2015 Energy & Store Development Conference


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General Session Highlights:


Thinking Ahead of the Curve
Monday, September 28, 8:15 am - 9:15 am

Robert B. Tucker, Presdient, The Innovation Resource Consulting Group

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This keynote session provides a road map for leaders who want to thrive both personally and professionally in today’s hyper-changing world. All too often, global futurist and innovation champion Robert Tucker observes, we are too busy managing today’s business, and don’t manage the future effectively. Powerful strategies revealed here will help you adopt the opportunity mindset, spot and seize opportunities in emerging trends, and unleash innovation in your team and life.

Building World Class Teams: The 8 Essential Elements of Human Synergy
Tuesday, September 29, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Robyn Benincasa, Firefighter, World Champion Eco-Challenge Adventure Racer, CNN Hero, New York Times Bestselling Author

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What do the world's most successful teams have in common?  The ability to upgrade their "teamwork" to Human Synergy to go farther AND faster in pursuit of their goals! In this fast-paced multimedia adventure you will:

  • Learn how to increase performance by inspiring your team to adapt, overcome, and win as ONE
  • Leave with ideas about how to raise your team to the next level, both personally and professionally
  • Take home simple and easily applied skills to create Human Synergy with your teammates

Join us to be inspired and get ideas about how to raise your team to the next level (against all odds), both personally and professionally.

Channeling Your Inner Fortune Teller To Be On the Leading Edge of Grocery Trends
Monday, September 28, 9:15am - 10:15am

Carol Bartolo, Senior Project Manager, BRR Architecture
Dave Schukai, AIA, LEED AP, Senior Vice President, BRR Architecture
Ashley Swanson, Marketing Coordinator, BRR Architecture

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In this session, innovation-minded grocery designers from BRR Architecture will present their insights on how grocery chains can become better at identifying and preparing for the shopping trends that will shape the physical grocery store environment in the not-so-distant future. By studying the latest trends that have emerged in other commercial/retail industries, and understanding what is driving these trends, this presentation will provide a framework for your store development team to become better equipped to visualize the future, and be on the leading edge of consumer trends.

A Provocative Look at the Future of Refrigeration and Store Design
Monday, September 28, 10:45am - 11:45am
Paul Anderson, Senior Group Manager, Target
Keilly Witman, Owner, KW Refrigerant Management Strategy

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The refrigeration industry has seen more developments in past years than in the past several decades. New technologies have the potential to cause whole scale changes in our fundamental approach to refrigeration and store design. Shopping habits of millennials and trends such as smaller store formats, a shortage of qualified service technicians, rising costs, resource constraints, and environmental demands put further pressure on us to change. Store designers, refrigeration engineers, service companies, and equipment manufacturers will be challenged to reflect on how these changes impact our industry and its preconceived notions about refrigeration technology, store maintenance, merchandising, and environmental best practices.

GreenChill Awards Ceremony/Breakfast
Tuesday, September 29, 7:00am - 8:00am
Tom Land, GreenChill Partnership Program Manager, Stratospheric Protection Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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EPA will host the GreenChill Partnership’s annual Achievement Awards. GreenChill partners represent approximately 30% of U.S. supermarkets, allowing the partners to benchmark their refrigerant management performance versus each other and the industry. Join us in congratulating this year’s winners. Come learn about best-in-class refrigerant emissions rate reductions, emissions prevention in new store construction, and emissions rates for advanced refrigeration technologies. 

Winning the Customer, One Store at a Time
Tuesday, September 29, 8:00am - 9:00am

Steve Collins, President, IRI Retail
Larry Levin, Executive Vice President, Industry Insights, IRI

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In today’s new shopping environment, the shopper has more control and influence over the retailer and the manufacturer than we have seen in recent years. The dialogue is now a two-way communication that is run and controlled by the shopper. With the power of social networking, consumers drive the conversation whether favorable or critical. Retailers and manufacturers can no longer assume that they can just launch a product and today’s consumers will buy. Today’s retailing footprint clearly has to be at the “ground level”. It’s important to consider each store’s unique format to act as a “snowflake” with a tailored composition of products that match the needs of the shoppers who regularly frequent each particular store. Retailers and manufacturers can no longer be one solution for all shoppers, but rather a solution for one shopper at a time.

Make Your Green Clear: Marketing Your Sustainability Initiatives
Tuesday, September 29, 9:00am - 10:00am

Holly Jamesen Carr, LEED AP BD+C, Fellow, U.S. Department of Energy
Aaron Daly, CEM, Global Energy Coordinator, Whole Foods Market, Inc

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Your team is executing on sustainability initiatives right and left. You are showing significant reductions toward goals in energy, water, waste and/or greenhouse gases – but no one knows. How can you communicate your sustainability successes to a variety of stakeholders including customers, the c-suite, and your competition?  Whole Foods Market has built a brand around communicating success in sustainability. In this session you will hear best practices for getting the word out without green-washing. A key component of Whole Foods Market’s strategy is partnering with organizations that can validate the grocer’s sustainability claims. Learn more about Whole Foods’ partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Better Buildings Challenge and with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) programs, both of which can support organizations with key resources and recognition of their sustainability accomplishments.

