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This 3-hour introductory course is designed for those interested in learning more about the movement towards Zero Energy design, engineering and construction with the International Living Future Institute (ILFI). Join ILFI’s Zero Energy Director Brad Liljequist to learn more about the Living Building Challenge, recognized as the world’s most stringent green building system, as well as the Institute’s Zero Energy Building Certification and Reveal energy performance label. The class will explore best practices for projects pursuing ZNE performance, strategies to achieve ILFI’s Zero Energy Certification and Reveal energy performance label, as well as highlight key incentives and other resource offerings from Southern California Edison to support leading projects.
Speaker:
Brad Liljequist – Director, Zero Energy, International Living Future Institute (ILFI)
What does a regenerative future for LA look like? How can you become a part of this movement?
The Living Building Challenge Los Angeles Collaborative is a network of deeply passionate and highly motivated sustainability professionals working towards a regenerative future. Our mission is to encourage the creation of Living Buildings, Sites, Communities in Los Angeles while inspiring, educating, and motivating transformative change. Join us for an interactive session to learn about the various Sub-Committees and how to be a part of the Collaborative. Learn about our past and upcoming events to advance the Net Zero Energy, Net Zero Water, and Net Zero Waste goals in the Los Angeles region.
The second half of this workshop will be a presentation by Integral Group, highlighting their most advanced NZE projects.
Speakers:
Avideh Haghighi – Architect & Sustainability Strategist, Steinberg Hart
Kanika Sharma – Energy Analyst & Project Manager, Verdical Group
Andy Reilman – Managing Principal, Integral Group
Justin DiPalo – Mechanical Engineer, Syska Hennessy Group
Gary Lai – Principal, AHBE Landscape Architects, Inc.
Sofia Siegel – Project Manager, Verdical Group
Sandra Rhee – Project Engineer, Hathaway Dinwiddie
Will Vicent – Energy Codes & Standards, Customer Programs & Services, Southern California Edison
Aline Goganian – Office Coordinator, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
This 3-hour advanced course is designed for those interested in learning more about technical applications for Zero Energy design, engineering and construction in the commercial and multifamily marketplace with the International Living Future Institute (ILFI). Join ILFI’s Zero Energy Director Brad Liljequist to explore commercial and multi-family project case studies, energy efficiency and renewable applications for the local climate zone, as well as best practices for projects pursuing the Living Building Challenge and Zero Energy Building Certification with ILFI. In addition, SCE program staff will outline relevant incentives and resources for commercial and multifamily Zero Energy projects.
Speaker:
Brad Liljequist – Director, Zero Energy, International Living Future Institute (ILFI)
ZNE-resistance has bred misinformation and public reluctance that design and construction professionals must learn to counter to advance ZNE. Professionals will gain the tools to refute common ZNE myths and expand their understanding of ZNE buildings at different scales. Presentations will pave the road to advance building energy efficiency by crossing the property line to increase grid-interaction, developing ZNE campuses, and evaluating distributed energy resources (DER). CPUC will share the State’s new goals, and Santa Monica will showcase their ZNE requirements and achievements at different project sizes and scales. Case studies will disprove ZNE misinformation and illustrate the future of ZNE buildings.
Speakers:
Webly Bowles – Project Manager, New Buildings Institute
Rory Cox – Senior Analyst, California Public Utilities Commission
Joel Cesare – Capital Improvement Project Manager & Sustainable Building Advisor, City of Santa Monica
Celia Hoag – Senior Engineer, DNV GL
Join the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers for their NZ18 workshop discussing the Challenges of Retrofitting & Monitoring ZNE Buildings. We’ll explore how to navigate the different phases of building, monitoring, and implementing lessons learned.
Speakers:
Jim Willson – Chapter Manager, LA NECA
Richard “Dick” Reed – President, IBEW Local 11
David Nott – Apprentice Coordinator, LA NECA
Gary Leder – Superintendent & Project Manager, O’Bryant Electric
Dan Cohee– Vice President, PDE Total Energy Solutions

Network, reconnect, and enjoy a light breakfast with your fellow NZ18 attendees.

Join Verdical Group Founder & Principal, Drew Shula, and premier sponsor Southern California Edison in the Auditorium to kick off your day at the nation’s largest net zero building conference!

Morning Keynote Address speaker to be announced shortly.

