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Webinar: Are Electric Buildings a Feasible Carbon Neutrality Strategy?

March 18, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT


The path to campus carbon neutrality is becoming clearer: electrify everything and procure renewable electricity. Electrifying campus energy infrastructure is a complex undertaking that requires a significant financial investment. While working toward that long-term goal, new buildings can be designed and built to run exclusively on electricity. For example, the University of California system’s sustainability policy now prohibits using fossil fuels for space heating or hot water except in special circumstances. This session will present three electric building case studies from different campuses and different building types: labs, housing, and office. It will also share the perspective of an architect who has worked on multiple electric building projects and his interviews with mechanical engineers to assess any cost and technical challenges to designing and operating electric buildings.

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Scott Shell

Scott Shell, Principal, FAIA, LEED® APBD+C CPHC®, EHDD

Scott Shell is a nationally recognized expert on high-performance buildings. For the past decade, he has led the design of EHDD’s university buildings for science, ranging from the advanced Biomedical Sciences Research labs to new facilities for entire departments designed to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration. He brings a strong integrated design approach to each project, partnering with clients, researchers, and the broader design and construction team to create facilities that excel in all aspects of their performance. A pioneer in low energy and sustainable design, Scott is a Fitwel Ambassador and has led the design of several of the nation’s first Net Zero Energy buildings. He has a particular focus on evidence-based design to verify actual performance and occupant satisfaction of the facilities to apply lessons learned on future projects to advance the practice of building.

Matt StClair

Matt St.Clair, Director of Sustainability, UC Office of the President

Matthew St.Clair is the first Director of Sustainability for the University of California’s Office of the President, leading sustainability efforts across the 10-campus UC system since 2004. Mr. St.Clair was a founding member of the Board of Directors for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Mr. St.Clair has delivered lectures at numerous universities, been an invited keynote speaker at several regional and national conferences, and advised the U.S. House of Representatives on the formation of an Office of Sustainability for the U.S. Capitol.

John Elliott

John Elliott, Chief Sustainability Officer, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

John Elliott is Chief Sustainability Officer at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He is responsible for directing and implementing the Lab’s sustainability strategy. He has broad and detailed experience in building efficiency, building energy management, building performance data architecture, renewables, water efficiency, electric vehicles, employee engagement, waste diversion, and living laboratory collaboration. He was previously Director, Energy and Sustainability at UC Merced and has done prior work in energy efficiency program design, strategy consulting to utilities, consulting on efficiency and renewables to native American tribes, and leading a professional services team implementing energy software solutions for utilities and energy market operators. He holds a masters degree in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley and a bachelors in civil and environmental engineering from Stanford University.



March 18, 2020
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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