Presidential Address: Building Our New Energy Future
Presentation abstract: As buildings professionals, it is highly likely we will experience significant changes during our careers in how building systems interact with other energy generating and energy consuming systems. In particular, a rapid evolution underway in the power sector will have significant impacts on the buildings sector. The result of this evolution is our new energy future, and that new future is not far away. As a critical organization for buildings professionals across the globe, ASHRAE and its members must take an active role in the ongoing changes that will create this new energy future by: becoming aware of the changes that are occurring and the opportunities they offer to the buildings industry; getting engaged in finding solutions to meet these opportunities; and starting now to be leaders as this new energy future becomes a reality. This presentation will discuss what this new energy future is expected to be, describe what ASHRAE is doing to become aware, get engaged, and start now, and provide recommendations for how you can also participate in this evolution so we are all leaders in our new energy future.
Sheila Hayter is a Section Manager at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado where she leads a team of technical and policy experts who support federal, state, and local entities on energy efficiency and renewable energy topics with the goal to make significant reductions in non-renewable energy consumption.
Since joining NREL in 1992, Sheila’s work has included serving on the Organizing Committee and leading the subjective judging component of the DOE Solar Decathlons, managing sustainable buildings activities funded by the DOE Federal Energy Management Program, managing the Photovoltaics (PV) for Buildings activities funded by the DOE Solar Program, and writing papers, giving conference presentations, and developing/giving training related to high-performance buildings.
Sheila is registered professional engineer in the State of Colorado. Her service to ASHRAE is extensive having served in leadership roles of many technical committees. Sheila received a 2007 NREL Staff Award for outstanding performance, 2007 Professional Progress Award from Kansas State University’s College of Engineering, and an ASHRAE Technology Award in 1999. She received the ASHRAE Distinguished Service Award in 2001 and the Exceptional Service Award in 2011 and was named an ASHRAE Fellow in 2008.