Peak behind the scenes with the experts and teams that worked to renovate the Net Zero 2018 Conference’s host venue into the revolutionary net positive facility it is today.

Speakers:
Jim Willson– Chapter Manager, LA NECA
Richard “Dick” Reed– President,International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 11
Diana Limon – Training Director, Net Zero Plus Electrical Training Institute, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 11
Kanika Sharma – Energy Analyst & Project Manager, Verdical Group

Network, reconnect, and enjoy refreshments with your fellow NZ18 attendees.

Southern California’s leading utility providers come together to discuss their most exciting new initiatives and interact with audience members in a brief Q&A session.

Speakers:
Jill Anderson – Vice President, Customer Programs & Services, Southern California Edison (SCE)
Nancy Sutley – Chief Sustainability Officer, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP)
Sharon Tomkins – Vice President, Customer Solutions, Communications and Environmental Strategy, SoCalGas

Moderator:
Nurit Katz – Chief Sustainability Officer, University of Southern California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Midday Keynote Address to be delivered by Kevin Payne, CEO, Southern California Edison (SCE).

Network, reconnect, and enjoy lunch with your fellow NZ18 attendees.  Don’t miss the grand unveiling ceremony of Passive House California‘s Icebox Challenge held from 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm outside the venue next to the main entrance!

This panel will discuss the future of transportation efficiency, equity, and technology.

Speakers:
Cris Liban – Executive Officer, Environment & Sustainability, Los Angeles Metro
Megan Prichard – General Manager, Uber
Corinne Ralph
 – Head of Transit Operations, Los Angeles Department of Transportation

The city of Santa Monica is building the first Living Building Challenge in Southern California. It will also be one of the first municipally owned Living Building Challenge projects, and likely the most densely populated building to earn the Certification. These reasons create unique challenges for the design team, but also as provide an exciting opportunity to advocate for better design as a Public Good. Through this project, the design team has advocated for greener building codes, greater transparency in the public process, innovative precedents for design build projects, and a better understanding of how material selection impacts environmental justice.

This session will focus on a case study of the challenges and opportunities presented by a municipal Living Building Challenge project. The City of Santa Monica will introduce the project and its unique design features, as well discuss the impact that the public review process plays in creating a more transparent approach to the design and construction process.

Speakers:
Jessie Buckmaster – Sustainability Manager, Hathaway Dinwiddie
Joel Cesare – Capital Improvement Project Manager, City of Santa Monica
Julian Parsley – Associate Principal, BuroHappold Engineering
Mariam Mojdehi – Project Architect, Frederick Fisher & Partners

Buildings – construction and operation – comprise one of the largest consumers of energy and sources of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. GHG emissions from buildings consists of the embodied carbon of materials and emissions from operations.

This presentation will describe the approaches and best practices employed by two building product manufacturers to reduce embodied carbon and how specifiers and building owners can take advantage of these insights.

In the first case, the manufacturer was able to attain Carbon Neutral product verification based on the PAS 2060 standard. In the second case, the manufacturer pursued and ultimately achieved Reduced Carbon Footprint recognition, built around a Wind Farm Power Purchase Agreement.

Specification of Carbon Neutral or Reduced Carbon Footprint products is an important step towards a Net Zero future.

Speakers:
Gale Tedhams – Director of Sustainability, Owens Corning
Robb-Davon Butler – Regional Sales Director, Interface
Keith Killpack – Manager, Life Cycle Assessment Services, SCS Global Services
Danny Gleiberman – Manager, Product Compliance and Government Affairs, Sloan Valve Company

The drive towards zero energy buildings is imperative, but what about water and materials? Leading organizations are trending towards zero energy, water, and waste in building design and operations.

This panel session will discuss how LEED and other rating systems help project teams design for net zero water, waste, and energy; identify synergies and disconnects between these goals; hear from global leaders implementing these strategies on real projects; and explore “zero” performance during operations.

Panelists include USGBC, Google, and teams working on multiple net zero goals for companies like Salesforce. We’ll share lessons learned in pursuing goals for zero waste on construction projects, tips for meeting design targets to reduce water and energy use, and case studies for achieving high performance with the help of ‘renewable water’. The session will inspire and prepare attendees to target multiple zeros and pursue leadership certifications that benchmark and verify performance.

