It has long been argued that net-zero-energy skyscrapers are possible. The conversation is now moving beyond the theoretical, as several high-profile commitments have been made to constructing such buildings, and several more have already been designed and constructed to Passivhaus standards. What are the considerations that will allow net-zero to become a mainstream design and operational practices, across different climates and cultures? This workshop will establish challenges, survey existing best-practice examples, and set forth some preliminary guidelines colleagues will be able to take home to their practices.

When: Saturday, 20 October 2018 8:00am-12:00pm
Venue: VOX Cinema (Deira City Center), Level 2, VOX GOLD by Rhodes

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Workshop Program

Vasquez Workshop Chair: Christian Vasquez
Architect, Business Development Executive, National Engineering Bureau
8:00am Arrival & coffee Break
8:30am Welcome


Ross Wimer

Ross Wimer

Senior Vice President, AECOM
“Environmental Contextualism”
Yue Zhu

Yue Zhu

Director, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
“Revisiting Passive Design for Future Buildings”
Jie Zhang

Jie Zhang

Director, Partner, EFC Engineering Consulting Company, Ltd
“Super High-Rise Buildings and Comfortable Natural Ventilation”
9:40am Coffee/Tea Break


11:00am Q&A Session
11:30am Discussion on Next Steps
11:50am Closing Remarks
12:00pm Workshop End