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May 25, 2017

GSA Brown Bag Luncheon
May 25, 2017
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
GSA
1800 F Street NW
Washington, D.C. , DC 20006
Water-Energy Nexus

$18.00 Boxed Lunch

$18.00 Boxed Lunch

$0.00 BYOL (Bring Your Own Lunch)

$0.00 BYOL (Bring Your Own Lunch)

Water-Energy Nexus

The market’s demand for sustainability through both energy and water efficiency must be weighed carefully as competing interests continue to evolve rapidly over the next decade. The energy intensity of water varies from location to location, but fresh water scarcity is driving the trend of increased water treatment and distributions cost. Growing demand, droughts, and aging infrastructure have compounded the issue. Simultaneously, major growth of renewable energy generation in the grid energy mix affects both process water used and greenhouse gases emitted. Reduced cost of renewable energy is making wind and solar technologies cost-competitive with more traditional generation technologies. This presentation will give a quick overview of the Water-Energy Nexus, and highlight a few technologies and design concepts that directly impact this relationship. For example, while water-cooled systems often thought to reduce building energy use, there has been a dramatic improvement in air-cooled chiller performance. We will look at the impact of water-cooled versus air-cooled chiller plants on source and identify trends in source energy and fresh water consumption and site operational costs in various climate zones.

Speaker Bio

Based from DLR Group in Washington DC, Omar has a number of interesting projects currently under construction and recently completed. Smithsonian’s 154-year-old Renwick Gallery renovation and modernization strives to breathe new life to the historic landmark located next to the White House. The Patuxent River Naval Air Museum achieved dual certification of LEED Gold and three Green Globes, laying a new, sustainable path for the future projects in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. The California Institute of Technology Keck Center achieved LEED Platinum, was awarded 2014 Sustainable Innovation Award at USGBC-LA, received the City of Pasadena Historic Preservation Award 2014, and named 2014 ENR Best of the Best in the Small Project category. The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, targeting LEED Silver, gives a vivid depiction of our nation’s birth to visitors from across the globe. The Onondaga Lakeview Amphitheater in Syracuse provides a modern venue for over 17,000 to enjoy performances in a beautifully restored landscape, and accolades include recognition by Engineering News-Record as the best public building of 2016. Omar Hawit currently serves as President of ASHRAE National Capital Chapter. He was named a Consulting-Specifying Magazine 40 Under Forty in 2014. Omar is a graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where he got a start in the industry competing in the Solar Decathlon.