March 14, 2019

Education Program

Opening Session
8:30 am
Keynote speaker: Jared Blumenfeld, California Secretary for Environmental Protection

Innovative Technology Presentations
9:30 am-10:00 am

The Modern Microgrid: A Case Study
A real-time look at a microgrid in operation in Cupertino, California. This presentation will take you behind the scenes to see how it was designed and the tools involved in designing it.

Vijay Israni, CEO, United Smart Grids

The Sustainable Transportation Fuel of Tomorrow is Diesel?
Today a low-carbon diesel is produced from 100% renewable and sustainable raw materials, such as waste animal and fish fat, vegetable oils and used cooking oil. It emits up to 80 percent less carbon when compared to petroleum diesel. This new second generation renewable fuel is a drop-in gallon for gallon replacement for conventional petroleum diesel.

Nick Monroy, Territory Manager, California, Neste

Morning Education Sessions
10:30 am – 11:30 am

SmartLandscape – an innovative partnership for demonstrating landscape water savings
This session offers one AIA learning unit 
Landscape horticultural professionals should have access to quality information and training to best navigate the industry challenges created by climate change, consumer preferences and regulations. Through research, we can advance our knowledge to continually improve our horticultural practices to positively impact sustainable grounds management in every landscape setting.

SmartLandscape will put state-of-the-art technology to the test by combining low water-use plants with the latest available irrigation technology, such as: smart controllers and rotary nozzles, drip irrigation, thermal cameras, soil moisture sensors and drones. SmartLandscape will be an educational resource for all stakeholders focused on measuring and monitoring water use data and reducing urban landscape water waste.

Dave Fujino, Executive Director, California Center for Urban Horticulture, UC Davis

Program Bundles
This session offers one AIA learning unit 
To meet the needs of commercial customers performing retrofit and new construction projects, a team including strategic account managers, technical energy advisors, and specialty consultants work together to maximize program offerings with minimum staff.  Complementary programs are aligned to ensure that a holistic approach to efficiency, electrification, demand response, vehicle charging and green pricing is achieved.  Residential developers benefit from bundled offerings that include battery electric storage, photovoltaic generation, and community solar can be combined with the electrification of heating, cooling and cooking technology.

Steve Oliver, Principal Mechanical Engineer, SMUD/ Advanced Energy Solutions

ZNE for New and Existing State Buildings

State ZNE Policy
California is the first government entity in the country to require and implement ZNE on all new and major renovation building projects, and is working to transform 50% of existing state building area to ZNE. How does the state define efficiency and ZNE for its own facilities, and how is this achieved on new and existing buildings? How does the state obtain renewable energy? Learn from state resources, case studies, and examples of how CA is walking the walk.

California Air Resources Board Vehicle Emissions Testing Center – Riverside
How is it possible that one of the most energy intensive facilities in the nation is also a Zero Net Energy Facility?  Opening in 2020, the Air Resources Board of California Vehicle Emissions Testing Center (ARB) is slated to become the global authority on vehicle emissions testing and research.

A partnership between the California Department of General Services (DGS) and Air Resources Board, the 14-acre, 300,000 gross-square-foot campus will feature some of the most advanced testing facilities on the Western Seaboard:  State-of-the-art test cells for vehicles ranging in size from motorcycles to semi-trailers trucks. Dedicated portable emission measurement and onboard diagnostic testing. And some of the most advanced fuel testing capabilities in the world.

To ensure longevity and minimize expensive upgrades, complex equipment, delicate instrumentation and high energy loads must be underpinned by flexible mechanical and electrical infrastructure, easily adaptable with only minor modifications—and withoutthe need for reconstruction saving valuable resources. And how can we best support high energy loads while aligning with ARB’s NZE and LEED Platinum aspirations

The San Diego State Office Building
The San Diego State building is a seven-story, 171,700 square foot office building, built in 1962.  The facility that was once slated to be de-commissioned and demolished went through a series of renovations and system upgrades to transform from an energy-hog to is being the most energy efficient building in the DGS portfolio. The building underwent a major energy retrofit while still occupied, project spanning over 3 years beginning late 2013 which not only reduced the buildings carbon footprint but, and improved the environmental quality of the occupied building space. The project costs were financed through an Energy Service Contractor (ESCO) as well as through department and capital budgets replacing old equipment

The improvements included lighting and building controls upgrades, and water efficient fixtures. Fluorescent lights were replaced with LEDs throughout the building, as well as exterior fixtures. The original 1962 lighting controls were replaced with a modern wireless system with occupancy sensors and dimming capabilities that allow individual light fixtures to be “task tuned” to meet each occupant’s task light level requirement. The building automation system was optimized by upgrading the system front end and conversion of the air distribution system from manually controlled constant volume to variable speed with automatic DDC controls.  The 50-year-old centrifugal chillers in the building were also replaced with new energy efficient magnetic bearing chillers, and the cooling towers were also replaced improving water and energy efficiency.

