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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

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

2019 Title 24, Part 6 Essentials - Nonresidential Modeling
This highly interactive online live course addresses general principles and hands-on application for effectively modeling nonresidential new construction and alterations to demonstrate compliance with California’s 2019 Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24, Part 6 or Energy Code). The course includes examples, demonstrations and individual hands-on practice covering both EnergyPro v. 8 and and CBECC-Com v. 2019. Note that this is a “virtual” class (v-class) and is delivered in three parts held on three consecutive mornings. You need to attend all three parts to complete the course. Part One addresses what’s changed in modeling compared to the 2016 code cycle, how to assess a project and prepare for data entry as well as considerations for modeling the building envelope. Part Two explores how to interpret the results from an envelope modeling run as well as how to model nonresidential lighting and interpret the results. Part Three focuses on zoning the model for HVAC, interpreting the results of a Mechanical run and identifying recommended improvements for a project.

Register:
Register for the Nonresidential Modeling Class
Required as space is limited
Date:
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Thursday, October 31, 2019
Time:
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. each day
Location:
Online
Course Credit Available:
Yes (see registration page for detail). You need to participate all three days to complete course.
Cost:
Free
Primary Audience: 
This course is designed for participants who already have some basic skills and experience using either EnergyPro or CBECC-Com


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