By - Jon Brown

Building Optimization: Electrification, Energy Efficiency, and Smart Buildings
April 21-22, 2021 | Online :: Central Time

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This course will begin with an overview of building optimization and then dive into electrification, increasing efficiency, and smart buildings; furthermore, we will evaluate a systems design process and its relevance to achieving all three. Once we have explored the topics independently, we will move to a design-centered sprint where individuals will be put in interdisciplinary teams and be presented with a problem that stems from the approach we discussed. Groups will have a couple of hours—assisted by an expert in the field—to craft a solution and then will present their solutions to one another at the end of the program. Throughout the class, instructors will review contract terminology and negotiating points specific to these processes, provide a broad overview of the regulatory landscape, and foster and encourage participation among participants.

In the United States, residential and commercial buildings account for 40% of the country’s carbon dioxide emissions and 29% of total greenhouse gas emissions. In 2019, the buildings sector accounted for 66% of the decrease in total energy-related U.S. CO2 emissions. There is an imminent need to have new buildings, retrofits, residential, and commercial building stock begin to convert to lower our impact. This seminar is designed to bring together individuals across the building industry to work through a whole systems approach to meet carbon and greenhouse gas reduction goals.

Learning Outcomes  

  • Discuss how to electrify a new building in the commercial and residential spaces
  • Grasp how to electrify an existing building through retrofit in the commercial and residential spaces
  • Explain building optimization and its impacts on environment, health, and financial considerations
  • Assess sample whole systems contract language 
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team on a systems design problem
  • Discuss trade-offs in building optimization



EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this event.


Requirements for Successful Completion of Program 

Participants must log in each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit. 

Instructional Methods

PowerPoint presentations and classroom discussion will be used in this course for each learning outcome. 

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for anyone who works in building development or retrofits. This includes: real estate development professionals, lawyers, architects, engineers, developers, investors, policy makers, and consultants.


Wednesday, April 21, 2021 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Log In and Welcome

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. :: Course Timing 

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. :: Lunch Break

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. :: Course Overview

  • Who is in the room?
    • Why lawyers?
    • The participants
    • Current presenters and upcoming guests
  • The current problem and why building optimization is a solution
    • Environmental/climate
    • Health
    • Equity
  • What is building optimization?
    • Electrification
    • Increase efficiency
    • Smart, grid interactive buildings
  • How a whole systems approach works to achieve these outcomes

9:30 – 11:10 a.m. :: Electrification  

  • What is electrification?
  • Why is electrification important?
  • How to electrify on new construction (Review differences between commercial and residential where appropriate)
    • Related agreements
    • Regulatory space
    • Cost considerations
      • Financial incentives
    • How to electrify on retrofit (Review differences between commercial and residential where appropriate)
      • Related agreements
      • Regulatory space
      • Cost considerations
        • Financial incentives
      • Where and how electrification fits into a whole systems approach

11:10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. :: Increase Efficiency

  • “Low hanging fruit”
  • Insulation
  • Appliances
  • Building design
    • Financial considerations
  • Where and how increased efficiency fits into a whole systems approach

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. :: Lunch Break

1:30 – 1:40 p.m. :: Recap of Morning Session / Q&A

1:40 – 2:40 p.m. :: Smart, Grid-Interactive Buildings

  • What is a smart, grid interactive building?
  • Data privacy/cybersecurity concerns
  • Technology needs on retrofit and for new construction

2:40 – 4:00 p.m. :: Whole System Approach

  • What is a whole system approach?
  • Why a whole system approach?
  • Contract terms and pieces related to a whole system approach

4:00 – 4:15 p.m. :: Recap / Q&A

4:15 – 4:30 p.m. :: Review Group Activity for Next Day

Thursday, April 22, 2021 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Log In

9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. :: Course Timing 

9:00 – 9:15 a.m. :: Recap of Day 1

9:15 – 9:25 a.m. :: Overview of Group Activity / Split into Groups

9:25 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: “Problem Design Sprint”

