SBSE Retreat 2016

Mon, Jul 18 - Thu, Jul 21
PG&E Pacific Energy Center (PEC) in San Francisco

Design for
Zero Energy,
Water, and Waste

Breakout Group at the Energy Center

With precious and limited water resources, how actively are California's green buildings addressing water conservation and management? What can we do to assert a greater environmental priority for water and energy use in buildings in our own regions? From best practices, new research, and advanced management systems in buildings in California, what lessons can we learn to guide our teaching of building design as part of the solution to the current energy, water, and waste issues. What strategies are appropriate for different locations? What are the limitations in some states and how do we move forward in our stewardship of the environment?

Welcome to the 2016 SBSE Retreat, Design for Zero Energy, Water, and Waste, which will provide a forum for expanding our understanding of these issues; sharing the strategies, tools, and ideas that SBSEers are using to teach and practice appropriate building design; and re-kindling our teaching with new ideas, collaborations, networks, and shared experiences.

Event Coordination

Program Committee

Sophia Duluk, EHDD Architecture; Seth Holmes, University of Hartford; Omar Al-Hassawi, Washington State University; and Alexandra Rempel, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Site Coordinator

Alison Kwok, University of Oregon


We've secured a generously donated venue for this year's retreat—the Pacific Energy Center, 851 Howard Street in downtown San Francisco. This facility is supported by the Pacific Gas and Electric utility and provides extensive educational programs, tools, and design advice on energy efficiency, HVAC systems, lighting, comfort, and environmental quality. We will maintain our traditional schedule of invited speakers/practitioners, tours, and parallel 1-hour workshops/presentation sessions and long breaks to explore PEC's resources, facilitate new conversations, and have impromptu gatherings. We have garnered support from the AIA and PG&E and may synergize with community college educators who do workforce training in energy efficiency.

Participants are encouraged to arrange their own lodging for the 3 nights as soon as possible at places of their choice: AirBnB, the East Bay, or hotels near the airport. A limited block of rooms are being arranged at nearby hotels for convenience.

The Pacific Energy Center is centrally located nearest to the BART Powell Street Station and a mile walk from CalTrain's 4th and King Street Station. [And, just 7 blocks from the Giants' AT&T Park!] Participants will not need to rent any cars (and parking is nil).

Call for Submissions

E-mail your proposal to Program chair:
Seth Holmes <>

We call on faculty, practitioners, content experts, and students to share tools, case studies, and innovative studio exercises with attendees through workshop experiences at the 2016 SBSE Annual Retreat. Design for Energy, Water, and Waste focuses on the strategies, tools, and ideas that members of SBSE are using to teach and practice innovative building reductions and efficiencies. We invite proposals for a presentation via a workshop, activity, or discussion on any of the sub-themes below. Proposals must include innovative pedagogical content that relates to teaching (and learning) for design studio and lecture/seminar courses.

Topics for Sessions & Workshops

  1. Design Innovation in Water — Activities, programs, and research reflecting how to integrate conservation strategies into teaching and buildings. Examples from academia and practice of water collection and reuse design from building to campus/community scale.
  2. Design Innovation in Energy — Activities, assignments, and exercises that enhance understanding of climate, resources, for present and future energy scenarios (zero net energy, net plus energy, metrics, certifications, renewables, Architecture2030, etc).
  3. Design Innovation in Waste —Activities, assignments, and exercises that expand our solutions to achieve zero waste in buildings and communities (building waste, recycling materials, waste stream diversion, etc).
  4. Strategies and Tools—Exemplar tools, methods, and design strategies that teach about the importance of place and appropriateness in building design and planning
  5. Roundtable Discussions & Working Groups — “Hot topics,” which could include case studies, book and grant proposals, promotion/tenure/mentorship issues, contributions to the 2050 Imperative, and so on.

Propose above themes as a 1-hour workshop or 30-minute activity—Share projects, games, tools, material demonstrations. The retreat will be limited to four 60-minute workshops, so your proposal may be recommended for a 30-minute session and your flexibility is appreciated.

