Energy Manager/Design Researcher
Who is the NextGen Energy Manager? A definition that comes to mind – an Energy Manager resilient enough to transform in the dynamic 21st century to address the 2030 Challenge. Driving the 21st century is the transition from a fossil fuel economy to an alternative energy economy. Given that, the Energy Manager of today serves as an individual contributing to leading the transformation of the NextGen Energy Manager.
Buildings act as one of the largest contributors of energy consumption. With the initiative for carbon neutrality in the 2030 Challenge, opportunities have been created to create the NextGen Energy Manager. The 2030 Challenge states that “all new buildings, developments, and major renovations shall be carbon neutral by 2030.” This is a big goal to achieve, but with any goal, you need to assess were you currently stand, where you want to go, and what needs to be done to get there. The NextGen Energy Manager plays a role in working towards the 2030 Challenge goal in the new construction realm. More notably, leading edge design firms recognize the value of the NextGen Energy Manager in the integrated design process from conceptual design to post-occupancy for new construction in influencing the energy management conversation.
Integrated design, meet energy management. These two concepts have joined forces to be a catalyst for the NextGen Energy Manager. It is from this that a framework has been created for the NextGen Energy Manager. Demonstrating the NextGen framework through use of a case study illustrating integrated design and energy management in action, it is the intent to demonstrate the value of the Certified Energy Manager (CEM) in the new construction industry. Using traditional energy management practices, then merging the integrated design process to verify energy performance outcomes is becoming more critical. Achieving the 2030 Challenge goal will take many minds working together, and that includes the NextGen Energy Manager.