Opening General Session | 9-9:30 a.m. April 16
The Changing Energy Landscape
The energy landscape continues to challenge managing energy costs. Governmental and industry leaders discuss the impact of state regulations, the impact of energy-efficiency and current energy status.
Breakout Session A | 11 a.m.-Noon April 16
A-1: BEFORE the Basics
So your district has decided to get serious about energy management. Before jumping right in, it is important to understand the overall process and have a novice level of understanding key resources available to step up your success.
A-2: Energy Audit 101
Identifying energy projects to reduce energy use is a must. The basic steps to assessing potential procedures/projects that will impact your school will be reviewed, along with review of a simple audit form.
A-3: Emerging Technologies
Advancements in technology have brought about offerings from utility companies. Some of those being advanced metering, solar and changes in utility rebates. Learn about some of the options/changes that are coming and the reasoning behind them.
A-4: Renovation Best Practice-Air Barrier Is Key to Energy Efficiency
Unintended air infiltration into school buildings is widely overlooked and is a key cause of increased energy costs and poor classroom comfort. This session focuses on the preliminary visual inspection as validated by pre- and post-blower door tests. Calculations that connect air barrier solutions to the entire HVAC system will also be discussed, as well as the financial and environmental impact the air barrier solution.
Breakout Session B | 1:45-4:30 p.m. April 16
B-1: Addressing the questions of energy management
Introductory - laptops or calculators encouraged
This is a workshop (participant work required) for addressing many of the questions of energy managers: * How do I get started? * What’s my current state? * What’s my opportunity? * How do I quantify that opportunity? * What makes sense to do? Financially? * How do I sell that opportunity? * What are my cumulative savings?
B-2: Lighting Audit Workshop
Intermediate - laptops or calculators encouraged
This is a workshop (participant work required). With lighting about 25 percent of electricity consumption in a school, assessing current lighting fixtures and defining potential lighting projects can mean significant energy and dollar savings. Participants in this workshop will complete a high-level lighting audit for our conference location and receive a tool to assist with implementing lighting audit for their schools.
B-3: Facility Tour – University of Kentucky
The University of Kentucky Facilities Management is a service provider with a mission to provide a physical environment for the entire organization to achieve excellence. This tour will review delta room operations, scheduling optimization, water/wastewater processing, and communications & funding decisions.
Morning General Session | 8-9:30 a.m. April 17
Engaging District Leadership
The responsibility of energy management requires many tasks. One is engaging district leadership to gain their support and understanding of a complicated business process. Another is learning how to prepare and respond to board member requests. Scott County Superintendent Dr. Kevin Hub will present how to engage your district leadership and then moderate a panel of board members to gain their insight.
Breakout Session C | 9:30-10:30 a.m. April 17
C-1: Student led energy activities
How do you involve building occupants with real concerted efforts to conserve energy? Let students lead the effort. Learn how students in the Kenton County School District drive change and work with faculty and staff to affect their energy consumption and impact the financial bottom line.
C-2: Operations Best Practices
Schools are the center of the community and therefore open in many cases 16 hours a day. How can you optimize use of the facility, yet ensure efficient use? Learn from a panel of facility energy managers the procedures they have found to meet this goal.
C-3: Renovations and Indoor Air Quality
A school’s indoor environment can have a significant impact on health and learning. Children are more vulnerable to the negative health and performance effects of poor environmental conditions, including indoor air quality. Learn best practices for healthy, efficient and reliable school buildings, and how Estill Springs Elementary protects its indoor air quality. This session will share tools and resources for implementing preventive maintenance practices and protecting indoor air quality during energy efficiency upgrades and retrofits.
C-4: Life Cycle Costing (Part 1)
TWO PART SESSION - KRS157.455 strongly encourages the use of a life-cycle cost, an approach to building design that considers construction, operation and maintenance during the initial decision-making process. This session is directed to school districts constructing new buildings or renovating existing buildings. Learn the steps to implementing life cycle project costing.
Breakout Session D | 10:30-11:30 a.m. April 17
D-1: Getting to ENERGY STAR
Volume of ENERGY STAR certified schools continues to be a key metric for Kentucky, as the state nears second in the nation in percentage of ENERGY STAR schools. Presenters will provide a hands-on demonstration of four steps to benchmark your schools in EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager using a real school building from Paris Independent Schools in this session. Panelists will also provide information on the benefits of benchmarking and ENERGY STAR certification.
D-2: Building Maintenance Best Practices
With demands to keep equipment for as long as possible, learn from a panel of facility energy managers some of the best practices in preventative maintenance and general maintenance for keeping all in tip-top condition.
D-3: Emerging Technology - Is it time for solar?
How would you like to receive a check from your electric company instead of a bill? Kentucky is pushing the envelope, or the sun, in construction of a second net zero energy school. Learn how this can occur.
D-4: Life Cycle Costing (Part 2)
TWO PART SESSION - KRS 157.455 strongly encourages the use of a life-cycle cost, an approach to building design that considers construction, operation and maintenance during the initial decision-making process. This session is directed to school districts constructing new buildings or renovating existing buildings. Learn the steps to implementing life cycle project costing.
Closing General Session | 12:30-2 p.m. April 17
Impacting the Learning Environment
Recent studies show the classroom environment can affect a student’s learning and academic progress by as much as 25 percent. Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt will discuss opportunities to make a difference for Kentucky schools.