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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


Planning and Design for Getting to Zero in Schools

Zero energy school construction is a growing trend across the country. An innovative combination of internal and external champions, integrated design, energy efficiency management strategies and renewable energy is making these possible at little to no extra cost. The key to achieving zero energy is drastic energy reduction and cost shifting to areas that pay dividends and reduce those big upfront costs. Strategies such as building orientation, daylighting, thermal mass, high efficiency systems and can reduce the over need for larger, more expensive renewable energy systems to achieve that zero goal.

CMTA, Inc. has 10 schools operating at zero energy, with 12 currently in design and hundreds more high performance schools across the nation on their resume. Join Zachary Schneider and Brian Turner from CMTA, Inc. as they discuss the successful approach to planning for and designing these high performance schools without the price tag.

Register:
Register here
Date:
Thursday, October 8, 2020
Time:
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Location:
Webinar
Cost:
Free
Intended Audience: 
Building professionals, school facility managers, board members and other decision makers


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.

Recorded Webinars

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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