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Unless otherwise notified, events listed here will be held at the NREL Education Center, 15013 Denver West Parkway, Golden, CO. The Education Center phone number is 303-384-6565.

September 2015

Education Center Hours of Operation for Labor Day Weekend

September 4 - 8, 2015

 The Education Center will close at noon on Friday, September 3 and will be closed all day Monday, September 7. The Education Center will reopen at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, September 8. 

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Power Lunch Lecture - Efficiency in Design and Construction: The 407 Passive House Project

September 9, 2015, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Presented by Architectural Engineer Rois Langer and Principal Architect/Builder at Tight Build LLC Travis Scheefer (as part of the Golden Earth Days Sustainability Education Series)


Rois Langner and Travis Scheefer ignored the typical American mentality to build a three bedroom, two-bath home. Instead, they focused their limited budget to create a home suited for their needs that might look small on paper, but lives large because of the design of the spaces. Rois and Travis will talk about their less than 900 square foot net-zero energy, "PassivHaus" home they built in downtown Golden in 2014. Their talk will highlight design goals, the build process, construction details, and a few trials and tribulations associated with energy efficiency incentive programs and the appraisal process.

Rois Langner has worked as a building scientist and engineer in the Commercial Buildings Research Group at NREL since the beginning of 2010. Her past research efforts have focused on building energy efficiency projects that utilize OpenStudio software to analyze and optimize building design and performance for military and large commercial buildings. More recently, she has worked with organizations to develop, implement, and maintain energy management policies and systems for continual energy improvement, and has worked to support the small commercial building sector in overcoming barriers that inhibit the adoption of energy efficiency solutions. Rois also supports the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Alliance as well, leading the Plug and Process Load technical solutions team. Prior to joining NREL, Rois worked for two sustainable design consulting firms, Leaf, LLC and Architectural Energy Corporation in Boulder, Colorado. Here she gained experience using DOE2.2 and eQuest energy modeling software, and provided support for LEED certification efforts for both existing building and new construction projects.

Travis Scheefer is the principle of Tight Build. He landed his first full time summer construction job in 2001 working for a masonry and landscaping contractor. Ever since, Travis’ livelihood has been in construction and design. In 2003, he enrolled in the rigorous 5-year architecture program at Montana State University focused on design and theory. In 2008, Travis received his Master’s in Architecture from MSU – his bachelor’s degree is in Environmental Design. Travis’ real passion is the design and build process. He is an ICC Licensed Contractor and more importantly, has built structures from the ground-up using both his hands. To further his knowledge of Building Science and low-energy design he became a Certified Passive House Consultant. From sketching to realistic computer renderings – to working with City Planning Departments on historic reviews – to squaring up foundation forms and laying down nice MIG welds – Travis enjoys doing it all.

Call or  e-mail to make a reservation for this free public program. Participants are welcome to bring a lunch to enjoy during the presentation.

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  • Open to the Public
  • Free

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October 2015

Sustainable NREL Walking Campus Tour

October 16, 2015, 9:30 - 11:15 am

NREL exemplifies environmental sustainability throughout its operations. Visitors learn about renewable energy and energy efficiency research as well as see for themselves how the campus is demonstrating clean energy technologies, reducing waste, and eliminating atmospheric pollution. The Sustainable NREL Walking Campus Tour is a vigorous, outdoor walking tour, so visitors are urged to wear comfortable walking shoes and to dress for the weather. The tours start at the NREL Education Center and include the Research Support Facility, NREL Parking Garage, and Central Detention Pond. Participants must be 18 or older, a U.S. Citizen, and have photo ID. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

 

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  • Open to the Public
  • Free
  • NREL-sponsored

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November 2015

Sustainable NREL Walking Campus Tour

November 20, 2015, 9:30 - 11:15 am

NREL exemplifies environmental sustainability throughout its operations. Visitors learn about renewable energy and energy efficiency research as well as see for themselves how the campus is demonstrating clean energy technologies, reducing waste, and eliminating atmospheric pollution. The Sustainable NREL Walking Campus Tour is a vigorous, outdoor walking tour, so visitors are urged to wear comfortable walking shoes and to dress for the weather. The tours start at the NREL Education Center and include the Research Support Facility, NREL Parking Garage, and Central Detention Pond. Participants must be 18 or older, a U.S. Citizen, and have photo ID. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

 

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  • Open to the Public
  • Free
  • NREL-sponsored

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