The Georgia Tech Living Building: Designing and Modeling an Uber Efficient Building


Georgia Tech’s new Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design (KBISD) complies to one of the most stringent and avant-garde building standards – the Living Building Challenge 3.1. This building, going live later in 2019, is net positive for energy and for water. Even without the extensive PV system, the building ranks as one of the most energy buildings in the south-east. High performance building modeling, astute engineering design, elaborate yet simple HVAC system design, and water management features form the landscape of this new Georgia Tech building. How was this achieved for this building and what does it mean for the built environment going forward?

Learning Objectives
• Understand the Living Building Standard
• Appreciate the unique high performance features as applied to the KBISD
• Understand the PV + ESS system design and the multi-year analysis required
• Identify basic concepts in whole building energy modeling including input development
• Understand the roles of energy efficiency and renewable energy in net positive energy performance
• Identify tools, techniques, and methodologies related to energy simulation in buildings

Presented By

Sol Haroon, EE
Consulting Instructor / Director of Renewables & Training
Georgia Institute of Technology / Pursuit Engineering

Sol Haroon, MSc, EE is the director of renewables and training at Pursuit Engineering, Inc and a consulting instructor at the Georgia Institute of Technology (GT). As an electrical engineer and high performance building specialist, he specializes in photovoltaic systems and renewable power systems by serving clients throughout Atlanta and beyond. He is a published certified PV installation professional by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) and is also a long-standing member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). He has worked at numerous solar firms over the year and has designed over 50 Megawatts of PV Systems throughout the United States. He was the co-designer/engineer for former President Jimmy Carter’s 1.3 MW system in south Georgia. In 2018 and 2019, he completed the solar + storage design of Georgia Tech’s Living Building. In 2018, he graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with his Masters of Science in High Performance Building Design specializing in microgrids.