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Lunch and Learn Lecture Series 2020

Lunch and Learn Lecture Series

May to December 2020

Target Audience:

Engineers, Architects, & Simulationists – CEU/PDHs AVAILABLE!

Date and Time:

May to December 2020 – 1-Hour Presentation


We present at your firm and yes we bring lunch!


If you would like to request a session, click here.


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. Each presentation is about an hour with lunch provided. 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 at your firm you can fill out the form linked above or you may contact Dylan Agnes or Lyndsay Watkins. Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you.


The University of Idaho Integrated Design Lab in Boise [IDL] is dedicated to the development of high-performing energy efficient buildings in the Intermountain West. This is approached through research, education and outreach efforts with students, owners, and professional design and construction teams to transform design practice and keep pace with technologies, materials and methods of construction that best meet the needs of building owners and society in general. Those who utilize the resources available through the IDL will design and construct buildings that are more comfortable for people, follow best practice design approaches, require less energy to maintain and operate, and enhance the health and productivity of inhabitants. For speaker bios please click here.

2020 Sessions To Be Offered

High Efficiency Heat Recovery (Topic 1903):
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.

Daylight In Buildings: Getting the Details Right (HSW) (Topic 1409):
This session lays out the process of creating high quality and comfortable day-lit spaces. Following the schematic design documentation of the key surfaces for daylighting within a space, there are several details that can make or break the overall success of the daylighting design. This presentation highlights the importance of interior surface colors and reflectance, interior space layouts, furniture design, window details (including glazing specifications), and shading strategies. Concepts of lighting control systems to ensure that energy is saved from the inclusion of daylight are also presented.

Future of Lighting Controls (Topic 1901):
Although LEDs have shown they are a big game changer in the commercial lighting realm; lower lighting power density is not the only area of value when considering lighting. We can further increase savings from these highly efficient lighting systems by introducing control systems that collect data and user input to create an evolving feedback loop that seeks peak system operation. While LLLC’s (Luminaire Level Lighting Control) use this feature, they still use the same infrastructure as the lighting and control system that have come before it, which can be a limitation for expanding the systems efficiency and integration to other building systems. We believe the internet of things (IoT) will change the lighting and controls industry, providing an excellent medium for an integrated, multi-service IoT platform. Why? Where there are people, there are lights; where there are people, there will also be the need for connectivity. New and connected lighting controls provide a means to deliver valuable IoT services and increased energy savings.

The Architects' Business Case for Energy Performance Modeling (Topic 1902):
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 advocation for energy performance modeling.

High Performance Classrooms (HSW)(Topic 2001):
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.

Radiant Heating and Cooling Design (HSW) (Topic 1407):
Designing for radiant systems and thermally active surfaces represents a key opportunity for integrated design and high-performance buildings. While radiant systems can be inherently more energy efficient than air-based systems, their success requires close collaboration between architects and engineers to ensure that the building design reduces loads to levels achievable by radiant systems. This collaboration between the disciplines has a direct relationship to the ultimate performance of the system and comfort of the building. Key decisions must be made early in the design process to ensure the feasibility and performance of an installed system. A wide spectrum of configurations and types of radiant systems are available for designers, with each having different capabilities, capacities, and complexities according to their setup. This presentation will cover some general rules of thumb to consider for radiant systems, as well as provide an overview of the key architectural and engineering design decisions associated with each system configuration.

OpenStudio - Parametric Analysis Tool (Topic 2002):
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.

Hybrid Ground Source Heat Pump System (HSW) (Topic 1419):
The initial cost of ground-source heat pump systems can be substantially higher than conventional systems, limiting it as a design option. This presentation will highlight how, with a hybrid GSHP system, it is possible to optimize the overall system life-cycle cost while reducing initial cost and maintaining a low operating cost. The GSHP system should be sized based on coincidental building loads and the system components including, the heat exchanger and additional central plant equipment.

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and Energy Efficiency in Buildings (HSW) (Topic 1702):
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.

Chilled Beams (Topic 1801):
How to incorporate chilled beams into building design: the costs, the energy savings, and the impacts on the architectural program and HVAC system.

VRGs & Heat Pumps (Topic 1802):
Designing features of decoupled buildings. Sizing VRF and heat pump systems for Idaho’s climates. Including ERVs with DOAS.

Daylighting Multipliers: Increasing Daylight Harvesting Efficiency (Topic 1902):
This session will cover the role that daylighting multipliers play when trying to increase the efficiency of daylight harvesting in a building, such as, light shelves, manufactured glazing, and material specification. Furthermore, participants will learn the rate of return as well as the differences in the efficiency for daylighting strategies, building form, location, and multipliers. Participants will also learn the layers of daylighting/electric lighting strategies and control systems with attention to how they add or subtract to the overall efficiency of the design.