EPA Update
Tuesday, September 29, 10:30am - 11:15am
Rebecca von dem Hagen, Stratospheric Protection Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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This presentation will provide an update of ongoing EPA regulatory actions relevant to the food retail industry, including the SNAP program's actions under the President's Climate Action Plan, anticipated regulatory updates to section 608 of the Clean Air Act, and the current status of the HCFC regulatory allocation program. The presentation will provide information about regulatory actions affecting refrigerants and service practices.


Breakout Session Highlights:

Construction Value Engineering
(Store Development Breakout)
Todd Ketterman, Vice President, Crossland Construction Company, Inc.

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Construction dollars are always in short supply. Learn how to tighten your budget while getting the finished product you want. We will focus on the low-hanging fruit of cost-savings, including earthwork fundamentals, maximizing your site opportunities, building shell options, construction schedule, specification control, and the power of “why”. We will also review some past scenarios and design drawings with the changes that were made to save money.

Energy Roundtable (Retailers/Wholesalers only)
(Energy Breakout)

Retailers and wholesalers are encouraged to join their peers for an opportunity to discuss several key energy issues and challenges.

HVAC Best Practices and Design Trends
(Energy Breakout)
Clive Samuels, P.E.  Principal, Energy Squared LLC

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Supermarket HVAC system design and implementation has evolved over the last decade and it’s no longer one solution fits all. This session will evaluate different options and discuss optimum applications based on store size, location, design conditions and the use of cooking hoods with associated exhaust and make up air requirements. We will also take a few minutes to challenge the current food store HVAC requirements and discuss possible alternate solutions.

The Impact of Technology on Energy Markets and the Supply Demand Equation
(Energy Breakout)
David Grupp, Head of National Key Account Sales, Direct Energy

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The landscape of the retail energy markets is rapidly changing with the deployment of new technologies around distributed generation, demand-side management, renewable generation and battery storage. Coupled with changing environmental regulations, retirement of coal-fired generation and reliance on natural gas as the transitional bridge fuel to the future, decision-making for energy managers is more complex now than ever. This session will provide an overview of the current energy market and look at future threats and opportunities for both supply side and demand side energy management for the grocery vertical. Specific examples around effective risk management supply-side strategies and demand-side management will be explored.

Lighting Retrofit or Renovation: Which Strategy Makes Sense?
(Store Development Breakout)
Keith M. Pierce, L.C., Vertical Sales Manager, Grocery & ESCO, OSRAM SYLVANIA

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Making good lighting decisions for grocery stores can be quite a challenge since LED technology has become available. Is it better to completely renovate your lighting system, or just retrofit it? What are the trade-offs in quality and cost? What are the important drivers that will help you make the right decision? Is LED even the right decision every time? Learn about the current state of energy efficient lighting systems in the market, and how to evaluate what might be the best decision for your stores now, and in the future.

Maintenance Programs for Refrigeration Systems
(Refrigeration Breakout)
Kenneth F. Welter, PE – Manager of Refrigeration and Design, Mid-Atlantic, Baltic Trail Engineering, LLC

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This session describes the structure and strategies of a comprehensive supermarket refrigeration and HVAC maintenance program geared towards maximizing the performance of these critical store systems and preserving the bottom line for the store. The session focuses on assessing current conditions, building a structured program, identifying the right metrics and aligning the goals of the maintenance, engineering and energy teams.

New Generation of HFO Refrigerants
(Refrigeration Breakout)
Chuck Allgood, PhD, Refrigerants Technology, Chemours, Inc.

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Learn everything you need to know about the new generation of HFO refrigerants that are being adopted globally to meet advancing energy and sustainability needs. Understand the environmental, thermodynamic, and chemical properties of the new refrigerants and how they perform in systems. Review the learnings from actual supermarket store tests, with an emphasis on energy performance.

Optimizing Visual Impact to Engage Customers and Increase Sales
(Store Development Breakout)
Justin Webster, Design Center Specialist, Hillphoenix

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It can be argued that merchandising is more art and experience than science…but how do you know whether your merchandising initiatives are maximizing your potential to create awareness, impulse purchases, and shopper engagement? Visual Attention Analysis (VAA) is a cost-effective way to leverage technology and improve product visibility from a shopper’s perspective. This session will include case studies that demonstrate how VAA can provide practical applications to improve existing and future merchandising goals and objectives by optimizing plan-o-grams, lighting, and packaging to maximize merchandising visibility to shoppers.  

Recommendations for 50% Energy Reduction in Grocery Stores
(Energy Breakout)
Mick Schwedler, PE, LEED® AP BD+C, AEDG Steering Committee Chair

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The Advanced Energy Design Guides (AEDG) are a series of publications designed to provide recommendations for achieving energy savings over the minimum code requirements of ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1. In March of 2015, a 50% Grocery AEDG was published. This presentation is an overview of the guides with specific examples of recommendations, case studies, technologies, systems, and controls to reduce grocery store energy use by 50% (compared to ASHRAE 90.1-2004). The Guides have been developed in collaboration with these partnering organizations: The American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES), the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The New Building Institute (NBI) participated in the development of the initial Guide. 

