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Greetings, USGBC Wyoming is dedicated to increasing Wyoming’s awareness in green building and sustainable living. To further our mission, we host a biennial gathering of building professionals and enthusiasts to share best practices and inspiration. The theme of this year’s conference is innovation. We are excited to offer local building tours and professional development education sessions that demonstrate innovative work in action. We have also partnered with the local Sustainability Series to provide an evening program featuring Diana Madson, Founder and Executive Director of the Mountain Pact. Finally, to ensure that our attendees leave inspired we have recruited two influential keynote speakers - Eric Corey Freed, Director of Business + Partner Development at EcoDistricts and Founding Principal of organicARCHITECT, and Mark Turner, Owner and Founder of GreenSpur. Hosting an event of this scale requires collaboration and partnership. Innovate would not be possible without the dedication of our volunteers, support from our sponsors and vendors, and most importantly, your attendance. My thanks go out to each of you for your role and I encourage you to stay engaged with USGBC Wyoming through membership, volunteerism and financial support as we work together to build a better future. Sincerely,

Deanna Hager Chair, USGBC Wyoming Market Leadership Advisory Board


Thursday, October 20th 8:00 – 8:30 am

Registration Hotel Terra

9:00 am

Local Building Tours 8:30 am Breakfast at Vertical Harvest 155 W Simpson 9:00 am Presentation and tour of Vertical Harvest 10:30 am Home Ranch Welcome Center tour 210 N. Cache St.

11:45 am

Registration Hotel Terra

12:00 pm

Lunch Hotel Terra

12:45 pm

Keynote: Eric Corey Freed Hotel Terra

1:45 pm

Education Session: Embodied Carbon in Our Future Cities Hotel Terra

2:45 pm


3:00 pm

Education Session: Working Toward Passive & Net Zero Hotel Terra

4:00 pm

Education Session: Design for Performance Based Standards Hotel Terra

5:00 pm

End of Thursday Sessions

6:00 pm

Sustainability Series Pink Garter Theater 50 W Broad Street.

Friday, October 21st 8:00 am

Breakfast Hotel Terra

8:45 am

Keynote: Mark Turner Hotel Terra

9:45 am

Education Session: Commissioning to Achieve Intended Performance Hotel Terra

10:45 am


SCHEDULE Friday, October 21st (Continued) 11:00 am

Education Session: Zero Energy = Thoughtful Planning + Energy Modeling + Operational Feedback Hotel Terra

12:00 pm

Lunch & Volunteer Appreciation Hotel Terra

1:00 pm

Education Session: The Future of High Performance Design Hotel Terra

2:00 pm

Closing Plenary Hotel Terra

EVENT LOGISTICS CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS The agenda offers a total of nine professional development hours. Eight sessions are approved by AIA and nine by GBCI. Attendees must sign in at each session to earn AIA and GBCI continuing education credits. Attendance rosters will be submitted on the attendees’ behalf. TRANSPORTATION Hotel Terra is located in Teton Village at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Building tours and the Sustainability Series evening event are located in downtown Jackson, approximately 25 minutes by car from the hotel. Bus and carpooling transportation options are available. Thanks to the START Bus, complimentary bus vouchers will be available for conference attendees. For the Thursday morning building tours the 7:50 am bus from Teton Village is the best option. For the evening Sustainability Series event there is a 5:15 pm and 6:15 pm bus. If interested bus vouchers and directions will be available at the conference registration desk starting at 7:30 am on Thursday. For self-organized carpools, meet at the registration desk prior to the required departure time and wear your conference name badge to easily recognize each other as fellow attendees.