This resulted in over 42% reduction in energy savings and over 40% water savings.  By allocating long-term renewable energy generation from DGS offsite community solar agreements, this building was able to achieve ZNE.

Bharat Patel, PE, CEM, LEED AP, Principal, Engineering Leader, HED
Vivek Mittal, PMP, LEED AP, Director, Enovity
Dan Burgoyne, Sustainability Manager, Department of General Services

Funding for Climate Tech and Demand Response
This session offers one AIA learning unit
IBank & BAAQMD Financing for Climate Tech
IBank was created in 1994 to finance public infrastructure and private development that promote a healthy climate for jobs, contribute to a strong economy, and improve the quality of life in California communities. IBank has programs that provide financing to public agencies and small businesses.

IBank has partnered with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) to create the Climate Tech Finance program which offers subsidized towards emerging technologies that support clean air quality. This program supports technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions by offering subsidized financing for public and private facilities. Greenhouse gas emissions reductions include either direct reductions on-site (process improvements, electrification, etc.) or indirect reductions (reduced energy consumption). Direct loans are available to Bay Area public facilities, including municipalities, universities, schools, hospitals, and eligible nonprofits. Loan guarantees are available to Bay Area small businesses and eligible nonprofits with 1-750 employees.

The School Project for Utility Rate Reduction (SPURR), a California joint powers authority, is a cooperative buying group for public school districts, community colleges, county offices of education, universities, municipalities, and other eligible public and non-profit institutions.
Electricity Demand Response (DR) is the most economically effective and environmentally beneficial program available to electricity consumers in the service areas of California’s major electric utilities. In return for agreeing to “shed load” through an automated and painless process, eligible customers receive incentive payments from funds administered by their local utility, reduce their electric bills through cost avoidance, and cut the overall GHG content of our power supply.

SPURR conducted a competitive RFP process to select a DR aggregator, on terms and conditions that are now available as a “piggybackable” master contract. The winning DR aggregator can quickly evaluate, enable, and support demand response strategies and participation. The program has numerous benefits, including:

* Operates in PG&E, SoCal Edison, SDG&E, and most muni utility territories
* Reduces the need for suppliers to call on the least-environmentally friendly generation sources at times of peak demand
* Compliments existing or future solar installations
* Provides customized, facility-specific, asset-level load reduction
* Automates load reduction to simplify participation
* Has no upfront costs
* Offers annual incentives typically in the range of $65K to $125K per MW of load reduction
* Offers additional savings through cost avoidance
* Provides access to Web-based, incremental meter data, facility and aggregate data, and analytical reporting.

Nancee Robles, Chief Deputy Executive Director, California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank
Michael Rochman, Managing Director, SPURR

Special Session for School Facility Managers
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

From Dream to Reality: Getting to Zero in Schools
This session offers two AIA HSW learning units
Getting to zero net energy in schools can be daunting for the design team, the occupants and especially the operators.  To get to zero, the facility managers must make buildings and systems run in real time, with all the nuances and variables that were only modeling assumptions for the design team. This can difficult when operators and occupants are not engaged by the design team and face very real time and resource constraints. Despite these challenges, zero net energy schools are achievable. Getting to zero takes the commitment of wide variety of stakeholders, including the occupants and the operators, to ensure these buildings work. Bringing all stakeholders to the table early and often to discuss individual needs and realities is critical. In this workshop, participants will discuss the process of getting to zero in schools including common district approaches and goals, the importance of teamwork in the integrated design process, as well as operational considerations that will are crucial for ongoing zero net energy performance.

Nik Kaestner, Director of Sustainability, San Francisco Unified School District
Alan Glass, Energy Supervisor, Pittsburg Unified School District
Kevin Connolly, Director of Facilities, San Francisco Unified School District
Amy Cortese, Program Director, New Buildings Institute
Reilly Loveland, Project Manager, New Buildings Institute

Innovative Technology Presentations
1:15 pm-1:45 pm

The Heating of the Future – Today
Learn about a proven Nano heating technology that can satisfy the demand for Zero-Net-Energy buildings. This radiant heating system uses only the energy necessary by modulating the self-regulating heating elements and maintaining them at the ideal room temperature. The system is low-voltage and can be connected to an AC power supply or directly to DC solar panels. Manufactured in the USA, all products are environmentally friendly and recyclable.