Speakers:
Lauren Sparandara – REWS Sustainability Program Manager, Google, Inc.
Emma Hughes
– Project Manager, LEED, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
Wes Sullens – Director, Code Technical Development, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
Piper Kujac – Director, Project Management, Urban Fabrick

Afternoon Keynote Address to be delivered by Mahesh Ramanjuam, President & CEO, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

Party Time!  Join us for drinks, networking, the Happy Hour Raffle, and free tours of our revolutionary net positive venue.

Network, reconnect, and enjoy a light breakfast with your fellow NZ18 attendees.

Join Verdical Group Founder & Principal, Drew Shula, and premier sponsor Southern California Edison in the Auditorium to kick off your day at the nation’s largest net zero building conference!

Morning Keynote Address speaker to be announced shortly.

Peak behind the scenes with the experts and teams that worked to renovate the Net Zero 2018 Conference’s host venue into the revolutionary net positive facility it is today.

Speakers:
Jim Willson– Chapter Manager, LA NECA
Richard “Dick” Reed– President,International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 11
Diana Limon – Training Director, Net Zero Plus Electrical Training Institute, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 11
Kanika Sharma – Energy Analyst & Project Manager, Verdical Group

Network, reconnect, and enjoy refreshments with your fellow NZ18 attendees.

Southern California’s leading utility providers come together to discuss their most exciting new initiatives and interact with audience members in a brief Q&A session.

Midday Keynote Address to be delivered by Kevin Payne, CEO, Southern California Edison (SCE).

Network, reconnect, and enjoy lunch with your fellow NZ18 attendees.  Don’t miss the grand unveiling ceremony of Passive House California‘s Icebox Challenge held from 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm outside the venue next to the main entrance!

Tall buildings in urban areas are inherently problematic when assessed under the current framework of ‘Net Zero’ energy. Taller buildings with small roof to floor ratios cannot add sufficient on-site generation to off-set energy consumption. Dense, urban environments with poor solar orientation or within the shadow-fall of other buildings add to this challenge. Yet we know that increased building density is inherently more sustainable than urban sprawl. How can we balance these contradictory drivers to increase renewable energy but not sprawl and give urban buildings a fairer shake under a new ‘net zero’ framework?

This presentation shares an alternate framework to ‘Net Zero’ that offers a more equitable assessment of local generation credits not based on total floor area. It includes alternate options for large buildings and those challenged by poor orientation or shadow-fall. The presenter will share additional features of this framework that encourage fuel-switching plus a more regional- and climate-specific design of mechanical systems that enhance and align with renewable energy generation.

Speakers:
Bronwyn Barry – Co-President, Passive House California
Al Tozer – Director, Education, Living Building Challenge, International Living Future Institute

As ZNE is becoming more common, it’s also getting more push back from those who know little about what it truly means. This interactive session will prepare you to refute claims from clients, fellow designers, newspaper editorials, and even your anti-development Aunt Tammy. Yes, even Aunt Tammy. “It’s too expensive!” “It’s ugly!” “No one wants to live in a mud puddle.” This session will give you the tools to counter the myths. Next, test your training as you go head-to-head with fellow zero energy building professionals in this game show setting to debunk common ZNE myths.

Speakers:
Webly Bowles – Project Manager, New Buildings Institute
Celia Hoag – Senior Engineer, DNV GL

How do climate change events affect national security? Get the navy’s inside perspective on the future of the global community will be affected by natural disasters, resource scarcity, and potential conflicts between nations.

Speaker:
Leendert “Len” Hering – Rear Admiral (Ret.), United States Navy

By 2050, the population in California is expected to rise to 50 million people while our rainfall is projected to decrease by 10-15% due to climate change. A new model for urban water use must be considered: Eco Water Districts. An Eco Water District would be completely water independent – effectively taking the community off the water grid. Because of Southern California’s penchant for developing purely aesthetic manmade lakes in the late 20th Century, these lakes are prime candidates for Eco Districts. New waste water treatment methods allow urban watersheds to become localized. As Echo Park Lake has proven, these aging lakes can be revitalized into great urban parks that not only provide beauty and recreation but also become part of the urban infrastructure.

Speaker:
Gary Lai – Principal, AHBE Landscape Architects, Inc.

Startups frequently represent the forefront of technology in our society – a theme that holds true especially for the cleantech and clean energy industries.

