District Energy Management Plan: the first-of-its-kind roadmap for transforming the District government building portfolio toward net zero energy

29 Sep 2023Greenbuild 2023
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District Energy Management Plan: the first-of-its-kind roadmap for transforming the District government building portfolio toward net zero energy

District Energy Management Plan: the first-of-its-kind roadmap for transforming the District government building portfolio toward net zero energy

29 Sep 2023Greenbuild 2023
About the speakers
  • Jenna Bolino
    Jenna Bolino
    Portfolio Manager at DC Department of General Services
    After graduating from University of Pennsylvania with a Master of Architecture, Jenna Bolino moved to Washington, DC and began working at a small architecture firm, Studio MB. Jenna worked on several projects include the Washington Fish Market at the Wharf in DC and smaller projects like single family home and small residential developments. In 2016, Jenna received her architecture license to practice in Washington, DC. During the later years at Studio MB she managed the team on the design and construction of Capitol Hill Montessori School with DCPS. After a successful project she joined the Department of General Services as a Portfolio Manager of the DCPS School Modernization Team.
  • Jen Croft
    Jen Croft
    Deputy Associate Director, Sustainability and Energy at DC Department of General Services
    Jen works to advance programs and policies that decarbonize the energy used in DC government buildings, while optimizing efficiency to enhance occupant health and save taxpayer money. Since spring 2020, Jen; her DGS colleagues; and partner DLR Group/Buro Happold have met twice a week among themselves, with sister divisions, and with client agencies to develop and implement the District’s first-of-its-kind Energy Management Plan. The Plan is a data-driven roadmap for how to strategically cut emissions, bringing more than 300 District government buildings into compliance with one of the country’s most aggressive climate change policies, the DC Building Energy Performance Standards.
  • Cassidy Mullen
    Cassidy Mullen
    Executive Program Manager at Department of General Services
    I have worked as an owner's representative in the design and construction field for over 15 years. For the last five years I have overseen capital programs, first for Parks and Recreation projects and now for Public School projects. The District's public school capital program involves over $3 billion of investment over the next six years, and the schools capital construction group is responsible for the implementation of these projects. I'm excited that the schools team is at the forefront of designing and building cutting-edge school buildings that exceed Net Zero goals and take advantage of creative solutions to meet Net Zero requirements as well as the District's ambitious energy goals.
  • Janice Szymanski
    Janice Szymanski
    Executive Program Manager of DC Public Schools Large Capital Construction at DC Department of General Services
    Janice Szymanski manages the DC Public Schools (DCPS) Modernization Portfolio for the DGS Capital Construction Services Division. The DCPS Modernization Portfolio has an approved six-year Capital Improvement Plan budget that averages over three billion dollars and delivers several fully modernized or new construction facilities every year. Her role is to oversee the portfolio from the initial planning phase and preconstruction until the building is complete and turned over to our Client Agency, DCPS. Prior to this role Janice was the Director of Facility Planning & Design at DCPS.

Key takeaways

- Learn how the District Energy Management Plan can be replicated, so you don't need to start a building performance standards (BPS) compliance plan from scratch.

- Learn about the five core energy reduction scope types used for building performance standard compliance, including general descriptions, estimated costs per square foot, and timelines.

- Learn about strategies to plan, solicit, design, and construct facilities that are in compliance with or exceed the new District Building Energy Performance Standards (BPS) regulatory requirements.

- Learn about post-occupancy, energy-related challenges and opportunities of new buildings, including operations; staff knowledge; and health emergencies.