Reducing Utility Consumption = A Better Bottom Line
(Energy Breakout)
Ian Crookston, CEM, CMVP, P.Eng., Manager, Energy Management, Sobeys

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This session will review some typical and easily replicated utility conservation initiatives that were done in one of Sobeys’ 40,000-square-foot food retail stores.  These initiatives included existing building commissioning (EBCx), adiabatic cooling and variable flow compressors.  Each included extensive measurement and verification and will be reviewed from the perspective of reduced utility consumption, realized government incentives and increased System Efficiency Index (SEI). 

Refrigeration 101
(Refrigeration Breakout)

James Kirk, HVAC&R Manager, Facility Source

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Have you ever wondered how refrigeration works?  What is required to keep your perishable product at the desired temperature? What is this superheat that everyone is talking about?  This session will provide you with a basic understanding of the fundamentals of a mechanical refrigeration system, including a description of the components and their function within the system. Additionally we will discuss the various types of systems commonly used in supermarkets, with a brief description of the difference between direct expansion and secondary refrigeration systems and the definition of some of those common terms used in the industry.

Refrigeration 401
(Refrigeration Breakout)

Tom Mathews, President, BaselineES

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Lowering a refrigeration system’s minimum condensing pressure setpoint is the single most effective and simplest refrigeration (or even overall supermarket) energy efficiency strategy available, yet it often results in refrigeration system chaos and is quickly abandoned. What’s up with that? Can refrigerant actually “log in the receiver”? Learn what is really going on inside your refrigeration systems and what this means for lowering minimum condensing pressures, required system refrigerant charge, refrigeration energy efficiency, and reliable system operation. This presentation is based on learning taken from re-commissioning 1000+ supermarkets.

Refrigeration Roundtable
(Refrigeration Breakout)

Retailers and wholesalers are encouraged to join their peers for an opportunity to discuss several key refrigeration issues and challenges.

Retro-Commissioning: Unlocking Lost Profit
(Energy Breakout)
Sanjiv "Sunny" Devnani, P.E., Project Manager, kW Engineering 
Bill Walley, Vice President, Construction and Maintenance, Associated Food Stores, Inc

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Stop overpaying on your utility bills and discover how you can save money, and energy! Many grocery stores that are running poorly remain undetected, costing owners unrealized profit. Learn how you can harness significant cost savings via quick-payback, no- and low-cost projects as well as the value of a holistic monitoring-based retro-commissioning (MBCx) program that substantially increases store profitability and performance by reducing energy and maintenance costs. You’ll learn if your store is a good candidate for retro-commissioning and how utility-sponsored programs and incentives can help pay you to retro-commission your store. 

Store Development Roundtable
(Store Development Breakout)

Retailers and wholesalers are encouraged to join their peers for an opportunity to discuss several key store development issues and challenges.

Trends in High-Performance Food Market Design
(Store Development Breakout)
Tony Welter, Vice President, Henderson Engineers, Inc.

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Energy and sustainability codes like California's Title 24, Parts 6 and 11 (respectively), are ever-changing. Successful engineering consultants not only stay up to speed on these changes, but help define standards and trends to the benefit of their clients and the industry as a whole. Tony Welter will share his experience in applying new technologies and processes to meet the rigorous demands of today's designs, especially for key energy-using systems like refrigeration and lighting.

The Urban Grocery Store
(Store Development Breakout)
Moderator: Steve Duffy, Vice President, Cuhaci & Peterson Architects, Engineers, Planners
Joe Keene, Vice President, Engineering, Cuhaci & Peterson Architects, Engineers, Planners
Geoff Fitzgerald, Manager & Principal, BL Companies 
Christopher Studach, Creative Director, King Retail Solutions
Joseph Venie, Senior Vice President, cm&b, Inc

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With the advent of increased urbanization of our downtowns, retail grocers and developers have responded to the opportunity with “the urban grocery store.” This session will review the challenges and opportunities of downtown store environments, including entitlements, planning, engineering, parking and operational needs. Downtown markets are expanding in number, and are increasingly more complex – and more expensive. We will feature mixed use tenancy of residential, retail, commercial and parking. The project design and approval process is complex and protracted, requiring an adept team to deploy these projects. Join us for an insightful discussion on urban grocery and get a realistic understanding of the necessary resources to successfully deploy this type of store.

What to Expect When Expecting an EPA Inspector
(Refrigeration Breakout)
Rob Uhl, Sales Account Manager, Hussmann Corporation
​Keilly Witman, Owner, KW Refrigerant Management Strategy

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Most who work in supermarket refrigeration are familiar with the EPA's Section 608 regulations, at least in theory, but theoretical knowledge is not enough when an EPA inspector shows up in one of your stores. This session will give an overview of the EPA's Section 608 regulations as they relate to supermarket refrigeration and focus in on the recordkeeping obligations, leak rate calculations and trigger rates, and required actions and the time frames associated with them. The speakers will also discuss some of the more obscure parts of 608 that can easily trip people up. Finally, learn what happens during an EPA inspection, a formal investigation, and a Department of Justice case against a company for violations.