IBPSA-USA Boston Chapter June 2020 Meeting


Boston Chapter of IBPSA-USA


June 23, 2020

Please join the Boston chapter of IBPSA-USA as we hear from Shreshth Nagpal of Elementa Engineering, and Andrea Love and Melanie Silver of Payette.

Date & Time: Tue, June 23, 2020; 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM PDT

Where: Zoom link will be provided

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Presentation 1: Urban Energy Analytics for Cost-Effective GHG Emissions Reduction

Shreshth Nagpal will present an urban-energy analytics framework that can be used to develop prioritization plans for cost effective GHG reduction strategies. The engine combines established building energy model generation techniques with data-driven machine learning methods and offers an approach to urban planning and design that benefits from parametric analysis and interactive data visualization. The talk will discuss modeling techniques to make informed predictions in the absence of reliable data, while still allowing for rapid assessment and operationalizing of aggressive climate-action regulations.

Presenter: Shreshth Nagpal | Principal, Elementa Engineering

Shreshth Nagpal’s professional focus over the past fifteen years has been to understand and model building performance that results from the interaction between envelope configuration, climatic context, functional requirements, conditioning systems, and occupant behavior. More recently, his doctoral research focused on developing automated workflows to construct living urban energy models that are designed to systematically explore future energy scenarios and identify areas of maximum potential savings.

Presentation 2: The Fusion of Design and Performance: Integrating Building Science into Architectural Practice

The discussion will focus on an organizational case study on the integration building science into its design process. The talk will show the multifaceted ways building simulation is integrated into the design process and has been leveraged to inform and drive architectural design. The integration of building performance simulation has shaped our designs, transformed our firm culture and built an energy literacy within the organization.


Andrea Love | Director of Building Science, Payette

Andrea Love is a Principal and the Director of Building Science at Payette, the 2019 AIA Firm Award recipient for their work fusing design and building performance and has worked on four recent COTE Top Ten Award winning projects. At Payette, she integrates building performance into all of their work and leads their internal research efforts. She was the Principal Investigator on the AIA Upjohn Grant research grant focused on thermal bridging and lead the development of Payette’s Glazing and Winter Comfort tool. She is a Lecturer at MIT and Harvard on building performance, and has her BArch from Carnegie Mellon and a Masters in Building Technology from MIT where she was the recipient of the Tucker-Voss Award. She was recently on AIA COTE Advisory Group, is a past chair of the AIA 2030 Working Group, and currently serves as on the board of the Boston Society of Architects. She was a 2017 recipient of the AIA Young Architect Award and is a LEED Fellow.

Melanie Silver | Associate & Building Scientist, Payette

Melanie Silver, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is an Associate in Payette's Building Science Group. She works with design teams to meet rigorous sustainability targets through data-driven investigation. She also leads research efforts to implement a new healthy material policy throughout the office. Melanie educates the design team on issues relevant to building performance, while understanding which elements are critical to the building’s design or program. Prior to joining Payette, Melanie was the Sustainability Coordinator at FXCollaborative, where she managed over ten LEED projects. Melanie earned her Master of Architecture and Ecological Design Certificate from the University of Pennsylvania, and her Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Columbia University.