High Performance Building Science Workshop
Special event at the Village of Civano, Tucson
Colors are names, each given to a specific spectrum of visible light. Visible wavelengths are measured in nanometers (nm). Green just so happens to live in the spectrum between approximately 520 and 565 nm. Building performance is also measured using specific, scientific language. We hope to give you new ideas about how to respond next time somebody asks you how green a building is.
This fun and informative workshop takes an engineering view at what ‘green’ is and how it’s measured.
Participants will enjoy a walking tour of Tucson’s premiere high-performance community, Civano: a Neo-Traditional, mixed-use community. We will see at least one custom home, inside and out, and learn about how xeriscaping, city reclaimed water, greywater and rainwater harvesting help Civano attain its 60% reduction in potable water usage.
In the classroom, we’ll illustrate how material choices affect the environment via the concepts of embodied energy and energy performance modeling. Given current and future building code performance trends-what will homes look like in 10, 20, 30 years?
Morning snacks and lunch will be served by Café D’Auria, Civano’s newest business neighbor.
Workshop attendees will be provided informative materials, including the new McGraw-Hill book co-authored by Al Nichols and Jason Laros: Inside the Civano Project-A Case Study of Large-scale Sustainable Neighborhood Development (a $70 value). Many presentation materials will be given to attendees on a reusable jump-drive.
Workshop sponsors may be on hand to answer questions about specific high-performance products or services, but the following individuals will be your primary workshop leaders:
C. Alan Nichols, P.E., C.E.M., B.C.F.E., LEED AP
Mr. Nichols has more than thirty years of professional experience in heating, air conditioning energy systems and plumbing. His extensive experience and knowledge in energy and resource conservation has earned him multiple awards and honors. Serving as a City Commissioner, Al led the committee which wrote Civano’s Sustainable Energy Standard.
Al Nichols Engineering, Inc. – www.alnichols.com
Jason A. Laros, LEED AP
Jason has years of hands-on experience in residential remodeling and preventative maintenance. Jason earned his BS in Regional Development and MS in Project Management and now works as Sustainability Analyst for Al Nichols Engineering, Inc. ,helping perform energy audits, building simulations, construction administration and LEED project management.
Earthab – www.earthab.com
Justin has years of varied experience in the trades and landscaping, and now specializes in maximizing landscape water efficiency and building rainwater harvesting systems. Justin is also an artist and was the illustrator for Inside the Civano Project.
Home Improvement and Maintenance (HIM)
- Learn about embodied energy in materials
- Learn about high performance building materials (it’s relative!)
- Deepen your knowledge of climate and weather-based design
- Tour Tucson’s premiere high-performance, master-planned community
- Network with like-minded individuals and organizations in a personal setting
- Start your weekend a day early!
July 31, 2009
6:15 AM TO 7:00 AM REGISTRATION – COFFEE
7:00 AM TO 8:30 AM GUIDED WALKING TOUR AROUND A STRAW BALE HOME, A RAMMED EARTH HOME, AND TOUR THROUGH THE NICHOLS MIXED-USE RESIDENCE/OFFICE
8:30 TO 9:00 MORNING SNACKS
9:00 TO 10:00 FIRST SESSION: WATER CONSERVATION
-The water/energy bond (Embodied Energy in Water)
-How Civano reduces potable water consumption up to 60% compared to average local homes
10:00 TO 10:15 BREAK
10:00 TO 10:30 A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR
10:30 TO 11:30 SESSION TWO: EMBODIED ENERGY
-Energy in materials
-Life cycle costs (energy modeling)
-Embodied energy + Life cycle costs
11:30 TO 1:00 NETWORKING AND LUNCH
1:00 TO 2:00 SESSION THREE: OUR GREEN FUTURE
-Energy Code History and Projection
-What will a code home look like in 30 years?
-Optional special site/home tour for workshop attendees
Inside the Civano Project
A first-hand account of all aspects involved in creating a sustainable neighborhood development
This new GreenSource book offers a complete look at Civano, the nation’s largest sustainable mixed-use community located in the southeast part of Tucson, Arizona. Civano comprises four neighborhoods with the capacity to house over 2,600 families.
Inside the Civano Project covers the planning, funding, building, and management of this development which integrates residential communities with shopping, workplace, school, and civic facilities, as well as parks and natural open spaces. The book discusses the zoning and building code guidelines, sustainable building materials, energy standards, and water conservation technologies that make Civano ahead of its time.
Table of contents
Ch 1. A Seed is Planted-The Early Stages of Land Planning
Ch 2. Water and Fertilizer-Funding the Public & Private Project
Ch 3. Guiding Growth-Master Planning and Technical Analysis
Ch 4. Impacts and Adjustments-The Civano IMPACT (Integrated Method of Performance and Cost Tracking)
Ch 5. Germination-How the Land was Purchased
Ch 6. Tug of War-New Ideas and a Hot Potato
Ch 7. Ground Breaking-Phase I
Ch 8. A Middle Ground-Phase II: The Costs and Benefits of Production Housing
Ch 9. Civano’s DNA-The SES, MOU, and the IMPACT Monitoring System
Ch 10. The Future-Phases III, IV, and the Commercial Center and Beyond
C. Alan Nichols, P.E., LEED AP, established Al Nichols Engineering in 1995. He has served as Project Engineer at Western Electric, Process Engineer for W. L. Gore, and Project Engineer for Tierney Manufacturing. Nicols has over 30 years’ experience in heating, air conditioning energy systems, and plumbing. As a member of the Tucson Metropolitan Energy Commission, he was instrumental in writing the sustainable energy standard (SES) for Civano. Additionally, Nichols was part of a volunteer group that led the development of the building code guidelines that have resulted in Civano’s 60% reduction of heating and cooling energy and 55% reduction in potable water usage. In 2002, he received the Energy Users News Award, Best Mixed-Use Facility for the Civano project and is Past-Chairman of the Tucson/Pima County Metropolitan Energy Commission.
Jason A. Laros is Project Manager with Al Nichols Engineering. In his capacity as building superintendent at the University of Idaho, he managed the maintenance crews and contract construction projects for over 300,000 ft. of university apartments and related building systems and acquainted staff and administration with material and energy saving concepts and practices.
By Al Nichols, Jason Laros
Date September 4, 2009
Format Hardback, 320 pages
ISBN 0071599312 / 9780071599313
AudienceProfessional and scholarly
Dimensions7.375 in Page