The built environment needs a catalyst for change. Buildings are the single largest contributor of CO2 emissions and in the US, buildings account for 49% of all energy consumption. When we look at the the education sector, many are more than 50 years old with very high energy consumption and user dissatisfaction.
The good news is that the majority of school buildings operating today can achieve zero energy performance, even schools looking to upgrade campus buildings have resources they can use to achieve low-energy goals.
We will share lessons learned from school retrofits that reduce energy consumption enough to allow the remainder to be served with renewable systems such as photovoltaic panels. Innovative approaches during the assessment and planning process when retrofitting are key in planning for NetZero design and ongoing successful operations. We will delve into case studies and discuss those pathways that can lead us all on a path to zero.
Betin Santos has worked in the energy efficiency field for over ten years. Before joining McKinstry, Betin provided energy efficiency consulting for the educational and local government sectors. Betin has served as area spokesperson, led the implementation of communications strategies and developed marketing materials. Betin served as Executive Director of the Texas Energy Summit for five years and managed Oncor’s educational energy efficiency program in East and West Texas and Dallas. Before that, Betin spearhead a statewide initiative to develop the Texas Clean School Bus Program. Betin has a BS from UH and a M.P.A from TAMU.