This panel will be a discussion on the role of entrepreneurs and startups in achieving net zero in buildings and transportation. The panel will discuss the unique role that clean technology startups play within the green building ecosystem, and how their products and businesses fuel the innovation and shift the market sentiment needed to make net zero a reality. The panel will be comprised of founders and leaders of startups supported by the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) from across a variety of sectors – including renewable energy, water, waste, and transportation.

Speakers:
Sanjay Poojary – President & CEO, Saya Life
Aric Ohana – Co-Founder, Envoy Technologies
Lauren Gropper – Co-Founder & CEO, Repurpose Compostables
Jeff Horowitz – Director of Business Development & Partnerships, NEXT Energy Technologies

Moderator:
Kelly Schmandt-Ferguson – Director, Santa Barbara & Ventura Counties, Energize California

Speakers:
Rory Cox – Senior Analyst, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)
Dan Burgoyne – Sustainability Director, State of California Department of General Services (DGS)
Maziar Shirakh – Senior Engineer, Technical Lead Net Zero Energy (ZNE), Building Energy Efficiency Standards, California Energy Commission (CEC)

Moderator:
Ralph DiNola – CEO, New Buildings Institute

Afternoon Keynote Address to be delivered by Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

Party Time!  Join us for drinks, networking, the Happy Hour Raffle, and free tours of our revolutionary net positive venue.

Network, reconnect, and enjoy a light breakfast with your fellow NZ18 attendees.

Join Verdical Group Founder & Principal, Drew Shula, and premier sponsor Southern California Edison in the Auditorium to kick off your day at the nation’s largest net zero building conference!

Morning Keynote Address speaker to be announced shortly.

Peak behind the scenes with the experts and teams that worked to renovate the Net Zero 2018 Conference’s host venue into the revolutionary net positive facility it is today.

Speakers:
Jim Willson– Chapter Manager, LA NECA
Richard “Dick” Reed– President,International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 11
Diana Limon – Training Director, Net Zero Plus Electrical Training Institute, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 11
Kanika Sharma – Energy Analyst & Project Manager, Verdical Group

Network, reconnect, and enjoy refreshments with your fellow NZ18 attendees.

Southern California’s leading utility providers come together to discuss their most exciting new initiatives and interact with audience members in a brief Q&A session.

Midday Keynote Address to be delivered by Kevin Payne, CEO, Southern California Edison (SCE).

Network, reconnect, and enjoy lunch with your fellow NZ18 attendees.  Don’t miss the grand unveiling ceremony of Passive House California‘s Icebox Challenge held from 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm outside the venue next to the main entrance!

Speakers:
Bill Stonecypher – Manager, Solid Waste Management & University Recycling Program, Loyola Marymount University
Denise Braun – Principal, All About Waste
Nadereh Afsharmanesh – Vice President of Sustainability, Earth Friendly Products
Maya Henderson – Sustainability Manager, Kilroy Realty Corporation

Moderator:
Stephanie Barger – Development, Market Transformation & Development, Green Business Certification, Inc. (GBCI), TRUE Zero Waste Program

This talk brings together two of the pioneers and ongoing leaders in the affordable NZE movement. Sean Armstrong and Robert Fortunato’s presentation will explode myths with facts from the field—ZNE is less expensive, safer and more luxurious. In this engaging presentation, they will illustrate how developers and contractors have adopted profitable business strategies, sharing lessons from homes to high rises.

Speakers:
Robert Fortunato – President, ForStrategy Consulting, Inc.
Sean Armstrong – Partner, Redwood Energy

This session, a fireside chat with Drew Torbin and Sara Neff, will discuss how institutional property owners and users of energy are creating additional value by installing onsite solar and storage at their properties. Sara and Drew will discuss the benefits landlords, tenants and users of energy are seeing by procuring their energy onsite. They will deep dive further into what it takes to actually get steel in the ground – covering topics such as contract negotiation and construction, and discussing the many pitfalls to avoid.

Speakers:
Sara Neff – Senior Vice President, Sustainability, Kilroy Realty Corporation
Drew Torbin – CEO, BlackBear Energy, Inc.

