Pathway To Zero Carbon Energy Education Series

Published May 1, 2020

If you want to learn more about carbon reduction techniques and the Arlington Green Building Incentive Program, be sure to virtually attend the Zero Carbon Energy workshop with Kenny Hewitt, The Shooshan Company’s Construction Manager, as well as speakers from SWA and Building Electrification Initiative. Register at

From Steven Winter’s Association Inc.: “Arlington County’s Office of Sustainability and Environmental Management is excited to announce the Pathway to Zero Carbon Energy Education Series! As part of the County’s Green Building Incentive Program, we are pleased to offer a series of presentations from industry experts who will discuss strategies for reducing carbon emissions in buildings.”

Attendance is free of charge and open to anyone interested in learning more about green building in Arlington.

The first session, titled “To Electrify, or Not to Electrify…?” will take place on May 1 at 10:30am. The description reads:

“Arlington, Virginia has set an ambition target to become a zero carbon community by 2050. Should we be trying to electrify everything in buildings? How should we rethink the rest of the building when we electrify? Is it practical with the buildings and technologies we have now? When and where should we rely on bridge solutions? As Arlington’s programs, policies, and project teams are striving for 100% electrification, it is important that building professionals understand the latest in electric technologies and how they impact operations.

This presentation is the result of years of experience with various electric technologies for space heating, cooling, and domestic hot water production. You will hear from three speakers with backgrounds in policy, energy consultancy, and development, who will share their perspectives on how they’re approaching electrification. Examples will be presented of buildings where electric systems worked wonderfully, where performance was less than ideal, and where they have failed entirely. The session will also include a discussion on the latest technologies, their gaps, and a debate on the question: are there buildings where electrification doesn’t yet make sense?”

Steven Winter Associates, Inc.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain the connection between grid cleanliness and the push for electrification.
  2. Understand why electrification is important.
  3. How to avoid common pitfalls with electric technologies.
  4. How to get started with electrification.
  5. Weigh climate impacts along with practical implications of electric heat and hot water systems.
  6. Become familiar with potential solutions for end uses with no efficient electrification solution, such as emergency generation.

Speakers include:

  • Nicole Ceci, Principal Mechanical Engineer, Steven Winter Associates, Inc.
  • Cristina Garcia, Assistant Director, Building Electrification Initiative (BEI)
  • Kenny Hewitt, Construction Manager, Shooshan Company

Register online by clicking HERE.


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