Southern California Facilities/Managing Green Buildings Conference

May 1-2, 2019

Anaheim Convention Center

Sponsored by the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council/Building Operator Certification Program,  the OSHA Training Center at Chabot-Las Positas Community College District, Southern California Edison, and University of California-Irvine Extension


Wednesday, May 1


Session 1

8:40 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.

Basics of LED Technology – a Lighting Overview


Greg Sharp, AIA, Architect


Attendees will gain a basic understanding of light-emitting diode (LED) technology, with an emphasis on benefits and limitations for real world applications. Come learn about the history, current status, and the future of LED technology, which will help you make energy-saving decisions.


Session 2

8:40 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.

Intelligent Control Valves for HVAC – Flow Rate and Energy Efficiency Features and Benefits


Mac Kern, Azbil North America/VorTek Instruments


Learn how to increase comfort levels, and boost energy efficiency, in existing HVAC systems by using intelligent control valves for improved measurement and control.  These new intelligent HVAC valves, which incorporate flow measurement functions, allow users to obtain energy usage efficiency in detail for each air-conditioning unit in a system or building.  By allowing for flow rate control operation, they can reduce excessive flow rates, thus contributing to energy savings.  


Session 3

9:50 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

Orange Coast College – Engaging Unique Stakeholders in Sustainability Efforts


Mike Carey, Sustainability Coordinator, Orange Coast College


Orange Coast College has a long, rich history of supporting ecological issues, and won the “Most Sustainable School” portion of the most recent Eco Awards presented by Orange County.  Learn how success has been achieved by actively seeking participation and input from industry, community, municipalities, faculty, staff and students. Topics of the session will include the college’s solar power systems, water conservation, recycling, and green buildings.


Session 4

9:50 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

Leadership 101


Phyllis Meng, IFMA Fellow and Principal, Meng Associates


Have you recently been promoted to a manager or executive position? Are you a leader or just a manager? This session will tell you how to position yourself as a leader and motivate your staff so that they will be on board with what you are trying to accomplish. Also learn how to make the C-Suite aware of the value that the FM department provides and how to effectively market your department to all stakeholders.


Session 5

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Benchmarking in Building Commissioning/Retro-Commissioning


Paul Howland, Instructor, UC Irvine Extension Certificate Program – Facilities Management


Benchmarking is a way to discover what others have done to improve the performance of their buildings. Benchmarking data used to be limited within specific organizations, but now there are opportunities to share and receive data from government agencies in the U.S. and around the world.  This presentation will focus on building commissioning/retro-commissioning – processes designed to ensure that building HVAC and other equipment and systems work together optimally and efficiently. The speaker will describe what has worked well and what hasn’t within benchmarking of commissioning/retro-commissioning processes, in order to help facility managers become more successful.


Session 6

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Understanding Cal/OSHA’s Appeals Process


Dick Monod de Froideville, OSHA Training Institute Education Center at Chabot-Las Positas Community College District


Employers have the right to contest (appeal) health and safety violations alleged in a citation, the practicality of the abatement date, the reasonableness of the changes, and the amount of the proposed penalty. Very few employers, or their employees and representatives, understand the process or know their rights. This session will cover recent developments in Cal/OSHA’s enforcement procedures and updates to the appeals process, including increased penalties and broadening of the definition of repeat violation.


Session 7

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Custodial Cleaning and Sustainable Buildings – How to Meet Your Goals

Brian Johnson, Director, The Ashkin Group

This presentation will describe the benefits of having a custodial cleaning arrangement, either via contract services or involving an in-house crew, which coordinates cleaning with the sustainability mission of your company and facility.  Whether you are working toward LEED Building Operations and Maintenance (O&M) certification or are just concerned about monitoring the presence of chemicals in the employees’ workspace, this presentation will provide facility managers with practical ideas and tools to meet both cleanliness and sustainability goals.


Session 8

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The Use of Trained Falcons for Pest Bird Control


Daniel Hedin, Airstrike Bird Control, Inc.


Falconry is the use of trained hawks and falcons. It began as a hunting sport, but is now used as a means of sustainable pest bird control at a wide variety of commercial and industrial facilities. This presentation will examine the problems caused by pest birds such as pigeons and gulls, explain how falconry can be utilized to solve those problems, and discuss how to evaluate whether a falconry program is right for your facility and how to implement one if so. Included will be information on how different species are suited to different types of facilities and pests. The speaker will explore several case studies from the Southern California area, including corporate campuses, industrial facilities, and transportation hubs.


Session A

Special Film:

2:10 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.

The Story of a Green Building


Sustainable design requires a team approach between architects, engineers, and the building client. The Story of a Green Building is a case history film, produced by the National Building Museum, which documents the green team that created the impressive green building PNC Place in Washington, DC, the headquarters of PNC Bank.  Among the interesting building features are:  three-story water walls in the lobby, temperature sensors in concrete, vegetative walls inside the building, daylighting, green plumbing, and highly efficient cooling and ventilation systems.

Session C

2:10 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.

