November 18 & 19, 2020

Conference sessions will be available in an on-demand format on November 18 & 19, register now for this free event.

The Importance of an Emergency Preparedness Plan in a COVID-19 World

Presenter: Addie Hosier, OSHA Training Institute Education Center| Chabot-Las Positas Community College District


This presentation will discuss important considerations for facilities professional when faced with outbreaks of infectious diseases and other threats that can negatively affect business continuity. Key take-aways will include a discussion of lessons learned from COVID-19, and the reality of the hazards and risks associated with a pandemic.  Included will be OSHA’s guidance for developing/updating an emergency preparedness plan.

Considerations for Facility Lighting Retrofits

Presenter: James Donson, kW Engineering


There are many LED products on the market and a lot of vendors focused on getting their products in your buildings. This vendor-neutral talk will discuss perils and benefits associated with LED lighting retrofits within facilities. At the end of this talk, attendees will be able to navigate publicly available resources and implement retrofit strategies to maximize energy and maintenance savings.

The Forgotten Aspect of Fall Protection –The Silent Killer and Disabler

Presenter: Andy Bull, President, C.H. Bull Co.


Many, when they hear or see a class on fall protection, they might think “I work in an office – I don’t need fall protection!” The vision comes to their mind of themselves sitting at a desk with a fall protection harness on and a lanyard attached to a desk handle drawer. That is ridiculous! We do a pretty good job when it comes to fall protection from heights but what about falls on the same level? That is, the slips and trips happening on the same level in an office or at a job site, which cause over 240,000 lost time or disabling injuries or fatal injuries. Hear the speaker’s personal story of a fall that happened to him at last year’s facilities show that caused him to be off work for 8+ months.


Electric Vehicle Charging 101

Presenter: Ryan Zulewski, Juice Bar EV


This session will describe the basics of electric vehicle charging at commercial facilities. Learn about types of chargers, requirements, current demand, best practices, and the future of the EV industry. Whether you are aiming to future-proof your property for the continuing influx of electric vehicles, or just need to accommodate the EVs currently on your site, this presentation will provide you with valuable information.


Santa Monica-Malibu USD – a Look at a Successful School District Sustainability Plan

Presenters: Carey Upton, Chief Operations Office-Maintenance, Operations, Transportation and Facilities Use Departments, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, and Emma Sorrell and Christina Marez, Cumming


In this informative session, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s sustainability team will outline the process and steps it took for a year-long effort to produce one of the most robust K-12 Sustainability Plans in the United States. The plan provides a strategic roadmap for formalizing and uniting the District’s many existing sustainability initiatives, incorporating sustainability into all aspects of the district’s facilities and integrating energy efficiency, water conservation, emissions reduction, transportation, solid waste diversion, and resiliency.


Air Systems Today and Tomorrow – How to Optimize Efficiency When Bringing Facilities Back Online

Presenter: Jim Donohue, Atlas Copco Compressors LLC


Shutting down your air supply or starting it up after an idle period? This presentation will provide valuable tips concerning the impact that varying production levels has on your compressed air system. Learn what you need to know to optimize efficiency and maintenance.


Modern Video Security for Facilities – Types and Applications

Presenter: David Gerths, Verkada


This session will describe different types of video surveillance for facilities –  NVRs/DVRs, cloud, and hybrid cloud. Find out what the pros and cons are of each system's architecture to determine the best fit to keep your building(s) safe and secure.

Hydronic System Performance -- Why Design/Modeling Data Can’t Always Predict a Building’s Performance

Presenter:  David Kandel, Belimo Aircontrols (USA), Inc.


Energy and performance models make a few faulty assumptions about hydronic performance. By understanding these assumptions, you can have a better view of actual performance. This presentation will examine the performance impact of improper valve sizing, unstable system pressures and balancing device selection. It also examines the physical effects of valve authority and coil degradation and presents technologies that can help resolve these issues. 


How to Significantly Lower Your Commercial Building’s Electric Bill

Presenter: Corey Lee Wilson, President, CLW Enterprises


Commercial buildings consume a large percentage of the total electricity used in the U.S., and energy waste within such buildings is common. This session will discuss opportunities to improve electrical energy efficiency in facilities through better measurement and technologies. Included will be the importance of evaluating demand charges as a tool for saving energy.

Roofing 101: What You Should Do After a Storm

Presenter: Ryan Shinn, CentiMark Corporation


In this session, you will learn how to assess whether your roof and building have been damaged by a storm, what you can handle yourself, and when it's time to call a professional. Every building weathers storms, but some storms are big and can cause real damage.  Inspecting your building after a storm can mean the difference between handling the damage immediately after, or ignoring it until it becomes really expensive. This presentation will give you the information you need to protect your investment.

Verifying That Your Buildings Have Good Indoor Air Quality 

Presenter: Brad Miller, UL Verification Services Inc.


The need to validate facility indoor environmental performance is more critical than ever because of the pandemic. The speaker will describe the elements that make a facility a “healthy building,” including superior indoor air quality, ventilation, potable water quality, and hygiene. The presentation will include examples of third party “healthy building” benchmarking and certification programs, and how to verify through testing and diagnostics.