High Performance building market.


Vinoth Sekar, Project Manager, Willdan

Co-presenter with Jonathan Sloan, AIA, Project Manager and Associate Principal, BNIM and Dana Sorensern, AIA, Project Architect and Associate, BNIM

Presentation
Des Moines Heritage Trust: Saving the Hidden Depot: BNIM and Willdan will walk participants through the process of benchmarking, goal setting, energy analysis, embodied carbon tracking, and renewable energy potential all through the lens of the Des Moines Heritage Trust project. Participants will leave armed with the tools to facilitate this process on their own work, evaluate multiple building systems through a value engineering process and craft sustainability goals affecting their sphere of influence.

About Vinoth
Vinoth Sekar, PMP, C.E.M., WELL AP, LEED AP BD+C, Project Manager at Willdan, manages the implementation and day-today program operations for various utility incentive programs. Mr. Sekar received his Bachelor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Anna University in Tamil Nadu, India and Master of Science in Energy Systems from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. He currently serves as a Board Member for the Mid-West Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA).


Lee Shaver, Energy Engineer, Slipstream

Co-Presenter with Greg Marsicek, Slipstream

Presentation
Keeping Cool: Refrigeration Thermal Energy Storage for Refrigerated Facilities: Refrigeration systems not only use a tremendous amount of energy but can also be a significant stress on the grid as they tend to be operating near full-load at peak times. Thermal storage can also be applied to refrigeration systems to provide cost-effective grid services like demand response, load shifting, and load shaping.

About Lee
Lee has over 10 years’ experience working in energy metering, energy analysis, and microgrids. At Slipstream, Lee consults with building owners, architects, and engineers to apply energy conservation measures in commercial and multi-family buildings. His energy analysis and engineering skills bring value to the decision-making process for high performance building design teams. Lee also participates in research projects focusing on strategies for and the potential of grid-interactive efficient buildings to achieve electrification and decarbonization goals. He has a bachelors in electrical engineering from LeTourneau University, and a masters in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Jonathan Sloan, AIA, Project Manager and Associate Principal, BNIM

Co-presenter with Vinoth Sekar, Project Manager, Willdan and Dana Sorensern, AIA, Project Architect and Associate, BNIM

Presentation
Des Moines Heritage Trust: Saving the Hidden Depot: BNIM and Willdan will walk participants through the process of benchmarking, goal setting, energy analysis, embodied carbon tracking, and renewable energy potential all through the lens of the Des Moines Heritage Trust project. Participants will leave armed with the tools to facilitate this process on their own work, evaluate multiple building systems through a value engineering process and craft sustainability goals affecting their sphere of influence.

About Jonathan
Jon Sloan, AIA is a Project Manager and Associate Principal at BNIM in Des Moines. His background includes a broad range of project types, including acting as Project Manager for the Des Moines Heritage Center.


Dana Sorensern, AIA, Project Architect and Associate, BNIM

Co-presenter with Vinoth Sekar, Project Manager, Willdan and Dana Sorensern, AIA, Project Architect and Associate, BNIM

Presentation
Des Moines Heritage Trust: Saving the Hidden Depot: BNIM and Willdan will walk participants through the process of benchmarking, goal setting, energy analysis, embodied carbon tracking, and renewable energy potential all through the lens of the Des Moines Heritage Trust project. Participants will leave armed with the tools to facilitate this process on their own work, evaluate multiple building systems through a value engineering process and craft sustainability goals affecting their sphere of influence.

About Dana
Dana Sorensen, AIA is a Project Architect and Associate at BNIM in Des Moines. Dana works as a co-leader of the sustainability action plan committee within BNIM. He has worked in the profession for 10 years on sustainable design projects around the country at multiple scales. His background includes a broad range of project types, including innovative projects in higher education, developer driven projects, religious facilities, historic renovation, and adaptive reuse.


Nicole Westfall, Building Policy Manager, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

Co-Presenter with Chris Burgess, Building Program Director, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

Poster Presentation
Documenting the Expanding Benefits of Strong Energy Codes: How Energy Codes Impact Community Health: The benefits of strong building energy codes extend far beyond traditional energy cost savings. This presentation will discuss the results of a recent study that examines the impact updating residential building energy codes can have on societal health in Midwestern states.

About Nicole
Nicole Westfall is the Building Policy Manager at MEEA. In this role, Nicole tracks building policy developments and provides technical support to states and localities on efficient building policies and the energy code adoption process. She also manages two energy code support programs in the region. Previously, she worked as the Manager of the Home Improvement and Energy Conservation Lab at Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven.


Mike Zorich, Director of Healthcare, IMEG Corp.

Co-Presenter with Eric Henderson, Mechanical Engineer/Project Manager, IMEG Corp.

Presentation
Lessons Learned from COVID-19 and its Impact on HVAC Design: Learn about the changes and new design strategies the HVAC industry is taking to reduce COVID-19 transmission in new and existing buildings. Various strategies, along with the benefits and challenges, will be reviewed to help building owners and operators take steps to minimize virus transmission.

About Mike
Mike Zorich is a Principal and the Director of Healthcare for IMEG. He is responsible for the firm’s strategic healthcare planning and performance. He is a seasoned project executive and licensed mechanical engineer. His vast healthcare experience includes the design and construction for academic medical centers, cancer centers, pharmacies, ambulatory surgery centers, and emergency departments. Mike is a frequent presenter and author on changes and trends in healthcare design.

 

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