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This program is a BEST OF THE BEST from the AIA Minnesota 2016 annual state Convention! Here’s what past attendees had to say!

  • An excellent presentation on the strategic need for early alternative energy analysis on projects for successful design and cost containment.
  • A fun interactive program!
  • An excellent presentation…very well presented both in content and delivery.
  • Charrette format was great for discussion. Being able to review charrette results from different perspectives was helpful.
  • Excellent interactive session!
  • The presenters were great. 
  • Really good design charrette. Made us think about decision-making when choosing building systems!

Program description

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This interactive program will provide attendees with a charrette experience for evaluating and driving building energy performance—to analyze results in real time, as early as pre-design. During this session, participants act as design team members from all disciplines, working with real building characteristics and an actual building design. Using an analysis approach that assists with a cost benefit discussion, the participants will assemble “bundles” of selected energy efficiency measures to play out what-if scenarios, discussing the merits and challenges of each bundle. This session, with live facilitation, will demonstrate an effective method for guiding energy decision-making during early design, towards achieving higher efficiency goals and increasingly stringent energy codes.

Learning objectives

  1. Recognize the value early energy analysis provides to the design process and client decision-making
  2. Identify a range of energy-efficiency options and their impacts on energy outcomes during various stages of design
  3. Interpret building performance and financial information provided by energy analysis results, including lifecycle costs
  4. Examine how decisions made very early in pre-design can increase energy savings opportunities

Continuing education

1.5 HSW LU Hours


Rich Peske, AIA, project manager, The Weidt Group, works with design teams, building owners, and utilities to improve building performance through detailed energy modeling and analysis, daylighting studies, and a variety of rating and certification programs, including SB 2030 and LEED. His expertise covers a full span of building and project types, including multi-family residential, mixed-use, hospitality, transit, retail, corporate, science & technology, industrial, and education.
Wade Cooper, PE, LEED AP, an energy analyst with The Weidt Group, has eleven years of experience in the commercial construction industry and nine years of experience conducting building energy simulations for new construction and renovation / addition projects. Through systems optimization, whole building consultation, he has helped design teams fine tune their buildings prior to construction document completion towards achieving their ultimate energy goals.

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Questions? Contact Deanna Christiansen, Continuing Education Director