Iowa Association for Energy Efficiency

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Pre-Conference - November 7

11:30 - 4:00 PM: Emerging Professionals Workshop - Sponsored by VHF Sales, Inc.

Join us for a pre-conference workshop focused on supporting the Emerging Energy Efficiency Professionals in our network.

The workshop is open to all industry professionals – whether you’re “breaking in” or an “old hat” this added event will have something for you.

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Welcome Events - November 7

4:15 - 5:00 PM: City Energy Project Des Moines

The City of Des Moines is pursuing multiple goals in its participation in the City Energy Project:
- Benchmarking energy and water use in ~40 city buildings
- Developing a Municipal Building Energy Efficiency plan
- Sponsoring "Energize Des Moines," energy and water efficiency challenge for buildings over 25,000 sq. ft.; Benchmarking 101 Workshops; Data Jams; Networking and Education programs
- Facilitating a Task Force and stakeholder input process to review and potentially develop a
Benchmarking and Reporting policy for Des Moines
- Assessment of City Building Code for compliance to the Energy Code

The presentation will summarize the elements of our work, including the energy efficiency improvements in city buildings; current outcomes of the Energy Challenge; progress of the Policy Task Force; and outcomes of assessment of Building Code for compliance to the Energy Code.

Presenter: Kent Newman, City Energy Adviser

4:15 - 5:00 PM: Prairie Meadows Tour

Tour of Prairie Meadows: Get a behind-the-scenes tour of the energy-efficient features built into the Prairie Meadows complex. You'll see the central chilled water plant, boiler plant, condensate harvesting system. See the two-story, 80,000 pound rooftop air handling unit with energy recovery and see features unique to casino design. 

5:00 - 5:30 PM: IAEE Annual Meeting - Everyone Welcome!

Join the IAEE Board for the organization’s annual meeting. Learn more about the organization and what it does through the year. There will be prizes!

5:30 - 7:00 PM: Reception - Sponsored by A-TEC Energy and Franklin Energy Group

Visit our exhibitors, poster presentations and sponsors, and take an opportunity to catch up with old friends and acquaintances.


Morning Events - November 8

7:30 - 8:00 AM: Registration & Breakfast - Sponsored by The Weidt Group

Once registered, enjoy breakfast in the Exhibit Hall and visit our exhibitors and poster presentations.

8:00 - 8:15 AM: Welcome from Iowa Association for Energy Efficiency

Welcome and Introductions from Iowa Association for Energy Efficiency Chair, Emily Rice as well as conference Co-Chair, Brittin Wood.
Bishop A & B

8:15 - 9:15 AM: Keynote

We are excited to welcome John Tooley, Owner of John Tooley, LLC, as our keynote speaker.

John is one of the most exciting, humorous, and enlightening presenters in the nation. John started building houses in 1979 and by 1982 had begun to diagnosis and retrofit homes across the nation. He was inducted into the Building Performance Institute's Hall of Fame for lifetime commitment and dedication to the Home Performance Industry and was the 2013 recipient of the Tony Woods Award for Excellence in Advancing the Home Performance Industry. He has been the principle designer of some of the largest building programs in the nation. John has a refreshing approach to the adage “do it right the first time.” He presents a real life, blue-collar approach to building and business science. John consults, and trains thousands of contractors from every trade each year.


Session 1: 9:25 - 10:15 AM

When Codes, Standards and Efficiency Programs Meet Everyone Benefits

Policy for reducing energy consumption in buildings brings together utility energy efficiency programs, building energy codes, and equipment performance standards. As energy codes and equipment standards have continued to rise, utility energy efficiency programs have been pressured to stay cost effective. This session will demonstrate how whole building energy analysis combined with ongoing monitoring of building performance helps buildings meet more stringent codes and standards while cost effectively achieving deep energy savings. Attendees will participate in an interactive design charrette to select energy efficiency strategies that optimize energy performance of a building for the benefit of the owner, utility, occupants and community while staying within a budget and exceeding the energy code.

Presenter: Joel Logan, The Weidt Group

Joel Logan, P.E. has over ten years of managing and performing energy efficiency technical analysis. As a Project Manager with The Weidt Group, he manages comparative analysis to help design teams understand the energy implications of design options. Mr. Logan received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Iowa State University. He has served on the board of the Iowa Association for Energy efficiency since 2009.



Energy Razors: Five Blades for Shaving Peak Demand!

Our industry is moving from energy efficiency to demand efficiency. Once upon a time, energy efficiency only needed to save electrons – any would do. But the future of energy efficiency will require strategies and programs that save specific electrons (e.g. during peak demand periods) in order to be cost effective. This presentation will cover five strategies that can quickly reduce peak demand.