THURSDAY KEYNOTE: THE POWER OF EXPONENTIAL THINKING: CREATING THE XPRIZE FOR HEALTHY BUILDINGS ERIC COREY FREED THURSDAY 12:45 pm Eric Corey Freed is Director of Business + Partner Development at EcoDistricts, a nonprofit that helps cities and developers create regenerative, resilient and socially equitable neighborhoods for everyone. He was also Founding Principal of organicARCHITECT, a visionary design leader in biophilic and regenerative design. As a licensed architect, Eric brings over 20 years of experience in helping architects, builders and homeowners use sustainability to improve the design and operational savings for thousands of buildings around the country. Companies like Autodesk, Pixar, Apple and Lowe’s have hired Eric to help them incorporate deeper sustainability into their businesses. Eric is the author of 11 books, including "Green Building & Remodeling for Dummies", a bestseller with over 200,000 copies in print, and "Sustainable School Architecture." His how-to book, “Green$ense for your Home” won the 2011 Outstanding Book Award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors. He is also co-founder of Architect Exam Prep, providing innovative study guides for young architects. Eric is considered a leader in the field; named by San Francisco Magazine "Best Green Architect" in 2005; "Best Visionary" in 2007; and "Green Visionary" by 7x7 Magazine in 2008. In 2012, he was named one of the 25 "Best Green Architecture Firms" in the US, and one of the "Top 10 Most Influential Green Architects." He also holds a prestigious LEED Fellow award from the U.S. Green Building Council. Approved for 1 Credit hour, AIA and GBCI.

FRIDAY KEYNOTE: THE NEED AND DEMAND FOR A SIMPLE REVOLUTION IN THE DESIGN ENVIRONMENT MARK TURNER FRIDAY 8:45 am Mark was born and raised in Jackson Hole on the Triangle X his family’s ranch just north of town. Most of Mark’s youth (like many of JH natives) was spent outdoors—exploring the woods, running the rivers or horses, and being inspired by the wonderful Jackson Hole. Mark and his cousins would spend countless hours in the woods of the TX building and tinkering with forts of all types. This was the start of Mark’s passion to design and build things from and in concert with the natural world. Mark went on to University of Notre Dame where he received a bachelor’s degree in Great Books and Philosophy. He has a master's degree in Business from Old Dominon University and worked for two of the largest developers in Washington DC (West*Group and Abdo Development) before starting his firm GreenSpur 10 years ago. GreenSpur is a different kind of design/ build firm—misfits of sorts. The GreenSpur brand is a combination of Mark’s western roots and his desire to produce meaningful and sustainable projects throughout the country. Mark’s work has been featured around the country in Traditional Home, Fine Homebuilding, CNBC, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Architect Magazine, Build Magazine, Washington Times, Home and Design, USA Today, Voice of America, Garden and Gun. His firm built the first carbon neutral homes in DC and Virginia. Along with achieving LEED platinum status, these home earned The National Project of the Year from the National Association of Home Builders, LEED Project of the Year, AIA recognition, and the Mayors Award of Excellence. Mark’s passion is anything that can marry great design with true sustainability. He owes much of his success and DNA to his upbringing in Jackson Hole—beautiful country and sensible people. Approved for 1 Credit hour, GBCI.

EDUCATION SESSION: EMBODIED CARBON IN OUR FUTURE CITIES DAVID SHOOK THURSDAY 1:45 pm Benchmarking anticipated embedded carbon in all buildings is important in establishing sustainable standards of design. In the near future, the environmental impact of structures will be evaluated with similar importance to life safety. Hundreds of previously designed SOM buildings have been considered for embedded carbon based on use, location, material, and scale. This lecture will describe pragmatic life-cycle embodied carbon accounting methods, specific case studies where embodied carbon consideration significantly changed client decisions, and statistical investigations which revealed critical correlations of embodied carbon to building parameters and established limits. This lecture will be interesting for those at all levels of experience in life-cycle analysis. Approved for 1 Credit hour, AIA and GBCI. David Shook, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP David Shook, PE, LEED, is an Associate structural engineer with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, in San Francisco. His work has spanned structural topics as diverse as long-span post-tensioned floor systems, seismic performance, and sustainability. His design experience includes the design of several large scale iconic international towers as well as performance-based seismic design buildings in California such as 350 Mission Street in San Francisco. His experience in all stages of design inform constructible and cost effective solutions to challenging problems. He contributes to the broader practice through membership in several structural code committees. David is a frequent lecturer at universities and conferences on the topic of sustainability, concrete performance, and integrated practice design around the United States.

