CBE’s partners are a diverse set of industry and government organizations. Their perspectives help CBE to focus on relevant and timely topics, and many partners are actively involved in CBE research activities.
Armstrong World Industries, Inc. (AWI) is a global leader in the design and manufacture of innovative commercial and residential ceiling, wall and suspension system solutions. With over 3,800 employees and fiscal 2016 revenues from ceiling operations in excess of $1.2 billion, AWI has a global manufacturing network of 26 facilities, including nine plants dedicated to its WAVE joint venture.
As its name suggests, Big Ass Fans is no ordinary business. While the quirky name attracts attention, it’s the serious work behind the scenes that drives the company’s success and innovation. By investing more than the industry average in research and development, the company has grown from a fan manufacturer with roots in agriculture and industry to a leader in energy-efficient product development and smart home technology.
The California Energy Commission is the state’s primary energy policy and planning agency, charged with ensuring a reliable and affordable energy supply. Created by the Legislature in 1974 and located in Sacramento, the Commission has five major responsibilities: licensing thermal power plants 50 MWs and larger; creating energy efficiency standards for buildings and appliances; collecting energy data, analyzing and forecasting state energy use; funding and overseeing energy research that benefits electricity and natural gas ratepayers; and proposing integrated state energy policies to the Governor
Daikin is a Japanese multinational air conditioning manufacturing company headquartered in Osaka. It has operations in Japan, China, Australia, India, Philippines, Southeast Asia, Europe, North America, and South America. Daikin is the inventor of variable refrigerant volume systems (or VRV by Daikin air conditioning, other manufacturers remarked this as VRF) and an innovator in the split system air conditioning market.
Ford Motor Company is a global company based in Dearborn, Michigan, founded in 1903 by Henry Ford, and has a mission is to deliver great products, create a strong business and make the world a better place. The company designs, manufactures, markets and services a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs, electrified vehicles and Lincoln luxury vehicles, provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company and is pursuing leadership positions in electrification, autonomous vehicles and mobility solutions. Ford employs approximately 203,000 people worldwide.
Founded 40 years ago, Genentech is a leading biotechnology company that discovers, develops, manufactures and commercializes medicines to treat patients with serious or life-threatening medical conditions. Genentech is applying its science-based approach to creating healthy workspaces for its employees. The company’s healthy buildings are not only energy-efficient; they are designed from the ground up to reduce environmental impact while inspiring employee wellbeing. The company, a member of the Roche Group, has headquarters in South San Francisco, California.
Google is a global technology leader focused on improving the ways people connect with information. Google’s innovations in web search and advertising have made our website a top Internet property and one of the most recognized brands in the world.
Google’s Real Estate and Workplace Services (REWS) team creates and maintains work environments that help Googlers around the globe perform at their best every day. When it comes to building our office environments, we apply the same focus that we do for any of our products: put the user first.
Ingersoll Rand advances the quality of life by creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments. Our people and our family of brands — including Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®, Thermo King® and Trane® — work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings; transport and protect food and perishables; and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. We are a $13 billion global business committed to a world of sustainable progress and enduring results.
Lear was founded in 1917 in Detroit, Michigan, as American Metal Products, a manufacturer of tubular, welded and stamped assemblies for the automotive and aircraft industries. Today, Lear provides complete seating and electrical systems worldwide. Their products are designed, engineered and manufactured by a diverse team of 169,000 employees in 257 locations. With headquarters located in Southfield, Michigan, Lear continues to operate facilities in 39 countries around the globe.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, incorporated in California in 1905, is one of the largest combination natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. There are 20,300 employees who carry out Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s primary business—the transmission and delivery of energy. The company provides natural gas and electric service to approximately 14 million people throughout a 70,000-square-mile service area in northern and central California.
By addressing sustainable building priorities, REHAU has become a leading supplier of polymer-based solutions to construction projects throughout the world. With a product range that encompasses renewable energy, HVAC and building envelope systems, REHAU’s contribution to the construction and renovation of high-efficiency buildings is unmatched in its quality and breadth. From generating renewable energy using geothermal probes to distributing it efficiently through radiant heating and cooling pipes, their HVAC solutions deliver sustainable comfort. And with REHAU’s PVC window and door designs, building designers can create thermally efficient walls of glass that seal in this sustainability.
Saint-Gobain, the world lead in the habitat and construction markets, designs, manufactures and distributes building and high-performance materials, providing innovative solutions to the challenges of growth, energy efficiency and environmental protection. Their materials and products are used to create and improve the places we interact with every day of our lives. They are focused on developing and delivering the innovative solutions that help professionals and communities improve the quality of human life.
