Success with Data Driven Design: Net Zero from Classrooms to Gyms

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM


The workshop will explore how data-driven design can become a super power in enabling educational institutions to achieve higher sustainable goals. Representing three perspectives of the owner, the architect, and the engineer, we show how the success from Oregon Episcopal School’s Lower School project was used to communicate and become its own proponent, or super hero, of net zero design. As a result of the performance of the Lower School, when plans came for a new gymnasium, stakeholders were impressed and already convinced that the design needed to be net zero-driven. The panel also showcases ways that students, faculty, and staff interact with the energy features that double as learning opportunities further enhancing building energy use. The panel studies the energy, comfort, and operational data from the Lower School performing with success on passive heating and cooling for two years. Looking at the development and design for the OES Athletic Center now under construction, the panel examines the projected energy and carbon savings, while exploring the synergies that occur working with the same project team and an invested stakeholder group. A 45-minute activity follows the panel where participants are able to strategize and problem-solve scenarios with teams. The workshop allows participants to confront challenges of different types of project types (classrooms, theatres, gymnasiums, etc.) with different climates (hot and humid, temperate, cold and dry, etc.) and sustainable energy solutions (passive heating and cooling, operable windows, heat recovery, etc.) to strategize for the best net-zero design. Teams will be able to share the process and outcomes with the larger group. Ending in lessons learned and challenges overcome, the floor is open for an engaging dialog about the possibilities of data-driven design and ways to harness its super powers for a sustainable environment in education.

#1: Use data-driven design examples for multiple project types to demonstrate how to achieve highly sustainable projects within district budgets.
#2: Understand the benefits of early design collaboration and goal setting.
#3: Compare and contrast the ways in which net zero energy strategy is applied to different project types within education facilities.
#4: Through a group activity, apply the lessons learned to conceptualize net-zero ready designs for various building and climate types.

Design of Educational Facilities: Acts as a resource to the design team in providing ongoing guidance and support to ensure that the emerging and ultimate design aligns with the established community vision, education goals, future programming, written design standards, best/next practices and education policy.

Assessment of the School Facility: The ability to objectively evaluate a learning environment post-occupancy and utilize the data to improve future projects. Implements a plan for educational commissioning that provides guidance on how to use and maximize the learning environment to meet the foundational vision in the planning phase.

Ruwan Jayaweera, PE, LEED AP, Associate Principal, PAE
Ruwan is a mechanical engineer with more than 20 years of design experience. As an Associate Principal, he leads teams in passive, resilient, LEED, and Net Zero projects. Ruwan is active in the community as a mentor with the ACE Mentorship Program and MESA, a member of the Portland Green Schools Committee, co-founder of Room for More, an Advisory Council Member for the Design Museum of Portland, and an Adjunct Professor at Portland State University.

Stefee Knudsen, AIA, Principal, Hacker Architects
Stefee has 25 years of experience in programming, project management, and sustainability. Stefee leads Hacker’s recent K-12 education work and brings expertise in pedagogy-specific educational design. She is a member of A4LE and AIA’s Committee on Architecture for Education Knowledge Community.

Jon von Behren, Director of Facilities, Oregon Episcopal School
Jon has managed many building projects during his 45-year career at OES. He is a former President and current Secretary/Treasurer of the Oregon School Facilities Management Association.

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