Please submit your proposal using the attached template:

  1. Name(s) of session organizer/presenter
  2.  Contact information (institution, email, telephone)
  3. Session type: 30-minute activity or 60-minute workshop, demonstration, or hands-on activity
  4. Title of your presentation
  5. Description of presentation (250 words max.)
  6. Theme addressed by your proposal (choose from those above)
  7. Learning objectives, 3-5 goals to be achieved by participants
  8. Intended outcomes and deliverables
  9. Schedule: outline of session timing (e.g. Introduction [5 min]; Game [15 min]; Q&A [10 min])
  10. Take away (if any) for attendees

Submission Deadline: E-mail your proposal to Program Chair Seth Holmes <> by Mar 1, 2016, 5:00p Pacific/8:00 pm Eastern

Notification of Acceptance: Monday, March 15, 2016
Accepted presenters must register by Monday, April 4



To manage your registration go to <http:/

Registration Types Available

  • Participant/Presenter
    (Includes retreat materials and scheduled meals)
  • Student Scholarship Recipient
    (Includes retreat materials and scheduled meals.)
  • Jeff Cook Scholarship Recipient
    (Includes retreat materials and scheduled meals. Cook Scholars must have a current 2016–17 SBSE membership. Developing country memberships are available.)
    No Charge
  • Post Retreat Tour
    Tentative schedule includes: morning: behind-the-scenes building systems tour of the California Academy of Sciences (2008, Renzo Piano, LEED Platinum); afternoon: design integration and strategies tour of the Exploratorium at Pier 15 (2013, EHDD, LEED Platinum and largest net-zero museum in U.S.). Participants may use public transportation and select their own options for lunch at the Academy or near Pier 15/Ferry Building.

All retreat participants, including student scholarship recipients, must have current SBSE membership for the 2016–17 year (due on the summer solstice). Visit to pay your dues. Developing country memberships are free, but must be registered through the Wild Apricot membership tracking system linked above.

AIA Continuing Education credits will be available.


Full registration fees may be refunded up to May 15, 2016. A partial refund of $90 may be obtained between May 16 and June 15, 2016. Refunds will not be made for cancellations after June 15, 2016.


Monday, July 18, 2016 Retreat Welcome

3:30–5:30 pm

  • Registration at the Pacific Energy Center

5:30 pm

  • Reception before and after lecture

6:00 pm

  • Welcome and PEC Evening Lecture, Paula Kehoe, Director of Water Resources, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, 
    Build Water Resilience: SFPUC Non-potable Water Program

Dinner on your own

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 Retreat Sessions

8:00 am

  • Continental Breakfast

8:30-9:30 am

  • Workshop 1 (60 min)
    Hoque - Show Me the Money!
    Green Room
  • Track A (30 min each) WATER & WASTE
    Crosson - From Pedagogy to Practice: Solving for Net Zero Water in Arid Climates
    Sattler - The Vegetation Effect: Albedo and Evapotranspiration Influences on Envelope Thermal Performance

9:30-10:30 am

  • Open Time: Explore and Network and
    AIA Academic Engagement w/Ming Hu
    Grondzik + Kwok - So you want to write a book?

10:30-11:30 am

  • Workshop 2 (60 min)
    Passe + Nelson - Delta T: High Performance Architectural Envelope Design and Evaluation
  • Track B (30 min each) ENERGY
    Stannard - InHouse [Solar Cal Poly’s entry for Solar Decathlon 2015]
    Antonelli - Conservation Design—Los Angeles Swimming Pools

11:30-2:00 pm

  • Lunch no host

2:00-3:00 pm

  • Workshop 3 (60 min)
    Erman - Architectural Acoustics Classroom Demonstrations (and Building Technology Animated Videos)
  • Track C (30 min each) TOOLS
    Heschong - Healthy Human Habitats: Teaching building science to environmental studies majors
    Grondzik - In Praise of Analog

3:00-4:00 pm

  • SBSE Group Photo, Uber, BART, Taxi to EHDD

4:00-5:15 pm

  • EHDD Architecture, Scott Shell, Brad Jacobson, & Carl von Rueden, What's the Next Step?
    Reception @ EHDD
    500 Treat Ave #201, San Francisco, CA 94110

5:30-7:30 pm

  • Dinner: Farmhouse Kitchen, 710 Florida St., San Francisco, CA 94110

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 Retreat Sessions

8:00 am

  • Continental Breakfast

8:30-9:30 am

  • Workshop 4 (60 min)
    Geisinger - The “Simulation Game” in Rhino and Grashopper
  • Track A (30 min each) WATER & WASTE
    Thilakaratne + Lai - Why Waste "Waste"?
    Muller - Adaptive Architectures and Urban Watersheds

