September 23 & 24, 2015
Santa Clara Convention Center | Santa Clara, CA


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

Featuring Seminars Sponsored by the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council, and IBEW Local 595 and Northern California Chapter of NECA.

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Session 1:
LED Lighting - Interior Vs. Exterior Applications
8:25 a.m. - 9:25 a.m.

Tim Benson, Advanced LED LLC

This session will focus on different decision-making criteria in choosing LED lighting for interior and exterior applications at commercial facilities. As LED moved into the mainstream, the applications and technologies have expanded, giving the facility professional a myriad of choices. The speaker will describe how LED lighting can be applied in interior and exterior applications, and what factors drive a quality decision.

Session 2:
Contingency Planning for Disrupted Electric Power
8:25 a.m. - 9:25 a.m.

Ray Farris, Peterson CAT

This session will review the typical causes of electric power outages, and discuss the problems such disruptions can cause for companies. The speaker will describe how facilities departments can better prepare their buildings and operations in the event of prolonged outages, with a special focus on the safe utilization of emergency generators.

Session 3:
Retrofitting a Building for Zero Net Energy - the ZNE Center's Success Story
9:35 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.

Byron Benton, Zero Net Energy Center; Michael Hummel, Environmental Building Strategies; Drew Radachy, NOVO Construction; and Galen Grant, FCGA Architecture

The Zero Net Energy Center in San Leandro is the first large-scale retrofit of an existing commercial building to meet the U.S. Dept. of Energy's definition of a "zero net energy" building. The innovative new training facility of IBEW Local 595 and the NorCal NECA, the ZNE Center is designed to consume 75 per cent less energy than a typical commercial building and exceeds California's 2030 guidelines 17 years in advance. The design features natural light and ventilation integrated with solar PV mounted on roof “monitors”, a solar tracking device, wind turbines, thermal mass heating, a variable refrigerant flow system and an energy "dashboard".

Session 4:
Field Balancing - Tips and Tricks
9:35 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.

Greg Lee, Applications Engineer, Ludeca Inc.

Balancing is one of the cornerstones of maintaining smooth running machinery. This session will describe the basics of field balancing, including: what is meant by "balanced", what cannot be balanced, what is the best method of balancing in the field? Learn about real world balancing from an expert.

Session 5:
Levi's Stadium, the New Home of the 49ers - a Behind-the-Scenes Look at This Impressive Green Stadium
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Heath Blount, Regional Director-North America, Brightworks

All sports fans are excited about the newly constructed Levi's Stadium, home of the 49ers, in Santa Clara. But facilities engineers will be especially interested to hear about the many green features of the impressive new stadium. This presentation will provide a behind-the-scenes look at what makes Levi’s Stadium an important green stadium. Topics will include the stadium's 1,162 solar panels; the high-efficiency, water-conserving toilets and sinks; the vegetative roof utilizing native plants; the use of recycled construction materials; the installation of high-efficiency LED lighting; and the electric vehicle charging stations. The speaker also will discuss that the stadium is working toward LEED for New Construction Gold certification, and may become the first NFL stadium to achieve such certification.

Session 6:
Proper roof maintenance and leak management
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Bob Roche, Platinum Roofing Inc.

Learn about common problems related to roofing systems of all types, and how proper maintenance and repair practices can help avoid or minimize such problems, and thus extend the life of the roof. Find out about leak management - including what an unrepaired roof leak really costs your facility - and also what requirements are needed to fulfill the warranty that the roof manufacturer offers after a roof is installed.

Session 7:
Electric Vehicle Workplace Charging: Recommended Strategies
12:05 p.m. - 1:05 p.m.

Tim Mason, Tellus Power

Learn recommended steps for facilities to follow when installing charging stations for electric vehicles – to accommodate industrial electric vehicles and employee-owned electric cars, as well as guest/customer cars. Included will be information on where stations are optimally installed, electricity use, permitting from the city, and maintenance, as well as benefits of electric vehicles, and trends in electric vehicle use in the area. Also discussed will be off-grid solar applications.

