USGBC - Northern California Chapter

Explosion Green Live Conference with David Gottfried

Explosion Green Live with David GottfriedJoin David Gottfried for a FREE, week-long online virtual conference  called Explosion Green Live. Mr. Gottfried selected 40 of the best thought leaders in green building and videotaped 45 minute personal interviews with each of them. Interviewees include: Janine Benyus, Jason McLennan, Rob Bennett, Scot Horst, Art Gensler, Mark Ruffalo, Bob Berkebile, Bob Fox, Majora Carter, Sara Gottfried, MD and dozens of others.

Explosion Green Live takes on critical issues: the future of green building, LEED, the Living Building Challenge, Eco-Districts, green building $$ and cents, healthy products [red list], resiliency, biomimicry, green-tech disruptive products, Net Zero, the Bullitt Center, Microsoft green, fracking in NY, green company, corporate transparency standards, water and life on Earth. These are the issues of our time and∧as Mr. Gottfried asks the questions -- we learn together from the world's foremost visionaries and sustainability practitioners.

Explosion Green Live is intended to spread the message of green building and the most precious and inspiring thoughts of our gurus and practitioner heroes. No travel, no conference fees, and the luxury of a zero carbon footprint while watching your choice of 40 interviews at the convenience of your office desk or at home. This brings easy, instant access to the best in green building and sustainability to all.

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The LED Show

The LED Show Conference & Expo is the venue where quality solid-state lighting (SSL) and the latest innovative technologies are showcased. When the Industry needs information and knowledge, The LED Show is the place to be.

More than 30 intense learning sessions are provided in this year’s conference. These educational sessions will enable you to learn about the latest LED trends and emerging sciences.
• Hear from industry experts giving their personal insights on the most significant topics in LED lighting.
• Receive a comprehensive overview on how to design a complete LED lighting solution package.
• Meet with our expo manufacturers who are presenting the latest, innovative LED fixtures and components.

Also NGL (Next Generation Luminaires – Pacific Northwest National Lab) will also be announcing the Solid-State Lighting Design Indoor Competition awards at the show.

Speaker for 2014 include:
Rohit Patil - Xicato
Therese Lahaie – Apparatus Design
Joel Smith - Puget Sound Energy
Suleyman Turgut - Luminit
Eric Haugaard – Cree
Chad Stalker – Philips Lumileds
Ted Konnerth – Egret Consulting
Marci Sanders – D&R International
Irina Rasputnis – NEEP
Taylor Jantz-Sell – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Ruth Taylor – DOE/PNNL
John Sofio – Built
Eman Zadeh – Coloronix
Elliot Laurence – Mind Mavericks
Derry Berrigan – Light Think Studios
Julian Carey – Intematix
Wil DuCrest – Special FX Lighting
Don McDougall – Solid State Capital
Kurt Nielsen – Lighting Design Lab
Kelly Cunningham – CA Lighting Technology Center, UC Davis
Kevin Willmorth - Lumenique, LLC
Louis Brill – Illuminations
Lara Cordell – Wiedenbach Brown
Richard Zulch – Zulch Laboratories, Inc.
Jeff Saake – Lumenetix
Greg Galluccio – Leviton
James Highgate – PennWell Corporation
Paul Ford – The Lighting Quotient
Scott Riesebosch - CRS

USGBC-NCC Member Discount

$100 Saving on either the Total Access Pass or the 2-Day Conference Pass. This saving is off the standard rate. The price for USGBC-NCC members for a Total Access Pass would be $615 and for a 2-Day Conference Pass it would be $495.

To receive the discount they would need to enter the promo code USGBC.

Or register through this link and the promo code will be automatically filled. -

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SF 2030 Webinar: Changes to Title 24: Understanding California's Building Energy Efficiency Standards

On July 1, 2014, the 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards went into effect. This FREE webinar will highlight changes to the code, new requirements, and help explain what those changes mean for your building. Panelists will also discuss the updated PG&E rebates and new requirements for compliance documentation.

Join us to learn how to navigate the new Title 24 Energy Code, which deadlines you and your clients can still take advantage of, and how to make your plans for achieving energy efficiency comply with the standards.

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Commuter Benefits Webinar

The Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program requires employers with 50+ full-time employees in the Bay Area to register and offer one of four commuter benefits options to their employees by September 30, 2014.

The July Commuter Benefits Program webinar prompted many questions, particularly about the Pre-tax Commuter Benefit as well as how to implement Option 4. The September Commuter Benefits webinar will drill down on those questions and provide specifics about how to implement a Commuter Benefits Program at your company.

Webinar is FREE. For more information, visit and click on Commuter Benefits Program.

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LEED v4 Interior Design & Construction


LEED V4 Interior Design & Construction

In the LEED v4 ID&C class we’ll walk through a credit-by-credit analysis of changes to the LEED for Commercial Interiors and Retail Rating Systems, as well as an overview of the new LEED for Hospitality Rating System. The class will include discussion on the material transparency credits, low-emitting interiors credits, the integrative process, and Advanced Metering changes.

These classes are meant to be conversational and interactive to maximize the benefit for all attendees! Come prepared with questions and topics that you’d like to learn, and participate in an open discussion with LEED experts and peers.

