Cost Justification and Implementation Challenges: Dartmouth College Burke Hall Energy-Efficient Renovation

May 17, 2018
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Eastern Daylight Time


Burke Hall, Dartmouth College's main chemistry facility, is an 80,000-square-foot building that was considered state of art when it was completed in 1989. However, upon completion, it was Dartmouth’s most energy-intensive building with over 140 exhaust fans, no heat recovery system, 180,000 cubic feet per minute of exhaust capacity, two steam absorption chillers, and an energy use intensity of nearly 500 KBtu per square foot. There were also problems with the building’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment, as well as laboratory airflow controls. After much planning and analysis, Burke Hall underwent renovations while the building was in operation, which had a minimal impact on laboratory operations as it worked to reduce the operating costs, energy use, and carbon footprint. This presentation will discuss the lessons learned during the retrofit project that made the building safer for its workers and reduced its required maintenance.

After viewing this presentation, attendees will:

  • Develop an understanding of the wide-ranging benefits that can be obtained from a deep energy retrofit of a lab building.
  • Identify key target areas for cost effective energy use reduction in existing buildings.
  • Determine how to objectively quantify the non-energy related benefits of a deep energy retrofit to aid in project initiation and approval.
  • Understand the construction and commissioning challenges of implementing similar projects in an occupied and functional building.


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Professional Development Hours and Continuing Education Credits

Webinar attendees and those who view the recording can earn one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for professional engineers or one Learning Unit (LU) from the American Institute of Architects for registered architects.

Contact I2SL after the webinar if you would like to receive a credit for your participation.

Instructor Biographies

Dave Madigan is a principal of van Zelm Heywood & Shadford Inc., a consulting engineering firm that specializes in the design of sustainable college and university facilities. Dave’s experience includes the design and planning of high efficiency, sustainable laboratory facilities, as well as the design and implementation of campus-wide energy conservation initiatives. He is currently overseeing the mechanical system design for the new 550,000-square-foot Science and Engineering Center at Harvard University.

Bo Petersson is a registered professional engineer and the director of engineering services for Cornerstone Commissioning, a firm that focuses on commissioning laboratory facilities and energy-efficient buildings. In this role, he has been involved in a variety of cutting-edge projects with many focusing on energy-efficient operation. Bo's background in facilities operation has allowed him to establish a hands-on approach with an emphasis on fine-tuning of control systems.


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