USGBC - Northern California Chapter

Cleantech Innovations in the Commercial Building Sector

Cleantech Innovations in the Commercial Building Sector.
PG&E Pacific Energy Center - April 23, 1pm-5pm

This symposium brings together commercial building stakeholders, technology and product developers, researchers, and cleantech leaders, all in the spirit of promoting dialogue on the exciting new opportunities for smart and sustainable buildings in the commercial sector. The focus will be on products, companies and solutions that improve building performance in terms of energy efficiency, on-site renewable energy, and occupant comfort and engagement. Speakers will include industry leaders who are driving cleantech innovations, such as View Dynamic Glass, Building Robotics, Vigilent, Bloom Energy, and many more.

The event is free to members and the public. The symposium can also be streamed free online via live webcast.

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Emerging Professionals Happy Hour

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CASBA 2014 Straw Building Conference


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Sustainable Enterprise Conference

Sustainable Enterprise Confernce.
Sonoma Mountain Village Event Center - April 30, 7am-5pm

The 9th Annual Sustainable Enterprise Conference is about meeting inspiring people and finding about how North Bay businesses, government agencies and our communities are working together to build a resilient economy, secure a local food system, and mitigate global climate events. The keynotes will address the role of policy in sustainability, explore how sustainability can go mainstream, and highlight opportunities in locally generated renewable energy.

2014 Keynotes

Gil Philip Friend - Chief Sustainability Officer City of Palo Alto, CA
Sheryl O’Loughlin - Former CEO Clif Bar and Co-founder Plum, Inc
Geof Syphers - Chief Executive Officer, Sonoma Clean Power

The 2014 theme "Growing a Sustainable Future" presents how sustainability is entering mainstream and highlights the North Bay Food System as a sector that's especially ripe with opportunities.

The program day includes breakfast, lunch and a reception and we include multiple breaks and opportunity for networking. The full schedule includes over 30 speakers.

USGBC Members: Enter PROMO code "GreenBuild" when you register for $99 AFFILIATE Registration.

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LEEDv4 Educational Series

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The Business Case for Net Zero Energy

This program explores the business case for net zero energy buildings with the goal of inspiring owners, developers, designers, and the rest of the building industry to embrace the concept. This will be accomplished through the in-depth analysis of a case study -- 435 Indio Way in Sunnyvale – the location hosting this event – which was a recent design/build renovation of a 1970's era existing building. The presentation will showcase strategies for managing the costs of financing, designing, building and operating a net zero energy renovation from the perspective of the developer, design team and contractor. The goal of this presentation is to prove that net zero energy buildings can deliver returns equivalent to business-as-usual real estate development. 

The program will include a self-guided tour of the building.

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Continuing Education Hours for LEED Professional Credential Maintenance

Activity Type:
Professional Development Continuing Education

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Learning Objectives

Upon completion, attendees will be able to:

  1. Knowledgeably discuss the cost/benefit implications of net zero energy building renovations, and know how those costs and benefits compare to business-as-usual commercial office lease space.
  2. Manage costs for cutting edge sustainability through the design, delivery, and operations processes.
  3. Understand and describe the factors that impact both first and operation cost on net zero energy building projects, including design strategies, design processes, technologies, and more.
  4. Understand the process necessary to streamline net zero energy design and construction for a fast track project that must minimize soft costs to meet business case objectives.

About the Speakers


kevin batesKevin Bates, President, SHARP Development Company, Inc.
As a commercial real estate developer in Silicon Valley, Kevin has been responsible for all aspects of the development process including land acquisition, entitlements, lease and partnership agreements, marketing, construction and permanent financing, design and construction through occupancy.  He has individually developed / rehabilitated 40 buildings totaling over 2 million square feet; renovated in excess of 1 million square feet of interiors and finalized agreements and ground leases for over 1 million square feet of space on 65 acres of land.  He graduated from Stanford University and has extensive course work in sustainable design through UC Berkeley and UC Davis.

john-andarywebJohn Andary, PE, LEED AP, Principal, Integral Group
John Andary is a Mechanical Engineer and Principal at Integral Group where he brings over 30 years of energy-focused consulting experience to the firm. John leads the Bioclimatic Design practice at Integral, which focuses on passive and climate-based architectural and engineering design solutions to improve occupant health, thermal comfort and energy efficiency in the built environment. Mr. Andary  has served as Principal In Charge on numerous AIA COTE Top Ten, LEED Platinum and Net Zero Energy projects, including the NREL Research Support Facility which is considered to be the largest measured and verified net zero energy building in the world.

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David Kaneda, AIA, PE, LEED AP, Principal, Integral Group
Over the past two decades, David has designed high performance and resource efficient electrical systems, resulting in cutting-edge, sustainable projects attaining net zero energy, zero carbon emissions, and LEED Platinum certification. David serves as an advisor to a number of key organizations focused on sustainability issues including: the GSA National Register of Peer Professionals, California Building Standards Com­mission - Green Building Code, CPUC Zero Net Energy Action Plan, and DOE/ CEC PIER High Performance Building Façade Research Program. 

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Ken Huesby, CEO & President, Hillhouse Construction Company, Inc.
Ken’s commitment to sustainable design and construction has influenced Hillhouse’s project delivery methodology long before sustainable design achieved mainstream popularity.  As Hillhouse’s Green Team leader and LEED AP, Ken is involved in all pre-project planning related to sustainable design and construction processes.  Ken has helped advance sustainable construction processes and developed Hillhouse’s signature Indoor Air Quality Management Plan — considered by many as an industry benchmark for commercial interiors.  Ken has served as project administrator for LEED projects, and played an integral role in the construction of Net Zero Energy/Zero Carbon Emission buildings.





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U.S. Green Building Council -
North California Chapter

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San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: (415) 659-9404