NEW DATES: OCTOBER 28 & 29, 2020


Conference Schedule Subject to Change Due to New Dates


Southern California Facilities/Managing Green Buildings Conference

Sponsored by the Associated Builders and Contractors of Southern California , IFMA-Inland Empire Chapter, the National Lighting Contractors Association, and the University of California-Irvine Extension


Session 1

8:40 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.

LED Lighting Benefits and Advantages for Building Exteriors and Grounds

Elroy Tolbert, LEDtronics

Facilities managers today are increasingly applying LED lighting within their commercial facilities, for various benefits, including energy savings. But LED lighting offers many benefits for outside of buildings as well. This session will discuss the use of LED lighting for a variety of building exterior applications, including parking lots and walkways, building facade accents and landscape accents.

Session 2

8:40 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.

Asbestos Management Plans and Surveys for Your Facility


Kyle Bias and Christina Saldaña, BELFOR USA Group, and Joe Williams, A-Tech Consulting


This session will discuss the importance of maintaining an Asbestos Management Plan (AMP) to address asbestos-containing materials in your facility. Included will be details on why having an asbestos survey and AMP in place can save you time and unnecessary stress if an emergency happens.


Session 3

9:50 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

Santa Monica-Malibu USD – a Look at a Successful School District Sustainability Plan


Carey Upton, Chief Operations Officer-Maintenance, Operations, Transportation and Facilities Use Departments, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, and Emma Sorrell and Christina Marez, Cumming


In this informative session, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s sustainability team will outline the process and steps it took for a year-long effort to produce one of the most robust K-12 Sustainability Plans in the United States. The plan provides a strategic roadmap for formalizing and uniting the District’s many existing sustainability initiatives, incorporating sustainability into all aspects of the district’s facilities and integrating energy efficiency, water conservation, emissions reduction, transportation, solid waste diversion, and resiliency.


Session 4

9:50 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

Reliability-Centered Maintenance – an Advanced Strategy That Benefits Facilities


Paul Howland, Instructor, UC Irvine Division of Continuing Education, Facilities Management Certificate Program

Learn about Reliability-Centered Maintenance (RCM) – a structured planning tool that facilities engineers and managers can use to analyze their history of equipment failures and which, when implemented, leads to a reduction in maintenance costs and unplanned downtime. See how KPI's and their performance in the overall system are a key factor in this process.


Session 5

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Fuel Cell Applications for Commercial Facilities


Dr. Robert Flores, National Fuel Cell Research Center, University of California-Irvine


Stationary fuel cell systems are highly efficient, produce negligible pollutant emissions, are quiet, can operate on conventional and renewable fuels, and can provide both back-up and continuous power. Integration with hot water and HVAC systems can use captured fuel cell waste heat to help meet building space conditioning and/or hot water needs. With proper design and control, fuel cell systems can complement intermittent renewable energy sources, or even utilize excess renewable generation to produce hydrogen fuel. Learn the details in this informative presentation.


Session 6

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Emergency Preparedness in the Workplace


Sagar Patel, Emergency Manager, Anaheim Fire and Rescue, City of Anaheim


Emergencies or disasters in Southern California can happen anytime and anywhere. This presentation will explore action steps to take now to be personally prepared for emergencies and how to apply those principles in your workplace.


Session 7

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The California Building Energy Benchmarking Requirements – an Overview


Eugene Lee, California Energy Commission


This session will provide an overview of California’s Building Energy Benchmarking Program. The program, which went into effect in 2018, requires reporting of energy use information for buildings larger than 50,000 square feet. Learn how to identify buildings included in the requirements, how to report your buildings to the Energy Commission, and how your benchmarking results can help you save energy in your buildings.


Session 8

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Five Common Contributors to Premature Pump Failure

Bob Sygiel, R.F. MacDonald Company

This session will detail common pump problems, with information on how to solve them and thus extend pump life. Discussed will be: operating pumps away from their intended design point on the curve, improper baseplate design and installation, unsatisfactory net positive suction head available, improper startup and operating procedures, and bearing contamination and its effect on bearing and seal life.

Session 9

2:10 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.

Electric Vehicle Charging 101

Ryan Zulewski, Juice Bar EV

This session will describe the basics of electric vehicle charging at commercial facilities. Learn about types of chargers, requirements, current demand, best practices, and the future of the EV industry. Whether you are aiming to future-proof your property for the continuing influx of electric vehicles, or just need to accommodate the EVs currently on your site, this presentation will provide you with valuable information.


Session A

Special Film

2:10 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.

High Performance Building: Perspective and Practices


Enlightened companies today realize that there is a business case for building green. “High Performance Building: Perspective and Practices” is a high-interest film, produced by the Rocky Mountain Institute and the U.S. Green Building Council, which profiles 13 LEED projects. The film includes interviews with building managers and others who document the benefits to their facilities from green building practices.



