Lunchtime Learning: Electrifying! Building Mechanical Systems

  • Date

    Thursday, May 26 2022

  • Time

    12:00pm - 1:00pm

  • Location


Electrification of the built environment has been identified as the only true cost effective pathway with current technologies to achieve net zero carbon emissions. It has been shown to have the potential to reduce or eliminate indoor and outdoor air pollution, reduce greenhouse gases, reduce maintenance and can result in safe, low maintenance and cost effective buildings. As part of the shift to electrification there must be a paradigm shift in the types of systems employed in both the design of new buildings and perhaps more importantly the retrofit of existing buildings and systems. There are a number of new and old system options such as heat pumps that are rapidly becoming more widely applicable and efficient that can be applied to achieve full electrification of new and existing buildings while significantly reducing or eliminating the use of fossil fuels in buildings . The presentation will review the drivers and policies pushing electrification, provide an overview of the available mechanical and plumbing systems to achieve electrification and provide some high level discussion on the potential impacts and considerations on the design and planning of new building and retrofits.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn the fundamental drivers and benefits behind the move to electrify our built environment.
  • Participants will gain a fundamental understanding of the benefits and policy drivers of electrification and zero carbon / net zero buildings.
  • Participants will gain a fundamental understanding of some the different types of “All Electric” Mechanical Systems.
  • Participants will become familiar with some Design & Planning implications for applying all electric Mechanical Systems.

Presented by:

Portrait of Christopher Kirchner

Christopher G. Kirchner, PE, HPDP, BEMP, LEED AP

Senior Director, WSP

Mr. Kirchner has 29 years of experience in engineering design and construction administration of HVAC systems for educational, commercial, institutional, healthcare, laboratory, governmental, retail, and residential projects. Chris has served as principal-in-charge, project manager and lead engineer on new construction and renovation projects with construction budgets exceeding $500 million. His knowledge includes codes and standards, HVAC calculations, energy modeling Computational Fluid Dynamics Modeling, refrigeration, central / district energy utility plants, thermal storage, cogeneration, sustainable / net zero design, hydronic and steam distribution, ventilation and air distribution, HVAC controls and building automation systems. He is a LEED Accredited Professional, ASHRAE High Performance Building design professional, ASHRAE Building Energy Modeling Professional and has been involved with numerous projects that have utilized sustainable design concepts and achieved LEED certification.

Organized by:

WSP USA Buildings, Inc.