Sponsored by USGBC-NCC, Environmental Building Strategies (EBS) and AIA SF COTE, the LEED v4 ID&C class will be eligible for 2.5 GBCI CEU credit and 2.5 AIA credit.

Kena David, LEED AP ID+C, Sustainability Manager, BCCI Construction Company
With expertise in sustainability advising and LEED certification management, Kena provides key sustainability leadership and team expertise for BCCI’s green building projects. Kena has completed on more than 15 LEED projects spanning the LEED for Commercial Interiors, New Construction and Core and Shell rating systems, including one of the first LEED v4 for Commercial Interiors in the world. Her project management experience includes facilitation of goal setting LEED charrettes, sustainable design strategy evaluation/cost analysis, LEED documentation management, team member guidance, and serving as the U.S. Green Building Council liaison for project teams. Kena also provides educational training on the successful implementation of LEED, workshops on sustainability frameworks, and was invited to the USGBC headquarters in Washington D.C. to help with the creation of the LEED v4 Green Associate Exam.

Kristen Magnuson, LEED AP, Project Coordinator, Environmental Building Strategies
With over 7 years of experience working in architecture firms in St. Louis and Denver, Kristen brings expertise in architectural design, interior design and construction to EBS. A LEED AP, she has advised commercial and residential clients on sustainable initiatives such as Net Zero Energy, passive design, and sustainable community development, performing services including energy modeling, facility assessments, Energy Star consulting, renewable energy consulting and more. At EBS, Kristen applies the skills gained through her recent MS degree and in-depth knowledge from her previous professional experience to assist on a wide variety of high- performance building projects. With a strong interest in the green schools movement, she is expanding EBS’s reach, activity-level, and understanding in the education sector.

Originally from southeastern Louisiana, Kristen received her Bachelor of Interior Design from Louisiana State University, a top-ranked program in her own backyard. Driven by a passion to practice at the intersection of interior design, architecture, and sustainability, Kristen returned to school to pursue a Master of Science in Sustainable Design at Carnegie Mellon University. The first interior designer in the program, Kristen gained the tools she needed to quantify sustainability and apply it within her career. She holds a National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) Certification and founded an Interior Design department in a satellite office of her previous architecture firm. She was among the first to become a LEED AP at this large firm, and applies this same level of dedication for sustainability in the built environment to all of her projects.

Date: September 17, 5:30 – 8pm. Networking and refreshments at 5:30; class starts at 6.
Location: DPR / EBS offices: 945 Front St. San Francisco, CA 94111

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Design Green, Sustainable and Energy Efficient Buildings - Seminar

Commercial, Institutional & Multi-Residential


  • Geothermal Heating & Cooling
  • Sustainable Skylight and Rooftop Support
  • Self Leveling Underlayment
  • Spot Cooling
  • Motorized Doors
  • Roofing System
  • Speech privacy & Sound Masking

USGBC-NCC & AIA Members can purchase tickets at the member rate of $45.
** Continental Breakfast & lunch Included

Ms. Danie Couture
1 (919) 637-4379

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Mentorship Program Mixer

Our goal is to match members of the building community with others interested in similar areas of green building (new construction, schools, financing, materials, neighborhood development, etc.). Each mentorship group will encompass a pyramid structure, with professionals at senior-, mid-, and entry-levels with various backgrounds and experience. The goal is to create cross-pollination throughout the industry in hopes of strengthening communication and collaboration opportunities.

We envision members of each group getting together on a quarterly basis to discuss successes and challenges they've experienced at both micro and macro levels. Over time, each group will evolve to meet the goals and interests of its group members. These meet-ups may include but are not limited to happy hours, formal meetups, and everything in between.

To get involved with the program please sign up here:

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Northern California Facilities Expo




Discover the latest technology, equipment and trends, gain knowledge and inspiration from industry experts, and share ideas with fellow facilities professionals who face the same challenges that you do — all for free! Attending Northern California Facilities Expo will have a positive impact on your business and career, while having zero impact on your wallet.

 Be sure to stop by the Silicon Valley Branch booth!

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EPA & SF Environment Green Cleaning Event

Kindly RSVP by sending an email to by Thursday, September 18th.

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The Virtual World in the Construction Industry

The Virtual World in the Construction Industry, Thursday, September 25, 2014. At this event Bluebeam, Plangrid, Autodesk, Highlands Estimating, and FreightTrain will show you how to increase efficiency, productivity, and save time and money. You will learn about the virtual tools through presentations, demonstrations, hands on workshops, and hearing from current industry users.

8:00-8:30 a.m. Registration
8:30-9:30 a.m. Bluebeam
9:40-10:40 a.m. PlanGrid
10:45-11:15 a.m. Local 393/South Bay Piping Industry - Bill Guthrie
11:20-1:30 p.m. Lunch, Hands-On Demo's, Workshops, Networking, IPAD Giveaway
1:30-2:30 p.m. Highlands
1:30-2:30 p.m. AutoDesk
2:40-3:40 p.m FreightTrain
3:50-4:50 p.m. Industry User Panel
4:50-5:45 p.m. Closing Comments, Hands On Workshops and Demos, IPAD Giveaway (must be present to win)

Please click on the below link for more information and to register----space is limited.

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U.S. Green Building Council -
North California Chapter

560 Mission St. Suite 900
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: (415) 659-9404