  • Either
    • Split into interdisciplinary groups and each take a portion of the entire process
      • Present shared learnings on each portion of the process
      • Coaches/presenters assigned to one group or bounce between groups depending on instructor capacity
    • Each group receives the overall project goal and uses all tools taught to create a broad overview of what needs to be accomplished
      • Present shared learnings on the process and identify sticking points
      • Coaches/presenters assigned to one group or bounce between groups depending on instructor capacity

12:00 – 12:25 p.m. :: Group Share

12:25 – 12:30 p.m. :: Final Thoughts / Questions


Bobby Dishell, Attorney, Moye White

As a member of the real estate team, Bobby focuses on real estate transactional matters, including commercial lease agreements, zoning, and multifamily assets. Bobby is passionate about advanced energy matters and assists clients with solar leases and other advanced energy matters. Prior to joining Moye White, Bobby was an extern in the Office of Legal Counsel for Governor Hickenlooper. In law school, he taught with the Marshall Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project and worked as a Student Attorney at the Sustainable Community Development Clinic on matters involving non-profit 501(c)(3) formation, commercial co-venture agreements, multi-party land leases, and agreements for agricultural and educational programs. 

Beginning in January of 2021, Bobby will serve as a publicly elected leader on the Board of Directors for the Regional Transportation District in Denver, working to promote transportation equity and transitioning to a zero-emission transit/transportation system. 

Dominick Sekich, Attorney, Moye White

Dominick provides strategic counsel to clients in complex real estate, corporate, information technology, and regulatory matters. His practice areas also concentrate on agriculture, ag tech, industrial real estate development, “green” building principles, energy conservation, and environmentally sustainable development. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and advises companies concerning business planning and formation, contracts, strategic negotiations, and vendor relationships, as well as intellectual property licensing and use agreements.

Dominick’s experience includes negotiating complex information technology service agreements, licenses, trade arrangements, and technology-related contracts. He also offers strategic guidance to clients relative to business policy development, organizational review, and procedural analysis.

Cara Carmichael, Principal – Buildings, Rocky Mountain Institute

Cara Carmichael is a Principal with Rocky Mountain Institute’s buildings practice where she focuses on net zero energy and deep energy retrofits in the federal and commercial building sectors. In addition, she is leading efforts on the profitable integration of buildings with the grid. Cara co-leads the Pathways to Zero initiative at RMI which is catalyzing early movers in the buildings industry on a path to—or beyond—zero net carbon buildings, by working with individual buildings, districts, cities and portfolios.

Highlights of her work include leading negotiation for one of the first net zero energy commercial leases in the U.S., leading the design and construction for both of RMI’s net zero energy offices, the Innovation Center and Boulder Commons, and guiding the GSA to double their historic energy savings using performance contracting.

Celeste Cizik, Principal / Existing Buildings Team Leader, Group14 Engineering

Celeste has been with Group14 Engineering as their Existing Buildings Teams Leader for six years, working to execute technical engineering consulting for clients including measurement and verification (M&V), retro-commissioning, energy analysis, energy modeling, and LEED consulting. She also conducts business development and marketing in order to develop new projects.

Before her time at Group14, Celeste worked at Eaton Electrical as their Energy Team Leader where she handled project/program management and quality control, as well as sustainability planning, energy trading, energy audits, and analysis tool development. She also was part of the Beaudin Ganze Consulting Engineers team as a Project Engineer. She executed mechanical system design for various commercial buildings and designed high-efficiency systems including ground source heat pumps, solar thermal water heating, and high efficiency hydronics.

Celeste has a BS in Architectural Engineering and an MBA of Finance and Entrepreneurship from the University of Colorado Boulder. She is also a licensed Project Management Professional, Certified Energy Manager, Professional Engineer, and certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).


We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: After November 30 you will not be able to join a Teams meeting using Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all registrants for three business days after the event

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