EDUCATION SESSION: WORKING TOWARD PASSIVE & NET ZERO MEGHAN HANSON THURSDAY 3:00 pm Working with a diverse group of volunteers within an established Habitat for Humanity chapter a local architect and energy consultant work to update the building systems and create a prototype house with the goal of net-zero energy use. Collaboration across multiple fields and experience/interest levels played a key role. Using energy modeling, passive and high performance building details, local building techniques, and donated materials and labor the team designed a home within the parameters of Habitat’s goals of ‘simple, decent, and affordable’ that could become net zero. Approved for 1 Credit hour, AIA and GBCI. Meghan Hanson, Natural Dwelling Architecture Meghan is the owner of Natural Dwellings Architecture & co-owner with her sister Kathleen of Hanson Illustration. She moved to the Tetons after finishing her master’s degree in architecture at Montana State University in Bozeman in 2002. Meghan is a licensed architect focusing on environmentally conscious homes and buildings and is a LEED AP (since 2004) and a CPHC (Certified Passive House Consultant). When not architecting, Meghan is usually drawing, building, gardening, or exploring the outdoors. Meghan currently shares time between Montana’s Bitterroot Valley & the Tetons. More of Meghan’s work can be found at &

EDUCATION SESSION: DESIGN FOR PERFORMANCE BASED STANDARDS PHILLIP SAIEG & SKANDER SPIES THURSDAY 4:00 pm In the search for improved energy efficiency, codes and green building rating systems including LEED are increasingly turning to “performance-based� standards to drive down energy use. This talk will present the risks and challenges that performance based standards present for design teams, and develop an understanding of how to overcome these challenges. We will present and discuss provisions of LEED v4 that incorporate performance-based criteria. Furthermore, we will present the case for how performance based standards reduce risk and improve client satisfaction. Approved for 1 Credit hour, AIA and GBCI. Phillip Saieg, Project Director, McKinstry Phillip is an author, instructor, and frequent speaker on high performance buildings. With over twenty publications and experience on over 100 high performance building projects he brings a wealth of knowledge in delivering energy-efficient, high performing facilities. Phillip has managed commercial real-estate, multi million-dollar energy projects, and consulted on energy and sustainability related matters for projects across the United States. He is Chair of the City of Golden Sustainability Advisory Board and serves several other regional organizations. Phillip holds two bachelor's degrees, a CEM certification, LEED AP O+M accreditation, and a Green building certificate from Colorado State University. Skander Spies, P.E, Project Engineer, McKinstry & Co. Skander is a Mechanical Engineer with McKinstry. He is focused on mechanical system design for large commercial buildings, with a focus on integrating advanced modeling and field installation feedback. Skander graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has worked as a residential mechanical contractor and architectural product sales professional in Missoula, Montana and as an engineering consultant and energy specialist in Portland, Oregon. His previous experience regularly informs his design practice with regards to maintenance, durability, and factors outside traditional mechanical engineering scope.

EDUCATION SESSION: COMMISSIONING TO ACHIEVE INTENDED PERFORMANCE JARRELL WENGER FRIDAY 9:45 am This presentation will explain the process of LEED Fundamental and Enhanced Commissioning (Cx) from design through warranty, including its origins and who can and should perform it. The benefits of Cx will be described, along with how it helps to achieve intended building performance, including energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality and long-term operability. The typical positive economic impact of Cx on building construction cost, and operation and maintenance cost will be reviewed and summarized. Specific examples will be provided of issues discovered through Cx and subsequently corrected, and of latent issues in non-commissioned buildings. Approved for 1 Credit hour, AIA and GBCI. Jarrell Wenger, Engineering Economics, Inc. Jarrell holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering; he is a registered professional engineer in six states and LEED AP BD+C. In his 30+ years in the building HVAC industry, Jarrell has worked in research, in consulting and as an expert witness on mechanical system and building performance issues from energy efficiency to indoor air quality. Jarrell currently utilizes peer review and Cx to achieve high performance in new buildings, and system troubleshooting and retro- Cx to improve energy efficiency and overall performance of existing facilities. Jarrell has served on national ASHRAE committees and has published a number of papers. Jarrell has commissioned numerous buildings across the rocky mountain region.