Demand reducing strategies covered in this presentation are applicable to commercial and industrial customers. Equipment replacement, equipment control, load shifting, and behavior modification strategies will be described. The discussion of each method will: review the fundamentals of the strategy that allow for demand reductions, discuss application and program design considerations, and include an application example in Iowa.

Presenter: Johnathan Hilyard, Michaels Energy

Jonathan C. Hilyard, P.E., is an Energy Program Engineer at Michaels Energy. Mr. Hilyard has 13 years of engineering experience and is a registered mechanical engineer in Wisconsin and Iowa. He performs energy audits and energy analysis to determine potential energy saving and energy cost saving projects for commercial and industrial customers throughout Iowa for Alliant Energy. Mr. Hilyard also provides system investigation and construction document review to identify energy saving opportunities. He has extensive experience with both ASHRAE Level II and Level III energy audits, including energy modeling, life-cycle cost analysis, and working with clients to develop Energy Reduction Plans. Mr. Hilyard holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis.


Energy Efficiency Fact and Fiction

Energy efficiency can be a challenging issue for policymakers, the media and the public to comprehend. It requires an understanding of the utility framework of each state, plus knowledge of an often complicated and archaic regulatory structure. More importantly, aside from the lack of understanding of energy efficiency policies, there is little realization of the true economic and social impact from energy efficiency for consumers, businesses, industry and the local economy.

This presentation will dispel common misconceptions and criticisms around energy efficiency and provide an overview of important policy and economic messages that have a track record of resonating with policy makers from around the Midwest.

Presenter: Sophia Markowska, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

Sophia Markowska is a Policy Associate on the Policy team at MEEA. In this role, Sophia is responsible for conducting policy research, outreach and bill tracking in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Prior to joining MEEA, Sophia was a consultant with the Environmental Defense Fund working on clean air issues. She earned a B.A. in Government and Politics with a minor in Business Law from St. John’s University and a M.A. in American Government from Georgetown University.



Session 2: 10:20 - 11:10 AM

Beyond Efficiency: Technology invigorating architecture with unprecedented design and performance

I will present the recent research and technology developments from the Princeton University CHAOS Lab (Cooling and Heating for Architecturally Optimized Systems). As director of the lab and a team of 10-20 researchers we have studied new ways to measure and utilized radiant heat transfer, desiccant dehumidification, and geothermal heat in the built environment. We aim to upset the status quo with new unconventional systems the push beyond incremental efficiency gains toward new paradigms.

Presenter: Forrest Meggers, Princeton University School of Architecture & Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

Forrest Meggers is an alum of the University of Iowa with a BSE in Mechanical Engineering and an MS in Environmental Engineering where he did a thesis on sustainable building. He subsequently worked on carbon emissions from buildings with Jim Hansen at NASA GISS, and then did an architecture PhD at the ETH in Switzerland. After his PhD he led research in Singapore. Since 2013 he has been professor jointly in architecture and engineering at Princeton University.


What Do We Mean When We Say Cost-Effective?

A rapidly growing (in both quantity and quality) body of research is showing that some energy efficiency measures in some sectors have significant economic benefits beyond energy savings. These include worker productivity, revenue, O&M Costs, and academic performance. When discussions turn to these benefits, customers’ ears perk up because they’re more interesting and more closely related to their primary concerns than energy savings. Most Total Resource Cost formulas are also written in such a way that these benefits can be accounted for, but they typically aren’t. Come learn what Non-Energy Impacts can do for your programs, your businesses, and your families, from the person who’s led most of the large non-energy impacts studies.

Presenter: Noel Stevens, DNV GL

Noel Stevens is Senior Consultant with 18 years of experience in energy evaluation, market characterization in the energy, information technology, and environmental industries. Mr. Stevens currently serves as subject-matter expert on two separate projects that identify and estimate non-energy impacts and to provide program implementation staff with marketing materials for program offerings.




Using Energy Disaggregation and Artificial Intelligence to Personalize Customer Engagement and Energy Savings

Giving consumers more insight into their energy usage can unlock their collective potential to reduce electricity bills and their impact on the environment. Without knowing how much energy is used by each appliance, consumers are in the dark about how to best reduce energy use - especially for those demographics who need the savings the most. Energy Disaggregation is a new technology that leverages energy meter data to reveal appliance usage information and customer insights for improving energy efficiency, utility customer engagement and program efficiencies. This presentation will focus on how energy disaggregation is being used to personalize energy efficiency programs and offerings to empower customers to save energy. We will share results that leading utilities are achieving via disaggregation across the globe. Learnings and best practices will be included, especially focusing on the cost-effective scalability of these programs.

