Realizing the UNECE Framework for Energy Efficiency in Building (Mark Stutman)

Room 1 • 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM • Friday, Oct. 19


In recognition of the huge impact that building operation has on global energy consumption, the United Nations has promulgated a set of Sustainability Principles designed to guide building energy standards, and to transform building design, delivery and operation onto a sustainable, carbon-neutral path. Utilizing a systems approach, we know it’s possible to create buildings that are healthy and comfortable, with costs approaching current practices. Rapid proliferation of these principles is urgently required to accommodate ~2.4 billion new urban residents by 2050, without the catastrophic GHG impact expected from standard practices.

A coordinated, international effort is developing among universities, government, private industry and professional organizations including Passive House. This Global Building Network has prepared an ambitious research agenda whose elements include: design and construction of energy efficient buildings utilizing BIM and simulation tools; accommodation of regional climates; measurements of IEQ; preference for use of local materials with low embedded energy; methods such as the integrated design process that practice a ‘systems approach’; inexpensive, reliable equipment controls and operational measurements that enable continuous improvement methodologies (i.e. ISO 50001); utilization of building--and community--scale district energy and distributed energy microgrids that provide resilience; and education and workforce training initiatives to promote adoption at scale. This presentation reviews the UNECE Sustainability Principles, and describes the elements of the research agenda that could lead to radically lower carbon footprints for new and existing buildings, and the reversal of increased occurrence of asthma and respiratory ailments afflicting many occupants of poorly built and operated buildings.


Mark Stutman is an Assistant Research Professor at The Pennsylvania State University’s building energy research facilities at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia. He is involved in applied research programs addressing building scale energy efficiency retrofits and hybrid CHP-renewable energy systems. Between 2012 and 2016, Mark served as the Demonstration Program Manager at the Penn State Consortium for Building Energy Innovation, located at The Navy Yard. In this role, Mark served as a Task Leader, and guided the development of building retrofit projects, client relationships, and coordinated the deployment of CBEI tools and techniques in the regional small-to-medium-size commercial building marketplace. Mark has 27 years of commercial experience developing, demonstrating, marketing and managing new products and businesses with significant technology and engineering content. Mark earned a M.S. in Climatology from the University of Delaware. He is a CPHD (PHI), CPHC (PHIUS), LEED AP O&M(GBCI), and a Certified Energy Manager (AEE).