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

conference

Northern California Facilities/Managing Green Buildings Conference
September 23 and 24, 2014
Santa Clara Convention Center

Featuring seminars sponsored by the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council and the Santa Clara Valley Water District.

Wednesday, Sept. 23

Session 1:
Lighting Energy Audits - an Overview
8:25 a.m. - 9:25 a.m.

Dean Trinh, SoLED Energy Inc.

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:
Electric Vehicle Charging Business Models
8:25 a.m. - 9:25 a.m.

Sylvia Gingell, Car Charging Group/Blink Network

The speaker will review the various business model options available for electric vehicle (EV) charging situations at public and private locations. Hear about the implications of each model, as well as case studies.

Session 3:
Walking the Building to Find Common Efficiency Improvement Opportunities
9:35 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.

Chuck Frost, Energy Manager, University of California-Berkeley

There are common opportunities for energy and operational savings in most buildings. Finding these opportunities can be as simple as walking around and using your five senses – for example, noticing unoccupied areas that are over-lighted, over-heated or over-cooled; excessively hot or vibrating equipment; condensation; stains; odors. This session covers the fundamentals of how to detect efficiency issues through building scoping, building energy analysis, and night walks.

Session 4:
On-the-Job Safety – a Personal Perspective
9:35 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.

Kina Repp, Consultant

The speaker, who lost an arm in an on-the-job accident at a food processing plant, uses her experience to raise awareness about job hazards and the importance of making safe choices. Her presentation will focus on the role individuals play in being advocates for safety in the workplace. Gain information that will help you assess the safety of the employees at your facility.

Session 5:
A Look at Oracle's Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Achievements in Its Headquarters, and Goals for the Future
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

George Denise, Director of Operations-Redwood Shores/Director of Sustainability-HQ, Oracle

Oracle's headquarters in Redwood Shores encompasses 17 buildings totaling approximately 3 million square feet. This headquarters campus is an example of how dramatic energy reductions (including 28% drop in electrical use per capita) can be achieved by a focus on sustainable Best Practices and investment in new energy-saving technologies. The speaker will discuss HVAC systems upgrades, including advanced controls developed in cooperation with Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory; lighting systems and controls upgrades; domestic hot water efficiency improvements; and employee behavior changes in regard to energy efficiency awareness. Also hear details about future projects.

Session 6:
Increase Your Electrical Uptime by Developing an Impact Report
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Andrew Taylor, CEO, Applied Power Technologies

An impact report provides information on events or chronic situations that affect the efficiency of your department, technically and financially. Learn how to develop an impact report from your electrical system monitoring data. Such a report will put a dollar figure on power outages and downtime, and identify causes of problems. This specific cost data will help you cost-justify investments in new equipment and/or increased maintenance activities, and will provide ROI information that top management will understand.

Session 7:
Solar 101
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Cale Garamendi, Vista Solar, Inc.

This session will provide attendees with a basic understanding of commercial solar photovoltaics, including structural aspects of engineering and roof integrity, transformer loads and grid interconnection, tax incentives and deal economics, and energy-saving potential.

Session 8:
QuakeSmart – How FEMA's Earthquake Mitigation Program Aids Facilities
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Glen Granholm, Director of Seismic Services Programs, ETC Building and Design

Learn about QuakeSmart, a FEMA earthquake hazards reduction initiative to help businesses in at-risk earthquake areas implement mitigation actions. The speaker will discuss how the free QuakeSmart program can help guide your facility in identifying risks to structures, systems, and spaces. He will describe some of the specific, engineered and effective damage mitigation methods recommended in the program.

Session A
Special Film:
Balancing Water and Energy Efficiency in Commercial Applications
2:10 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.

Balancing water efficiency and energy efficiency is not always straightforward. Most of the time, saving one resource will also save another, but there are cases where this is not true, and facilities engineers must be aware of how to evaluate the trade-offs. This informative filmed presentation by experts Bill Hoffman and Tom Meyer, given originally at the International Association of Mechanical and Plumbing Officials' International Emerging Technologies Symposium in 2012 in Washington, DC, takes a look at applications where expected efficiencies may not materialize because of varying water and energy costs.

Thursday, Sept. 24

Session 9:
Achieving Electrical Equipment Reliability With Ultrasound and Infrared Testing
8:25 a.m. - 9:25 a.m.

