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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.

Upcoming Silicon Valley Energy Watch Trainings

PG&E Title 24 Part 6 Essentials - Non-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. 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 
Space is limited
Date:
Wednesday, April 24, and Thursday, October 3, 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:
0.70 ICC
Cost:
Free
Small breakfast and lunch will be provided
Primary Audience: 
Building Department Plan Checkers and Inspectors

PG&E Title 24 Part 6 Essentials - Non-residential 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 
Space is limited
Date:
Tuesday, May 7 and 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, Designers, and Developers

PG&E Energy Efficiency Update: Strategies for Reducing Energy Use, Operating Costs and Carbon Emissions at Commercial Facilities

This one-day primer on energy efficiency strategies intended for building professionals familiar with the basic concepts who are interested in an update on new and emerging technologies and controls. This class will address a wide range of opportunities that can be applied to most commercial facilities and will build from no- and low-cost opportunities to deep energy retrofits. This class will also include modules on utility incentives, financial return calculations, interactive measures, incremental cost opportunities, and operations and maintenance considerations as well as short modules on occupant behavior programs, renewables and demand response. While all strategies presented will be relevant to existing buildings, these same approaches could also be applied to new building designs. 

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 operators, energy consultants, mechanical and HVAC engineers, and facilities managers

PG&E A Class for Control Freaks: Getting the Most from your Building Automation System
Statewide energy savings goals are depending more and more on the optimization of our existing buildings through low-cost measures. Many of these projects originate from the control systems we use to manage the operation of our HVAC and lighting equipment. This class will explore common control strategies including schedules, setbacks, resets, lockouts, vacancy controllers, demand control ventilation, CO controllers, economizer operation, and the control of variable speed equipment. We will also look at strategies for diagnosing improper operation of Building Automation Systems using graphics from these systems, trend data and data from loggers. We will emphasize the control strategies required in Title 24 and include material on how to approach specific control strategies as part of retro-commissioning projects.

Register:
Register for the PG&E A Class for Control Freaks 
Space is limited
Date:
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Time:
8:30 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 operators, energy consultants, mechanical and HVAC engineers, and facilities managers

Electric Heat Pumps for Domestic Space and Water Heating: Applications and Considerations
As our electric supply becomes cleaner due to increased use of renewables, electricity becomes an attractive fuel source to designers and builders interested in reducing residential greenhouse gas emissions and creating zero net energy buildings. This all-day class will focus on efficiency gains, emissions reduction, advantages and limitations, available technology and refrigerant types for heat pump systems. This class will provide an overview of electric heat pumps for space heating including both ducted and ductless systems. The space heating discussion will also cover the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) issues and considerations for building enclosures. In addition, the use of Heat pumps for water heating will be introduced and discussed. Other water heating strategies such as solar thermal and recirculation systems will be compared as well. 

Register:
Register for the Electric Heat Pumps class
Space is limited
Electric Heat Pumps Class flyer
Date:
Thursday, June 20, 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:
3.00 BPI
Cost:
Free
Small breakfast and lunch will be provided
Primary Audience: 
Home performance contractors, HVAC contractors, and mechanical contractors

Ongoing PG&E Classes
Learn everything from selecting the renewable energy system to power your home to the benefits of running a green business. Please check the PG&E Energy Education Classes webpage for a current schedule of classes in a variety of locations.

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