Southern California Edison is the product of more than a century of providing reliable electric service to central, coastal and southern California. They help their customers stretch their energy dollars through rebates, which they can receive through SCE’s award-winning energy efficiency programs. Customers can receive incentives for helping to control power demand through “demand-response” programs, which help to keep wholesale supplies and prices under control.
The Department of Defense (DOD) leads the U.S. Government in cryptology that encompasses both Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) and Information Assurance (IA) products and services, and enables Computer Network Operations (CNO) in order to gain a decision advantage for the Nation and our allies under all circumstances. The Sustainable Design and Construction Program at DOD incorporate a number of features and program areas. These include use of materials with recycled content, recycling of construction materials at project sites, waste minimization, and the use of biologically-based storm water management known as Low Impact Development (LID) systems. It also addresses water conservation and energy conservation. DOD is using the principles of LEED to enhance the quality of future construction and renovation within the Department. Through the use of LEED guidelines, DOD is working to improve our buildings in terms of worker comfort and environmental performance.
Viega plumbing, heating and pipe-joining solutions have surpassed the test of time for over 115 years. Founded in 1899, the Viega Group began in Attendorn, Germany. Viega LLC North American operations were opened in 1999 and are headquartered in Broomfield, CO. With four strategically located manufacturing and distribution centers across the United States, Viega manufactures and distributes highly engineered and user-friendly plumbing, heating and pipe-joining system solutions.
Wells Fargo & Co. is a provider of banking, mortgage, investing, credit card, insurance, and consumer and commercial financial services. Based in the U.S., the bank strives to lead positive environmental change by utilizing sustainable building practices. Wells Fargo has set six operational goals to support this commitment, and has a target to achieve them by 2020: 50% waste reduction; 65% water efficiency; 45% greenhouse gas emissions reduction; 40% energy efficiency; 35% LEED certified square footage; and 100% renewable-powered operations.
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Affiliated Engineers, Inc. (AEI) is a consulting and design firm providing integrated solutions for complex projects worldwide, supporting the full-service needs of a diverse clientele. In all of their markets of specialization, they are dedicated to confronting challenges facing society with insight and innovation. From world-class healthcare and educational facilities, to cutting-edge research and product testing, they enable their partners and clients to reach further.
Arup is an independent firm offering a broad range of professional services. Founded in 1946 with a focus on structural engineering, Arup has since grown into a truly multidisciplinary organization. Over 30 years ago, Arup opened its first Americas region office in San Francisco, where the firm delivers smart holistic solutions for our clients, with a focus on diversity and maintaining strong connections with our local community. Regional projects include the California Academy of Sciences, the Bay Bridge West Span Bicycle Path study, and several notable Silicon Valley campuses.
CallisonRTKL is a global architecture, planning and design practice. Over the last 70 years, they have created some of the world’s most memorable and successful environments for developers, retailers, investors, institutions and public entities. Their work has set them apart as the number one retail design firm in the world and a top-five architecture practice across multiple disciplines and sectors. Their team of more than 1,500 professionals around the world is committed to advancing their clients’ businesses and enhancing quality of life.
DIALOG is Canada’s leading integrated design firm. With a history spanning over 50 years, DIALOG is committed to the practice of sustainable design with a focus on the success of clients and communities. Working from studios in Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver, DIALOG credits its strength to its outstanding multidisciplinary team numbering over 500 who deliver innovation, excellence and a collaborative approach to the provision of architectural, structural, mechanical, and electrical engineering, interior design, landscape architecture, planning and urban design services.
Headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota, Harris is a leading national mechanical contractor specializing in design and engineering, construction, controls, service, manufacturing, conveyors and end-to-end building systems with twelve offices nationwide. Customers who partner with Harris benefit from our national reach, regional offices, local expertise and more than 70 years of experience. From power plants to stand-alone hospitals, stadiums to concert halls, we bring a spirit of creative problem solving and a commitment to excellence to every project, no matter the size, complexity or location.
HGA is an integrated architecture, engineering and planning firm that helps prepare its clients for the future. Their founding principles of innovation, collaboration, design excellence and responsiveness to clients continue to inspire them today in their work on buildings, campuses and energy infrastructure. HGA’s interdisciplinary teams conduct primary and secondary research in order to deepen the firm’s expertise in the field of high performance and resilient design to provide their clients with world class, forward thinking and sustainable environments.
HMC Architects is a healthcare, education and civic architecture firm with a sustainable approach to design. Founded in 1940, they create high-performance architecture and interior design solutions that not only wow and withstand, but also enrich people’s lives and serve the greater good.
