Building Decarb Before and After: How to plan and understand performance

  • Tuesday, May 04, 2021
  • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Webinar


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Join Illinois Green Alliance for Building Decarb Before and After: How to plan and understand performance. This presentation will cover the planning, implementation, data collection, and data analysis around net zero projects.

There are many paths to net zero, so how do we choose the right one?  Questions such as “how far do we reduce our EUI before trying to offset the remaining energy?”, or “how important are passive strategies compared to active strategies?”, are questions clients are asking more and more as our industry’s push towards net zero continues to gain momentum. 

Below shows a very general net zero framework that can be applied to all projects. During this presentation we will show how techniques such as parametric analysis and dynamic life cycle cost analysis can be leveraged to answer these types of questions. We will look at the implementation of this general framework and accompanying analysis tools in the context of an existing campus already well on their journey from inefficient by industry standards, to net zero.


A common theme throughout the presentation will be a focus on using interactive and dynamic visualizations. These sorts of data visualizations help facilitate multi-dimensional communication between engineers and stakeholders on design intent, problem solving, and optimization. 

As clients are asked to make investments with net zero, clients will also ask for proof that the value propositions are realistic and achievable. When one claims you can save them money by creating an energy-efficient building, clients will say “prove it.” Hear how our panelists have been able to do just that with their projects!


  • Saagar Patel, Environmental Systems Design, Inc. 
  • Steve Dowd, Affiliated Engineers, Inc. 
  • Zhongdi Chen, Wight & Company

This webinar will be eligible to self-report to USGBC for 1.5 credit hours towards your LEED professional credential. 

Sponsorship Opportunities: Contact Brian Imus at for sponsorship levels and benefits.

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