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EPA Green Building Research Symposium - Philadelphia

US EPA Region 3

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 from 1:00 PM to 5:15 PM (EDT)

EPA Green Building Research Symposium - Philadelphia

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Conference Attendance (In-Person) Ended Free  
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“Applying Green Building Research Today"

Agenda Overview for DAY 1, JULY 17


 ThemeTechnology, Product, and Services

The concept of this session is to discuss how technology can result in a more sustainable building.  Technology may be able to give you more data about your building, but is that data useful?   How can that data be presented in a way that allows operating the building sustainably?  Do we even need the data or should the building be smart enough to be sustainable on its own?  What technologies or products are being researched to achieve this? How can we make product choices for our buildings that have a positive environmental impact?

Schedule:  Please note the symposium will occur from1 PM to 5:15 PM EST.



1:00 PM to 1:50 PM

Opening Remarks and Keynote Speaker 

Chris Pyke, Vice President of Research, USGBC : Accelerating Green Building Market Transformation:  Emerging Opportunities with Data, Analytics, and Intelligent Buildings

1:50 PM to

2:00 PM

10 Minute BREAK

2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Session  1: How Smart Is Your Building?:  Implications of a Data-Driven Built Environment

 How is data being collected and displayed to result in better operations and more comfort? Can buildings read their environment to optimize efficiency and comfort without humans?

Moderator:  Deane Evans, Research Professor and Executive Director, Center for Architecture and Building Science Research at New Jersey Institute for Technology


Erica Cochran, Adjunct  Assistant Professor and PhD Candidate in the School of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University

Integrated Systems in Sustainable Buildings: New technologies and innovations such as decision support tools and Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) diagnostic toolkits provide opportunities to ensure that energy performance and occupant health goals are met and maintained in offices and homes”

Anthony Rowe, Assistant Research Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering and CyLab, Carnegie Mellon University
"Empowering Occupants to Achieve Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings"

Zheng O’Neill, Staff Research Engineer and Principal Investigator at the System Dynamics and Optimization Group, United Technologies Research Center

“Advanced Building Energy Management Systems Demonstration:  Description of an advanced building energy management system that enables facility managers to visualize building energy performance, diagnose building energy faults, and assess alternative, energy efficient HVAC operation strategies.  This system assimilates data collected from multiple sources including blueprints, reduced-order models and real time measurements from buildings”



3:30 PM to 3:40PM

10 Minute BREAK



to 5:15 PM

Session 2 : Life Cycle Analysis and Beyond:  A Framework for Sustainable Building Product Choices

What does Life Cycle Analysis tell us about choosing better products and how do we apply that information? What impact areas are best served by LCA and which are not served well? What resources are emerging to address the latter, such as human health hazards?

Moderator:  Michael Dunn, Policy Advisor, EPA Region 3


Jim Fava, Managing Director, PE International & Five Winds Strategic Consulting

Using life cycle assessment to understand green building product choices

Nadav Malin, President, Building Green, Inc.

How LEED and other Green Building Systems are Filling in the Gaps Left by LCA


Learn more about the agenda for July 18 (Social Science/Human Behavior Building and Community) and July 19 (Human & Ecological Health and Finance/Accounting).  For an overview of LCA, review a series of prerecorded webinars by US EPA research scientists from the Sustainable Technology Division of the National Risk Management Research Laboratory.

Make sure to check out the Event Webpage on EPA's National Risk Management Research event page.



Register to attend in person or virtually.  Registered participants will receive reminders and copies of materials. 



EPA Region 3 is located at 1650 Arch Street, between North 17th St. and North 16th St.

The symposium proceedings will be held - and broadcast - from the Shenandoah Room.

Once you pass through security, an EPA employee will escort you to the registration, which will available outside of the conference room. 

Security Information and Building Entrance

At the entrance, participants will need to go through security, including a metal detector.  Any computers, belts, jewelry, etc. need to be removed and screened separately. 

Due to the volume of people passing through security, it is recommended for guests to arrive 20 to 30 minutes prior to the event as it will begin promptly at 1 PM.

 Webinar Online Access

While seating will be limited for in-person participation, you can tune into


to follow the presentations virtually.  Registering for a Webinar Attendance ticket will give you updated information for online viewing and access, including the link to EPA's UStream Channel.


Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

There is no age limit.  You will need a photo ID and your name will be on the list to be escorted to the event space. 

What can/can't I bring to the event?

As with airport security, no weapons including pocket knives, etc.  They will be confiscated.  

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Yes - your registration and ticket are transferrable.  However, please make sure that inform us who will be taking your place so as to include them on the list. 

Can I update my registration information?

You can update your registration until the day of the symposium.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

You will not need a printed ticket.  However, we will have a name tag for you at the registration table.    

The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?

If possible, please try to inform us of any changes to the attendee and/or the organization that the attendee represents as attendees must pass through security.  


For more details about this session or information about this research symposium, please contact Tiana Ramos at or Heather Barnhart at 

Have questions about EPA Green Building Research Symposium - Philadelphia? Contact US EPA Region 3

When & Where

"Applying Green Building Research Today" Symposium
1650 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 from 1:00 PM to 5:15 PM (EDT)

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