Greywater – Applications for Irrigation and Toilet Flushing, and a Look at Net Positive Water Buildings


Joseph Gallegos, Grey4Green

This session will discuss applications of “greywater” –  the reusing water from sinks, air conditioner condensation and showers for irrigation and toilet flushing. More than water conservation, it is a path to keeping your landscape green and lush, which keeps the area cool, and sequesters carbon and pollution. And as well, it can add LEED points for your sustainability project. The speaker will also discuss what a net positive water building looks like, and will provide examples of water efficient projects in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, and other locales.



Thursday, May 2


Session 9

8:40 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.

Solar Power 101


Luke Emard, Renewable Energy Partners


Whether your facility is large or small, there are many possibilities for the use of photovoltaics. The speaker will provide a basic primer on solar systems, typical applications, and the economics of the installations. Attendees will gain an understanding of PV technology, why they would or would not want to use solar in their particular application, and how to proceed.


Session 10

8:40 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.

Optimize Facilities Operations by Going Mobile


David Trask, ARC


The future of managing facilities is using a mobile device to access facilities documents that are stored are organized and stored in a cloud-based archive. Attend this interactive session to discover how going mobile boosts team productivity and expedites emergency responsiveness with continually available access to facilities data.


Session 11

9:50 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

Inside the Surf City – Huntington Beach’s Sustainable Initiatives


Antonia Graham, Assistant to the City Manager/Energy and Sustainability Manager, City of Huntington Beach


Learn about the City of Huntington Beach’s impressive initiatives. Among the topics discussed by the speaker will be the retrofit of 13,000 streetlights, the installation of a battery storage project, the City’s partnership with UCI and NREL to create an advanced energy community, the implementation and creation of the Orange County Recycling Market Development Zone, and the City’s Sustainable Business Certification Program.


Session 12

9:50 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

Accessibility Compliance in Your Facility – How to Avoid Violations


Mark Hulme, Assistant Vice President, Marx|Okubo Associates, Inc.


This session will provide an overview of past and current disability access laws in the U.S. and more specifically in California. Learn the meaning of various terms used in the disability access laws and regulations, about the “Certified Access Specialist Program,” and about the top 10 construction-related Americans With Disabilities Act violations in California. The presentation will help you recognize areas where disability access is frequently lacking and/or frequently litigated.


Session 13

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Electric Vehicle Charging at Your Facility: What You Need to Know Now


Ryan Zulewski, SemaConnect


The electric vehicle (EV) market is increasingly expanding in the U.S. – to the point that availability of EV infrastructure is a factor today in deciding where drivers live, work, and shop.  This presentation will inform facilities professionals about EV charging – an essential amenity to differentiate their facility, accommodate the needs of employees and visitors, and attract quality tenants and customers.  Find out what you need to know.


Session 14

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Walking the Building to Find Low-Cost Operational Improvement Opportunities


Blair Seibert, Architect, Principal, Verde Concepts


There are common opportunities for energy and operational savings in most buildings. Finding these opportunities can be as simple as walking around and using your five senses – for example, noticing unoccupied areas that are over-lighted, over-heated or over-cooled; excessively hot or vibrating equipment; condensation; stains; odors. This session covers the fundamentals of how to detect efficiency issues through building scoping, building energy analysis, and night walks.


Session 15

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Flooring Systems – How to Choose the Best for Your Application


Jose Gonzalez, Dynamic Coatings


Floors are the most used and abused areas of any facility – that is why it’s so important to select the right flooring for your specific needs. This session will examine selection criteria, including: primary use of the particular area, type of traffic (pedestrian, forklift, etc.), chemicals (type, concentration), dry area or washdown, time allowed for complete installation of floor, including surface prep and curing. Types of floors discussed will include epoxy, vinyl composition tile, polished concrete, urethane, carpet, polyespartics, wood, and polyureas.


Session 16

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Facility Tour of the Anaheim Convention Center


Guide:  Tim Cho, Facility Maintenance Manager


The guide will provide a comprehensive perspective of operations at the Anaheim Convention Center, focusing on the strategic execution of utility management, preventive maintenance and predictive maintenance. The ACC is a LEED-Certified 1.8-million-sq-ft facility, which is comprised of over 1 million sq ft of exhibit space, a 7,500-seat Arena, 94 meeting rooms of 352,000 sq ft total, 138,000 sq ft of ballroom space (one is 38,000; another is 100,000), 176,000 sq ft of pre-function lobby space, and over 200,000 sq ft of outdoor event space. The campus is serviced by 6 mechanical plants with 15 heavy tonnage chillers supplying nearly 10,000 tons of cooling, all maintained and serviced in-house. Included in the tour will be information on maintenance operation strategies, which include high-tech analysis and practices, along with an outlook for the future.


Session B

Special Film:

2:10 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.

The Story of a Green Building


Sustainable design requires a team approach between architects, engineers, and the building client. The Story of a Green Building is a case history film, produced by the National Building Museum, which documents the green team that created the impressive green building PNC Place in Washington, DC, the headquarters of PNC Bank.  Among the interesting building features are:  three-story water walls in the lobby, temperature sensors in concrete, vegetative walls inside the building, daylighting, green plumbing, and highly efficient cooling and ventilation systems.


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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