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Energy Positive Buildings: Logistics and Lessons Learned

Date: January 1, 2022

NOTE: This workshop planned for August 27, 2021 has been canceled and will be postponed until 2022.

COVID-19: The Appalachian Energy Center will follow the guidelines currently in place at the time of the workshop by Appalachian State University and the State of North Carolina in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Please refer to this page for the latest updates in University operations.

This workshop will cover the concepts, planning, and applications of Energy Positive Buildings, buildings that are so efficient they produce more energy than they consume. Industry experts from Firstfloor, SfL+A architects, and Brady Services will walk through important key steps that make these projects successful, including:

  • Planning & Goal Setting
  • Architectural Style
  • Systems Selections
  • Solar Considerations
  • Continuous Commissioning & Optimization
  • Integrated Project Delivery

Recent case studies will be used to engage attendees with lessons learned and best practices.

Early Registration Cost: $200*
*Cost after early rate: $250
Students in UNC System Early Registration Cost: $175**
**Student Cost after early rate: $200
Refer a friend and you’ll each receive $25 off. Details here.

Location: TBD on the campus of Appalachian State University

Time: Friday, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Continuing Education Credits Offered: 6 LU|HSW, 6 PDH, 6 CEM
All attendees will receive a Certificate of Completion
Note: Course materials will be provided electronically



Robbie grew up dreaming about designing a home for Superman and finding solutions to similarly complex problems. Today, when faced with the challenge of delivering a new building to a client with little money, Robbie applies those same traits to help the client. Robbie developed a financing formula that looks at the total cost of ownership of a building and designs high performance, energy positive systems that synergistically work together to reduce the total cost of ownership.

Under his leadership, Robbie and his team delivered Sandy Grove Middle School, one of the most energy efficient and cutting-edge school buildings in the United States. Robbie and his team have gone on to deliver and operate more energy-positive buildings than any company in the world. Robert has 30+ year designing and managing educational facility projects and las led his firm in the delivery of over 1000 educational projects.

Robert W. Ferris


Graham is a natural problem solver. He enjoys digging into the root of a problem and creatively formulating an innovative solution to fix said problem. As an architect, he actively listens to his clients needs to develop building concepts and designs that will exceed their expectations. Graham brings comprehensive design experience to SfL+a having worked on educational facilities, commercial spaces and residential projects.

Graham J. Boyd


James is the Energy Positive Program Manager for Firstfloor. He is a technically oriented architect with a deep appreciation of the poetry of architecture. James is problem solver able to quickly focus on the issue at hand without getting distracted by the “noise” that surrounds most issues. James has managed large design-building programs and enjoys daily interaction with clients and contractors in the field.

James CC Rice


R.J. is a born decoder of systems. No matter how complicated or unique, he can analyze, break down, and find the opportunities for improvement in any HVAC system. As a Project Engineer for Brady, he designs systems that not only look good on paper but perform in the real world. R.J.’s energy modeling experience provides a strong foundation for critical decision making on energy positive projects where facility energy performance is critical.

R.J. Turner


Jerry is the Energy Positive Program Energy Manager for Firstfloor. He is a proven project manager, facilities director, and energy manager. Jerry is technically oriented with a deep and granular understanding of HVAC systems, controls, and code. During his tenure at Appalachian State University, Jerry reduced campus wide energy consumption by 40%. Jerry is adept at leading internal teams as well as leading and facilitating the interests of a collection of team members.

Jerry Marshall


Raynor leads Brady’s business development effort for large design-build construction projects, as well as strategic service programs and analytics solutions for the built environment. He is focused on outcomes-oriented projects that add value to the customer’s bottom line, improve the indoor environmental quality, increase resiliency, and reduce carbon footprint. Raynor can be found helping customers with zero net energy building strategies, navigate complex legislation to find the right procurement model, understand economical financing models, or determine how to best improve the value of their real estate assets.

Raynor Smith