CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

November 18 & 19, 2020

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, November 18

 

Session 1 – Best Practices in Emergency Management

8:50 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.

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

 

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

This presentation will discuss important considerations for facilities professionals when faced with outbreaks of infectious diseases and other threats that can negatively affect business continuity. Included will be a discussion of lessons learned from COVID-19, and the reality of the hazards and risks associated with a pandemic.  

 

Session 2 – Best Practices in Energy Management

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

How Energy Benchmarking Improves the Management of Facilities

 

Laurie Gilmer, Facility Engineering Associates

Energy efficiency has always been important part of facility management. As we work through the impacts of the pandemic on our facilities, we must balance our efficiency goals with changing operational needs. During the pandemic, two findings have emerged: vacated or lightly occupied facilities don't always use less energy, and energy use may necessarily increase with recommended changes to building systems being implemented in support of changes to indoor environmental quality requirements. Understanding efficient use of energy in facilities starts with energy benchmarking and is a key element to any facility energy management plan. In this presentation we will explore the role of benchmarking and learn how you can leverage industry resources to improve your facilities.

 

Session 3 – Best Practices in Regulation Compliance

11:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.

Achieving Successful Compliance With the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)

 

Mike Schaeffer, Protrk Construction Inc.

 

In this session, facilities engineers and managers will learn the ins and outs of compliance with both Federal ADA Laws and California State Building Codes. The speaker will share techniques, resources and solutions for facilities to achieve ADA compliance effectively, while reducing the risks of a lawsuit.

 

Session 4 – Best Practices in HVAC

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force – an Overview of Important HVAC Discussions

 

Max Sherman, PhD., Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

 

ASHRAE has formed an epidemic task force in response to the COVID-19 pandemic situation.  The speaker, a member of the task force, will describe what the members, experts from across the country, have determined in regard to current building HVAC challenges, about solutions that appear to be working now, and what may be in store in future months.

 

Session A – Special Film

2:10 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.

High Performance Building: Perspective and Practices

 

Enlightened companies today realize that there is a business case for building green. “High Performance Building: Perspective and Practices” is a high-interest film, produced by the Rocky Mountain Institute and the U.S. Green Building Council, which profiles 13 LEED projects. The film includes interviews with building managers and others who document the benefits to their facilities from green building practices.

 

Thursday, November 19

 

Session 5 – Best Practices in Safety

8:50 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.

How to Achieve a Culture of Safety at Your Facility

 

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

 

Safety slogans aren’t enough. There needs to be a culture of safety in every facility – which may involve implementing changes in employee mindset and behavior. In this session, you’ll learn the first step: how to hone your communications skills so you can be sure you’re effectively delivering the safety message that will make workers want to improve.

 

Session 6 – Best Practices in Facilities Management

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

The New Built Environment Experience Post COVID-19

 

Larry Morgan, Head of Operational Excellence and Sustainability Initiatives for North and Latin America, SAP Global Facilities Management, Americas

 

Facilities management in 2020 has seen unprecedented challenges due to COVID-19 interruptions, suspension of activities, and related budget difficulties. This session will focus on the new experience/expectations that employees and visitors have when on-site in today’s facilities.

 

Session 7 – Best Practices in Energy Efficiency

11:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.

Considerations for Facility Lighting Retrofits

 

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.

 

Session 8 – Best Practices in Electrical Systems

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Microgrid Technology and Applications

 

Richard Celio, PE, Energy Consultant

 

A microgrid installation is designed for applications where multiple electrical sources are feeding the facility’s power system or grid; it controls these sources such that electrical utility costs are minimized and reliability is enhanced. Microgrids applications have increased significantly and even their definition is evolving. Learn about the technology and applications in this valuable presentation.


Session B – Special Film

2:10 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.

High Performance Building: Perspective and Practices

 

Enlightened companies today realize that there is a business case for building green. “High Performance Building: Perspective and Practices” is a high-interest film, produced by the Rocky Mountain Institute and the U.S. Green Building Council, which profiles 13 LEED projects. The film includes interviews with building managers and others who document the benefits to their facilities from green building practices.

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.