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Net-Zero Energy Schools + Tour

August 20, 2014 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm

**This program can be self reported for 2 GBCI CE hours (non-LEED Specific) and 2 AIA CES HSW Learning Units will also be available. **

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Designing buildings with energy efficiency in mind is one strategy for controlling long-term utility costs. Net Zero Energy Buildings combine efficiency with on-site renewable systems to meet all of the building’s energy needs. As more schools face budget constraints, finding ways to control utility costs is essential. School principals, facilities staff, architects and engineers can learn from past projects and current designs for the best resources for implementing Net Zero Energy School projects.

USGBC Maryland and AIABaltimore will host a program exploring the Net Zero Energy Arlington Elementary School project. Our guest presenters, Tony Hans & Wyck Knox, will describe this exciting project and update us on the costs, including how it has been bid under budget!

Lunch is included with with your program ticket for this special presentation. Free tickets are available for school staff and administrators.


11:00 a.m. Event Check-In at the Auditorium Entrance
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Presentation
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Networking Lunch & Building Tours led by Kip Katich (ROGERS PARTNERS Architects+Urban Designers) and Glenn Shrum (Flux Studio)


John Chadwick, Assistant Superintendent for Facilities
Arlington Public Schools

Mr. Chadwick is an architect and long-standing member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He has been Assistant Superintendent, Facilities and Operations at Arlington Public Schools since early 2013, prior to which he served as Director of Design and Construction for two years. He has led school system’s planning for continued enrollment growth through the 2012 Capital Improvement Plan and the ongoing 2014 Capital Improvement Plan/ Capacity Development Plan processes. Prior to joining Arlington Public Schools, Mr. Chadwick worked in private practice with Perkins Eastman, first in New York City and then as the managing principal of the firm’s DC Metro office, which he founded in Arlington in 2005. He is deeply committed to architecture for education that links design and environmental sustainability with learning, and to design excellence emerging from the community design process.

Wyck Knox, AIA, LEED AP
Associate, VMDO Architects

Mr. Knox has served as a project architect and manager for VMDO’s most highly acclaimed K-12 projects- those incorporating innovative design measures relating to sustainability, environmental stewardship, and novel learning environments for today’s “New Learner.” Overall, Mr. Knox has been responsible for 6 public school projects with VMDO, completed or in progress. Mr. Knox was the Project Architect and Manager of the $29.8 million Manassas Park Elementary School & Pre-K- the recipient of a prestigious American Institute of  Architects Committee on the Environment “Top Ten Green Project: award. The U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools routinele promotes Manassas Park as a national model for sustainability and the ‘building-as-a-teaching-tool’ concept. Mr. Knox is currently leading the team that is designing a 98,000 gsf K-5 Arlington Public School. The school is being designed as a net-zero energy use building- potentially the first one on the east coast of the United States.

Kenneth Seibert, PE, LEED AP
President, CMTA Consulting Engineers

Mr. Seibert is President of CMTA Inc., A 90 person consulting engineering firm located in Kentucky, Texas and Indiana. He is a mechanical engineering graduate from the University of Kentucky and began his career immediately with CMTA, becoming President in 2006. During his tenure, CMTA has gained a national reputation in the area of high performance buildings with Net Zero Energy Designs. Mr. Seibert is a member of ASHRAE’s 90.1 Energy Standards committee and participated in publishing ASHRAE’s K-12 50% Advanced Energy Guidelines and has published four articles in ASHRAE’s High Performing Buildings magazine. He speaks nationally at conferences and presented at Greenbuild Toronto 2011, the 2012 Army’s Net Zero Design conference in Chicago and the 2013 National School Board conference in San Diego. Mr. Seibert was also recognized by Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear with the 2009 Governor’s Energy Leadership Award.

The Arlington Elementary School Project

The goal to design a Net Zero Energy school was identified at the earliest stage of project planning. Considerations for site footprint, solar orientation, building construction, and energy use were given top priority in the interative design processes.

Achievement of the net zero goal included evaluation of everything from building structural systems to mechanical and lighting packages, in addition to school staffing and class scheduling. The project’s energy goal is to use no more than 1/3 of the energy consumed by the average elementary school.

A 496 kW solar array is being incorporated into the design, along with a highly detailed building envelope including a very highly rated thermal insulation wall that will help generate a total building EUI (Energy Use Intensity) of 23.

Learn more about the Arlington Elementary School project.

Parking Information

Please allow time for parking and traffic around the school, as parents, teachers and school staff will be onsite for back-to-school preparations.

Free parking is available in school parking lots (Parking West entrance on N. Chester Street & Parking East Entrance on N. Patterson Park Ave.). Free 2 hour street parking is also available.



Click here to Register through USGBC MD

Program Sponsors

The Abell Foundation
Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope


August 20, 2014
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
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Henderson-Hopkins Elementary-Middle School
2100 Ashland Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21205 United States