AIA+2030 Session VIII

Site Power: Renewable Energy Opportunities

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October 30, 2015
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Architecture Center Houston
315 Capitol, Suite 120
Houston, TX 77002

Brought to you by the Committee On The Environment

Session VIII:

Site Power: Renewable Energy Opportunities

The ultimate goal of the 2030 Challenge is fossil fuel free buildings by the year 2030. As buildings approach zero for their carbon footprint, on-site renewable energy sources become a key element to realizing that goal. As the lower-up-front-cost conservation and efficiency measures are exhausted, renewable energy emerges as the final step to reaching aggressive carbon elimination goals. This session will explore the relationship between conservation and renewable energy, and investigate current renewable energy opportunities, both onsite and offsite systems, such as combined heat and power and local district energy (valuable for load sharing).

AIA+2030 Learning Objectives

  • Identify the major on-site renewable energy strategies for buildings.
  • Propose an appropriate renewable energy strategy based on site characteristics and resources.
  • Enumerate the life cycle costs and benefits of on-site renewable energy.
  • Understand how district energy can provide thermal and electric services and balance neighborhood loads.

About the Presenter - Violeta Archer

Violeta Archer is an entrepreneur, a consummate designer and consistent
performer. An eclectic career path exposed her to industry best practices in
various sectors (healthcare, IT, construction), which she now employs in her
business operations.

She owns a rep agency in Texas that opens markets and develops business
opportunities for a curated portfolio of foreign manufacturers, while operating an
interior design firm focused on sustainability best practices and LEED

She is a LEED Green Associate, an expert in building integrated photovoltaic
(BIPV) solutions for the built environment and recently developed an innovative
product line for office interiors that is poised for Cradle 2 Cradle certification.

Additionally, she heads the Houston Renewable Energy Group, a 501c3 nonprofit
volunteer organization with the mission to educate and promote renewable
energy solutions as well as to create a renewable energy 'voice' in the national
and international energy dialog.


  • Undergraduate – Haverford College - BA - Philosophy & French
  • Graduate – Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy - MA - International Trade &
  • Environmental Policy
  • Post Graduate - Rhodec School of Design - BA - Interior Design


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