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Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy & Green Building Education

Energy efficiency, renewable energy, and green building classes are offered in the Bay Area 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.

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Upcoming Silicon Valley Energy Watch Trainings

 

Electric Heat Pumps for Domestic Space and Water Heating

As our electricity supply becomes cleaner due to increased use of renewable's for generation, 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 and emissions reductions from electric heat pumps in new and existing buildings and will cover the advantages and limitations of these systems, the available technology and refrigerant types.

Register:
Register here
Date:
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Time:
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location:
Webinar
Cost:
Free
Credit:
3 BPI (Building Performance Institute) CEUs
Intended Audience: Architects, energy consultants, contractors, building department staff, interested residents

 

Energy and Water Efficient Cafeterias Webinar

This two-hour training provides access to free cafeteria audits and an overview of available equipment rebates. Intended for decision makers for public sector building restaurants and cafeterias, this training will walk through energy and water audit basics for cafeterias to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save on utility bills. Desired outcomes include sharing resources including rebates and low/no-cost energy & water saving opportunities as well as scheduling free audits for school campuses.

Register:
Register here
Date:
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Time:
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Location:
Webinar
Cost:
Free
Credit:
None
Intended Audience: School facility managers, school board members, and other other decision makers or stakeholders

 

Energy Efficiency Update: Strategies for Reducing Energy Use, Operating Costs and Carbon Emissions

Intended for building professionals, this one day in-person primer on energy efficiency strategies is intended for building professionals familiar with basic concepts who want an update on new and emerging technologies and controls.

It will address a wide range of opportunities that can be applied to most commercial facilities and build from no- and low-cost opportunities to deep energy retrofits. This includes modules on utility incentives, financial return calculations, interactive measures, incremental cost opportunities, and operations and maintenance considerations.

All strategies presented will be relevant to existing buildings, and could be applied to new building designs as well. 

Register:
Register here
Date:
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Time:
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location:
Webinar
Cost:
Free
Credit:
None
Intended Audiences:

 Building Professionals

 

Zero Net Carbon Schools Workshop

Intended for K-12 & higher ed schools administrators, operations managers, school board members, and other influencers, this workshop will go in depth on zero net carbon (ZNC) school retrofit strategies, lessons learned of districts and technical experts, and resources in designing, constructing, retrofitting, and operating school facilities on the path to zero. Participants will walk away with an understanding of the overall process, technical design features, and practices from others who are making ZNC a reality in schools. 

Register:
Register here
Date:
Thursday, May 14, 2020
Time:
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location:

Evergreen Valley High School
3300 Quimby Road, San Jose, CA 95148

Cost:
Free
Credit:
 2 AIA credits
Intended Audiences:

School administrators, operations managers, school board members, and other influencers

 

2019 Title 24, Part 6 Essentials - Residential Standards for Plans Examiners & Building Inspectors

Intended for residential Plans Examiners, Building Inspectors, Permit Technicians, Plan Checkers and Field Inspectors, this full day training goes in depth on the 2019 Energy Codes and reach codes adopted by Bay Area cities. This is not an introductory training or primer course.

Register:
Register here
Date:
Thursday, June 11, 2020
Time:
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location:
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, Room 255
150 E San Fernando St, San Jose, CA 95112
Cost:
Free
Credit: 0.7 Continuing Education Units
Intended Audience: Permit technicians, plan checkers and field inspectors

 

Power, Energy & Therms: Fundamental Concepts, Monitoring Techniques and Load Disaggregation

Intended for building operators, owners & managers, energy consultants and facility managers this one day in-person training will explore methods to identify significant electric and natural gas loads using utility meters, sub-meters, dataloggers and building control systems, and will include the application of power meters to better understand energy-efficiency, demand response and renewable energy projects.

Register:
Register here
Date:
Monday, June 15, 2020
Time:
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location:
EIC Rooms A&B
1608 Las Plumas Ave, San Jose, CA 95133
Cost:
Free
Intended Audience:
Building operators, owners & managers, energy consultants & facility managers

 

Residential Zero Net Energy for New Construction

Intended for residential building professionals in the private and public sectors (single family, low-rise residential buildings only) in the Bay Area, this short in-person introductory-level course will introduce ZNE fundamentals and practices that are the basis of ZNE projects.

