October 9 and 10, 2019

Sponsored by the IFMA-East Bay Chapter, OSHA Training Center at Chabot-Las Positas Community College District, and Pacific Gas and Electric.

Educational conference sessions and the exhibit hall are free to attend. Registration and a badge will be required for admittance to all on-site events.

Wednesday, October 9


Session 1

8:50 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.

Electric Vehicle Charging at Your Facility: What You Need to Know Now


Tracy Thomas, Senior Director-Workplace Solutions, ChargePoint


The electric vehicle (EV) market is increasingly expanding in the U.S. – to the point that availability of EV infrastructure is a factor today in deciding where drivers live, work, and shop.  This presentation will inform facilities professionals about EV charging – an essential amenity to differentiate their facility, accommodate the needs of employees and visitors, and attract quality tenants and customers.  Find out what you need to know.


Session 2

8:50 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.

Greywater – Water Reuse Applications for Irrigation and Toilet Flushing


Joseph Gallegos, Grey4Green


This session will discuss applications of “greywater” –  the reusing of water from sinks, air conditioner condensation and showers for irrigation and toilet flushing. More than water conservation, it is a path to keeping your landscape green and lush, which keeps the area cool, and sequesters carbon and pollution. And as well, it can add LEED points for your sustainability project. The speaker will also discuss what a net positive water building looks like, and will provide examples of water efficient projects in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, and other locales.


Session 3

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center – a Look at a High Performing Green Hospital


Tom Jones, Support Services Administrator, Kaiser Permanente (San Jose)


Hear about the many green features of the Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center, honored in recent years by Practice Greenhealth and in the “Greenest Hospitals in America” published by Becker’s Hospital Review. The speaker will discuss accomplishments that include fuel cells to generate electricity, electric vehicle charging stations, recycling success, other energy conservation efforts, LED lighting, sustainable food efforts, and water conservation measures.


Session 4

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

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


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 fall on the same level? I am talking about Slips & Trips happening on the same level in an office or at a job site that cause over 55 thousand Lost time or disabling injuries or fatal injuries. Hear my personal story of a fall that happened to me at last year’s show that caused me to off work for 8+months.


Session 5

11:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.

Solar PV Systems and Energy Storage for Commercial Buildings – an Overview

Troy Tyler, COO, Sun Light & Power

This session will provide an overview of solar photovoltaic (PV) technology for commercial buildings, with details on batteries that can store extra solar power for later use.  Included will be considerations about types of solar panels, installation, the facility’s electrical requirements, and economic factors such as demand charge reduction and rebates.


Session 6

11:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.

Can Your Facility Remain Habitable After an Earthquake – a Look at the U.S. Resiliency Council’s Rating System

Evan Reis, Executive Director and Co-Founder, U.S. Resiliency Council


Regarding earthquakes, today’s building codes are focused on preventing major failures – but just because a building does not collapse during a strong earthquake doesn’t mean it will still be habitable after the event. The U.S. Resiliency Council (USRC), formed in 2015, fills a need by describing the performance of buildings during earthquakes, and evaluating safety, repair cost, and time to regain basic building functions (HVAC, electrical, etc.) – all essential considerations for facilities managers. Learn about the USRC’s building rating systems for earthquakes, and how your building may measure up.   

Session 7

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The 2019 Title 24 Energy Code for Nonresidential Buildings – the New Requirements as of January


Kelly Morairty, Mechanical Engineer, California Energy Commission


This presentation will cover the major changes to Title 24, Part 6, 2019 Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Energy Code) for nonresidential buildings. The 2019 Energy Code has new requirements for HVAC, lighting, building envelope, and water heating that will take effect starting on January 1, 2020. This lecture reviews the mandatory, prescriptive, and performance requirements and available resources that apply to newly constructed buildings, additions, and alterations.


Session 8

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Facility Video Surveillance – Types and Applications


Michael Tagliaferri, 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.


Session 9

2:10 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.

Facilities Tour of the Santa Clara Convention Center


Ned Nicholas, Facilities Manager


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, the electrical systems, lighting, energy conservation measures, and general building maintenance.


Session A

2:10 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.

Special Film: The Story of a Green Building


Sustainable design requires a team approach between architects, engineers, and the building client. The Story of a Green Building is a case history film, produced by the National Building Museum, which documents the green team that created the impressive green building PNC Place in Washington, DC, the headquarters of PNC Bank.  Among the interesting building features are:  three-story water walls in the lobby, temperature sensors in concrete, vegetative walls inside the building, daylighting, green plumbing, and highly efficient cooling and ventilation systems.


Thursday, October 10


Session 10

8:50 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.

