Part 2 of 4: Combatting Rising Heat and Rising Demands on Energy Usage

Date: March 22, 2017 5:30pm
Location: Atlantic Wharf, Boston
Speaker(s): Arfa Aijazi James F. Dolan

Wednesday, 03.22.2017

Atlantic Wharf (in the Fort Point Room) 
290 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210
Directions: Two blocks from South Station on the Red Line. Parking is available in the parking garage between Sorelle Café & Boloco (282 Congress Street and 284 Congress Street) for $12 flat rate if you enter after 5:00PM.

5:30 - 6:00PM    Registration & Refreshments
6:00 - 7:00PM    Presentation & Discussion
7:00 - 7:30PM    Cocktail Reception

Participants will earn 1.0 AIA CES Learning Unit (LU/HSW) for their attendance.
Attendance is free and open to all; please invite colleagues. We will serve refreshments and hors d'oeuvres. Space is limited to the first 100 guests to register.


Climate Ready? Designing for Extreme Weather
Boston, like other cities, has identified climate change as a potential threat to our city. Boston’s recently issued Climate Projection Consensus identified four potential impacts (extreme temperatures, extreme precipitation, relative sea level rise, and coastal storms), which drive three major climate hazards: coastal and riverine flooding, stormwater flooding, and extreme heat. Design and construction methods will need to change in response, both to protect our buildings and infrastructure, and also to help limit the built environment’s contribution. Join us for this four-part seminar series that explores the issues of designing for extreme weather, both at an individual and a community level.


Combatting Rising Heat and Rising Demands on Energy Usage
Arfa Aijazi, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. and Master of Science Candidate, MIT and James Dolan, Principal-in-Charge of Energy Engineering Services, OLA Consulting Engineers 

The Northeast is getting hotter with more extreme heat days and longer heat waves. This increases building energy demands, especially in urban settings. In response, we continue to emphasize better building performance to counteract rising cooling costs with more efficient mechanical systems and better functioning building envelopes. Designs are also evolving to limit solar heat gain, explore alternative air circulation options, and consider on-site energy and cooling options to limit impact. But what is really achievable?

This presentation looks at overall strategies for improving building energy performance, and specific options for limiting heat gain and improving cooling efficiency.



  Arfa Aijazi 
Staff I – Building Technology and Master of Science in Building Technology Candidate
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. and MIT Department of Architecture
Arfa, on leave from Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc., is a graduate student and researcher in the Building Technology Group at MIT. She is interested in how to best leverage simulations as a decision-making tool to improve building performance. To that end, her research borrows techniques from machine-learning and multi-objective optimization to make recommendations for urban-scale retrofits. 

James F. Dolan, P.E., CEM, CPMP, LEED AP
Principal-in-Charge of Energy Engineering Services
OLA Consulting Engineers
Jim is a believer in progressive but practical design to help ensure the appropriate sustainable solution is available for every client. He joined OLA in 2002, bringing energy analysis, modeling, and commissioning services to the firm. Jim’s accumulation of education and experience as an engineer, in commissioning, energy analysis, and design, spans more than 26 years and in that time he has delivered many projects recognized for their environmental consciousness. His projects have garnered recognition from ACEC, AIA, and NSPE. Jim speaks frequently to professional and academic organizations such as ASHRAE, NYSPE, AIA, and many universities throughout the region. He served three terms as ASHRAE Bi-State Chapter President and serves on the Consultors Committee for the Mechanical Engineering Department for Manhattan College.


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PART 3 of 4: Stormwater Strategies – Alternatives to the Conventional

PART 4 of 4: Panel – Comprehensive Look at Design for Climate Change