Presenters: Jordana Temlock, Bidgely & Mark Schuling, Office of Consumer Advocate

Jordana Temlock is Director of Regulatory Affairs at Bidgely. She is responsible for educating the market on the value of energy disaggregation and how this new technology can be used to engage consumers to save energy. Jordana has more than 10 years of energy efficiency policy and programs expertise and has worked on behalf of broad organizations such as FirstFuel Software, and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).




Mr. Schuling received his law degree from Drake University in 1980. He was appointed by Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller as the Iowa Consumer Advocate in January 2011. He was previously a practicing attorney for over twenty years with the Brick, Gentry, Bowers, Swartz, Stoltze, Schuling & Levis Law Firm in Des Moines, and served as Director of the Iowa Department of Revenue from 2005 to 2011 under Governors Tom Vilsack and Chet Culver. Mr. Schuling has experience and expertise in federal and state law, utility and telecommunications matters, and general civil law.

Mr. Schuling is also a Certified Public Accountant, a past president of the Federation of Tax Administrators (FTA), and has spoken to numerous groups and associations on tax, utility and business matters. He is a member of several energy related groups including serving as Vice-President of the National Association of State Consumer Advocates, an Advisory Board Member to the Financial Research Institute located at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, an Advisory Council Member to the Center for Public Utilities, located in New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and as Advisory Committee Member to the Critical Consumer Issues Forum. Additionally, he is a Board Member to the Iowa State Bar Association Foundation.


Lunch: 11:10 - 12:55 PM

11:10 - 12:55 PM: Lunch - Sponsored by CLEAResult

There will be time for networking, an update from Iowa Energy Center, and scholarships will be awarded.
Bishop A & B


Session 3: 1:00 - 1:50 PM

The New Influence of Regulatory Policy Development

All regulation sets a framework through which the regulated entity will work to maximize its earned returns and shareholder value. The regulatory model that successfully enabled the buildout of the electric grid incentivized massive private investment in infrastructure for public benefit, including power plants, transmission towers, substations and other capital projects. The ubiquitous availability of safe, reliable, affordable electricity in the U.S. is evidence of the model’s success.

Today, regulators, utilities, consumer advocates and other stakeholders are grappling with an expanded set of goals and available alternatives. Under the traditional regulatory model, utilities have little, if any, incentive to encourage widespread deployment of DERs that would reduce sales of electricity and opportunities for investment. However, today there are ever-increasing scenarios in which EE and other DERs could be deployed more cost effectively than traditional investments.

Presenters: Will McNamara and Amy Stevens, CLEAResult

Will McNamara is Sr Program Manager for CLEAResult and presently is responsible for the management of MidAmerican Energy’s commercial and small business energy efficiency programs in Iowa and Illinois. Will is a 20-year of the energy industry with work experience as both a utility employee at San Diego Gas & Electric and energy consultant providing services to IOUs, public power and cooperatives across the United States. Will also has worked with utilities across the Midwest on their energy efficiency strategies, program implementation and management, and program evaluation.

In total, Will’s career emphasis in the energy sector has been focused on managing large and complex utility initiatives; C-level strategy; customer engagement; operational excellence; business process improvement; and technology selection & installation. His specific areas of experience have included energy efficiency, demand response and demand-side management; advanced metering infrastructure (AMI); and distributed energy resources.

Regulatory policy at both the state and federal levels has also been a common theme in Will’s career. He has published extensively on energy policy issues, including how emerging policies and trends are shaping the future of utility energy efficiency programs.


Amy Stevens, has more than 20 years of experience in customer service, client relationships, process improvement, strategic planning and communications. As a Senior Program Manager, she supports CLEAResult’s Iowa programs. Her expertise in Six Sigma principles ensures the programs she manages for CLEAResult are operated at maximum efficiency levels. Prior to working for CLEAResult, Amy worked for General Electric and Alliant Energy. She has chaired or co-chaired may non-profit and community events. She enjoys working with IAEE and it’s members through webinars and educational opportunities.


The Transformation of Marston Hall: Creating a 21st century learning environment in a 19th century structure

Marston Hall, originally built in 1903, is the historic home of the College of Engineering at Iowa State University in Ames. Many engineers working in Iowa and beyond today spent time there preparing for their careers. In 2016, ISU completed the first comprehensive renovation of Marston Hall, creating a 21st century learning environment within the 19th century structure.

