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April 2019 Meeting

April 03, 2019
5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
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The Country Club of Sioux Falls
3400 W 22nd St
Sioux Falls, SD 57105

Dinner Meetings:

Social Hour: 5:30 - 6:00 PM
Meal: 6:00 PM
Program: 6:15 - 7:00 PM
Place: The Country Club of Sioux Falls

April's meeting will be Student Night and our Distinguished Lecturer Paul Torcellini will be our guest speaker.  He has 30 years of experience examining how energy is used in buildings including delivery mechanisms, design, system integration, and operations. His focus is on creating buildings that have minimal environmental impact because of their operations including very low energy buildings and zero energy buildings.

Paul received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts. He received a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering specializing in heat transfer and modeling of buildings and a Ph.D. in building controls from Purdue University (W. Lafayette, Indiana).

Paul is a 25-year ASHRAE member and has received two ASHRAE Technology Awards for his energy-efficient buildings work and has been a key contributor to the Advanced Energy Design Guide Series, published by ASHRAE as a collaborative effort of AIA, ASHRAE, IES, and USGBC. He has led the technical analysis of several of the guides and has chaired two of the guides including the recently released Advanced Energy Design Guide for K-12 Schools: Achieving Zero Energy (January 2018). He has been a speaker on two ASHRAE Webcasts including one focused on Zero Energy Buildings. He is active in TC2.8 (Building Environmental Impacts and Sustainability) and has been involved in several Society level efforts including MTGs, position documents, and Project Monitoring Subcommittees.

Paul and his family live in a zero energy home in northeastern Connecticut and run a sustainable farm focused on soil restoration growing a variety of farm products. (See High Performing Buildings, Spring 2018 for more information on the house.)

His program will be discussing Living at Zero:  A Look at Personal Decisions to achieving a Zero Energy Home

What decisions does a zero energy researcher make when building his own house for himself and his family? This look at the decision decisions made for creating a zero energy house as well as implications to life-style will be discussed. The lecture will also examine the actual cost and energy data in making decisions on what technologies to use and what strategies made practical sense. As a bonus, the discussion will look at material selections, food choices, and using the land to help restore the environment.

***Please note you must RSVP online no later than 1PM, Monday April 1st.  When you RSVP, you may pay with a credit card online or choose to pay with cash/check at the door.


$12.00 Member

$12.00 Non-Member