The School of Architecture sponsors lecture by Peter Turnbull, Principal, Pacific Gas & Electric Co.
- Monday, October 23, 2017 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
- Leon Johnson Hall, 339 - view map
Since 2010, Peter has led PG&E market-facing activities for Zero Net Energy (ZNE). Accomplishing numerous consultations for customers and builders interested in building and documenting the performance of ZNE, and high performance. He also supervised two groundbreaking, widely circulated studies, “The Technical Potential for ZNE in California,” and “The Road to ZNE”. This work shows, briefly, that ZNE is feasible for about 75% of the new building stock going forward, and that the most significant barriers are around policy and economics, and not technical feasibility.
What’s the impact when you “plug-in” your building to “the largest machine in the world” --- the utility grid? Architects and building designers, whenever they design and build a building, make demands on the power grid that last many decades. In the bargain, they impose costs on their clients and impacts on the environment which may vary to a factor of 2X, 3X, or more year after year, depending upon design choices. Why would a utility care?
A 1981 MSU graduate, Peter’s work at PG&E has long involved interaction with architects and engineers involved in high-performance buildings, especially Zero Net Energy (ZNE) buildings. In this lecture, he will discuss how PG&E and several other large utilities view sustainability in the built environment, how serious they are about it and how it affects the utility business --- 75% of which comes from buildings. He will cover the many consequences --- both intended and unintended --- of sustainability, renewables and ZNE. He will also discuss the value proposition for sustainability and high performance in buildings, including some surprising streams of value, and what you can do to help obtain these for your clients --- now and over the next 75 years.
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