David Shaw, U.E. Systems

Learn how the reliability of electrical equipment can be significantly improved by inspecting with infrared and ultrasound technologies. Used together, the testers locate both heat-producing problems and non-heat-producing problems (like corona and tracking). Testing applications include switchgear, load interrupter switches, breakers, transformers, motor control centers, and terminal transition cabinets.

Session 10:
Generator Compliance – What You Need To Know Now
8:25 a.m. - 9:25 a.m.

Cate Carter, Compliance Coordinator, CD & Power

Before you start up that generator, make sure you know how to comply with your local air quality district, CARB, the EPA, and NFPA 110. Learn about requirements, what you need to comply, and how to avoid fines and litigation. Included will be information on the new fleet averaging standards for portable generators.

Session 11:
Thin-Film Innovation Allows for Integration of Solar Into the Building Envelope
9:35 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.

Ken Platt, Andy Pao, and Khaled Basheer, Hanergy America

This session will focus on thin-film solar technology, and innovations that allow integration of the products within the building envelope, in such areas as windows and skylights. The speakers will discuss the technology, typical applications, and case histories. Also, discussed will be how thin-film solar can be combined with roofing systems to achieve added energy efficiency.

Session 12:
Electrical Hazard Prevention Program at East Bay Municipal Utility District
9:35 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.

Diosdado Hernandez, Senior Electrical Engineer, and Sharon Chan Hu, Associated Electrical Engineer, East Bay MUD

Electrical safety in the U.S. is largely focused on compliance with NFPA70E and IEEE/ANSI C2, the National Electrical Safety Code. This presentation will discuss the history, techniques used in selecting hazard mitigation measures, challenges and status of East Bay Municipal Utility District's Electrical Hazard Prevention Program that was started in 2004.

Session 13:
435 Indio Way – an Impressive Net Zero Energy Renovation Project
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Kevin Bates, President, Sharp Development Company, and John Andary and David Kaneda, Principals at Integral Group

Learn how the 435 Indio Way office building in Sunnyvale, a one-story, 32,000-sq-ft facility built in 1973, was totally renovated into a net zero energy building. The building now produces all its own energy needs, so clients pay no electric bills. The speakers will describe the innovative features, including smart glass windows that change tint automatically and open, along with the skylights, at optimum times of day; rooftop photovoltaics, LED lighting with computerized control; and a unique insulation system on the exterior, rather than interior of the building.

Session 14:
Recycling and Waste Minimization – Ideas for Your Facility
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Ruth Abbe, Principal, Abbe and Associates, LLC

This session will discuss recycling and waste minimization practices that can be utilized to the benefit of commercial facilities. Learn how to most efficiently deal with such materials as paper, plastic, glass, waste construction materials, and grass/leaf waste. Among the waste minimization practices described will be moves to paperless systems (elimination of FAX machines), use of hot air dryers in restrooms, rechargeable batteries, and reusable dishes, mugs and utensils.

Session 15:
Facts About the California Drought and Ways to Help Your Facility Be More Water-Efficient
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Karen Koppett, Senior Water Conservation Specialist-Water Supply Planning and Conservation Unit, Santa Clara Valley Water District

The speaker will discuss the drought in California, rules and regulations that you need to know, and programs and rebates that can help your facility become as water-efficient as possible.

Session 16:
Resinous Terrazzo and Seamless Flooring Systems – an Overview
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Mike Flanagan, Key Resin Company

This session will provide an overview of resinous terrazzo and seamless flooring systems, including the history of the systems, components, characteristics, types, and typical facility applications. Also included will be design and installation considerations.

Session B
Special Film:
Balancing Water and Energy Efficiency in Commercial Applications
2:10 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.

Balancing water efficiency and energy efficiency is not always straightforward. Most of the time, saving one resource will also save another, but there are cases where this is not true, and facilities engineers must be aware of how to evaluate the trade-offs. This informative filmed presentation by experts Bill Hoffman and Tom Meyer, given originally at the International Association of Mechanical and Plumbing Officials' International Emerging Technologies Symposium in 2012 in Washington, DC, takes a look at applications where expected efficiencies may not materialize because of varying water and energy costs.

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.