Register:
Register Here
Date:
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Time:
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Location:
EIC Rooms A&B
1608 Las Plumas Ave, San Jose, CA 95133
Cost:
Free
Credit: 0.1 Continuing Education Units
Intended Audience: Private & public sector building professionals; Single family, low-rise res. buildings only

 

A Class for Control Freaks: Optimizing your Building Automation System

Intended for building operators, energy/sustainability consultants and facility managers, this one day in-person course will explore common control strategies including schedules, setbacks, resets, lockouts, vacancy controllers, demand control ventilation, CO controllers, economizer operation, and the control of variable speed equipment.

It will emphasize the control strategies required in Title 24 and include material on how to approach specific control strategies as part of a retro-commissioning project.

Register:
Register here
Date:
Thursday, June 18, 2020
Time:
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location:
EIC Rooms A&B
1608 Las Plumas Ave, San Jose, CA 95133
Cost:
Free
Intended Audience:
Building operators, owners & managers, energy consultants & facility managers

 

Live Webinar Trainings

Building permit inspectors, reviewers, and others interested can learn more about 2019 Title 24 Energy Code and connect with experts virtually at a live webinar style training. To see a calendar and register, visit Energy Code Ace Training.

On-Demand Online Trainings

Learn new energy topics anywhere and anytime. To see a list of all on-demand trainings, visit PG&E.

2019 Title 24: Where We Are Headed With the Nonresidential Standards

The 2019 Title 24 Building Energy Standards for Nonresidential Buildings, scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2020, include numerous changes, including extending the scope of Part 6 to healthcare facilities, revising ventilation and lighting requirements, among them updating prescriptive indoor and outdoor lighting power allowance values to assume the use of LED lighting, plus revisions to HVAC and acceptance test requirements.

Martyn Dodd will summarize the new and revised requirements in the 2019 standards for nonresidential and high-rise residential buildings and direct participants to informational and training resources that provide more in-depth Title 24 information.

Register:
Register for the Title 24 Class
Course Credit Available:
2.50 AIA-HSW CEUs
Cost:
Free
Primary Audience:
Architects, engineers, lighting designers, energy consultants, contractors, and building department staff

 

2019 Title 24: Where We Are Headed With the Residential Standards

The 2019 Title 24 Building Energy Standards for Residential Buildings, scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2020, include numerous changes. The biggest changes center upon new prescriptive requirements for installation of solar photovoltaic systems in newly constructed residential buildings and specification of use of an Energy Design Rating in the performance approach to compliance to support solar photovoltaic requirements. There are also changes to requirements for ventilation, wall u-factor, fenestration, water heating, and residential HVAC among others.

Martyn Dodd will summarize the new and revised requirements in the 2019 standards for residential and low-rise multifamily buildings and direct participants to informational and training resources that provide more in-depth Title 24 information.

Register:
Register for the Title 24 Class
Course Credit Available:
1.50 AIA-HSW CEUs
Cost:
Free
Primary Audience:
Architects, engineers, lighting designers, energy consultants, contractors, and building department staff

 

Heat Pump Technologies for Space Conditioning and Water Heating

This class provides an overview of electric heat pumps for both space and water heating, both ducted and ductless systems, including air-source, ground-source and water-source. It covers technology and operation, efficiency and metrics, advantages and disadvantages, and optimal installation factors.  It is ideal for contractors and building inspectors, as well as homeowners considering installing heat pumps of any kind.

Register:
Register for the Class
Course Credit Available:
None
Cost:
Free
Primary Audience:
Residential Developers, Energy Consultants, Equipment Manufacturers and Sales Reps, HVAC/Mechanical Contractors, and Home Performance Contractors

 

Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Introduction & Product Showcase

In this project showcase, you will explore ZNE basics and review case studies that highlight the impact that the ZNE building is making today.

Register:
Register for the Class
Course Credit Available:
None
Cost:
Free
Primary Audience:
Architects, Commercial Developers, Energy Consultants, Energy Manager, and General Contractors

 

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


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