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Energy Engineering Seminar: Ian Shapiro "Heat Pumps 101+"

Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 12:15pm to 1:15pm

Olin Hall, 165

Ian Shapiro

Author and Founder of Taitem Engineering

Heat Pumps 101+

Abtsract:   Heat pumps are viewed as the most critical technology for buildings, in order to reduce carbon emissions.  What are heat pumps?  Why are they critical to reducing carbon emissions?  This discussion will focus on basics of heat pumps (101), and then will explore some additional topics (+), such as how they are being used to retrofit buildings in Europe, actual measured efficiency of heat pumps in the field, the impact of refrigerant leaks on carbon emissions, and more. 

Bio: Ian founded Taitem in 1989. He is the co-author of the books Green Building Illustrated (2014) and Energy Audits and Improvements for Commercial Buildings (2016), both published by Wiley.  His current work is focused on energy research and policy development.  He recently helped to write Ithaca's proposed local energy code supplement, which will require new buildings to be 40% more efficient than required by state law, and will progress to net-zero buildings by 2030.  He has been a visiting lecturer at Cornell University, Tompkins Cortland Community College, and Syracuse University. He holds an undergraduate degree from McGill University, and an M.S. from Columbia University, both in mechanical engineering. Ian is a licensed engineer in the states of New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. In his spare time, Ian enjoys to spend time with family and friends, write poetry, and play basketball.

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