2019 Getting to Zero National Forum

The 2019 Getting to Zero National Forum represents an important collaboration between the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and New Buildings Institute (NBI) in bringing together the leading designers, owners, operators, commercial developers, policymakers, and manufacturers committed to helping define the future of low energy and zero energy (ZE) buildings.

Integral Group is proud to have two of its thought leaders representing the firm and presenting on panels on a range of ZE topics from policies and codes to lessons learned through the project life cycle, including:

Decarbonizing the Existing Building Stock: Issues and Opportunities
Breakout Session 3 | October 10, 2019 | 2:45pm – 4:15pm

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A strong consensus has emerged around the concept that “new” construction is relatively easy and cost-effective to decarbonize. But what about existing buildings, most of which will still be in service 25 years from now?  In sequence, this session will look at the challenges, opportunities, and nascent approaches for decarbonizing single family homes, multi-family residential buildings, and commercial buildings.


Existing Single Family Homes
Scott Blunk, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Existing Multi-Family Buildings
Abijeet Pande, TRC Solutions

Commercial Buildings: Getting to Zero Cost
John Andary, Integral Group

Energy Storage Opportunities
Jolt Session 5 | October 11, 2019 | 10:30am – 11:30am

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Jared Landsman, Building Performance Analyst | Oakland, CA

Recent academic research and the assessment of a California energy storage incentive program have shown that behind-the-meter energy storage can cause emissions due to a mismatch of electric grid dynamics, building load profiles, and rate structures. However, emissions increases can be eliminated through careful energy storage control strategies. Attendees will hear how district-scale photovoltaics and battery banks can be implemented, optimizing system capacities and battery control strategies to maximize potential savings in first costs, annual utility costs, peak demand charges, and greenhouse gas emissions.


Photovoltaic and Battery Bank Optimization for District Scale Systems
Jared Landsman, Integral Group

Cleaning Up Batteries: Reducing Emissions and Cutting Costs for Building Energy Storage
Henry Richardson, WattTime | Tucker Ruberti, Enel X North America, Inc

The Looming Energy Storage Revolution
Mark Frankel, New Buildings Institute


All-Electric Kitchens…The Last Frontier
Pop-Up at the Innovation Stage | October 11, 2019 | 7:30am – 8:15am

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David Kaneda, Principal | Oakland, CA

As building designers expand the number and types of buildings being designed as all-electric and net zero energy (NZE), one of the last frontiers for abandoning natural gas use is in the food preparation industry. This special pop-up presentation will give examples of how that paradigm is finally shifting and how and why energy use has been drastically reduced. This includes discussion of experiences designing all-electric kitchens, the pros and cons of various types of electric equipment, and the reduction in energy and elimination of direct fossil fuel use that they can provide. 


Bishop O'Dowd

Bishop O’Dowd High School Center for Environmental Studies (CES) Tour
Tour | October 9, 2019 | 10:45am – 1:00pm

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John Andary, Senior Principal | Oakland, CA

This award-winning project is home to the school’s environmental science and engineering program. Designed to complement the Living Lab (a 4.5-acre hillside restoration site, ecological study area, and wildlife habitat), this new building and landscape elements tie the Living Lab to the campus core. The new academic building features two large laboratory classrooms, a faculty office and prep space, restrooms and storage. Sustainable building systems and materials – locally sourced, renewable building materials; roof-mounted photovoltaic panels for renewable power; on-site collection and treatment of storm water, and rainwater harvesting – are easily accessed to serve as teaching tools. 

Tour requires an additional ticket; register here. Lunch on campus is included in the fee.

Tour Led By:

  • John Andary | Integral Group
  • Karen Richards | Siegel & Strain Architects
  • Matt Dehghani | Alter Consulting Engineers


Date(s): October 9, 2019

Speaker: John Andary, Senior Principal | Jared Landsmand, Building Performance Analyst | David Kaneda, Principal