Session 10

8:40 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.

Title 24 Lighting Controls Acceptance Testing


Michael Scalzo, National Lighting Contractors Association of America


California’s Title 24 Energy Code includes requirements for acceptance testing for various systems, including lighting controls, for both new non-residential buildings and alteration projects. Acceptance testing is utilized to ensure compliance with the Building Energy Efficiency Standards and other California code requirements. The speaker will examine what acceptance testing involves, who performs it, what documents are produced, how acceptance testing is different than commissioning and how learning the testing procedures could benefit commissioning agents.

Session 11

8:40 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.

Best Practices for Mold Remediation


Thom Hoge, President, SERVPRO of Downey and Montebello


Mold growth in the indoor environment can become a serious facility problem, but in researching this mold concern, facilities engineers may encounter a great deal of misinformation or pseudo-science. This session will provide factual information about the nature of mold, with best practices for preventing and remediating it within a facility.


Session 12

9:50 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

A Look at the Port of Los Angeles’s Green Omni Terminal and Microgrid Project


Tim DeMoss and Teresa Pisano, Port of Los Angeles, Environmental Management Division


Years in the works, the Port of Los Angeles’s $27 million microgrid and distributed clean energy project – called the Green Omni Terminal Demonstration Project – is the first in the city to include solar, energy storage, and zero-emission marine terminal equipment. Hear the successes and challenges of the impressive project, including a 1-MW solar PV array, a 2.6 MWh battery storage system, microgrid controller, high-power electric vehicle charging system, an emissions capturing and filtering system, and zero-emission heavy-duty equipment. Gain ideas you can apply at your own site.


Session 13

9:50 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

Lockout/Tagout Compliance


Armando Castro, Varner & Associates


This session will discuss OSHA Standard Title 29, part 1910.147 practices and procedures necessary to de-energize electrical equipment and safely disable machinery to prevent the release of hazardous energy while employees perform servicing tasks. The speaker will describe some common Lockout/Tagout violations including examples where employees were injured while performing maintenance tasks. Included will be a sample of NFPA 70E simple and complex Lockout/Tagout procedures and an emphasis on the importance of training. Learn what you need to know to avoid injury and comply with regulations.


Session 14

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Building-to-Grid Integration – a Way to Improve Facility Energy Efficiency


Ting Chang, MicroNOC, Inc.


Learn about the technology of building-to-grid (B2G): the integration and optimization of commercial buildings with the nation’s energy grid. B2G increases energy efficiency, supports incorporation of renewable energy, and balances new loads, such as electric vehicles. Hear the details, and how your facility can benefit, in this informative presentation.


Session 15

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Earthquake Retrofits Provide Major Savings for Facilities


Ali Sahabi, Chief Operating Officer, Optimum Seismic, Inc.


This session will describe how companies can save substantially in repair, reconstruction, business interruption, and liability costs via earthquake retrofits. Especially important for at-risk Southern California facilities, earthquake retrofits to existing buildings should be regarded as a prudent investment, to avoid much higher costs in the event of an earthquake. Included will be a case history about a major company’s earthquake retrofits to its buildings, as well as improved earthquake design for a new facility.


Session 16

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

How to Significantly Lower Your Commercial Building’s Electric Bill


Corey Lee Wilson, President, CLW Enterprises


Commercial buildings consume a large percentage of the total electricity used in the U.S., and energy waste within such buildings is common. This session will discuss opportunities to improve electrical energy efficiency in facilities through better measurement and technologies. Included will be the importance of evaluating demand charges as a tool for saving energy.

Session 17

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Tour of the Hilton Anaheim Hotel


Guide: Steve Karwoski, Director of Property Operations, Hilton Anaheim


Attendees will congregate in the meeting room, and from there walk over to Southern California’s second largest hotel, Hilton Anaheim, adjacent to the Convention Center, for a behind-the-scenes look at what makes its facilities operations happen. The tour will show you the steam plant, chiller plant, and emergency generation equipment. It also will include water treatment, cooling towers and pumping operations.

Session B

Special Film

2:10 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.

High Performance Building: Perspective and Practices


Enlightened companies today realize that there is a business case for building green. “High Performance Building: Perspective and Practices” is a high-interest film, produced by the Rocky Mountain Institute and the U.S. Green Building Council, which profiles 13 LEED projects. The film includes interviews with building managers and others who document the benefits to their facilities from green building practices.

Note re LEED:

As of 2012, the Green Building Certification Institute allows individuals with LEED Professional credentials to report any education related to green buildings to the Institute for continuing education. Upon request, Facilities Expo will send a certificate of completion for sessions on green building topics to any LEED Professional who requests one for GBCI documentation purposes, as long as they make the request at the conclusion of the class session, and as long as their badge was scanned.





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