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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

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

Food Service Technology Center & Santa Clara County Health Department - Healthy Cooking Class: Meal Planning & Induction Cooking
A healthy meal starts with what you're cooking with! Jumpstart your healthy lifestyle with the right ingredients, recipes, and cooking appliances. This class covers the benefits of meal planning and cooking with induction.

Our professional chef will share tips and tricks with a live demo of a healthy recipe -- rosemary lemon chicken with vegetables. Not convinced of the benefits of induction? After the class, check out an induction cooktop and cookware to test at home.

This FREE class is brought to you by the City of San Jose's Environmental Services Department in partnership with the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health and the Food Service Technology Center.

Register:
Register for the Healthy Cooking Class
Space is limited
Date:
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Time:
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location:
Seven Trees Community Center
3590 Cas Drive, San Jose, CA 95111
Course Credit Available:
No continuing education credits available
Cost:
Free
Small breakfast and lunch will be provided
Primary Audience: 
Homeowners

Passive House California - Passive House Retrofits

Retrofitting of existing buildings is a central component of the climate action plan of virtually every city in North America. This course will emphasize the selection of energy conservation measures and phasing these measures over time, while the building is occupied. Topics covered: Passive House EnerPHit, roof insulation, airtightness measures, EIFS and sheathing at exterior or rainscreen system, PH certified windows, heating and cooling, VRF’s, high performance ventilation, ERV’s, lighting and more. Learn multiple strategies to meet the Passive House EnerPHit criteria. Event flyer

Register:
Register for the Passive House Retrofits Class 
Space is limited
Date:
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Time:
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location:
Environmental Innovation Center
1608 Las Plumas Ave., San Jose, CA 95133
Course Credit Available:
No continuing education credits available
Cost:
Free
Small breakfast will be provided
Primary Audience: 
City Planners, Inspectors, Architects, Engineers, and all Building Professionals.

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:
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 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:
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

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).