Roadmap for Designing Net Zero Labs

Jacob Tsimanis, Indipendent Consultant
Michael Martin, Moore Ruble Yudell

Roadmap for Designing Net Zero Labs, serves as learning tool to develop and design energy efficient laboratories, utilizing a three step approach. In addition to the approach the presentation provides a substantial amount of details and systems which can be implemented to achieve the NET ZERO result.

  • Step One considers utilizing building configuration, planning, orientation and massing to have more connected responses to the environment.
  • Step Two proposes the implementation of a low energy use baseline through the energy conservation measures and operational protocols to reduce the building energy demands, while supporting the full functions of the building science programs.
  • Step Three addresses the use of renewable systems to provide the remainder of the energy required for the building.

Planning and developing laboratory facilities with a Net Zero approach will provide a smaller carbon footprint and will result in the most cost-effective operational approach for a facility.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will learn the three step approach to Net Zero design strategy.
  • Participants will learn sustainable strategies, leading to connected responses of the environment.
  • Participants will learn sustainable strategies related to the reduction of building energy demands.
  • Participants will lean the application and use of the renewable systems to support the Net Zero balance.


Jacob Tsimanis PE, LEED AP, CPMP and BCxP is a mechanical engineer with 30 years experience in Healthcare, Science and Technology and Higher Ed project designs. Over the past 20 years he has served in various positions ranging from senior mechanical engineer to the Principal in Arup, Mazzetti, BR+A. He has led design delivery projects through a collaborative process. He has a particular interest in low energy performance buildings design and integration of sustainable design principles.

Michael Martin graduated with honors from the University of Illinois. Sustainable architecture brought him initially into Peter Gluck office and then to KPF. He lead KPF's team in the development of Canary Wharf in London and World Bank in Washington, D.C. Since joining Moore Ruble Yudell in 1997, He has led the development of the Physical Sciences Building at UCSC, the French Family Science Center at Duke University, LEED Platinum Engineering VI at UCLA and Bioengineering Building at UCSB.


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