In 2015, the Annenberg Foundation at Sunnylands proceeded with an expansion on the historic Rancho Mirage estate. Seven aspirational goals were set, including Net Zero Water and Energy in one of the most extreme climates in country. Rather than ending at net zero, this project aspired to, “Start at Zero” and have positive impact. Learn how to create: exceptional human experiences, “default off” for low EUI, renewable energy planning, water balance planning, cleaning the water, carbon neutral, zero waste, using red-list complaint materials. Challenges were: Energy demands for sensitive archive collections, desert drought conditions, intense sun, worsening water and soil quality, extensive landscape on a limited water budget, regulatory barriers, cost constraints and many other challenges associated with small buildings, tight budget and large aspirations.

Speakers:
Patrick Thibaudeau – Vice President, Sustainability, Hammel Green and Abrahamson
Leighton Deer – Senior Mechanical Project Engineer

Moderator:
Lisa Fay Matthiessen – National Sustainable Design Director, Hammel Green and Abrahamson

Discovery Elementary School is the first elementary school designed in the 21st century for Arlington Public Schools in Virginia.  The new school is two floors, 97,600 square feet, and built for an occupancy of 630 students. The AIA COTE Award winning school has a 16.4 EUI with a 500 kilowatt PV system. Discovery’s budget matched the last school constructed and had a sustainability goal of LEED Silver. The evolution of Discovery into the largest Zero Energy school in the U.S. demonstrates that exceptional outcomes can occur when the design team and owner share a common vision to design a school that provides a better environment for student education and a building that can be part of the education process.

Speakers:
Tony Hans – National Director for Sustainable Projects, CMTA
Brian Turner – Electrical Engineer, CMTA
Wyck Knox – Principal, VMDO

Afternoon Keynote Address to be delivered by Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

Party Time!  Join us for drinks, networking, the Reception Raffle, and free tours of our revolutionary net positive venue.

Are you throwing away your bottom line? The TRUE (Total Resource Use and Efficiency) Zero Waste certification program digs deep into your company’s waste streams to turn them into valuable resources. This dynamic and interactive workshop will provide you with the tools to design and implement your zero waste plan. A variety of companies will present their success strategies including employee engagement, zero waste purchasing and going beyond recycling. Learn how to maximize your “resources” through hauler contracts, rightsizing and understanding commodity markets. Understand what is really behind the China Green Fence and how we can bring jobs and processing back to your local community.
Speakers:
Stephanie Barger – Director, Market Transformation & Development, Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), TRUE Zero Waste Program
Denise Braun – Principal, All About Waste
Maya Henderson – Sustainability Manager, Kilroy Realty Corporation
Bill Stonecypher – Manager, Solid Waste Management & University Recycling Program, Loyola Marymount University
Net Zero buildings are an essential step in meeting climate goals. But what happens when the grid goes down or the power goes out? Or when an earthquake hits? How will your building, your business and your community adapt to change and disruption? In this highly interactive session we will explore relationship between net zero and resilience, and how designing for both can create new synergies that make sense in both “blue sky” days and times of disaster. Participants will be introduced to a step-by-step process to form teams, evaluate risks and opportunities, set net zero and resilience goals, and design and implement programs and strategies that help buildings and businesses survive and thrive, no matter what the future holds.
Speakers:
Heather Joy Rosenberg – Founder, Building Resilience Network
How does nature achieve net zero energy? Natural strategies can serve as inspiration for the design community as we address systemic issues of climate change, urbanization, and natural disaster. Explore how the biomimicry process has become a creative methodology for architects and engineers, drawing inspiration from natural forms, processes, and systems to provide a fresh opportunity to re-think and re-imagine design challenges. HOK and Biomimicry 3.8 will share the results of the “Genius of Biome: California Coast” research project that illustrates how species in the most biodiverse region in the US have adapted to systemic regional challenges, and how HOK is using this insight to drive innovative design that is well adapted, resilient and positive.
Speakers:
Sean Quinn – Sustainable Design Leader, HOK
Jamie Dwyer – Principal, Biomimicry 3.8
Are you adding more insulation to your building envelope, but unwittingly undermining its effectiveness? Are there really cost effective – or free – details that will improve your building’s performance? Join us at this 3-hour workshop to look at specific details for large and small buildings that will help you optimize your building envelope and put you in the running for the Oscars of Building Envelope Efficiency. All details will be applicable to local California climates.
Speakers:
Bronwyn Barry – President, North American Passive House Network
Xavier Gaucher – Passive House Advocate & Owner of the Perlita Passive House