EDUCATION SESSION: ZERO ENERGY = THOUGHTFUL PLANNING + ENERGY MODELING + OPERATIONAL FEEDBACK KATY HOLBACHER AND DAN JOHNSON FRIDAY 11:00 am “Zero Energy� is the hottest topic in the green building industry these days. What does zero energy really mean, and what does it take to achieve it? In this presentation and discussion, the speaker will demonstrate how zero energy can be a powerful and valuable goal if thoughtfully pursued. Detailed case studies will show architects and owners how to establish specific performance goals to set the foundation for a zero energy project; leverage energy modeling tools to make informed, practical design decisions; and integrate occupant education and post-occupancy monitoring to ensure buildings and systems are performing as intended. Approved for 1 Credit hour, AIA and GBCI. Katy Hollbacher, Beyond Efficiency Katy holds a Master of Science in Civil/Structural Engineering from the University of Michigan and founded Beyond Efficiency in 2009 to empower clients to create enduring human-centered buildings. She has eighteen years experience in the A/E/C and green building industries and specializes in high-performance envelope, building durability, and mechanical systems consulting. Prior to founding Beyond Efficiency, Katy managed a suite of technical information programs at California non-profit Build It Green and was also an engineer at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, where she worked on the forensic investigation and repair of modern and historic structures. Dan Johnson, Beyond Efficiency Dan holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Washington, which included a Valle Fellowship to study building technology at the IVL Swedish Environmental Institute in Stockholm. Recognized as an expert on sustainable buildings and early-design energy modeling, Dan enjoys creative problem solving and using his broad skill set to bridge gaps between architects, engineers, owners, and contractors. Prior to joining Beyond Efficiency, Dan led projects through all phases of design in the K-12 Schools studio at Ratcliff Architects, and worked as a designer and project manager at Arkin Tilt Architects. With Dan's leadership, the firm undertook one of the first Passive House, net-zero-energy homes in the Bay Area, which used many reclaimed materials and received several design awards and green certifications.

EDUCATION SESSION: THE FUTURE OF HIGH PERFORMANCE DESIGN TOM HOOTMAN AND KATE DU MEZ FRIDAY 1:00 pm High performance buildings are a pathway to enhancing the value the design profession brings to building owners by providing innovative building solutions that empower businesses, organizations and communities to achieve their goals and objectives. This seminar will explore the emerging and future trends in high performance design and how to apply them in practice. Approved for 1 Credit hour, AIA and GBCI. Tom Hootman, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP MKK Consulting Engineers Tom is an architect, engineer and author. As MKK’s Performance + Design Innovation Lead, he works at the visionary intersection of architecture and engineering and leads MKK’s Innovation Lab. Tom is dedicated to advancing the future of building performance and sustainability and to bringing new solutions and new value to design teams, building owners and occupants. As a pioneer in net zero energy design he has worked on many notable projects including the Research Support Facility at NREL and has published “Net Zero Energy Design” through Wiley. He is also one of the first WELL Accredited Professional in the nation and is actively working on several WELL Building projects. Kate Du Mez, PE, LEED AP BD+C, CEM MKK Consulting Engineers Kate is a Building Performance Engineer and part of MKK’s Innovation Lab. She is experienced in commissioning, retro-commissioning, and energy modeling. Kate is passionate about improving the built environment to enhance the experience of the occupants without doing so at the expense of the natural environment. She brings this passion to each commissioning and retro-commissioning project to optimize the operation of each facility. Kate’s background in Energy Modeling provides her unique insight to be able to identify energy efficient solutions in commissioning and retro-commissioning projects.

