Centerbrook Presents at Energy Summit

Published on June 1st, 2011

Centerbrook Principal Charles Mueller and Greg Van Deusen, Vice President of BVH Integrated Services, gave an illustrated presentation on energy conservation strategies in new construction and led a panel discussion on the topic at the recent Business Energy Summit at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. In “Starting from the Beginning: New Construction Case Studies,” they emphasized that many factors go into deciding what is appropriate for a new project.

“There is no one strategy that fits every building,” said Mueller, AIA and Centerbrook Principal. “Every project is different and affected by multiple variables, from the nature of the site and the owner’s goals or institutional mission to the budget. Many of our academic clients are now committed to not just going green but also to actually integrating new infrastructure into their curriculum as opportunities for real world learning.”

“The event was a great opportunity for Centerbrook to interact with business people, engineers, and facilities professionals, said Mark Herter AIA and LEED AP, who helped develop the presentation. Herter also chairs the Centerbrook’s Sustainability Committee. He added, “Just as energy usage and requirements vary widely depending on the project, potential conservation options – and we have developed a checklist of more than 100 of these – have to be chosen carefully and tailored to clients’ needs and their vision.” Centerbrook has designed 21 LEED registered projects, including the Platinum rated Kroon Hall at Yale University.

The various workshops and presentations at the Business Energy Summit focused on the steps businesses can take to reduce their energy costs, improve efficiency, and be in the best position to navigate the regulatory environment. The keynote speaker was Dan Esty, Commissioner of the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.