Monica Irgens, CEO, Electro Plastics, Inc.

The New Reality of Public Space Weed Control – Understanding the Alternative Market and the Opportunities It Brings
In a sector that has remained unchanged for the best part of 50 years, change has come extremely fast and in a number of ways. This represents a unique challenge for those responsible for making decisions both at state and local levels. The world of alternative weed control technologies is new to most and with key decisions being made, more understanding is needed. With a review of the technologies available to the market, how best to cost alternative weed control and a look at the more mature European market, we intend to make the decision-making easier.

Thomas Hamilton, Commercial Director, Weedingtech

Afternoon Education Sessions
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Introducing CLT: New Opportunities for Timber Construction
This session offers one AIA learning unit 
Cross laminated timber (CLT) is an engineered wood building system designed to complement light- and heavy-timber framing options. Because of its high strength and dimensional stability, it can be used as an alternative to concrete, masonry and steel in many building types. This presentation will introduce CLT with a series of project examples that demonstrate its use and associated benefits in a range of applications. Information on manufacturing, specification and code-related considerations will also be discussed.

Mike Romanowski, SE, Regional Director CA-South, AZ, NM, WoodWorks

Increasing Adoption of Clean Energy Technologies through Procurement
This session offers one AIA learning unit 
In 2018, the California Energy Commission funded four projects to help develop and scale-up new tools and resources to increase customer procurement of energy efficiency, renewable distributed generation, and distributed storage. Large institutional and commercial customers with specialized energy needs represent a crucial market for advanced energy technologies. These customers typically purchase energy equipment through formal procurement processes. For many customers’ current procurement practices, tools and resources either don’t exist or are shaped around legacy energy equipment not well suited for advanced energy technologies. This panel will consist of representatives from three of those projects who will discuss how their projects are working individually and together to overcome barriers that energy technology developers and large institutional and commercial customers face in pursuing large-scale procurement of advanced energy technologies.

Christian Hosler, Project Manager, Prospect Silicon Valley
Rick Brown, President, TerraVerde Energy LLC
Rachel Larson, R&D Engineer, Western Cooling Efficiency Center, UC Davis
Brian Barnacle, Business Development Manager, Energy Solutions

Transforming the Delivery of Zero Net Energy Buildings for the State of California
This session offers one AIA learning unit 
This session will examine high-performance strategies used to achieve zero net energy in the transformative new Clifford L. Allenby Building for the State of California. Currently in construction, the 372,000-SF building will set a new benchmark in energy efficiency, water conservation, and overall performance while providing a healthy, collaborative and productive workplace environment for State of California employees spanning three agencies.

Session leaders will share insights and lessons learned in realizing the State’s ambitious program requirements and Critical Success Factors, as well as how design decisions were made with long-term value and life-cycle cost in mind. Above all, the approach to innovation uses integration of simple and proven systems to deliver powerful synergies between architecture, structure, building systems, and the interior environment. The resulting building will be LEED Platinum and Fitwel certified, exceed the stringent requirements of the 2030 Challenge, and use 80% less site energy than similarly-programmed existing buildings.

Nicholas Docous, Principal,  Lionakis
Todd Stine, Partner, ZGF Architects
Chris Chatto, Principal, ZGF Architects
Neil Steiner, Project Manager, Glumac

Greening California’s Transportation Sector
The transportation sector contributes to more than 40% of the greenhouse gas emissions in California.  Without radical change to our dependence on the internal combustion engine, California cannot win the battle against emissions. This session will provide an overview of what California government is doing to aggressively address this issue within the state fleet as well as supporting employees in ZEV adoption. It will also look at what programs and services the California investor owned utilities are providing to build this industry and address adoption barriers.

Nancy Ander, Deputy Director, Office of Sustainability, Department of General Services
Evan Speer, Chief, Office of Fleet and Asset Management, Department of General Services
David Sawaya, Principal, Clean Transportation Strategy, PG&E
Kendall Reichley, Marketing Communications Advisor, Marketing and Digital Customer Experience, Southern California Edison

Closing Plenary Session
3:15 pm-4:00 pm

Keynote: Andrew McAllister
CEC Commissioner Andrew McAllister will offer a look at the future of policy and code for California buildings, and the path to decarbonization.