The Glass Association of North America (GANA) has announced the speakers for its upcoming Energy Symposium, which will focus on the following question: “People-friendly versus energy-efficient buildings: do we have to choose?”

The 2014 GANA Energy Symposium will be held February 4 at the Hilton Lake Buena Vista in Orlando, Fla., as part of the association’s annual conference.

Presentations at the symposium will compare and contrast European and U.S. building influences and explore the future of design projects for the U.S. Erik Olsen, PE, managing partner of Transsolar Inc., and Dr. Mikkel Kragh, façade and architectural design leader for high-performance building solutions at Dow Corning, are among the list of presenters who will address both European and U.S. design and engineering perspectives.

The symposium also will provide an update on LEEDv4 from Brendan Owens, vice president of LEED technical development for the U.S. Green Building Council. He will provide an overview of the newest version of LEED and answer questions regarding the differences, additions and performance criteria.

In addition, Azizan Aziz of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) will share research findings and best practice case studies illustrating strategies that increase occupant comfort, satisfaction and performance. Aziz is a senior researcher at the Center for Building Performance and

Diagnostics at the School of Architecture at CMU. He is one of the principal investigators of the Energy Innovation Hub, a national research lab consortium funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

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