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International Living Future Institute

We are proud to be working with the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) and Southern California Edison (SCE) on another Net Zero Conference! As program partners, ILFI and SCE provide input to curate world-class speakers for NZ18, and are hosting ground-breaking NZ18 workshops.

Zero Energy Accelerator Course:
-- Sold Out!

  • Wednesday, September 12, 2018
  • 8:30 am – 11:30 am. Please arrive early to check in at Registration.
  • $0 – Free to attend
  • Speaker:
    Andrew Lee – ILFI
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 Andrew Lee to explore best practices for projects pursuing ZNE performance -- showing project case studies and strategies to achieve ILFI’s Zero Energy Certification and Living Building Challenge Energy Petal certification -- as well as highlight key incentives and other resource offerings from Southern California Edison to support leading projects.

Zero Energy Accelerator Course:
Advanced (Commercial & Multifamily) -- Sold Out!

  • Wednesday, September 12, 2018
  • 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm. Please arrive early to check in at Registration.
  • $0 – Free to attend
  • Speaker:
    Andrew Lee
     – ILFI
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 Andrew Lee 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.
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Living Building Challenge Los Angeles: Creating a Regenerative Future

This workshop is sponsored by Knauf Insulation
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 one of their most advanced NZE projects, the RRC.

The RRC was once an abandoned historic building which had been damaged in a fire and has been transformed into a net zero, LEED Platinum learning center which is educating the next generation of change makers. This project serves as an example of the importance of reusing existing buildings as it relates to embodied carbon and also the opportunities around us to transform existing spaces into new purposes. The project team worked together to implement smart, cost effective, simple design decisions which included passive design elements, re-using many of the buildings existing elements and on-site PV. These strategies work together to reduce the overall energy consumption of the building while also serve as an education opportunity for the students at the college.

– Wednesday, September 12, 2018

– 9:00 am – 11:00 am. Please arrive early to check in at Registration.

– $10

– Speakers

Avideh Haghighi – Architect & Sustainability Strategist,  ZGF

Kanika Sharma Energy Analyst & Project Manager, Verdical Group

Andy ReilmanManaging Principal, Integral Group

Justin DiPaloMechanical Engineer, Syska Hennessy Group

Gary LaiPrincipal, AHBE Landscape Architects, Inc.

Sofia SiegelProject Manager, Verdical Group

Sandra RheeProject Engineer, Hathaway Dinwiddie

Will Vicent – Energy Codes & Standards, Customer Programs & Services, Southern California Edison

Aline GoganianOffice Coordinator, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Marilyn Specht Associate, Senior Sustainability Consultant, Integral Group


Zero Net Energy Beyond the Property Line

– Wednesday,  September 12, 2018

– 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Please arrive early to check in at Registration.

– $50

– 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

As climate impacts intensify, so are efforts to ensure that the carbon-reduction benefits of zero net energy and low-carbon buildings are realized. Moving on from project-by-project approaches, ZNE policy and program strategies in California are expanding beyond the property line to evaluate the opportunities of ZNE at scale—districts, neighborhoods and even ZNE cities. But, large-scale developments raise thorny issues such as how to ensure effective grid integration of Z N E smart building systems and distributed energy resources (DERs). This three-hour workshop brings together leading experts on this topic including a proposed grid optimal building rating and resiliency metrics. Our presenters will share on these aspects as well as the State’s new goals around ZNE at scale, and Santa Monica’s new ZNE requirements and achievements at different project sizes and numbers.

2 AIA HSW continuing education units available. Certificates of completion also available.

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Challenges of Retrofitting & Monitoring ZNE Buildings

In this workshop, IBEW/NECA discuss lessons learned during the NetZero Plus building retrofit and continued monitoring.

The challenges of retrofit include meeting construction timelines, reducing costly delays, meeting current building codes and the city’s ability to understand NetZero. The interaction between existing and emerging technologies involve solar, battery storage, lighting, and heating/air.

The challenges of monitoring the retrofit building may include the equipment not operating properly and prioritizing adjustments needed to maintain Net Zero.

Additionally, many banks are not internally prepared for this emerging NetZero building concept. This includes the financial cost and property appraisals.

The goal of this workshop is to bring knowledge from experience in order to assist others with navigating the challenge of transitioning to NetZero, while determining the best company route for setting goals with company priorities in mind.

– Wednesday, September 12, 2018

– 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm. Please arrive early to check in at Registration.

– $10

– Speakers:

Jim Willson – Chapter Manager, LA NECA

David Nott – Apprentice Coordinator, LA NECA

Dan Cohee – Vice President, PDE Total Energy Solutions

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TRUE Zero Waste: Don’t Let Your Bottom Line Go To Waste

– Friday, September 14, 2018

– 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Please arrive early to check in at registration.

– $60

– 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

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.
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Net Zero Plus Resilience - Preparing for a Changing World

– Friday, September 14, 2018

– 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Please arrive early to check in at Registration.

– $85

– Speaker:

   Heather Joy Rosenberg  Founder, Building Resilience Network

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.

Genius of Biome: California Coast Biomimicry

– Friday, September 14, 2018

– 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Please arrive early to check in at Registration.

– $10

– Speakers:

   Beth Grote – Project Engineer, HOK

   Jamie Dwyer – Principal, Biomimicry 3.8

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.


The Oscars for Envelope Design - Large and Small Buildings Category

– Friday, September 14, 2018

– 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Please arrive early to check in at Registration.

– $60

– Speakers:

   Bronwyn Barry – President, North American Passive House Network

   Xavier Gaucher – Passive House Advocate & Owner of the Perlita Passive House

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.