January 1, 2021
We wish to thank the many participants from our past events over 2020 and before. Please check back in the spring when we will post information about public events for 2021.
October 14, 2020
Building decarbonization has emerged as a key topic with a focus on building electrification. This seminar covered policy progress to date, a deep dive on technologies that deliver efficient and reliable electrification for non-residential buildings, and how grid-harmonized buildings can utilize renewable power when it’s available. Participants engaged over two mornings with our expert panelists to learn, interact and ask questions to inform their own decarbonization work.
July 16, 2020
To deal with increasing impacts from anthropomorphic climate change, the building industry must revolutionize standard practices for design, construction and operation. This webinar featured industry professionals who are leading efforts in decarbonization of commercial buildings from cradle to grave. They presented new resources, tools and case studies, and the session included time for Q&A. The event was co-sponsored by CBE, SmithGroup, the Carbon Leadership Forum and PG&E, and was free and open to the public.
October 23, 2019
Radiant cooling and heating systems provide an opportunity to achieve significant energy and peak demand savings compared to conventional systems. Speakers at this full-day symposium included building industry professionals including engineers, architects, builders, commissioning specialist and owners who are creating high-performing non-residential buildings in California and elsewhere. Presenters also included UC Berkeley researchers who recently completed a multi-year study that led to new insights, reports, case studies and design tools.
April 24, 2019
Energy and water resource management have historically been treated as separate concerns. However, water is used in the production of nearly every major California energy source, and energy is used at multiple steps in water delivery and treatment systems. Risks from climate change and interest in resilience have increased awareness of the interdependence of water and energy systems. Speakers will explore sustainable water use and management, water-use intensity in electrical generation, and case studies where water and energy were considered holistically to promote sustainability at the building, city, and regional scale.
October 17, 2018
More than ten years ago the California Energy Commission (CEC) and California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) established aspirational goals of Zero Net Energy (ZNE) for all new residential construction by 2020 and all new nonresidential and highrise residential construction by 2030 with half of existing buildings being renovated to ZNE by 2030. A group of exceptional speakers discussed topics related to state policy as well as building design and operations essential to moving to ZNE and beyond toward an efficient, low-carbon California.
April 18, 2018
This symposium brought together experts who are deeply engaged in conducting and/or applying health and wellbeing research. They shared findings that offer the potential to improve how we design, operate and measure healthy and productive spaces that benefit occupants while also supporting companies’ financial performance.
October 25, 2017
This symposium explored the interaction of ZNE buildings, DERs, and the increasingly renewable-rich electrical grid to address how recent successes are changing existing ZNE paradigms, and how our policies and strategies should evolve for a healthy economy in the next decade.
May 18, 2017
CBE research staff collaborated with Integral Group for a panel session to explore the new developments and synergies that exist when designing for zero-net energy and passive survivability.
May 3, 2017
This session explored how stakeholders are addressing resilience at multiple scales, presenting tools and design strategies at the scale of individual buildings; and ideas for infrastructure, policy and community-building for cities and communities.