BUILDING TOUR: VERTICAL HARVEST NONA YEHIA THURSDAY 9:00 am, 155 W Simpson Ave Architectural Innovation to cultivate an empowered, healthy, sustainable and connected community. Jackson, Wyoming is an unlikely place for urban farming: Despite this, the town is now home to one of the world's first vertical greenhouses located on a sliver of vacant land next to a parking garage. This 13,500 sg. ft. three-story stacked greenhouse utilizes a 1/10 of an acre infill lot to grow an annual amount of produce equivalent to 5 acres of traditional agriculture. Vertical Harvest replaces over 100,000 pounds of produce that is trucked into the community each year. In addition to the fresh lettuce and tomatoes, Vertical Harvest produces jobs. Vertical Harvest has established an innovative model to employ an under-served Wyoming population: adults with developmental disabilities. Vertical Harvest highlights our community's values by innovating sustainable solutions for our community's challenges. A a public private partnership Vertical Harvest has also benefited from Energy Conservation Works' investments in public energy efficiency projects. Approved for 1 Credit hour, AIA and GBCI. Nona Yehia, E/Ye Design Nona is a partner of architecture firm E/Ye Design which is celebrated for its innovative approach to each project whether it be residential, commercial or civic. In 2009, Nona started work with co-founder Penny McBride on Vertical Harvest Jackson Hole. Following her passion for local food and experiences growing up with a brother with developmental disabilities, Nona worked to conceive of a three story hydroponic greenhouse that would employ people with developmental disabilities while producing local food for the community year round. In 2016 Vertical Harvest opened its doors. This flagship project embodies Nona's efforts to purse projects that are able to have a profound impact on communities based on architectural, economic and social innovation.

BUILDING TOUR: HOME RANCH WELCOME CENTER PHIL CAMERON AND MATT THACKRAY THURSDAY 10:30 am, 210 N. Cache St. Demarcating the northern entrance to Jackson, Wyoming’s historic downtown, the Home Ranch Welcome Center serves as a community hub for both residents and visitors. The program includes visitor orientation space, a transportation hub and a public restroom facility that replaced a well-used bathroom building. The Welcome Center exhibits inform visitors about the opportunities and amenities in the Town of Jackson and surrounding National Parks. Completed in 2013 the Home Ranch Welcome Center has received the following awards and recognitions: 2015 Award of Citation, Canadian Wood Council 2014 Award of Citation, AIA Western Mountain Region Chapter 2014 Award of Excellence, AIA Wyoming Chapter 2013 People's Choice Award, AIA Wyoming Chapter 2012 LEED Gold, U.S. Green Building Council The Home Ranch Welcome Center is a publicly-owned building and has benefited from Energy Conservation Works' investments in public energy efficiency projects. Matt Thackray, Carney Logan Burke Architects As project manager for the Home Ranch Welcome Center, Matt led the project to a LEED Gold accreditation while enmeshing a contemporary design solution in the heart of ‘the last of the Old West’. Matt has over 10 years of experience leading project teams on a range of building types including residential, multi-family, office, restaurant, resort, and institutional work.

Phil Cameron, Energy Conservation Works Energy Conservation Works works in partnership with the Town of Jackson, Teton County, Lower Valley Energy, and a wide spectrum of organizations to implement and advocate for energy conservation and emissions reduction in Jackson Hole. As Executive Director since 2014, Phil oversees all aspects of Energy Conservation Works.






A SPECIAL THANK YOU USBGC Wyoming Market Leadership Advisory Board Deanna Harger, Chair

Teton County

Nicole Korfanta, Secretary

University of Wyoming

Jesse Stover, Past Chair

On Site Management

Katie Dahlgren

Big-D Signature

Dylan Hoffman

Xanterra Parks and Resorts

Richard Reese

Reese Design Studio

Michael Ziemann

University of Wyoming

Brady Barkdull

Snake River Builders

Matt Thackray

Carney Logan Burke Architects

Jon Gardzelewski

University of Wyoming

Sara Young

Magellan Healthcare

INNOVATE Planning Committee Katie Dahlgren, Chair

Nicole Korfanta

Jesse Stover

Paige Franklin

Deanna Harger

Ceri Chapple

Sara Young

Veronica Mulhall

Richard Reese

Matt Thackray

Jeff Hobson

Michael Ziemann

Jon Gardzelewski

Lindsey Ehinger

Jakub Galczynski

USGBC Staff Charlie Woodrufff, Director Kris Wilson, Project Manager

P.O. Box 6408 Jackson, Wyoming 83002 307-264-0113


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