Seminars: Session Details

Session A2
Moving Toward NZE: UH and USGBC Hawaii
Time & Location 10:00AM - 11:00AM | Room 314
Eileen Peppard
UH Sea Grant
Jim Maskrey
UH Hawaii Natural Energy Institute
Miles Topping
UH Energy Management
Melanie Islam
USGBC Hawaii

In this seminar, learn how UH-Manoa is walking the talk. Two net-zero classroom buildings are recent additions to the UH Manoa campus. Last fall, two 1,400-square-foot Flexible Response to Ongoing Growth (FROG) classrooms were put into action at the College of Education. Funded by the Office of Naval Research and managed by UH Manoa’s Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, these structures will provide valuable data on the effects of energy use and building design on energy demand. The classrooms incorporate real-time dashboards that display climate, indoor comfort indicators and disaggregated energy use. Features include LED lighting with sensors that respond to the amount of natural daylight; highly insulated walls and ceilings; high-performance glazing; and 5-kW photovoltaic arrays. They are “mixed-mode”, using both natural ventilation and air conditioning. The structures are being used to test technologies such as energy storage, advanced occupancy sensing and fan control.

Also, hear about the new UH Building Design & Performance Standards and USGBC Hawaii’s 2017 highlights and updates to its 2018 goals and beyond.

Eileen Peppard, MS, is a sustainability specialist working on energy conservation issues with UH Sea Grant, the School of Architecture, and in collaboration with the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute. Since 2009 she has worked with engineers and architects on studies of energy use, thermal comfort, and natural ventilation of homes, classrooms and university buildings. Following a 20-year career in biology, she trained in renewable energy technologies at Solar Energy International and transferred her passion and analytical skills to fight the battle to reduce our energy consumption.

Jim Maskrey is associate specialist, energy efficiency, at UH-Manoa’s Hawaii Natural Energy Institute. He has 38 years of experience in energy efficiency and renewable energy fields, including VP of a mechanical engineering firm in California; energy manager for the City of Santa Monica; and commercial DSM program manager for Hawaiian Electric Company. He was responsible for construction and instrumentation of two net-zero structures on the UH Manoa campus and has been monitoring and evaluating three other net-zero classrooms on Oahu and Kauai.

Miles Topping is the director of energy management for UH-Manoa, where he designs and implements strategies to support all 10 campuses in achieving net-zero energy by 2035, a mandate from the state legislature. He is an electrical systems engineer with 18 years of experience with a diverse range of projects, including passenger aircraft, rocket propulsion systems and automated target recognition systems for the US Department of Defense; power, lighting and communications designs for cities, schools, airports and city infrastructure; and designing grid-tied and off-grid residential PV and storage systems.

Melanie B.Y. Islam, D. Arch, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is the current president/MLAB chair of USGBC Hawaii. She has been active with the organization for the past seven years, primarily leading the initiatives for the Green Schools Committee and Green Apple Day of Service projects. She also works as a project architect at Mason Architects, Inc., where she focuses her commitment to sustainable thinking and integration into a variety of projects ranging from education (K-12 to higher education) to the renovation and reuse of existing buildings.