Facilities Management

11 - 11:50 a.m.

Road Map to Net Zero Energy Buildings: Ten Big Steps
  • Garrett Rosser Energy Manager, Dallas College
  • Gary Gene Olp, FAIA, LEED Fellow President, GGO Architects

A net-zero energy (NZE) building produces as much energy as it consumes. New buildings can be designed to be NZE and existing buildings can be renovated to become NZE. But where do you start? How much will it cost? How long will it take to get there? And how do you break this monumental task into manageable, actionable punch lists? These are the questions that Dallas College facilities management staff are exploring with a local green building expert. They will share what we’ve learned so far.

Garrett Rosser
Garrett is a Certified Energy Manager and former energy management consultant. His areas of expertise include programming and re-programming of Building Automation/Energy Management Systems to increase energy efficiency, commissioning/retro-commissioning of HVAC hardware and software, analysis of Interval Data and energy provider billing, trend analysis and utilizing knowledge of mechanical systems to achieve energy savings and improving occupant comfort.


Gary Gene Olp, FAIA, LEED Fellow
GGO Architects was the first green practice to open in Dallas, focusing on green buildings that incorporate energy efficiency, passive solar techniques, natural daylighting, non-toxic materials, advanced building science and enhanced indoor air quality. Gary has since completed more than 350 projects, including residential, commercial, institutional and museum work throughout the United States.

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2–2:55 p.m.

Power Quality
  • Dr. Valerie Shoup President, Heritage Institute of Sustainability

How does power quality affect energy and maintenance costs in your facility? In the presentation, we will present the current solutions to create a clean power network that is sustainable and will reduce energy and maintenance costs.

Dr. Valerie A. S. Shoup is President of Heritage Institute of Sustainability, a consulting firm headquartered in Dallas. Dr. Shoup earned her Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering at Oklahoma State University, her Master of Business Administration at the University of Texas at Dallas and her Doctor of Business Administration at Walden University. She holds a Professional Engineering License in the State of Texas, is a Certified Energy Manager. She is also Investor Confidence Project Certified for both Project Development and Quality Assurance and is a Certified Water Harvesting Practitioner.

Dr. Shoup spent 16 years holding positions as Director of Utilities, Director of Sustainability and Assistant Vice President of Hospital Facilities at UT Southwestern in Dallas. Before her tenure at UT Southwestern, she held a variety of engineering positions, including Energy Engineer at Eastman Kodak and Mechanical Consulting Engineer at Lockwood Greene. Her passion is creating a sustainable environment for current and future generations.

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3–3:55 p.m.

A Holistic Strategy for Managing Energy Cost
  • Ira Nicodemus Business Development Manager, Performance Services, Inc.

Positioning energy conservation as a cost savings is one of the most effective ways to obtain support and funding for your sustainability initiatives. Here in Texas, managing energy budgets requires a holistic view of all areas that impact cost. In this session, we'll look at four strategies to manage energy cost (Conservation, Procurement, Demand Management, and On-Site Renewables) to see how they individually and collectively help to reduce your overall utility budget.

Ira joined the Performance Services team as a Business Development Manager in 2019. For the preceding eight years, Ira worked in commercial real estate as a Director of Energy and Sustainability, helping customers implement energy and sustainability initiatives. Programs included LED retrofits, demand response enablement, central plant optimization and solar. He has a passion for solving complex energy problems and finding the best construction and renovation solutions for customers. He and his wife live in Grapevine. Outside of work, they enjoy working on house projects, traveling, fitness, reading and attending their church.

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