Comparing and Selecting Luminaires for Your Facility


Linda Sanford, Energy Centers Senior Lighting Program Coordinator, Pacific Gas and Electric Company


Facilities managers who upgrade and choose new lighting in facilities, for either renovations or new projects, need to know what to look for.  In this session, the speaker will discuss how to choose new luminaires that ensure that efficiencies are captured and quality is maintained, both with fixture selection (primarily with good quality LEDs) and with compatible controls.  Learn the selection criteria so you will make the best, most energy-efficient choices for your facility.

Session 11

8:50 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.

Application of Multiple VFD-Controlled Air Compressors – More Feasible Today Than in the Past


Jeff Yarnall, Rogers Machinery Company, Inc.


Over the past 20 years variable-frequency drive (VFD) technology has been applied to positive-displacement rotary screw air compressors very successfully. Current thinking with multiple compressors dictates using a single larger VFD-controlled compressor working in concert with smaller fixed-speed compressors.  This strategy limits the losses associated with the VFD drive and when properly sized eliminates the control gap.  With drives becoming more efficient, the losses associated with running multiple VFD-controlled air compressors is getting less and less. This session will examine some applications where multiple VFD-controlled air compressors may run efficiently.


Session 12

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Building Decarbonization – LEED for Cities and Beyond:  Details for Facilities Managers


Ken Davies, Interim Deputy Director-Climate Smart San José, City of San José Environmental Services Department


Facilities managers are familiar with the various LEED certifications for buildings, but may not have heard of the new LEED for Cities certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. San Jose is one of only six cities in the country to receive this certification, but hasn’t stopped there. The speaker will describe this certification, and how municipalities can move beyond that with policies that promote and enforce decarbonization and efficiency in the commercial built environment.


Session 13

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Requirements of the National Electrical Code and NFPA 70E, Electrical Safety in the Workplace


Joe Buhowsky, Independent Consultant

This session will explain some of the new requirements and improvements that have been implemented with NFPA 70-2017 (the National Electrical Code) and NFPA 70E-2018 (Electrical Safety in the Workplace).  The speakers will discuss the emphasis on electrical hazard elimination and the complexities of working with electrical hazards.

Session 14

11:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.

The Convergence of Building Automation Systems and Information Technology


Richard Fellows, Johnson Controls


Building automation systems have come a long way since the days of pneumatic thermostats and time-clocks, and have evolved to resemble information technology devices such as smart phones and PCs. As we start to see our building automation systems merge with our building IT networks, should we as facility managers start thinking differently?  This session will provide an understanding of where BAS technology is headed in the future, and how we can successfully leverage IP (internet protocol) networks while keeping their data secure.


Session 15

11:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.

Swimming Pool Remediation for Commercial Facilities


Ron Bravo, Terracon


Facilities managers in schools, hotels and municipalities often are tasked with managing swimming pools – a challenge that is quite different from the typical facilities responsibilities.  This session will take a look at this subject, with a focus on why swimming pools may need remediation, and how it can be accomplished, ideally with minimal shutdown.


Session 16

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Efficiency-as-a-Service: a Best Practices Means for Implementing Efficiency Upgrades

Ian Larson, Redaptive


This session will explain how Efficiency-as-a-Service can help facilities to implement efficiency upgrades in a cost-effective manner. There is no upfront capital outlay in this pay-for-savings model, thus achieving significant savings that facilities can use for other areas of their operations. Find out the details, including how data is used to verify actual project savings and to monitor ongoing performance.


Session 17

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Avoiding “Death by PowerPoint” – How to Give Better Presentations


Wayne Whitzell, Executive VP of Corporate Services, DFS Green, and Programs Chair-IFMA Corporate Facilities Council


At one time or another, we have all endured the grueling punishment of “Death by PowerPoint,” such as the “Read Every Bullet on Every Slide to the Audience” presentation. The truth is that many of the PowerPoint presentations we have sat through should never have been given in the first place. How can we develop presentations that will communicate effectively, without putting the audience to sleep with “content rich” slides? In this session, you’ll learn the three core presentation types and the most effective medium to communicate your information to your audience. Find out how to create memorable and effective presentations with a simplified, "less-is-more" approach to content.


Session 18:

2:10 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.

The New Cal/OSHA Indoor Heat Illness Standard – What You Will Need to Know


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

State of California legislation (SB 1167) has required Cal/OSHA to develop a heat illness standard applicable to indoor places of employment. Since it is expected to become final soon, facilities need to learn what the standard will mean for them: what are the indoor temperature limits, where the temperature should be measured and how, how work clothing and heavy types of work will add to the heat consideration. Also, how temperature should be adjusted (fans, air-conditioning) and provisions for water and cool-down areas. And high radiant heat work areas – such as boiler rooms and foundries – will have special considerations. Establishing a heat illness prevention plan will be part of the requirement. Make sure your facility is prepared for implementation of the upcoming standard.


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, 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.