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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

Jack | 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.

Learn to comply with AB1103 with free online Benchmarking training!

Ann Edminster | July 29th, 2014

If you’re a customer of PG&E, SoCalGas, or SMUD, you can learn how to benchmark your building (and comply with AB1103) with a free online ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® training.

The Ultimate Guide to Benchmarking provides 24/7 access so you can log-on whenever and wherever your schedule allows.  Explore modules that pertain to your specific building from the convenience of your office – or favorite café – to gain the level of information you need in a convenient and time-efficient manner.

You cannot manage what you do not measure. Benchmarking your building’s energy performance is the first step to understanding and reducing its energy consumption and costs.  With AB1103 now requiring disclosure of energy performance to buyers in certain real estate transactions, avoid being caught flat footed or surprised by a low score by benchmarking your building today.

Your registration also includes free access to one-on-one technical assistance from a team of benchmarking experts, ensuring the success of your benchmarking efforts. These experts are standing by to answer your questions.

Availability is extremely limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Register today at: Questions? Contact or 415.814.3744.

Creating Eco-Friendly Outdoor Rooms with Carol Venolia

Ann Edminster | June 13th, 2014

SBA guest instructor Carol Venolia is offering a dynamic class on “Creating Eco-Friendly Outdoor Rooms,” on June 21 at Santa Rosa Junior College. Carol says, “This is a one-Saturday class in which I’ll teach students how to design their own outdoor living spaces to increase their health and vitality, improve their home’s energy efficiency, and enhance the ecosystems where they live.”

For more information about the class, visit Creating Eco-Friendly Outdoor Rooms.

For more information about Carol Venolia, Architect and Domestic Nature Goddess, visit her website, Come Home to Nature, or her Facebook page.

AIA-Seattle has an opening for a new full-time position – Program Manager

Tedd Corman | May 19th, 2014

AIA-Seattle has an opening for a new full-time position — Program Manager — a great opportunity for someone with talent, experience, and room for professional development. Resume and letter due May 30th! Learn more:

Zero Net Energy Homes Online Course

Ann Edminster | January 29th, 2014

nesea-Building Energy Master Series

Marc Rosenbaum is one of the most popular and best-reviewed speakers at the Building Energy Conference every year. Why? Because he is an engaging speaker, extremely honest, meticulously detailed, and curious by nature.

This course is an opportunity to study under Marc – to ask him questions and become his pupil for a full ten-week semester. You’ll will walk away with a comprehensive understanding of all of the key components of a zero net energy home – envelope, systems, and renewables – and how they fit together, with key pitfalls to avoid, and numerical guidelines on sizing peak heat loss, glazing amounts, and solar electric systems that will empower you to confidently design a zero net energy home.

Successful students will actually do a full design of a Zero Net Energy Home, and earn NESEA’s ‘Zero Net Energy Homes Professional Certificate’.

Approved for 25 BPI credits, 10 GBCI credits, 12 AIA CEUs + Six MA CSL Credits (1 hour for Code, 1 hour for Workplace Safety, 1 hour for Business Practices, 3 hours for Energy)

Learn more & sign up here.

…and for all you SBA Program fans, you should know that SBA Program Academic Chair Ann Edminster’s book “Energy Free: Homes for a Small Planet” is the textbook for this course.

Energy Free Homes for a Small Planet

Energy Free: Homes for a Small Planet, by Ann Edminster, SBA Program Academic Chair











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“The Future of Energy” World Premier at the Transitions Film Festival, Melbourne, February 21, 2014

Ann Edminster | January 27th, 2014

We’re happy to announce that the film “The Future of Energy” will have its World Premier at the Transitions Film Festival in Melbourne Australia which runs from February 15th-23rd, 2014. This festival specifically showcases ground-breaking films from around the world on topics of community empowerment, social enterprise, and innovation.

Please watch the first trailer here.

Happy New Year: Upcoming SBA Program Events

Ann Edminster | January 6th, 2014

Happy New Year from all of us at the Sustainable Building Advisor Program! We’re excited for the New Year and the upcoming spring term.

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