The building’s age and original structure presented opportunities and challenges in the design of mechanical systems for the project. IMEG’s Lincoln Pearce will discuss the strategies used to achieve ISU’s architectural, energy efficiency, and LEED goals, including: • System concept analysis and final selection reasoning • Integrating mechanical distribution pathways into the building architecture • Controlling and mitigating humidity concerns • Minimizing envelope and ventilation loads The building consumed approximately 28% less energy than the pre-renovation operation in its first year.

Presenter: Lincoln Pearce, IMEG Corp.

Lincoln is a Senior Principal at IMEG with more than 20 years of building design and construction experience. He is a licensed Professional Engineer, LEED Accredited Professional, and an ASHRAE Certified Building Energy Assessment Professional. Lincoln is an Iowa State graduate, making this project especially significant in his career.


Session 3 & 4: 1:00 - 2:45 PM

Leadership - The Way to Success (Less Hassle, Less Expense & Less Human Effort)

Leadership presents a profound approach for lasting change. Leadership skills will maximize team productivity, drive breakthrough innovation, and secure a competitive edge for your company or agency. This session will present the difference between management and leadership. Both are sorely needed, managers we have, leaders are far and few. Lucky are the rare who have or are a leader/manager. Anyone can be a leader. Leaders are walking the halls of many agencies and businesses. You might be one. One who burns inside to help positive change. This session is for you. This session is about how to sharpen the axe of leadership.

Presenter: John Tooley, Owner of John Tooley, LLC

John is one of the most exciting, humorous, and enlightening presenters in the nation. John started building houses in 1979 and by 1982 had begun to diagnosis and retrofit homes across the nation. He was inducted into the Building Performance Institute's Hall of Fame for lifetime commitment and dedication to the Home Performance Industry and was the 2013 recipient of the Tony Woods Award for Excellence in Advancing the Home Performance Industry. He has been the principle designer of some of the largest building programs in the nation. John has a refreshing approach to the adage “do it right the first time.” He presents a real life, blue-collar approach to building and business science. John consults, and trains thousands of contractors from every trade each year.


Session 4: 1:55 - 2:45 PM

Fault Detection and Diagnostics (FDD)-- the Silver Bullet for Optimizing Buildings

FDD technology has only recently been leveraged in the commercial facility space. FDD is used to continuously collect data from a building's automation system. The technology than puts the data through various pre-selected algorithms which alerts the building technicians to conditions that indicate the building is operating at less than optimum conditions. This results in more energy efficient operations, better system reliability, more proactive maintenance, and reduced operation costs.

The presentation will begin with a high level introduction to FDD. It will cover the reasons why a facility should consider implementing an FDD system, advice on how to select an FDD system, and the results an owner can expect.

Presenter: Doug "Lit" Litwiller, The Waldinger Corporation

Doug is currently a project developer with the Energy and Facility Services team of the Waldinger Corporation. Prior to the coming to The Waldinger Corporation, Doug was an Energy Advisor with CLEAResult, Associate Director for Energy Conservation at the University of Iowa, Project Manager with Alliant Energy and the Facilities Engineering Director for Central Iowa Health System (now UnityPoint). Doug received his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University.



Beyond the LED: How networked lighting controls are the future of energy efficiency

According to the Department of Energy, lighting comprises 25-40% of a total commercial building's energy use. While a growing number of buildings have made the switch to LEDs, controls are lagging with over 90% of lighting still controlled only by a simply on-off switch. This presents a tremendous opportunity to help utilities continue to meet and exceed savings goals as LEDs near market saturation. Networked lighting controls (NLC) have been dubbed the next revolution in lighting technology.

NLC takes advantage of the ubiquity of lighting, offering distributed points of intelligence with real-time two-way communication capability. From our experience, NLC in warehouses, parking garages, schools, and commercial offices are early adopter opportunities. During this presentation we will outline the design components, developmental steps, and project results from a 12-month pilot program.

Presenter: Kyle Kichura, Franklin Energy

Kyle Kichura entered the lighting industry in 2004, working for a distributor specializing in lighting efficiency and design. Prior to joining Franklin Energy, spent 6yrs at a mfgr specialized in custom and architectural-grade luminaires. Last 3.5 years have been spent working in the utility implementation industry, providing guidance on lighting product qualification, lighting incentive offerings, and measure development. He participates on DLC's technical committee, holds an LC, BBA, and MIES.



Afternoon Break: 2:50 - 3:05 PM

Networking Break - Sponsored by WECC

Get a snack and visit our exhibitors and poster presentations.


