I2SL's High-Tech Talks Webinar Series Presents:

Six Planning Strategies That Save Energy and Lower Capital Costs

October 26, 2011
4 p.m. – 5 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time)

Our enthusiasm for new technology often makes us forget that there are low-cost ways to make energy and building budgets stretch. Practicing strategic planning can result in significant energy savings initially and in the long run. Six planning strategies that save energy were described and illustrated during this webinar, with practical examples:

  • Smaller is greener: Eliminate space that does not support science, such as lightly used corridors.
  • Zone for 24/7 use patterns: Effective zoning can help target energy use to actual need.
  • Practice functional zoning: Low-tech spaces can be conditioned with improved frugality.
  • Share spaces: This is politics, not design.
  • Concentrate spaciousness: Frugality can include a small splurge: social space for scientific inquiry.
  • Use outdoor spaces: Even in severe climates, there are seasons when outdoor use is practical.

The webinar was presented by Christie Coffin, a senior architect and planner with The Design Partnership in San Francisco. She is a licensed architect in California and Oregon, a LEED AP®, and holds a National Council of Architectural Registration Boards certificate.


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Professional Development Hours and Continuing Education Credits

Attendees of this webinar could earn one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for professional engineers and one Continuing Education Credit (CEC) from the American Institute of Architects for registered architects.

Instructor Biography

Christie Coffin

Ms. Coffin has concentrated her career on understanding the relationships between behavior and place and putting this understanding into an award-winning practice that has included many university laboratories, as well as medical and mental health facilities and educational facilities. Laboratory assignments have included work for the University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon; Yang Ming National University, Taiwan; Veterans General Hospital, Taiwan; National Taiwan University, Taiwan; the Department of Veterans Affairs at Palo Alto, California, and Seattle, Washington; Chiron Corporation; the University of California at Davis, Santa Barbara, San Diego, Merced, and San Francisco, California; and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories, Berkeley, California.

She has taught architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, California; California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California; the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts; and the University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon. Presentations to national conferences have included: the Labs21 Annual Conference, Environmental Design Research Association, American Solar Energy Society, Healthcare Facilities Symposium, American Institute of Architects, Organization of Women Architects, and Society of College and University Planners.


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