Session 8:
SBS Modified Bitumen Cool Roof Systems - Types and Maintenance
12:05 p.m. - 1:05 p.m.

John Stahl, MBTechnology

Modified bitumen roof products are generally more well known for their durability than for their energy performance. But today a number of manufacturers are offering SBS (styrene-butadiene-styrene) modified bitumen products that effectively reflect the sun's heat, thus qualifying for cool roof ratings. This session will describe the various types of these cool roof systems, and their recommended maintenance.

Session 9:
O&M Practices for Sustainable Buildings
1:10 p.m. - 2:10 p.m.

Alan Suleiman, LEED AP

Hear about operation and maintenance Best Practices for green buildings including exterior site issues, water efficiency, cleaning products, material and supply purchasing, energy, and indoor environmental quality to improve the performance of both existing buildings and newly designed green buildings.

Session 10:
The New Legislation That Makes Solar More Affordable in California
1:10 p.m. - 2:10 p.m.

Bill Pham, CEO, Cenergy Power

Learn what you need to know about recent legislation that increases the affordability of installing solar systems at California facilities. The speaker will discuss California Senate Bill 594 Net Energy Meter Aggregation, and the amendments to California Assembly Bill 327 Net Metering Program - and how both of these can make solar more economical. Also discussed will be federal incentives.

Session 11:
Guidelines For Complying With Asbestos and Lead Regulations
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Jeremy Pickett, ATI and Hooman Sotoodeh, Enviroscience

Learn the common factors involved in dealing with hazardous materials, and gain information that will help you protect personnel and avoid liability. This session will discuss the specific dangers of asbestos and lead within a facility, describing the regulations that apply to the handling and removal of each.

Session A
Special Film:
Sustainability for Historic Buildings - Yesterday and Today
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

This thought-provoking film, The Greenist Building, emphasizes the benefits of implementing LEED criteria for existing buildings (EB), via renovation and upgrades, pointing out that in many cases LEED-EB environmental benefits can exceed those of LEED for new buildings. The film is mainly focused on historic buildings, and provides a brief history of the historic building preservation movement in the U.S. Then, through a series of sustainable renovation case histories, including a civic center, a bank, a marketplace, and a church, the moderators examine why focusing LEED efforts on existing building can be so beneficial.

Thursday, Sept. 25

Session 12:
Lighting Controls - Types and Location
8:25 a.m. - 9:25 a.m.

Dean Trinh, SoLED Energy Inc.

Energy-efficient lighting can save a significant amount of money for a facility, but your savings can be increased still more through the use of lighting controls. This session will describe available choices, including occupancy sensors that utilize passive infrared or microphonic technologies (or a combination of technologies), time clocks, and dimming systems. Learn the optimum location for positioning occupancy sensors, and how much energy lighting control systems typically save.

Session 13:
Building Retrocommissioning - an Overview of What It is and About PG&E's RCx Incentives and Advisory Program
8:25 a.m. - 9:25 a.m.

Jon Stallman, Retrocommissioning Program Engineer, Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

Retrocommissioning is a systematic process for identifying less-than-optimal performance in a facility's HVAC equipment, lighting, and control systems, and making necessary adjustments. While retrofitting involves replacing outdated equipment, retrocommissioning focuses on improving the efficiency of what's already in place. Learn how PG&E's Retrocommissioning (RCx) Program provides incentives and connects you with experts to make sure your facility, equipment, and systems are running in peak condition for optimal energy savings. RCx projects can produce an average of 16 percent savings, while improving your facility's work environment and extending the service life of your equipment.

Session 14:
Power Monitoring of Equipment Helps Gain Control of Your Utilities
9:35 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.

Andy Taylor, CEO, Applied Power Technologies, Inc.

Find out why an electrical power monitoring system is necessary even if you already have a building management system in this informative session. Learn how to utilize your installed base of existing equipment to answer basic questions about your power consumption, reconcile your utility bills, see energy trends or view your power quality.

Session 15:
The Risks Posed by Earthquakes to Your Facility and What You Can Do About Them
9:35 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.

