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September 24 & 25, 2014
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Northern California Facilities/Managing Green Buildings Conference
September 25 and 26, 2013
Santa Clara Convention Center

Featuring Seminars Sponsored by the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council, and the U.S. Green Building Council-Northern California.

All conference sessions are FREE to attend!

Wednesday, Sept. 25

Session 1:
How to Ensure That Your Backup Power Won't Fail
8:25 a.m. - 9:25 a.m.

Chuck Schalk, Peterson Power Systems

Backup power is crucial to saving money and lives in the case of an emergency. Learn about industry Best Practices for maintaining your backup generator, the common causes of generator failures, and how to prevent them.

Session 2:
The LED Retrofit Challenge
8:25 a.m. - 9:25 a.m.

Dean Trinh, SoLED Energy, Inc.

This session will describe how to make any existing light fixture into an LED fixture at a fraction of the cost of buying new, with equal or surpassing brightness. The speaker will discuss how to retrofit T8/T5, commercial walkways, an external wall pack, an interior recess, and streetlights into an LED fixture at 10 to 20% the cost of an entire LED fixture. Gain theoretical and practical knowledge about LED, such as return on investment, and obtain the information you need to equip yourself with this newest energy-efficient technology at your facility.

Session 3:
Proper Maintenance of Polished Flooring Surfaces
9:35 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.

Josh Jones, President, Substrate Technology, Inc.

Mechanically refined surfaces, (including polished concrete, terrazzo and natural stone) are finding application today in a wide range of facilities, including industrial, commercial and retail. While these flooring surfaces are regarded as low-maintenance, it is important to follow proper procedures in order to protect the floors from dirt and debris and to maintain its shine. This session will discuss recommended cleaning equipment and solutions, burnishing, frequency of maintenance and how credits may be earned toward LEED certification by choosing polished concrete as a flooring choice.

Session 4:
Effective Use of Building Automation Systems to Reduce Utility Bills and Energy Consumption: a Panel Discussion
9:35 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.

Moderators: Shiva Swaminathan and Christine Tam of City of Palo Alto Utilities Panelists: Larry Morgan, SAP; Dave Ham, Palo Alto Research Center; and Bob Stevens, Stevens Development Company

Reducing energy and water utility costs, efficient use of energy/water, and increasing occupant comfort are important goals for facilities managers. This session will share experiences of several Silicon Valley building managers and experts that have utilized modern sensing and control technologies to reduce utility costs and to meet energy efficiency and conservation goals. This session will also provide a forum for the audience to discuss related topics with the expert panel members.

Session 5:
How to Set Up the Optimum PdM Program For Your Facility
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Paul Richey, Redline PdM

Predictive maintenance (PdM), when included in a total plant management program, will optimize the availability of process machinery and ancillary equipment, and greatly reduce the cost of maintenance. The speaker will discuss technologies to be considered when implementing a PdM program - vibration analysis, thermography, and oil analysis - with emphasis on the importance of proper scheduling. Also learn what to consider when choosing between an in-house program or an outside source to meet PdM program requirements.

Session 6:
How Google's Campus Has Become a Regional Leader in Supplying Electric Vehicle Charging Stations for Employees
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Rolf Schrieber, Technical Program Manager for Electric Transportation, Google, Inc.

Are you thinking about installing electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at your site, for use by employees? Learn how it's been done by Google - on a large scale that is serving as a model for progressive companies throughout Northern California. The speaker will describe how, as part of Google's green initiative, the Mountain View headquarters first purchased EVs in 2007 for on-campus transport. The EV charging stations installed for this use were gradually increased to accommodate employee-owned EVs, until now the campus has 450 charging stations. Learn the specifics - where stations are optimally installed, electricity use, permitting from the city, and maintenance.

Session 7:
The Basics of Fall Protection
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Andy Bull, President, C.H. Bull Company

"When do we need fall protection?" This is a confusing question, because the answer depends on your trade and work activities. CAL/OSHA Title 8 lists nine different heights that require fall protection, and some activities that require fall protection at any height. Learn the requirements for your workplace, what protective equipment you'll need to comply with regulations, and how to use it properly.

Session 8:
A Look at the City of Palo Alto's Impressive Carbon Neutral Electric Supplies and Sustainability Programs
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Shiva Swaminathan, Senior Resource Planner, City of Palo Alto Utilities

The City of Palo Alto is the first city in California, and one of the first in the world, to make the decision to source electric supplies that are entirely carbon neutral - to provide 100% of electricity from renewable and hydro sources. The speaker will describe the city's Carbon Neutral Electricity Program enacted in March of this year, as well as other measures such as building demand response, facilitating electric vehicle adoption, energy/water efficiency and sustainability programs.

Session A
Special Film:
Business Continuity Planning - What You Need to Know
2:10 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

This video, produced by the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) addresses the topic of business continuity planning (BCP) for facilities of all types. The film discusses the importance of BCP, and prepares viewers to write their own plans.

Thursday, Sept. 26

Session 9:
Industrial Wastewater Pretreatment and Stormwater Regulations: What You Need to Know
8:25 a.m. - 9:25 a.m.

