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Vets: Interested in Green Building Leadership? Two Comp Seats for You at EMERGE workshop

Tedd Corman | January 7th, 2015

A special retraining opportunity for vets interested in green building leadership has “emerged!”  Southern California Gas Company is graciously offering its two complimentary seats at the January 14-15th EMERGE Leadership Workshop to two veterans who are interested in attending, but currently do not have the means to register.

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SB Conference Proceedings available for free for everyone from ICONDAŽCIBLibrary

Ann Edminster | December 11th, 2014

We are delighted to share with you the proceedings of all the SB Conferences, gathered and published by the ICONDAŽCIBlibrary database, the online repository for CIB and CIB related publications. All the proceedings are presented as freely downloadable from here:

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Coordinator/BEST Program (Building Efficiency for a Sustainable Tomorrow)

Ann Edminster | December 10th, 2014

Building Efficiency for a Sustainable Tomorrow (BEST) Center at Laney College is looking for a new Coordinator/BEST Program. The position entails:

This is a grant-funded, full-time position that is specially-funded under theBEST Program.
Continued employment is contingent upon refunding of the position.

Under general supervision of the Dean of Career & Technical Education coordinates program and grant activities and directs outreach to industry, colleges, high-schools and program-related organizations state and nationwide. Coordinates the Building Efficiency for a Sustainable Tomorrow (BEST) Center activities and operations, including fiscal coordination, member coordination, grant compliance coordination, event coordination, and coordination of information management systems.

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Part-Time Energy Advisor in San Mateo

Ann Edminster | December 2nd, 2014

CLEAResult is seeking a part-time Energy Advisor in their San Mateo office. Please share this with anyone you know who might be interested.

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EMERGE LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP SCHEDULE: Learn and connect to amplify your career effectiveness

Ann Edminster | November 10th, 2014

“Thanks again for…(the) amazing Emerge Leadership program.  I’m still benefiting from its wisdom and the connections I’ve made through it to the larger green building community,” says Bronwyn Barry, Co-President North American Passive House Network, and Director of OneSky. Bronwyn is one of the super dedicated green building professionals in the private and public sector that have participated in the EMERGE Leadership Project’s programs, including its centerpiece, the two-day EMERGE Leadership Workshop.

And you asked for it! The EMERGE Leadership Project is a direct result of SBA grads asking for help taking the comprehensive technical learning they received in the Seattle area SBA program and implementing it in their projects, workplaces, and communities.

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Sustainable Building Advisor Program is Offering a New On-Demand Webinar Series

Ann Edminster | October 30th, 2014

Busy green building professionals who wish to stay current and competitive can now earn continuing education units (CEUs) through a self-paced, on-demand Contemporary Leadership Webinar Series that presents cutting-edge information about the industry by luminaries in the field. Architects, interior designers, engineers, builders, consultants, and real estate professionals, to name a few, will profit from seeing these webinars.

“We designed these webinars for busy, working professionals who understand the value of being at the vanguard of the industry,” says Ann Edminster, M.Arch., LEED AP, the academic chair of the SBA Program. “In the comfort of home, professionals can log onto these webinars at their leisure and both reinforce core knowledge and learn about emerging priorities and developments in the field.”

This series, which includes five webinars (1 hour each), is a collection of dynamic presentations that has been developed by and for innovators in the green building world, covering issues that are critical to sustainable building practitioners.

Topics: integrative process, life-centered design, plug load energy efficiency, high performance building assemblies, and low-carbon building.

Our presenters – Bill Reed, Carol Venolia, Chris Calwell, Peter Yost and Bruce King, – are visionaries who are highly respected throughout the industry for their thought leadership.

Upon completion of each webinar, participants will be eligible for CEUs from AIA (HSW), GBCI, ILFI, and IDCEC (HSW), as well as APA for Integrative Process. Participants can also use their participation towards completion of the classroom-based SBA Program.

Don’t miss this terrific opportunity!

The regular webinar price is $70 at the SBA Program website, but because you are coming from the SBA Program Blog we are offering you a special discount price of $49.

Learn more and register!

Associate Construction Analyst

Ann Edminster | October 23rd, 2014

The California Department of Public Health is looking for a motivated individual seeking an Associate Construction Analyst position.


Under direction of the Section Chief, the incumbent analyzes, reviews and makes independent recommendations on special repair and capital outlay requests for the Richmond Campus in relation to established standards; makes investigations and prepares recommendations on general architectural and economic standards for State construction policy; studies and gathers data in preparing architectural and construction standards for size, type and costs of structures, methods of construction and optimum space utilization in relation to the functional and operational needs of CDPH programs.

