NORTHERN CALIFORNIA / MANAGING GREEN BUILDINGS CONFERENCE

Time Name Speakers Description
Wednesday, October 9, 2024
8:40 AM - 9:40 AMSession 1: CA Title 24 – How to Design, Build and Commission a Compliant Lighting Project that Passes the Testing RequirementsMichael Scalzo , National Lighting Contractors Association of America

This presentation will provide a formula on how to complete, per California Title 24 requirements, a compliant lighting project that will pass the functional testing process starting from the basis of design. Participants will learn what they need to know before, during and after lighting installation; and how lighting plans and specifications will be reviewed for compliance and by whom. Also learn how to commission your lighting controls system to pass the functional testing process, and how to utilize a lighting controls ATT throughout your entire project.

8:40 AM - 9:40 AMSession 2: The Predictive Edge: Enhancing Building Facility Performance Through Condition MonitoringErnie Lunski Jr. - Reliability Solutions , Caltrol, Inc. 

This presentation focuses on the crucial role of predictive maintenance in monitoring and maintaining the equipment essential to a facility's critical infrastructure, such as motors, pumps, fans, HVAC systems, and electrical distribution networks. It highlights how monitoring technologies and data analytics are transforming the management of these critical systems, enabling facility managers to anticipate and prevent potential failures before they occur. The talk will provide insights into strategies and tools that ensure the reliability and efficiency of vital building systems, thereby enhancing overall facility performance and sustainability.

9:50 AM - 10:50 AMSession 3: Electrifying Commercial Buildings: What, Why and HowStet Sanborn - Vice President , SmithGroup

Building electrification can reduce energy costs, increase asset value and enhance occupant comfort and health. Learn what building electrification is, why it is an increasingly important strategy to achieving California’s clean energy goals, and how to electrify existing commercial buildings. Information will be shared on the steps to follow to cost-effectively electrify an asset while making sure that greenhouse gas emissions are reduced. Typical roadblocks will be shared along with steps to overcome challenges.

9:50 AM - 10:50 AMSession 4: Energy Storage Systems: How to Mitigate Fire and Explosion Hazards Raymond Bizal - Director, Regional Operations , NFPA

Energy storage systems are everywhere and their use is increasing across all types of facilities.  Massive amounts of stored energy can cause serious problems if something goes wrong – including injury and death. This presentation will discuss different technologies associated with energy storage systems, and focus on lithium-ion battery technology and their hazards and risk. Applying NFPA 855 will help mitigate the risks to your facility.  The presentation will cover the basics and you will take away an understanding of the risk and how to mitigate it.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PMSession 5: Impacts of the International Energy Conservation Code on Building Energy Usage and BenchmarkingJeffrey Miller - Senior Principal/Senior Engineer, Facilities Division , Terracon

This session will describe the impact of adopted International Energy Conservation Codes on energy usage analysis in commercial buildings. We will discuss levels of energy usage assessments, ranging from preliminary through ASHRAE Levels I, II and III, which may be performed to develop options for energy reduction and identify benchmarks of an existing commercial building’s energy usage. Using the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, we will demonstrate how a commercial building may be benchmarked versus a peer group of similar facilities by use and geographic area during an energy usage analysis with the goal of providing guidance on various energy cost reduction measures identified in the analysis.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PMSession 6: Active Shooter Training/Threat AssessmentSheriff Robert Jonsen , Santa Clara County

Preparation and understanding are crucial for effectively responding to an active shooter situation. In this presentation by Santa Clara County Sheriff Bob Jonsen, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills necessary to identify potential threats, develop situational awareness, and implement strategies to enhance your safety and the safety of others. Are you wondering, “Is my facility prepared?” Sheriff Jonsen will discuss methods to enhance your facility security and response. Additionally, he will cover the importance of regular training and drills, emergency communications, collaboration with law enforcement, and the role of internal threat assessment teams at businesses in Santa Clara County.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PMSession 7: Proper Roof Maintenance and Leak ManagementBob Roche , Simon Roofing

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. 

1:00 PM - 2:00 PMSession 8: Facilities Tour of the Santa Clara Convention CenterRamon Ortiz, Jr. - Operation and Hygiene Manager , Santa Clar Convention Center

A behind-the-scenes look at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Topics that will be touched on in the tour will include the HVAC systems, lighting, energy conservation measures, and general building maintenance

2:10 PM - 3:10 PMSession A: Film -- ASHRAE’s New Standard 241: Addressing the Risk of Disease Transmission in Indoor Spaces Learn about ASHRAE’s new groundbreaking Standard 241, Control of Infectious Aerosols, which establishes minimum requirements to reduce the risk of disease transmission by exposure to infectious aerosols in new buildings, existing buildings, and major renovations. This valuable filmed presentation is by Dr. William Bahnfleth, Professor of Architectural Engineering at Pennsylvania State University, who chairs the project committee for ASHRAE Standard 241. Find out what you need to know to help your facility plan for COVID-19, influenza viruses and other pathogens that cause problems for building occupants. Standard 241 provides requirements for many aspects of air systems design, installation, operation and maintenance. The presentation was given at the 25th Westford Building Science Symposium organized by Building Science Corporation.
Thursday, October 10, 2024
8:40 AM - 9:40 AMSession 09: O&M Practices for Sustainable BuildingsAlan Suleiman - Project Manager, Design and Construction Management , UC Davis

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.

