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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.

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Upcoming Silicon Valley Energy Watch Trainings

Carbon Free Homes: Features, Benefits, Valuation

California's building codes and energy policy impact the way homes are built and powered. Homes of the future will be carbon-free! This class will equip attendees with a comprehension of specific features that will be typical to carbon-free new and existing upgraded homes and the benefits they deliver to both house and occupants. They will gain competency in determining value and expertise as trusted guides.

Register:
Registration link pending; email debralittle1@gmail.com for more information.
Date:
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Time:
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location:
Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® a.k.a SCCAOR
1651 North First Street, San Jose, CA 95112
Course Credit Available:
3 hours continued education for real estate appraisers and agents
Cost:
SCCAOR member agents $15, appraisers $45
Primary Audience:
Residential real estate agents, appraisers, lenders, and builders

On-Demand Online Trainings

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

PG&E's 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

 

PG&E's 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

 

PG&E's 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

 

PG&E's 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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