2023 WV EXPO


Please join us at the 2023 WV EXPO and welcome our guest speaker for this event, Mr. Don Colliver, Ph.D., P.E., F-ASHRAE, PM-ASHRAE, Professor – University of Kentucky and ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer

PDHs will be offered for each of our seminar presentations.

Meeting Topics and Tentative Schedule:

8:00 AM – 8:45 AM BOG and Chapter Meeting – open to all ASHRAE Members
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM Building Decarbonization Basics
Presented by Don Colliver, Ph.D., P.E.

This lecture will present the basics of building decarbonization. Items to be discussed include: the driving forces for decarbonization; buildings’ contribution to carbon emissions; key descriptive parameters; pillars and potential for reduction of carbon emissions related to buildings; and key issues related to achieving zero carbon emissions.

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Foundation and Pillars of Building Decarbonization
Presented by Don Colliver, Ph.D., P.E.

This presentation will give a more in-depth perspective of the issues and potential methods to be used to achieve the net-zero emissions by 2050. Items to be discussed include: the principles of building decarbonization; descriptions of the major pillars to achieving global building sector net-zero emissions; and the challenges and opportunities for building decarbonization.

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM The Science Behind Climate Change and Decarbonization
Presented by Don Colliver, Ph.D., P.E.

This presentation will give the basic scientific information gathered from international bodies related to the causes and effects of climate change. Information will be presented related to the impact of climate change; overall sources of CO2eq; the goals of decarbonization from the building sector; and an introduction in to why decarbonization of buildings is important.

Donald “Don” Colliver has been involved in the energy usage and efficiency of buildings for over 40 years. He is Professor in the Biosystems Engineering Department, and formerly Director of Graduate Studies in the BAE Department and Director of the Kentucky Industrial Assessment Center at the University of Kentucky. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Professionally Don has conducted and managed extensive research in energy usage in buildings and industrial facilities, solar energy, air infiltration and ventilation, building codes, and the analysis of climatological data for determination of design weather conditions. His team developed the first dehumidification design weather data that was published in the 1997 ASHRAE Handbook – Fundamentals.

Don has lectured in 20 countries with his teaching emphasis in solar PV systems design; indoor environmental control; industrial energy auditing; building energy modeling and analysis; decarbonization; and sustainable design.

He was the ASHRAE Society President in 2002-2003. As a result of his initiatives and leadership, ASHRAE launched the Advanced Energy Design Guides – a series of publications that provide guidance on designing and constructing buildings that lead toward net-zero-energy buildings. He served as the leader of this project for ten years during which time ten books were produced which now have over 700,000 copies distributed.

Prior to his service as ASHRAE President he served as Society President-Elect, Treasurer, Vice President, Director-at-Large, and Chair of Technology Council, Education Council and the Standards Committee. He has subsequently served as Chair of the ASHRAE Honors and Awards Committee, the National Engineers Week, and Vice Chair of the ASHRAE Foundation. He is an ASHRAE Fellow and recipient of the Andrew T. Boggs Service Award.

He served as Director of the KY Industrial Assessment Center from 2014-2021 and participated in over 80 energy assessments in industrial facilities that have resulted in implemented recommendations that save on average $110,000 per year per plant. In November 2019 he designed and installed a ground-mounted 10.2kW solar photovoltaic system for his house which has resulted in a maximum monthly electric bill of $19 since then.

Don was chosen to be the initial Co-Chair of the ASHRAE Task Force for Building Decarbonization and currently serves as Vice Chair.

He was awarded a doctorate from Purdue University; and is a hiker, viticulturist, and a retired soccer referee. He has been an active member of the Central Baptist Church in Lexington Kentucky for over 40 years where he has served as Deacon and Moderator. His love and pride are his wife, two sons and daughter-in-laws, and five grandchildren.


If you would like to help WV ASHRAE through sponsorship of our seminars at the WV EXPO and/or the refreshments being provided, please contact our President, Garrett Weaver at [email protected] or our CTT Chair, Terry Hollandsworth at [email protected].

Author: Jennings Davis