23 OCTOBER 2015

Kirksey to Present at Two National Conferences

Kirksey team members are jet-setting across the country to present at two separate national conferences on the topics of education and green design. First, they traveled to the Golden State for some San Diego sunshine to present at the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) National LearningSCAPES Conference. On October 25, they’ll be in Minneapolis for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) National Conference. Check out their presentation overviews for each conference, and we wish them safe travels!

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San Diego | CEFPI National LearningSCAPE Presentations:
Oct 23 | "Demystifying Integrated Site Design” Julie Hendricks, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Vice President at Kirksey Colley Hodges, AIA, LEED AP, Associate at Kirksey Though integrated design is often discussed, it is implemented far more rarely.  The next version of LEED, called v4, aims to ensure integrated site design through the collection of comprehensive site information during early design. What difference will that make? In this presentation, Julie and Colley answer this question by presenting case studies, identifying helpful tools, and using iterative design charrettes.

Oct 24, "The Game of Lifecycle" Nicola Springer, AIA, LEED AP, Vice President at Kirksey Kapil Upadhyaya, LEED AP BD+C, ASHRAE BEMP, Senior Associate at Kirksey A collaborative approach to design & decision-making is vital to integrating indoors with outdoors in schools. However, this is easier said than done. The Game of Lifecycle is one of many collaborative tools that Kirksey uses to question traditional solutions and “rules of thumb.” Through a creative role-playing exercise, ideas are brought forth in a holistic dialogue between project-teams, clients & stakeholders.

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Minneapolis | AASHE National Conference Presentations:
Oct 25, "POE: A Classic Detective Game" Julie Hendricks, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Vice President at Kirksey Colley Hodges, AIA, LEED AP, Associate at Kirksey Buildings everywhere are underperforming relative to the goals they were designed to meet. Post-occupancy evaluations (POEs) are an effective method to uncover performance problems through assessments of energy use, indoor air quality, thermal comfort, illuminance and acoustics. We’ve learned it isn’t always clear what secrets POE measurements reveal — interpreting the results requires deductive reasoning and synthesized knowledge of systems. Drawing on our experience of 8 completed POEs, we’ve developed a classic detective game to explain how to conduct one, evaluate the results, and understand their significance.

Oct 25, “Tools for Sustainability Master Plans: Key Performance Indicators & Campus Investments" Kapil Upadhyaya, LEED AP BD+C, ASHRAE BEMP, Senior Associate at Kirksey A rapid growth of STARS in last decade has established Sustainability Master Plans (SMPs) at over 300 universities nationwide. SMPs are using metrics like 'Energy Use Intensity', '% total expenditures' and 'Metric tons of CO2equivalents' to benchmark sustainability performance. This presentation will share some such examples, like Texas A&M University, which saved $200 million by cumulative reduction in EUI over 12 years. However, these metrics fall short of informing decisions on new infrastructure. This presentation proposes the use of Key Performance Indicators to serve this purpose. Key Performance Indicators can earn the most bang for the buck in reducing carbon-emissions and in maximizing resource-utilization. With a focus on residence halls, three campuses will be discussed: University of Houston, Texas State University and Sam Houston State University.

Oct 25, "Rainwater Harvesting: Secrets of Success" Julie Hendricks, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Vice President at Kirksey Katherine Ruiz, LEED GA, LEED AP BD+C, Kirksey Design for resiliency is important for college campuses, as they have the potential to serve as community hubs for response and recovery during emergencies. This, combined with predictions that 1/3 of the US will experience water shortage by mid-century, creates a strong case for rainwater storage to reduce reliance on municipal water supplies. Rainwater storage also represents a powerful branding opportunity. Above-ground systems can create an iconic image while communicating a commitment to environmental stewardship. The cost savings and payback of rainwater systems are related to multiple design factors, including the method of storage, location, materials, and ultimate use of the collected water. This presentation discusses each of these considerations using data from three Kirksey projects: the Texas A&M University Agriculture & Life Sciences Complex, the Texas State University North Dormitory and the Texas Tech University Terry Fuller School of Petroleum Engineering.  
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