Petermann, Schlichting, Stelmack to Present at AIA MN Convention


Continuing our professional association with the Minnesota chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Minnesota), Michaud Cooley Erickson engineers will present a program highlighting the process and value of engineering and architectural collaboration through building performance modeling in the design process. Principals Jason Petermann, PE and Eric Stelmack, PE, LEED AP, and project designer Eric Schlichting, in partnership with Perkins+Will senior associate Douglas Pierce, AIA, LEED Fellow, have planned a session entitled, “Building Performance Modeling: Overview and Benefits,” for the 82nd annual AIA Minnesota 2016 Convention & Products Exposition scheduled for November 8-11 at the Minneapolis Convention Center, on the third day of the convention.

The presenters will use detailed energy-modeling case studies to illustrate the tangible benefits of the modeling approach for design teams in their decision-making process, focusing on the use of analysis to evaluate investment returns or life cycle costs of various elements to avoid compromising aesthetic and envelope design aspects of the overall project. Additionally, the presentation will underline the use of building energy modeling to support sustainability goals, specifically enhancing LEED certification, as well as compliance with the Minnesota B3 SB 2030 Energy Standard and the 2015 Minnesota Energy Code.

MCE presenter Eric Stelmack heads the MCE Technology Systems department, having 24 years of engineering experience with a current focus in modern building technologies across all commercial sectors. He also administers the MCE continuing education program, presenting building technology seminars to numerous other regional architecture and engineering firms. Jason Petermann has consulted for 18 years as a mechanical engineer, primarily with higher education and science and technology work experience in areas including energy recovery systems, 24/7 condenser water systems, thermal storage, and energy modeling. Eric Schlichting currently works with MCE clients in energy modeling support, HVAC system comparisons, return on investment, and life-cycle cost analysis, with an additional conversance in LEED energy modeling, the Minnesota B3 SB 2030 Energy Standard, and 2015 Minnesota Energy Code compliance.

In addition to his service as co-chair of the AIA Minnesota Committee on the Environment, MCE presentation partner Douglas Pierce of Perkins+Will teaches Sustainable Design at the University of Minnesota School of Architecture and chairs development of the RELi Resilient Design Action List and National Consensus Standard for MTS. His work includes St. Paul’s LEED Gold-Certified Wilder Center and Maple Grove’s award-winning LEED Platinum-Certified Great River Energy Center, as well as multiple 2030 compliant projects.

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