Decarbonizing Buildings through Grid Optimal Design

Decarbonizing Buildings through Grid Optimal Design

Seminar Abstract 

Understanding the complex interaction of building energy use and the grid is becoming increasingly important as the historic grid infrastructure strains to handle the growing number of distributed energy resources, all electric buildings, electric vehicles, and smart systems. Meeting California’s SB100 commitment of 100% renewable electricity by 2045 will require load shifting and demand management on a massive scale. It is not enough to move to all electric buildings: building design needs to start focusing not only on energy efficiency but time-of-use to reduce carbon emissions. Experts looking at ways to design buildings for grid-optimal performance are using modeling analysis that layers ever-shifting carbon intensity and grid demand over the hourly annual energy model in order to understand the actual time-based carbon emissions of a building.

Seminar Speaker(s) 

Brad Jacobson
Principal, EHDD Architecture

Brad Jacobson and Scott Shell, Principals at EHDD Architecture, and Ted Tiffany, Director of Sustainability for Guttman & Blaevoet engineers, will show how “Grid Optimal” methodology was applied at Sonoma Clean Power (SCP) Headquarters to incorporate both decarbonization and grid harmonization strategies into the building design and operation.


Dec 12, 2019 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm