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2020 August Member Webinar | Jason Fierko

Integration Strategies in Net Zero and High Performance Facilities

by Jason Fierko, PE, CEM, LEED AP, Principal, Mechanical Engineer at EwingCole

Thursday, August 13, 2020 | 2:00-3:00pm (EDT) 

A case study will be presented to highlight the successful strategies associated with integration of the number of different automation, control and monitoring systems that are prevalent on nearly all high performance and NetZero facilities. The presentation will include a discussion on specific challenges of incorporating complex system interaction early in design, maintaining open, non-proprietary specifications and implementation during project construction phase.

Attendees of this presentation will learn:

  1. An overview of the integrated building systems and how they are expected to share real-time and historical operational data to enhance overall building performance.
  2. How to develop successful conceptual and physical models of systems to be integrated to bridge the gaps between design and construction 3) how to engage key members from the facility operations team, design engineers and construction team throughout the process to achieve successful integration.


Jason is the Director of Energy Management and a Certified Energy Manager with EwingCole, an architecture and engineering firm with offices in Charlotte, Irvine, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Raleigh.   He is an instrumental member of EwingCole’s sustainability group, Thrive@EC, where he is a leader in the design of the firm’s most sustainable and energy efficient projects, including several net-zero energy designs.

Most notably, he facilitated a multi-disciplinary team in the role of net-zero coordinator for the firm’s largest net-zero energy design project. He enjoys working directly with clients to select optimal systems and has extensive experience in the design of efficient campus infrastructure systems including central chiller plants, steam plants, and thermal storage systems.

Jason earned his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering and Master of Engineering Management degrees from Drexel University. He regularly speaks at regional and national conferences on LEED certification, energy modeling, net-zero building design and energy use reduction strategies, and recently completed work Unisphere, the new net zero Corporate Headquarters Expansion at United Therapeutics, and the LEED Platinum Smithsonian Environmental Research Center’s Mathias Laboratory. Jason is a Principal of EwingCole.