Session 5: 3:10 - 4:00 PM

Let there be trees! Energy efficiency beyond the building envelope

In the world of energy efficiency, many people think about the building envelope and what’s inside it to achieve maximum efficiency. However, there are practices – such as tree plantings and greenscaping - that can be done outside a home, industrial park, business, or municipal building to significantly conserve energy all while achieving many other benefits. The benefits beyond direct heating and cooling savings that come with embracing green (literally!) energy efficiency practices include cleaning the air, supporting pollinators, decreasing stress, and reducing flooding. This session will explore energy efficiency measures outside of the building, the energy savings and other benefits that can be achieved, and how the measures can be implemented. Most importantly, we will explore why external energy efficiency practices should not overlooked. Participants will identify one thing they can do to increase energy efficiency through truly green practices.

Presenters: Emily Swihart, Trees Forever
Tivon Feeley, Iowa Department of Natural Resouces

Emily holds a bachelor’s degree in horticulture and a master’s degree in landscape architecture and she uses both to help communities plan, organize, obtain funding, and implement landscape improvement projects. Emily manages and provides design services for Trees Forever’s Iowa’s Living Roadways Trails Visioning program. Emily enjoys helping Iowans connect to trees and the outdoors so that we all benefit from our natural resources.




After completing his B.S. at ISU Tivon had an internship as City Forester in Central Park West New York, New York. He then worked as a Diagnostician in the Plant Disease Clinic with the Department of Plant Pathology at ISU and then work as a Forestry Extension Specialist for 8 years. In 2008, Tivon joined the Iowa Department of Natural Resources as the Forest Health Program Leader. At the IDNR, he works with both native and exotic tree pests with his time primary spent on emerald ash borer, thousand cankers disease, Asian longhorned beetle, gypsy moth, bur oak blight, oak wilt, and invasive plants.


Understanding and Balancing Needs of a School District: Johnston CSD High School

Energy efficiency continues to be a driving factor in the design of future ready schools; however, it is not the only factor. This case study examines how the various wants and needs of the community, students, and district impacted the design and energy efficiency strategies pursued in Johnston Community School District’s new high school.

The project design team will trace the path from goal setting through implementation and review how the constraints were balanced at both a conceptual level as well as with respect to specific strategies while on the path to saving 63% in annual energy costs.

Presenters: Karl Kaufman, The Weidt Group
Andrew Venzke, Alvine Engineering
Tom Wollan, FRK Architects + Engineers

Karl Kaufman, AIA, PE, LEEP AP, is a Project Manager at The Weidt Group, providing energy consulting services for existing buildings by assisting design professionals and owners with identifying and selecting optimal energy-saving strategies for their projects. An A/E/C industry professional for over 20 years, he has served as an architect, design engineer, project manager and sustainable design consultant. Mr. Kaufman holds degrees in Architecture and Architectural Engineering.


Andrew Venzke, PE, LC, LEED AP is an electrical engineer with over 15 years of experience in the MEPT consulting industry. As an Associate Principal at Alvine Engineering, Andy oversees the design of power distribution, lighting and lighting controls, telecommunications systems, and fire alarm systems. He received a masterÂ’s degree in engineering from Iowa State University and is active in the Illuminating Engineering Society.



Thomas Wollan, AIA LEED AP is a principal at frk architects + engineers who specializes in K-12 educational design. Keen on the idea that good relationship building yields positive outcomes, Tom is very interested in the collaborative process between the client, the design team, and other consultants. He received a Master of Architecture degree from Iowa State University and is active in the Iowa Architectural Foundation.




Electric Boogie (boogie, woogie, woogie!)

One opportunity emerging from the power sector transformation is beneficial electrification, and the energy industry is abuzz with talk of an electric slideÂ’s potential to make everybody a winner. While there are many programmatic synergies with energy efficiency, it is not yet apparent how beneficial electrification will be choreographed economy-wide. Will beneficial electrification strategies become the next generation of utility energy efficiency programs or is a new approach required?

The presenter will examine the future of energy efficiency in juxtaposition with beneficial electrification. In this session, the presenter will use Mentimeter, a real time polling tool that allows her to engage and interact with the audience to ask questions and gather input through the use of phones and other mobile devices connected to the Internet. Polling data gathered during the session will be shared with conference organizers and session participants who provide a current email address.

Presenter: Robin Lisowski, WECC

Robin Lisowski is Director of New Business at WECC, where she leads research and planning efforts related to emerging services, including beneficial electrification. Robin has 15 years of experience working with energy utilities and has worked in the energy efficiency industry since 2008. She has a passion for interdisciplinary approaches to energy management and sustainability and the nonprofit organization’s role in this space. Robin holds a B.A. from Augsburg College and M.A. from UW-Madison.


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