Day 1 – Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Next Level Savings


Steam Vs. Hot Water Boiler Systems: Pros and Cons
Matthew Kiemen, Ryan Company Inc.
French River Room

Minnesota’s Sustainable Buildings 2030 (SB 2030) is a progressive energy conservation program that helps design teams and owners significantly reduce the energy usage and carbon footprint of their building projects. SB 2030 outlines specific performance targets for energy use in buildings to achieve the goal of carbon-neutrality by 2030. Session attendees will learn from B3 project leaders how to leverage the use of an integrative process. They’ll also learn about energy modeling, utility assistance programs, commissioning, and actual performance tracking to set and achieve SB 2030 targets.


Saving Energy In Existing Multifamily Buildings
Daniel May, Center for Energy and Environment (CEE)
French River Room

This session will explore challenges and opportunities in achieving energy savings in multifamily buildings. Using case studies and examples from recent Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) research and energy efficiency programs, this session will provide an overview of technologies and strategies that have proven to be effective energy efficiency measures in Minnesota multifamily buildings, including ventilation system retrofits, optimizing boiler control systems, optimizing condensing boilers, retrofitting trash chutes, upgrading through-wall units, and adding demand-based controls to domestic hot water recirculation pumps. Learn from CEE’s field experience and gain an understanding of what works and what doesn’t work in retrofitting energy efficiency measures in multifamily buildings.


Pre- and Post-Retrofit Assessments and Inspections
Bill McAnally, Bill McAnally Consulting
French River Room

For an energy-efficent retrofit to be truly successful, pre- and post-construction assessments and inspections must be performed. Simple walk arounds and a blower door test in the end aren’t giving us the results we’re after. See what seemingly obvious and hidden factors are commonly found in existing homes. What questions need to be asked of the owner and the potential contractor? How often does work need to be inspected? It might surprise you. Learn how building science and product knowledge affect the end result. And when did we stop reading the directions?


Breaking Down Barriers to Multifamily Energy Efficiency: Data and Financing
Billy Weber, University of Minnesota
Virginia Rutter, Eutectics
Drew Quirk, Xcel Energy
French River Room

Join us for a panel discussion exploring Energy Efficiency in Multifamily buildings in Minnesota. Topics will include: the value of energy usage data, the EnergyScoreCards MN benchmarking pilot results, case studies of multifamily retrofits, and models for overcoming financing barriers.

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Matthew Kiemen

Matt joined Ryan Company in March 2013 and lives in Minneapolis. Matt is a 2008 graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and where he was also President of his fraternity. He comes from a background in HVAC design and energy modeling for a consulting engineering firm where he worked on many different types of systems and buildings. He is an avid sports fan, especially the Vikings.

Steam vs. Hot Water Boiler Systems: Pros vs. Cons
February 21, 2017 8:30‐10:00 a.m.

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Daniel May

As the Multifamily Project Coordinator at CEE, Dan helps building owners and managers identify and implement energy saving opportunities within their buildings. He has nearly a decade of experience working in the energy efficiency field, and has been involved in a variety of programs at CEE, including the Sound Mitigation Program and Home Energy Squad, in addition to the Multifamily program. He has a B.S. in Residential Building Science from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and is currently in the process of completing a B.A.S. in Construction Management.

Saving Energy in Existing Multifamily Buildings
February 21, 2017 10:30 a.m.‐12:00 p.m.

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Bill McAnally

Bill McAnally has over 35 years in the construction industry. He was a building contractor for over 15 years specializing in new home and light commercial construction. During this time he focused on energy efficient and healthy building methods. He still remembers using Tyvek in the late ‘70’s, and was told how “that paper stuff” will never catch on.

Bill then became a carpentry instructor for Iowa Central Community College for 17 years and then became the Department Chair of Industrial Technology. During his tenure, the focus on energy efficient construction led to construction of 15 residence halls, numerous new homes as well as partnering with several area organizations building community projects.

Bill was named the top community college instructor in Iowa in 2001 by the Iowa Association of Community College Trustees. He is the past president of the Iowa Industrial Technology Education Association and a board member of several groups involved in energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Bill now operates Bill McAnally Consulting. In this capacity, he provides educational programs to those in the building trades, consults on various building projects, has assisted in grant writing projects, and appears monthly on Iowa Public Radio’s “Talk Of Iowa,” where he answers consumers' questions about their homes.

Pre and Post Retrofit Assessments and Inspections
February 21, 2017 1:00‐2:30 p.m.
February 22, 2017 3:00‐4:30 p.m.

Billy Weber

Weber is a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Sustainable Building Research, and a Lecturer at the School of Architecture, University of Minnesota. His research focuses on the integration of sustainability and architecture through applied research, exploring and developing tools to evaluate and compare the often- disparate aesthetic, economic, and environmental goals. He is the project manager of the Minnesota Sustainable Housing Initiative a knowledge base to advance sustainability in affordable housing. Recent work includes the Green Rehabilitation of Elder Apartment Treatments: The GREAT Study with the National Center for Healthy Housing; and EnergyScoreCards Minnesota Pilot Project.

Breaking Down Barriers to Multifamily Energy Efficiency: Data and Financing
February 21, 2017 3:00–4:30 p.m.

Virginia Rutter

As the Senior Research Analyst at Eutectics, Virginia works to broaden the company’s knowledge base. Since joining in October 2013, she has supported all aspects of our business from modeling the finances for Deal Books to driving the company’s expertise on Community Solar Gardens. Virginia comes to Eutectics with a strong background in public finance and environmental policy. While at Public Financial Management, she handled both public and private municipal bond sales for clients ranging from small school districts to state agencies, and she worked to develop PFM’s “green” practice with PACE financing. Virginia has also worked on environmental policy for several nonprofit organizations, cities, and state agencies, including lobbying with Minnesota Environmental Partnership and tracking air quality grants for the City of Los Angeles. She loves that Eutectics melds her expertise in finance and clean energy with practical implementation.

Her passion for environmental policy was developed early in her undergraduate studies, where she found a connection to ecology, conservation, and politics. Not only is this shown in her professional life, but also in her volunteer work. Virginia was involved with the Citizens League’s electricity project from 2010-2015, and she served on the board of Do It Green! Minnesota from 2013-2015.

She holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy with a focus on energy policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy Analysis and Biology from Pomona College. When Virginia and her husband Perry aren’t chasing after their two young children – Adele and Calvin – Virginia can be found knitting, playing the piano, training for a 1/2 marathon, or in ballet class.

Breaking Down Barriers to Multifamily Energy Efficiency: Data & Financing
February 21, 2017 3:00–4:30 p.m.

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Drew Quirk

Drew Quirk is a Product Developer at Xcel Energy focusing on energy efficiency program design for large commercial and industrial customers. He has held several roles across Xcel Energy’s demand side management portfolio over the course of his eight year career. Most recently, Drew led Xcel Energy’s design and implementation effort for two new data access tools for building owners and local government sustainability staff. He holds a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and is currently pursuing his MBA from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.

Breaking Down Barriers to Multifamily Energy Efficiency: Data and Financing
February 21, 2017 3:00–4:30 p.m.