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Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy & Green Building Education
Energy efficiency, renewable energy, and green building classes are offered in Santa Clara County as part of the Silicon Valley Energy Watch (SVEW) partnership between PG&E and the City of San José. Additional classes are offered in partnership with United States Green Building Council (USGBC), Build It Green, BOMA Silicon Valley and others.

Upcoming Silicon Valley Energy Watch Trainings

PG&E Air Sealing to Achieve Zero Net Energy - New Techniques and Applications
One of the key components to achieving a Zero Net Energy building is the tightness of its envelope to air infiltration. In this training, Terry Nordbye will use real world examples to explain the need and importance of air sealing. In addition, methods to incorporate air sealing into building design and construction will be presented. Most importantly, a comparison between the different air sealants and air sealing techniques based on the locations of air leaks in the building’s envelope will be discussed with the use of detailed images from the field as well as hands-on props. In conclusion, the training will present the recommended air sealants and techniques to reduce air infiltration and to produce the best fit for a long-lasting air sealing barrier. You are sure to leave the room with a new and deeper understanding of how to air seal your next project.

Register:
Register for the Air Sealing training
Space is limited
Date:
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Time:
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location:
Environmental Innovation Center,
1608 Las Plumas Ave, San Jose, CA 95133
Course Credit Available:
6 AIA-HSW and/or 3 BPI
Cost:
Free
Small breakfast and lunch will be provided
Primary Audience: 
Architects, general contractors, home performance contractors, developers, new homes raters, and residential builders


PG&E Energy Efficiency Update: Strategies for Reducing Energy Use, Operating Costs and Carbon Emissions at Commercial Facilities

This one-day primer on energy efficiency strategies intended for building professionals familiar with the basic concepts who are interested in an update on new and emerging technologies and controls. This class will address a wide range of opportunities that can be applied to most commercial facilities and will build from no- and low-cost opportunities to deep energy retrofits. This class will also include modules on utility incentives, financial return calculations, interactive measures, incremental cost opportunities, and operations and maintenance considerations as well as short modules on occupant behavior programs, renewables and demand response. While all strategies presented will be relevant to existing buildings, these same approaches could also be applied to new building designs.

Register:
Register for the Energy Efficiency Class 
Space is limited
Date:
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Time:
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location:
Environmental Innovation Center,
1608 Las Plumas Ave, San Jose, CA 95133
Course Credit Available:
None
Cost:
Free
Small breakfast and lunch will be provided
Primary Audience: 
Building operators, energy consultants, mechanical and HVAC engineers, and facilities managers

Electric Heat Pumps for Domestic Space and Water Heating: Applications and Considerations
As our electric supply becomes cleaner due to increased use of renewables, electricity becomes an attractive fuel source to designers and builders interested in reducing residential greenhouse gas emissions and creating zero net energy buildings. This all-day class will focus on efficiency gains, emissions reduction, advantages and limitations, available technology and refrigerant types for heat pump systems. This class will provide an overview of electric heat pumps for space heating including both ducted and ductless systems. The space heating discussion will also cover the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) issues and considerations for building enclosures. In addition, the use of Heat pumps for water heating will be introduced and discussed. Other water heating strategies such as solar thermal and recirculation systems will be compared as well. 

Register:
Register for the Electric Heat Pumps class
Space is limited
Electric Heat Pumps Class flyer
Date:
Thursday, June 20, 2019
Time:
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location:
Environmental Innovation Center,
1608 Las Plumas Ave, San Jose, CA 95133
Course Credit Available:
3.00 BPI
Cost:
Free
Small breakfast and lunch will be provided
Primary Audience: 
Home performance contractors, HVAC contractors, and mechanical contractors

Ongoing PG&E Classes
Learn everything from selecting the renewable energy system to power your home to the benefits of running a green business. Please check the PG&E Energy Education Classes webpage for a current schedule of classes in a variety of locations.

The Silicon Valley Energy Watch program is funded by California utility ratepayers under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).

Register:
Register for the Energy Efficiency Class (space is limited)
Date:
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Time:
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location:
Environmental Innovation Center, 1608 Las Plumas Ave, San Jose, CA 95133
Course Credit Available:
None
Cost:
Free – Small breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Primary Audience: 
Building Operator, Energy Consultant, Mechanical and HVAC Engineers, and Facilities Manager

Register:
Register for the Energy Efficiency Class (space is limited)
Date:
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Time:
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location:
Environmental Innovation Center, 1608 Las Plumas Ave, San Jose, CA 95133
Course Credit Available:
None
Cost:
Free – Small breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Primary Audience: 
Building Operator, Energy Consultant, Mechanical and HVAC Engineers, and Facilities Manager