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Live Energy Analysis: Aligning Budgets with Energy Conservation Goals

February 15, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Join AIA Pennsylvania, AIA New York State, AIA New Jersey, and presenters from Willdan – Implementer for FirstEnergy’s Commercial New Construction Program – for “Live Energy Analysis: Aligning Budgets with Energy Conservation Goals” on Tuesday, February 15 at 12 PM EST.



Identifying energy efficiency strategies while balancing real-world constraints such as budget can be challenging when designing a building. Take part in this interactive course that demonstrates how energy-efficiency goals—when addressed beginning early in design—can be successfully achieved, saving valuable resources such as design-time and client budgets. The session begins with an overview of comparative analysis towards achieving energy conservation goals alongside factors that drive energy use. A real case study forming the basis of the charrette will be presented, including an overview of conservation strategies available for consideration. Participants will utilize live polling to assemble “bundles” of selected energy efficiency measures to play out what-if scenarios. Facilitators will run real-time energy modeling simulations to show the results of bundled measures and discuss the merits and challenges of each. Charrette results will be revealed alongside energy-savings trends, dispelling common misconceptions about the link between budget and energy savings. Actual energy performance of the case study building will be reviewed.


  • Recognize the value early energy analysis provides to the design process and client decision-making
  • Identify a range of energy-efficiency options and their impacts on energy outcomes during various stages of design
  • Interpret building performance and financial information provided by energy analysis results
  • Understand how decisions made early in design can increase energy savings opportunities


Katie Irwin has been a project manager with Willdan for over a year. Katie works with design teams, building owners, and utilities to optimize building performance through detailed energy modeling and comparative analysis for commercial new construction projects. Katie received her Bachelor of Arts, Architecture and minor in Environmental Design from the University of Minnesota. She is a current allied member of the AIA Potomac Valley and AIA Baltimore chapters.

Jenny Propst is an Energy Specialist with Willdan and a graduate from Appalachian State University majoring in Building Science with concentration in Architecture, along with a minor in Community and Regional Planning. Jenny has 10 years’ experience in the building industry with exposure to solar photovoltaics, residential and commercial building energy modeling and green certification.

Vincent Mazzella is a Project Manager with Willdan who works with design teams and building owners to reduce overall building energy consumption through detailed energy modeling and comparative analysis during design. Vincent received his B.S. degree from Fordham University in Engineering Physics. He has four years of experience in energy efficiency project management implementing PV systems, LED lighting, and efficient HVAC systems.

The webinar has been approved for AIA CES (1 AIA LU|HSW).


Registration for the webinar is now closed as it has already taken place. Thank you for your interest!


February 15, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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