Innovation, Technology & Sustainable Design:An Owner’s Perspective

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Mark Nelson
Deputy Commissioner
Division of Capital Asset Management
Office of Facility Maintenance
March 29, 2011

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Innovation, Technology & Sustainable Design:An Owner’s Perspective

  1. 1. Innovation, Technology & Sustainable Design: An Owner’s Perspective Mark Nelson Deputy Commissioner Division of Capital Asset Management Office of Facility Maintenance March 29, 2011
  2. 2. What is DCAM?• State agency that provides space to other state agencies – mostly by construction, but also through leasing• About 230 FTE in DCAM• Responsible for public building projects requiring study, design, and construction – awarded to lowest responsible bidder• Don’t do college dorms or highway buildings or vertical construction• Starting to use BIM and testing IPD• We have two ZNEBs in the works
  3. 3. Typical ProjectsCourthouse Worcester Holyoke Community CollegeCourthouse Plymouth Westfield State College
  4. 4. DCAM and Sustainability• All DCAM new construction projects will be LEED certified – Silver is the lowest level we seek• DCAM has numerous comprehensive energy projects underway that upgrade older buildings and campuses• We strive to meet the Governor’s goals for renewable energy, energy efficiency, and greenhouse gas reduction.
  5. 5. Technologies In Use or Under Consideration • Solar power • Wind power • Solar thermal • Geothermal • Co-generation • Tri-generation • Green roofs • Storm water harvest • Fuel cell • Bio-fuel and gasification • Microturbines • And more….
  6. 6. Some Issues• We can get LEED, but can we keep LEED?• Can “Gus the Janitor” deal with LEED?• Can “Gus the Janitor” deal with BIM?• How can we get the user to budget for the capital expense of the future, e.g. turbine overhaul?• Are we really aware of the maintenance involved with these new technologies?• How far do we push the planners/designers to think beyond their comfort zone with new sustainable technologies?• How do we get the data from the installed equipment to maximize opportunity, e.g., RECs?

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