Napp Fukuda and Sharon Newton, City of San Jose, Environmental Services Department

This presentation will include a discussion of the Clean Water Act and the federal Industrial Pretreatment Program; key regulations and requirements; general prohibitions, and the importance of the program. The second half of the presentation will address stormwater regulations and how they apply to industrial facilities.

Session 10:
LEED for Schools - What It Is and How It Helps Improve Educational Facilities
8:25 a.m. - 9:25 a.m.

Linda Mao, Sugimura-Finney Architects and John Diffenderfer, Aedis Architects; members of USGBC NCC Green Schools Committee

Learn about LEED for Schools, the U.S. Green Building Council standard for high-performance schools that are healthy for students, comfortable for teachers, and cost-effective. Developed to address the design and construction of K-12 schools, and based on LEED for New Construction, the rating system focuses on classroom acoustics, master planning, mold prevention, environmental site assessment and other issues important to these buildings. LEED for Schools provides a comprehensive green tool, recognizing the uniqueness of school spaces and their occupants. A case history, of recent additions to Mountain View Los Altos High School, will be included.

Session 11:
Facilities Roofing Update - Building Code Compliance, OSHA Regs and Energy Conservation Requirements
9:35 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.

Joseph Fricke, CentiMark Corp.

This session will provide a review of regulatory changes and possible implications for your facility when you are planning or conducting roof maintenance or replacement. Included will be updated building code requirements as they relate to fire ratings, wind uplift calculations and removal requirements. Also included will be details on OSHA roof safety requirements for skylights, hatches and open perimeters, and energy conservation requirements, including new IECC standards for roof insulation.

Session 12:
How to Achieve Energy-Efficient Lighting Retrofits
9:35 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.

Milena Simeonova, Lighting Program Coordinator, PG&E Pacific Energy Center

Find out about the latest technologies for energy-efficient lighting retrofits in commercial and industrial facilities. The speaker will provide a brief review of energy codes, including the new T24, followed by a discussion of energy-efficient lighting technologies - light sources, fixtures, and controls. Attendees will hear about completed lighting retrofit projects and about different strategies for achieving effective retrofits.
Note: this class is approved through IACET for .1 continuing education unit (CEU) credit.

Session 13:
Impact Power Quality Reports - Their Value For Your Facility
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Andrew Taylor, CEO, Applied Power Technologies

World class organizations understand the importance of power quality to their business, and can quantify the impact of power outages and downtime. The first step in quantifying this impact is being able to measure it. Nearly everyone has meters in their electrical infrastructure, but few have decided to make the meters work for them with automated impact reports. Without the right reports, it can be very difficult to answer simple questions like "What happened last night?". Learn how to make your installed infrastructure produce impact reports that provide answers to basic questions about reliability, cost, and quality, in this informative session.

Session 14:
ISO14001 - How Advantest Corporation's Environmental Management System Became Certified, and the Benefits of Certification for Green-Focused Companies
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Werner Haberstock, Senior Director, FSE Operations and EMS Representative, Advantest America, Inc.

ISO14001 addresses various aspects of environmental management systems (EMSs), and there are many benefits for companies to have their EMS programs certified. This session will discuss how Advantest Corporation -- a leading manufacturer of test equipment and an EPA Green Power Partner -- which has had a company-wide environmental conservation initiative since the early '90s, developed its EMS program and became ISO14001 certified in 2008. The speaker will describe the challenges of becoming certified and then recertified following a large acquisition, while maintaining priority on energy conservation, waste reduction/reuse/recycling and green procurement.

Session 15:
Is Your Building Automation System Secure From Hackers?
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Billy Rios and Terry McCorkle, Technical Directors, Cylance

In recent years, some Internet-connected building automation systems (BASs) have been described in the news as vulnerable to hacking, potentially endangering operation of HVAC systems and other building equipment. BASs are managed and operated outside of the traditional enterprise IT sphere, and thus are a weak link in many enterprise environments. The speakers will describe security vulnerabilities they have discovered in various building automation systems, present the current threat landscape, and cover strategies for managing these systems from a security perspective.

Session 16:
Pervious Concrete Maintenance Guidelines
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

David Liguori, President, Bay Area Pervious Concrete

With today's emphasis on green facilities, pervious concrete is increasingly being installed for parking lots, sidewalks, plazas and roadways, since this porous pavement is an economical and Best Practices means of managing stormwater. This session will focus on the recommended maintenance procedures for keeping pervious concrete working as designed, at optimum permeability. The speaker will also discuss the cost of pervious concrete installation, life cycle costing including maintenance, and will examine how pervious concrete and conventional concrete compare regarding maintenance needs and stormwater issues.

Session B
Special Film:
Business Continuity Planning - What You Need to Know
2:10 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

This video, produced by the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) addresses the topic of business continuity planning (BCP) for facilities of all types. The film discusses the importance of BCP, and prepares viewers to write their own plans.

Note re LEED:
As of 2012, the Green Building Certification Institute allows individuals with LEED Professional Credentials to report any education related to green buildings to the Institute for continuing education. Upon request, Cygnus Expositions will send a certificate of completion for sessions on green building topics to any LEED Professional who requests one for GBCI documentation purposes, as long as they make the request at the conclusion of the class session, and as long as their badge was scanned.