The incumbent will be responsible for developing and implementing CDPH’s Richmond Campus Energy and Carbon Footprint Management Practices, which will include:

  • Identifying, initiating and managing energy reduction projects related to mechanical equipment, lighting, plug loads, and lab ventilation/fume hoods
  • Contacting contractors and suppliers in order to obtain cost estimates for energy projects
  • Utilizing engineering calculations to calculate paybacks for energy projects and submit them to upper management for project consideration. Coordinating load sub-metering where needed
  • Working very closely with PG&E and their third party consultants on energy projects and prepare rebate applications
  • Working closely with PG&E and their third party consultants on engineering inspections related to rebate applications of qualifying energy projects
  • Creating energy usage reports on a regular basis for tracking energy and water usage of the Richmond Campus
  • Downloading and reporting energy usage data of Level I EV charging stations from Hobo data loggers

The incumbent will be responsible for CDPH’s Energy Conservation Goals, Natural Gas Usage Plan, and Water Conservation Plan which will include:

  • Working closely with the Chief of Plant Operations to track natural gas usage on two primary meters for monthly and annual comparison
  • Working closely with DGS’s Natural Gas Services Program staff and CDPH’s Chief of Plant Operations to estimate future monthly gas usage
  • Reporting CDPH’s annual natural gas usage for each boiler to BAAQMD
  • LED Smart lighting project of Building P
  • Solar PV project
  • Zero Net Energy project for Building P
  • Monitoring water usage data; report spikes to management and prepare reports
  • Identifying water conservation projects by researching appropriate applicable projects
  • Updating state facility water conservation matrix on a monthly basis

The incumbent will be responsible for managing energy benchmarking and assessment using Energy Star Portfolio Manager as required by the Governor’s Office, which will include:

  • Ensuring that electricity and gas data for the Richmond Campus are uploaded correctly by PG&E into Portfolio Manager for the Richmond Campus.  Spot checking data against FMS’s database to correct errors and omissions
  • Entering manually, data into Portfolio Manager energy regarding usage data for the LA Facility and applicable CDPH leased facilities
  • Entering manually, data into Portfolio Manager for water usage for all applicable CDPH facilities
  • Entering required data into CRIS database for CDPH’s annual Green House Gas/Carbon Inventory Reporting

The incumbent will be responsible for managing Richmond Campus’s Automated Demand Response Program (AutoDR), which will include:

  • Working closely with PG&E and their third party consultants and ensures that Richmond Campus’s AutoDR program for Phases I and II is launched and operates correctly
  • Acting as the primary liaison for CDPH’s AutoDR program respond appropriately to all Demand Response Events
  • Ensuring that the AutoDR hardware and software continue to perform as expected
  • Work closely with PG&E to ensure CDPH is meeting reduction targets

The incumbent will be responsible for representing CDPH in various state groups and report on CDPH’s sustainability activities, which will include:

  • Sustainable Building Working Group
  • Sustainable Building Executive Group
  • Energy Policy Advisory Committee
  • Create calculations and prepare reports and power point presentations relative to Green House Gas Emissions, natural gas usage, electrical consumption and water conservation

The incumbent will be responsible for providing engineering assistance to FMS staff, which will include:

  • Performing engineering analysis related to replacement or upgrade of existing mechanical equipment, such as fans, pumps, and boilers
  • Performing limited engineering design so that CDPH can procure and install new mechanical equipment
  • Performing engineering analysis of airflows and heating/cooling loads when lab users propose installation of new equipment or request  space modifications

The incumbent will be responsible for managing CDPH Richmond Campus’s recycling program, which will include:

  • Ensuring the Richmond Campus’s purchasing practices are meeting or exceeding DGS’s and CalRecycle’s post-consumer recycled content requirements.
  • Working closely with City of Richmond on Recycled products and refuse removed from the Richmond Campus
  • Providing required annual reporting to CalRecycle on CDPH’s purchases of recycled-content products (SABRC)

The incumbent will be responsible for LEED certification practices and updates to USGBC, which will include:

  • Updating regularly, LEED certification program documents to maintain compliance with LEED certification
  • Regularly review best practices followed by DGS and other agencies regarding pest control, cleaning, Green Seal cleaning products, etc.
  • Maintaining Energy Star Certification status of Building P
  • The incumbent will acquire product bids and proposals for materials, create scope of work for projects, initiate purchase orders and service orders for various projects

For more information, please see the Associate Construction Analyst at The Department of Public Health.

Biomimicry: A Tale of Biometic Concept Chairs

Ann Edminster | September 17th, 2014

What is Biomimicry? It is the imitation of the models, systems, and elements of nature for the purpose of solving complex human problems, with the fundamental principle being: Mother Nature is the world’s most successful designer.

Designers Joris Laarman, Mathias Bengtsson, Lilian Van Daal, and Nicolette de Waart utilized biomimicry to in using a biomimetic approach in creating concept chairs.

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The eleventh annual Architecture and the City Festival

Ann Edminster | September 3rd, 2014

Each September since 2003, the AIA San Francisco, the Center for Architecture + Design’s Architecture, and the City Festival has invited San Francisco to celebrate architecture and design. The celebration includes free films at the SF Public Library, architectural tours, exhibitions, lectures, and San Francisco Living: Home Tours.

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Hemp Construction Project Opportunity – Southern California, Mid-August

Ann Edminster | July 30th, 2014

TangerineKangaroo just started a home renovation project and are using hempcrete. The first permitted hempcrete construction in California. They are using their little project to get familiar with the material and to find out what it takes to get the material permitted.

TangerineKangaroo also want to use their project to create awareness for hempcrete as a healthy and green building material and they are inviting green architects and other green industry professionals in the area to learn about the material through their renovation. They are planning to make the hempcrete on site and building the walls mid August.  You can read more about their renovation on Beate Kirmse’s blog:

There are a couple of spots left for people who want to get hands on and build the walls with them under the supervision of their green contractor. Every participants gets a hemp t-shirt and organic  healthy meals. The build will be mid August and is supposed to take 2-3 days.