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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

PG&E's 2016 Title 24 Part 6 Essentials - Nonresidential Standards Essentials for Architects
This hands-on course is designed to provide architects with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate key nonresidential Title 24, Part 6 building standards and compliance options for new construction, alterations and additions, and compliance related documents. Participants will receive instruction on integrating code compliance tasks into their project schedule, collaborating with the project team to increase energy efficiency, and improving energy literacy to design aesthetically beautiful buildings that use less energy. The objective of this course is that at the conclusion, participants will:
  • Be able to identify major differences among the 2008, 2013, and 2016 California Nonresidential Building Energy Efficiency Standards;
  • Be able to navigate a compliance process map from project inception to completion of construction;
  • Be able to identify requirements for nonresidential new construction, additions, and alterations for project applicability, specifically envelope, daylighting, commissioning and solar ready and identify the primary compliance forms and related documents; 
  • Be able to apply the standards to example scenarios, with an emphasis on tenant improvements and determine whether code compliance has been achieved including documentation and evaluate how changes in the design of one system may affect another as well as the overall code compliance.

Register:
Register for the Title 24 Class 
Required as space is limited
Date:
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Time:
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location:
Pipe Trades Training Center
780 Commercial St, San Jose, CA 95122
Course Credit Available:
7.00 AIA-HSW, 7.00 CABEC, and 0.70 ICC
Cost:
Free
Small breakfast and lunch will be provided
Primary Audience: 
Architects


PG&E's 2016 Title 24 Part 6 Essentials - Residential Standards for Plans Examiners and Building Inspectors 
Plans examiners and building inspectors are expected to understand and enforce multiple codes. Conflicting priorities, time, workforce and budget constraints impact ability to deliver energy savings. This hands-on, activity-rich class strives to provide plans examiners and building inspectors with the knowledge and skills needed to more quickly and effectively enforce the energy code for residential projects. These courses are designed to help plans examiners and building inspectors: Understand the 2016 building energy efficiency standards for residential new construction, additions, and alterations. Understand the purpose of each of the compliance forms and related documents. 

Register:
Register for the Title 24 Class 
Required as space is limited
Date:
Thursday, September 5, 2019
Time:
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location:
Pipe Trades Training Center
780 Commercial St, San José, CA 95122
Course Credit Available:
0.70 ICC
Cost:
Free
Small breakfast and lunch will be provided
Primary Audience: 
Plans Examiners and Building Inspectors


Green Home Renovations and Rebates
Join the City of San Jose and Ann Edminster, a leading expert on green homes, to learn the latest building practices and leading technologies that can reduce your carbon emissions and improve home comfort and safety.

Talk to contractors and identify rebates from the City of San José and BayREN Home+ Program for making your home more energy ef?cient. Eligible improvements include air sealing, heating and cooling equipment, water heater upgrades, and more.


Register:
Register for the Green Home Renovations and Rebates Class
Required as space is limited
Date:
Thursday, September 19, 2019
Time:
6:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Location:
Almaden Community Center
6445 Camden Avenue, San José, CA 95120
Course Credit Available:
No continuing education credits available
Cost:
Free
Light refreshments will be served
Primary Audience: 
Homeowners


PG&E's 2016 Title 24 Part 6 Essentials - Nonresidential Standards for Plans Examiners and Building Inspectors 

Plans examiners and building inspectors are expected to understand and enforce multiple codes. Conflicting priorities, time, workforce and budget constraints impact ability to deliver energy savings. These hands-on, activity rich courses delivered by Marina Chavez Blanco strive to provide plans examiners and building inspectors with the knowledge and skills needed to more quickly and effectively enforce the energy code for nonresidential projects. These courses are designed to help plans examiners and building inspectors:
  • Understand the 2016 building energy efficiency standards for nonresidential new construction, additions, and alterations.
  • Understand the purpose of each of the compliance forms and related documents.

Register:
Register for the Title 24 Class 
Required as space is limited
Date:
Thursday, October 3, 2019
Time:
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location:
Pipe Trades Training Center
780 Commercial St, San José, CA 95122
Course Credit Available:
0.70 ICC
Cost:
Free
Small breakfast and lunch will be provided
Primary Audience: 
Architects


Resource Fair and Training: Bay Area Home Electrification Expo
Join the City of San José, experts, residents, and technology manufacturers for a full-day of education and resources on home electrification. Hear from industry experts on ways to make your home cleaner, greener and safer. Learn about rebates that help you save money. Meet with manufacturer representatives and learn about technologies that can add value and comfort. Chat with residents and experts about the benefits of shifting to electricity.


Register:
Required as space is limited. Those who register online by October 5 can get special access to workshops and will receive complimentary access to the Tech Interactive. Walk-ins on the day of the event are welcome, but will not have access or receive free passes to the Tech Interactive or workshops. Register here.
Date:
Saturday, October 12, 2019
Time:
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location:
The Tech Interactive
201 S. Market St, San Jose, CA 95113
Course Credit Available:
None
Cost:
This is a FREE, family-friendly event with a raffle and prizes!
Primary Audience: 
Homeowners, Renters, Building Professionals




Build it Green's National Association of Realtors Green Designation Training
Join us for a two-day training to learn green real estate concepts, principles, practices, and benefits from the ground up in a way that makes sense to you and your clients. You’ll stand out from the crowd by earning the only green designation for real estate agents conferred by the National Association of REALTORS®.


Register:
Register for the Green Designation Class
Required as space is limited
Date:
Monday, October 28, 2019
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Time:
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location:
Environmental Innovation Center
1608 Las Plumas Ave, San José, CA 95133
Course Credit Available:
Upon completion of the two required courses and successfully passing each exam with 80%, you will receive 16 Continuing Education Units approved by the Department of Real Estate. DRE Sponsor # 5040.
Cost:
Free
Primary Audience: 
Must be a licensed Realtor in the State of California in order to receive the Department of Real Estate Continuing Education Units for attending these courses


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 Title 24 Class 
Required as space is limited
Date:
Thursday, October 3, 2019
Time:
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location:
Pipe Trades Training Center
780 Commercial St, San José, CA 95122
Course Credit Available:
0.70 ICC
Cost:
Free
Small breakfast and lunch will be provided
Primary Audience: 
Architects