8:40 AM - 9:40 AMSession 10: Ladder Safety – Avoid Accidents at Your Facility Andy Bull - President , C.H. Bull Co.

Thinking of ladder safety, you might say: "This is a simple tool I've used all my life – what possibly could go wrong?" But in fact there are 300+ killed and over 175,000 injured every year in ladder accidents. The speaker will discuss the "CLIMB" program: Choose the right ladder, Look at and inspect the ladder, Insure safe ladder set-up, Move safely with and on the ladder, and Be a ladder safety expert. He also will describe the new CAL OSHA standards on training for ladder safety.

9:50 AM - 10:50 AMSession 11: Cost-Effective Energy Efficiency: Optimizing Facility Operations with Retro-Commissioning (RCx)David Gilliland - Associate Principal , kW Engineering

Retrocommissioning, or RCx, is a process that helps address inefficiencies by inspecting, testing, analyzing, calibrating, repairing, adjusting and optimizing building systems. This process has been an attractive part of the energy efficiency world for years because it generates big savings for building owners without the burden of big capital investments. These projects often have paybacks of 1-2 years or less from the energy savings alone, and bring a host of other benefits including improved occupant comfort and equipment reliability as well. In this session, the speaker will educate attendees on the keys to starting, managing, and completing a successful RCx project to achieve the maximum energy saving potential in their facilities.

9:50 AM - 10:50 AMSession 12: An Overview of Fire Systems Testing and InspectionDavid Olds , Intelli-tech

Enhance your expertise in fire safety testing and inspection with this session designed for facility managers and facility engineers. This presentation delves into the testing and inspection requirements of fire detection, alarm, and suppression systems, ensuring conformance to NFPA standards. Beyond basic water sprinkler systems, the seminar will cover advanced detection and suppression systems tailored for specialty and high-risk environments. Discover effective procedures for safeguarding critical facilities and maintaining business continuity. Join us for this insightful one-hour presentation to enhance your knowledge and ensure uptime of your facility and the safety of your staff.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PMSession 13: Lighting Quality Considerations for Your Facility UpgradeLinda Sanford - Energy Centers Senior Lighting Program Coordinator , Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Facilities managers may want to upgrade their lighting to capture energy efficiencies and to improve the lighting quality. In this session, the speaker will discuss how to evaluate what is needed in a space, what resources are available to assure a design is code-compliant and meets requirements, and what features of fixtures to review to get the highest quality lighting results. Learn how to think about your lighting upgrade so you will make the best, most energy-efficient choices for your facility.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PMSession 14: The New Thermal Imaging Testing Requirements per NFPA-70B – Electrical Equipment Maintenance StandardMike Florit , Fluke Corporation
Zach Feiger , Fluke Corporation

In 2023, The National Fire Protection Agency updated their regulations in NFPA-70B (the Standard for Electrical Equipment Maintenance) to shift annual thermal imaging from a “recommended” practice to a “required” one. What does this mean to your facility and how can you be in compliance? Come learn from licensed thermographers about practical applications for the thermal testing of electrical systems. Also discussed will be pumps, bearings, motors, steam traps, tank levels, roofs and building envelopes.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PMSession 15: Solar Energy For Facilities – Achieving Cost Reductions and Improved SustainabilityDan Coyle , SolarEdge

This presentation will describe how solar energy effectively tackles an array of challenges faced by facility managers. The information includes real-world examples from the U.S. and around the world, demonstrating how solar energy is utilized to lower operating costs, and safeguard businesses during grid disruptions and extreme weather events. Also, to ensure regulatory compliance, enhance corporate reputation through sustainable practices, and deliver substantial energy cost savings while reducing carbon emissions.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PMSession 16: Project Management – Principles to Drive SuccessJames Talbot - Building Operations Manager , UCSC Silicon Valley Extension

This session will discuss why project management skills are increasingly important for facilities managers. Included will be information on project chartering, planning and scheduling, defining scope and deliverables, integration, and monitoring and controlling. Gain information that will help you better manage your department’s projects.

2:10 PM - 3:10 PMSession B: Film -- ASHRAE’s New Standard 241: Addressing the Risk of Disease Transmission in Indoor Spaces Learn about ASHRAE’s new groundbreaking Standard 241, Control of Infectious Aerosols, which establishes minimum requirements to reduce the risk of disease transmission by exposure to infectious aerosols in new buildings, existing buildings, and major renovations. This valuable filmed presentation is by Dr. William Bahnfleth, Professor of Architectural Engineering at Pennsylvania State University, who chairs the project committee for ASHRAE Standard 241. Find out what you need to know to help your facility plan for COVID-19, influenza viruses and other pathogens that cause problems for building occupants. Standard 241 provides requirements for many aspects of air systems design, installation, operation and maintenance. The presentation was given at the 25th Westford Building Science Symposium organized by Building Science Corporation.

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, Facilities Expo 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.