Historic Westinghouse HQ: The Path to Net-Zero Carbon


What This Presentation Covers:

Reducing emissions through building retrofits is a central pillar to curbing greenhouse gas emissions. In this talk, Kristen Yee LoongDavid Riley, and Drew Hauser will share the design journey of the Westinghouse HQ heritage building retrofit in Hamilton, Ontario. The team will discuss the data-driven process used in pursuit of a net zero carbon operating emissions goal while addressing common project considerations such as future-proofing for design upgrades, embodied carbon avoidance, making the business case for a zero-carbon retrofit, and how carbon pricing and energy consumption impact life cycle cost analyses.

 You'll Learn About:

  • Developing a business case that will encourage the use of low-carbon design concepts and retrofits.
  • The importance of evaluating a project holistically from multi-discipline perspectives to optimize the design.
  • Identifying systems that contribute to low-carbon design and retrofits.
  • Carbon pricing and its impact on operational energy cost.


  • Format: 1 hour recording, reading list, and quiz. Downloadable slides are included.
  • Audience: North American designers, engineers, owners/developers who are interested in deep energy/carbon retrofits and how their financial motivation.

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