Seminars: Session Details

Session B3 (HSW)
Zero Net Energy in Hawaii: Codes, Tools and Incentives
Time & Location 2:15PM - 3:15PM | Room 317B
Ramsey Brown
Hawaii Energy
Eric Makela
New Buildings Institute
Howard Wiig
Hawaii State Energy Office

The 2015 version of the International Energy Conservation Code was adopted by the State of Hawaii in 2017 and is mandated to be amended or automatically adopted by all counties in March 2019. For architects and engineers interested in high performance buildings, how does the new energy code fit in on the pathway toward ultra-low – or even net-zero energy buildings? Learn about the benefits of the new code for indoor air quality and occupant comfort, lowering buildings' carbon footprint and increasing community energy resilience. With so many green certifications and tools in the marketplace, how does each stack up in achieving net-zero energy?

This session will highlight key changes in the residential and commercial sections of the code, with a focus on the highest impact and lowest cost measures, and will compare and contrast the different tools available to use, including LEED, ASHRAE 189, Architecture 2030's Zero Tool and more. Our guest speaker from the New Buildings Institute will highlight their work in these areas as well as their zEPI performance index tool. This distinguished panel of local and national experts on code adoption and implementation will provide critical, useful information, print materials and online resources.

Ramsey Brown is the resource acquisition manager at Hawaii Energy. He leads a team of energy advisors in helping Hawaii’s businesses and contractors make smart energy choices by upgrading equipment and optimizing operations. In addition, Ramsey reinforces the program’s support for energy codes & standards advancement, guides the Continuous Energy Improvement program with businesses and county governments, and endeavors to expand energy data analytics. Ramsey holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the California Maritime Academy.

Eric Makela is associate director of New Buildings Institute, focused on codes and policy. His building energy codes expertise spans 30 years, numerous states and countries. Eric is involved with moving national energy codes to better fit cities’ and states’ energy and carbon goals in addition to working with jurisdictions wanting to adopt advanced codes. As a partner in Britt/Makela Group, he was involved in energy code implementation and evaluation including helping to develop the 2015 Hawaii Energy Code. Over his career, he has trained in over 20 states and Pacific Islands on energy code related topics.

Howard Wiig is an energy analyst at the Energy Office, State of Hawaii. He also is president of the Illuminating Engineering Society-Hawaii; president of Dark Skies International-Hawaii; and serves on the board of directors for the International Codes Council, Energy Conservation Codes Development Committee. He has published numerous articles in scientific, technical, and trade publications.
He holds a BA in humanities from University of California-Berkeley, and an MA in English literature from the University of Hawaii.