Wednesday, May 18, 2016


7:30 am - 9:30 am


Maggiano's - Cumberland
1601 Cumberland Mall Suite 200 Atlanta,.30339


A Roadmap for High Performance in Existing Buildings - Breakfast & Program


Pete Choquette & Darren Draper, Epsten Group


$30 for members before May 13; $35 members after 5/13; Non-Members $40. before 5'13; Non-members after 5/13


May 13,

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Program Synopsis:

While much attention has been given to building more sustainable new construction projects on the nation’s campuses, less attention has been given to existing facilities despite the fact that 72% of the United States’ building stock is over 20 years old and over half of the facilities that will be in use in the year 2050 have already been built. The sad truth is that politicians and other decision-makers don’t show up for ribbon cuttings for HVAC systems controls adjustments, lighting retrofits, or plumbing fixture upgrades, despite the fact these existing building optimization efforts can have the greatest impact in cutting an institution’s energy and water consumption. This presentation will put forward a step-by-step methodology for analyzing and upgrading existing physical building assets and operations and maintenance policies with a view toward making more efficient buildings that consume fewer resources and cost less to operate.

This Program is approved by IACET for 0.1 CEUs


Pete Choquette is the Design and Consulting Department Manager at Epsten Group, overseeing its ChoquetteSustainable Architecture and Interior Design, Sustainability Consulting, LEED Consulting, Energy Modeling, and Envelope Consulting service lines. He is a Registered Architect in the State of Georgia, a member of USGBC Faculty, a LEED Accredited Professional holding three LEED Specialties (BD+C, ID+C, and O+M), and a WELL Accredited Professional, as well as a RESNET accredited HERS Rater and Field Inspector. Pete’s architectural design work includes the ongoing Zoo Atlanta Cyclorama Renovation and Elephant Conservation Center Projects, both of which are pursuing LEED Gold certification, as well as the unbuilt Trinity Avenue Farm sustainable urban farm project for the City of Atlanta. He also leads all the design and consulting efforts for the firm for projects ranging from residential mixed-use, to educational design and consulting, to corporate/commercial.

DraperDarren Draper, the Commissioning Department Manager for Epsten Group, Inc., has 15 years of experience in the building services industry and has extensive experience with LEED and other green building projects.  He serves as commissioning agent on a wide range of facilities including university buildings, research laboratories, healthcare facilities, and data centers. In addition, he provides commissioning and retro-commissioning for HVAC, DDC controls, electrical, and plumbing systems. Mr. Draper performs as manager and/or team member for retro-commissioning projects including site investigation, equipment evaluation, corrective action, replacement part orders, energy-use evaluation, and reporting. In addition to his commissioning experience, Mr. Draper spent seven years before and during college as a HVAC technician for residential and light commercial facilities.


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