9:30-10:30 am

  • Open Time: Explore and Network

10:30-11:30 am

  • Workshop 5 (60 min)
    Haglund + Luebkeman - Drivers of Change Workshop
  • Track B (30 min each) ENERGY

11:30-2:00 pm

  • Lunch (no host) Options:
    ARUP tour/lunch, 560 Mission Street, Suite 700, San Francisco, CA 94105
    or DPR Construction tour, 945 Front Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

2:00-3:00 pm

  • Workshop 6 (60 min)
    Kwok + Rempel - Thermal Delight Essay, Sketch, and Poetry Slam
  • Track C (30 min each) TOOLS
    Sattler + Hague - Thermal Comfort 3-D: Spatially Constructing the Daylighitng-Solar Gain Nexus
    Al-Hassawi - A simple process to design for net-zero and beyond: the “BEST” design process

3:00-3:15 pm

  • Cookie break

3:15-4:00 pm

  • Cook Scholar Presentation (20min)
  • Student Scholars (5 minutes each)

4:00-5:00 pm

  • Guest Lecture: Bill Worthen - Urban Fabrick

5:00-6:00 pm

  • Open Time: Explore and Network

6:00-7:30 pm

  • Dinner: Mathilde Bistro, 315 5th St, San Francisco, CA 94107

8:00-9:30 pm

  • Evening Teaching Exchange (omiyage)
  • 2017 Retreat Proposals

Thursday, July 21, 2016 Retreat Tours (Optional) + $55 fee

9:00 am

  • California Academy of Sciences -- meet at 9:00am
    55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park San Francisco, CA 94118 for behind-the-scenes building systems tour (2008, Renzo Piano, LEED Platinum);
    The Exploratorium meet at 2:00pm at Pier 15 for design integration and strategies tour (2013, EHDD, LEED Platinum and largest net-zero museum in U.S.).

NOTE: Participants may use public transportation and select their own options for lunch at the Academy or near Pier 15/Ferry Building.


Name, Organization

  • Omar Al-Hassawi, Arizona State University
  • Sergio Altomonte, University of Nottingham
  • Eleni Antonelli, Neumann Sloat Arnold Architects
  • Bill Burke, Pacific Energy Center
  • Courtney Crosson, University of Arizona
  • Jose Diego Morales**, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
  • Daphna Drori, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
  • Michael Ermann, Virginia Tech University
  • Alfredo Fernandez-Gonzalez, University of Nevada Las Vegas
  • Jeff Geisinger, Rhode Island School of Design
  • Benamin Goldstein, Los Angeles Trade/Technical College
  • Walter Grondzik, Ball State University
  • Bruce Haglund, University of Idaho
  • Christopher Hague, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
  • Huishan He*, Harvard University
  • Lisa Heschong
  • Simi Hoque, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Ming Hu, American Institute of Architects
  • Luke Kamp*, Ball State University
  • Ashley Kopetzsky*, University of Oregon
  • Alison Kwok, University of Oregon
  • Stan Lai, Chu Hai College
  • James Leach, University of Florida
  • Mae-Ling Lokko, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Jordan McCarthy, University of Oregon
  • Brook Muller, University of Oregon
  • Kristin Nelson, University of Florida
  • Marcela Oliva, Los Angeles Trade-Technical College
  • Ulrike Passe, Iowa State University
  • Alexandra Rempel, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Isabel Rivera*, University of Oregon
  • Susan Roaf, Heriot-Watt University
  • Catherine Roussel, Woodbury University
  • Stet Sanborn, Integral Group
  • Meredith Sattler, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
  • Stefano Schiavon, University of California Berkeley
  • Sandy Stannard, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
  • Larry Strain, Segal & Strain Architects
  • Fred Tepfer, Architect
  • Ruffina Thilakaratne, Chu Hai College
  • Eileen Tumlin, Laney College
  • Jim Wasley, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
  • Noureddine Zemmouri, University of Biskra

* SBSE Student Scholarship Awardee
** Jeff Cook Memorial Scholar

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