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Downtown Lunch & Learn: The Importance of Measurement and Verification

January 30, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm EST

Join GBA at IKM Inc. offices for a Lunch and Learn featuring insights into the Measurement and Verification process from BuroHappold’s Jeremy Snyder and Emir Pekdemir.

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We use models to predict energy and water usage, but we’re often met with surprises when the buildings we design are operational. How do we ensure ongoing high performance once we’re under occupancy? In energy efficiency projects, how do we quantify savings?

The answers lie in the Measurement and Verification (M&V) process. In short, M&V includes measuring actual building performance post-occupancy as a way to accurately verify energy savings that were calculated through assumptions in earlier models. It’s important for all members of a project team (including owners and operators) to understand the role that M&V plays in ongoing building performance, including how it can impact decision making.

BuroHappold’s Jeremy Snyder and Emir Pekdemir will share their insights into energy modeling and the measurement and verification process. They will identify the benefits of measurement and verification, point to sensitive considerations, and share successful local and national case studies.


About the Speakers

Jeremy Snyder, PE, LEED AP
Associate Principal
BuroHappold Engineering

Jeremy Snyder leads MEP engineering teams in the design of innovative and sustainable building systems for large scale complex projects around the world. He joined BuroHappold Engineering in 2003 and has worked across commercial, higher education, cultural and residential sectors. Collaborating with architects, engineers and building physics analysts, Jeremy advocates for truly integrative design. Jeremy has lectured at events such as ASHRAE’s High Performance Buildings conference and at colleges and universities such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Columbia University and Parsons The New School for Design. Jeremy serves on the board of directors for Green Building Alliance, and his notable projects include Yale’s School of Management, the Tower at PNC Plaza, and The Business School on the Tepper Quad at CMU.


Emir Pekdemir, LEED AP BD+C, BEMP
Senior Energy Analyst
BuroHappold Engineering

Emir leads the Computational Analysis team at BuroHappold Engineering in the US, providing integrated design solutions for healthier and better performing buildings using analytics. Using advanced building performance simulation as a design tool, Emir has successfully completed projects with intricate façades and complex passive & mechanical systems. With a wide range of skills including dynamic energy and airflow modeling, hygrothermal modeling, daylight & glare simulations, and computational fluid dynamics (CFD), Emir is also an active speaker/presenter in the world of building simulation.




11:15 – Lunch and Networking

11:30 – Presentation

12:30 – Q&A Time

1:00 – Event Wrap-Up



This event is pending approval for 1.5 GBCI CEUs.

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January 30, 2018
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
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IKM Inc.
11 Stanwix St., Suite 2200
Pittsburgh, PA 15222 United States
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