“How Low Can We Go?”: The OAA’s Journey to Net Zero

  • “How Low Can We Go?”: The OAA’s Journey to Net Zero
    May 27, 2021
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Date: May 27th at 12pm PST

Speaker: Deborah Gottesman

Is it possible to achieve net zero and maintain good design? Energy efficiency is often equated with strictly engineered solutions and utilitarian approaches that sacrifice aesthetics. This does not have to be the case.

The renovation of the Ontario Association of Architects’ Headquarters building targeted to become one of Canada’s first Net Zero buildings, and lead through example. The project, now completed and awarded Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Awards of Merit in three categories (design, energy and sustainability, and controls), and a LiT Design Award for Low Carbon Lighting, serves as a case study to illustrate attractive, workable and cost- effective solutions while maintaining the architectural integrity of the building.

This seminar demystifies how to effectively incorporate the free light of the sun. We begin with the daylight modeling and discuss how it informed other disciplines as well as the impact on electrical lighting design and the lighting control strategy. The learning is rounded out by a detailed look at the financial implications to answer the question: Is it really worth it?

Deborah Gottesman Bio:
Deborah Gottesman is the principal of Gottesman Associates, an award-winning architectural lighting design firm established in 1999, with distinctive expertise in sustainability and heritage applications. Deborah’s 30+ years in all facets of the lighting industry, including design, engineering, management, education, and manufacturing gives her a unique contextual understanding of lighting from all perspectives.

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