Craig Comartin, CDComartin, Inc.

If your facility is in an area prone to earthquakes, you face potential risks to building occupants, to your capital investment, and to your ability to continue operations. Learn the latest procedures to quantify these risks, so you can set priorities in a capital planning context to reduce risks over time efficiently. Also discussed: new performance-based design procedures that greatly improve effectiveness and reduce costs, and case histories of what others are doing - including SAFER (Seismic Action Plan for Facilities Enhancement and Renewal) at the University of California-Berkeley.

Session 16:
Kaiser Permanente's Sustainable Energy Strategy
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Ramé Hemstreet, Chief Energy Officer and Rachael Baker, Environmental Stewardship Manager-Northern California, Kaiser Permanente

In 2012, Kaiser Permanente, one of the nation's leading health care providers, adopted a national sustainable energy policy and launched an ambitious strategy to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2020. Learn how this complex, growing organization with 24-7 operations is approaching this goal. The speakers will describe a wide range of innovative solutions being implemented by Kaiser Permanente at its facilities to reduce energy consumption and increase the use of clean, renewable energy sources.

Session 17:
Practical Thermal Imaging Applications
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Larry Scott, Fluke Corp.

This session will provide information about infrared thermography, and about practical applications for the testing of electrical systems, pumps, bearings, motors, steam traps, tank levels, roofs and building envelopes. Included will be a case history showing some of these applications and their energy-saving/maintenance improvement benefits; the case history also details ways in which infrared testing can help improve product quality and process performance.

Session 18:
How Your Roof Can Help Meet Sustainability Goals
12:05 p.m. - 1:05 p.m.

Bill Sparrow, D. C. Taylor Company

Don't forget to incorporate your roof in sustainability initiatives. This session will describe ways to manage roofing projects and maintenance that can reduce and reuse waste as well as produce and conserve energy. Attendees will learn about opportunities to recycle tear-off materials during a roofing project, generate energy with rooftop solar panels, and reduce lighting costs with daylighting skylights.

Session 19:
Water-Efficient Grounds Management During Drought Conditions
1:10 p.m. - 2:10 p.m.

Richard Restuccia, Valley Crest Landscape Maintenance

The current drought conditions are providing a challenge to commercial facilities that want to have attractive grounds, but must conserve water. The speaker will emphasize how to increase water efficiency and reduce costs without sacrificing aesthetics. Included will be information on new irrigation technologies, developing a water managing plan for your site, and xeriscaping - the choosing of drought-tolerant plants.

Session 20:
Aerial Lift Training
1:10 p.m. - 2:10 p.m.

Andy Bull, President, C.H. Bull Company

Aerial lifts are used every day in maintenance and around our facilities. The speaker will discuss basic lift knowledge and the five key concepts of safety: avoid hazards, pre-operation and function tests, inspection of work area and proper use of lift. Several lifts will be utilized in the training.

Session 21:
Advanced Energy Storage and Peak Demand Charge Shaving
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Mark Santos, Director of Enterprise Project Development, JLM Energy

This session will describe the new opportunity of Advanced Energy Storage and peak demand charge reduction. The speaker will discuss how demand charges occur and are quickly becoming the largest single component of a commercial electric bill. He will describe energy storage anatomy and the mechanics of using it to strategically mitigate energy demand charges. He will discuss factors to consider in design and installation, including your current energy profile, technology variations, facility requirements, financial benefits, and available incentives.

Session B
Special Film:
Sustainability for Historic Buildings - Yesterday and Today
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

This thought-provoking film, The Greenist Building, emphasizes the benefits of implementing LEED criteria for existing buildings (EB), via renovation and upgrades, pointing out that in many cases LEED-EB environmental benefits can exceed those of LEED for new buildings. The film is mainly focused on historic buildings, and provides a brief history of the historic building preservation movement in the U.S. Then, through a series of sustainable renovation case histories, including a civic center, a bank, a marketplace, and a church, the moderators examine why focusing LEED efforts on existing building can be so beneficial.

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.