Lunch and Learn

Lunch and Learn

Each year the IDL presents a handful of topics to professional Architecture & Engineering firms. These topics cover a wide range of design and building applications such as energy modeling and daylighting. Topics are focused on helping a firm integrate energy efficiency practices into their projects and design process. All in attendance will receive 1 AIA CEU as well as a certificate to verify attendance. The classes marked with (HSW) qualify for Health, Safety and Welfare credit. For a complete list of topics offered for lunch and learn visit If you are interested in scheduling one or two sessions for us to present virtually to your firm you can fill out the form linked above or you may contact Dylan Agnes or Kelsey Ramsey. Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you.

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Lunch and Learn 2021

There are 20 lectures available for 2021. The first 10 lectures will follow the open webinar format we adopted last year and will be scheduled between March and June 2021. New topics being offered this year include: ASHRAE Standard 209, ASHRAE 36, and LEED V4.1 Daylighting Credits

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Past Lectures

All Lunch and Learn lectures are presented live and some are recorded, however, the slides from all presentations will be available soon. To view past lectures please click here.

2021 Lecture Topics

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2021 Open Lecture Schedule

All lectures will begin at noon.

March 18th - High Efficiency Heat Recovery:

This session will cover the role that high efficiency HRV’s play in designing and specifying high-performing Dedicated Outdoor Air systems. Several recent northwest case studies have shown whole-building savings of 40 to 60% on existing building retrofits using DOAS with high efficiency heat recovery. The current code requirements of HRVs will be contrasted with the performance of new and emerging products. High efficiency HRV’s can have a high capital cost but can generate large energy savings with increased control of cooling and ventilation. Several economic models will be presented showing financial impacts of using high efficiency HRVs in a project.

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March 31st - Indoor Air Quality:

In an effort to make buildings operate in the most energy efficient manner, we are designing building envelopes to be as airtight as possible with as little outside air as allowable. In this presentation the following issues are addressed: significance of IAQ to human health and productivity, the link between IAQ and building energy demands, and efficient technologies for optimizing IAQ.

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April 12th - Daylight in Buildings - Getting the Details Right:

The second talk in a sequence intended to instruct on the process of creating high quality and comfortable day-lit spaces focuses on getting the details right. After the schematic design is formed to appropriately deliver daylight to the important surfaces within a space, there are several details that can make or break the overall success of the project. This presentation discussed several details, ranging from interior surface colors and reflectance, to interior space layouts, furniture design, window details (including glazing specifications), and shading strategies. The presentation introduces concepts of lighting control systems to ensure that energy is saved from the inclusion of daylight.

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April 21st - Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems:

In an effort to operate buildings in the most energy efficient manner, we are designing building envelopes to be as airtight as possible with as little outside air as allowable. In this presentation the following issues are addressed: significance of IAQ to human health and productivity, the link between IAQ and building energy demands, and efficient technologies for optimizing IAQ.

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RESCHEDULED for May 12th - OpenStudio Parametric Analysis Tool:

This session will cover the parametric analysis tool (PAT) within OpenStudio. PAT removes the need to hand edit each model to try out different architectural design, energy efficiency measures, or mechanical systems. Participants will learn the fundamental concepts of measure writing for OpenStudio, simulation parameters, running a simulation with PAT, and how firms can utilize this feature to inform early design decisions in regards to building performance.

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May 6th - The Architect's Business Case for Energy Performance Modeling:

Most of us think of energy modeling as an engineering exercise. The truth is that more models and simulations are performed, and to better result, if the architect understands when and how to support the process and how to utilize the output. A building energy model can provide the architect an iterative process to increase the real-world effectiveness of energy systems within a building. This session will explore the value-add of energy modeling from the architect’s perspective, providing a business case for more active involvement in avocation for energy performance modeling.

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May 18th - High Performance Classrooms:

Student enrollment in Ada County is projected to grow by 1,000 students per year for the next ten years and at least six capital projects are planned in the West Ada District alone to meet this demand. This session will cover a variety of issues facing the design of an efficient, healthy, and productive classroom environment. A quick look at the state of the last 50 years of school design will give an introduction to the problems faced by designers. This session will highlight several case studies of high performance schools in the Northwest to address daylighting, natural ventilation, and integration of mechanical systems. Each passive strategy will be addressed in detail with regional examples and performance research.

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May 27th - LEED V4.1 Daylighting Credits:

LEED Daylighting credits are one of the most difficult to achieve and requires an early investment for validation. However, investigating daylight opportunities for a project will assist in other aspects of energy efficiency, such as, estimating heating and cooling loads or integrating a building’s control systems. As such, any time spent in the early design phase investigating if a project should invest in daylighting is applicable to facets of energy efficient design that is often required for LEED projects. In this lecture we will discuss the changes from LEED V4 to V4.1 Daylighting Credits, which options work best for project types, incorporating early energy/simulation modeling into the design process, and how to run a cost-benefit analysis to determine if you should invest in daylighting.

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June 9th - ASHRAE 209 Energy Simulation-Aided Design :

Learn about ASHRAE’s recommendations for energy simulation aided design. This lecture will cover methods of integrating modeling into the design process to meet aggressive energy savings targets. Learn how to implement load-reducing modeling cycles early in the design process. Quantify the energy impact of design decisions in real time. And, use post-occupancy modeling to enhance building performance. Whether trying to achieve LEED, tax credits, or efficiency incentives, energy modeling can help improve the bottom line for both designers and clients.

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June 23rd - ASHRAE 36 High Performance Sequences of Operation for HVAC Systems

The best equipment can still run terribly if it’s not controlled well – like a sports car in the hands of a clueless driver. Don’t let that happen to your design. Get the latest guidelines on sequences of operation for common HVAC sequences. Take advantage of Idaho Power’s incentives on HVAC energy management controls. Get a refresher proper start-up and shut down sequences for air handling units including VAVs, rooftop units, and heat pumps. Ensure that controls are in compliance with indoor air quality standards for ASHRAE 62.1 compliance and COVID mitigation. Participants will learn functional tests they can perform that can confirm that proper sequences are in place..

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