HOK is a global engineering, design, architecture, and planning firm. Through a network of 25 offices worldwide, HOK provides design excellence and innovation to create places that enrich people’s lives and help clients succeed. Design Intelligence journal consistently ranks HOK as a leader in sustainable, high-performance design and technology innovation. Around the world, HOK’s engineers and technical specialists apply their broad range of services across every major building system to create high-performance, cost-effective, sustainable environments. HOK’s creative process integrates design and building physics to address the triple bottom line of social, environmental and economic concerns.
Integral Group is an interactive global network of mechanical, electrical, plumbing and energy engineers collaborating under a single deep green engineering umbrella. They provide a full range of building system design and energy analysis services. With a staff of over 350, located in fourteen offices across the United States, Canada, and Great Britain, Integral Group is regarded as an innovative leader in building system design. They currently have 39 LEED Platinum Certified projects, 65+ Zero Net Energy projects completed or in design (3 of which are certified by ILFI), and 8 Living Building Challenge projects in design and construction.
Interface Engineering is a progressive mechanical and electrical consultancy known for sensitive resource use, advanced building science tools, and commissioning services. Founded in 1969, our practice has grown into a nationally recognized firm with over 200 professionals in seven offices. Our goal is to provide technical expertise through the entire design and construction process – delivering creative, engineering vision for each of our projects, as well as the ability to transform concepts into high-performance buildings.
JLG Architects specializes in urban design, master planning and architectural design for sports/recreation facilities, universities, K-12 schools, aviation facilities, medical centers, and mixed-use/multi-family housing. JLG is 100-percent employee-owned, with twelve offices across Minnesota, South Dakota, and North Dakota with over 150 employees, and has been named one of the 50 Most Admired Companies in America by MSN Money and Best Life, a 50 Best Places to Work in the U.S. by Inc. magazine, and the Design Firm of the Year by ENR Mountain States.
KieranTimberlake is a full-service research, architecture, and planning firm dedicated to creating beautifully crafted, thoughtfully made architecture holistically integrated to its site, program, and people. They have produced a diverse body of work for clients drawn to their environmentally ethical and innovative approach to design. Their portfolio demonstrates their pursuit of visionary, transformative projects and includes careful work in sensitive environments for spaces that extend the identities of institutions, communities, and organizations.
LPA is a fully-integrated firm of architects, engineers, interior designers and landscape architects. They design innovative environments that work better, do more with less, and improve people’s lives. Founded in 1965, with offices throughout California and Texas, they have a nationwide reputation for innovation and sustainable design, including one of the largest portfolios of LEED Platinum and Gold-certified projects in the country. Their approach emphasizes collaboration, communication, and research to find the best answers for their clients. LPA’s core process is based on developing a deeper understanding of the needs and goals of all stakeholders.
McKinstry is a national leader in designing, constructing, operating and maintaining high-performing buildings. From new construction and ongoing operations to adaptive reuse and energy retrofits, the company provides a single point of accountability across the entire building lifecycle. McKinstry focuses on people and outcomes to ensure the built environment serves owners, operators and occupants alike. McKinstry is your trusted partner for the life of your building.
At PAE, they like to keep it simple: People and nature are their driving forces. They design high-performing buildings that keep people comfortable, healthy, and productive inside, while restoring the natural world outside. Founded in 1967, PAE is a firm of more than 240 employees providing an array of services in mechanical and electrical engineering, building analysis, commissioning and technology system design. With offices in Portland, Eugene, Seattle and San Francisco, PAE serves public and private sector clients throughout the western United States and beyond.
Quinn Evans Architects is committed to sustaining and renewing the built environment. With a diverse portfolio of historic, cultural, educational, and urban revitalization projects, they help their clients realize context-sensitive, community-oriented designs that address immediate needs as well as long term resilience and stewardship objectives. QEA incorporates unparalleled expertise in recognizing and working with cultural, environmental, and community resources into its planning, design, and management services, innovating to protect, and to create new possibilities.
RMW Architecture & Interiors is a full-service architecture and interior design firm that was established in San Francisco in 1970, with additional studios in San Jose and Sacramento. RMW has received notable awards in the high-tech, science, healthcare, industrial, academic, and civic sectors with a focus on innovative high-performance solutions, being recognized as one of the top sustainable design firms in the nation (2014 & 2015). RMW is a signatory of the Architecture 2030 Challenge, and a member of the U.S. Green Building Council.
Rudolph and Sletten (R&S) provides quality-oriented general contracting and construction management services on all types of projects with an emphasis on those markets where their technical expertise and quality excel— life sciences, higher education, technology, healthcare and justice. Other areas of expertise include corporate campuses and office buildings, hospitality, manufacturing, entertainment and gaming, and mixed-use facilities. Headquartered in San Carlos, R&S has regional offices in San Francisco, Roseville, Los Angeles, Irvine, and San Diego.
Salter consults on over 900 projects worldwide each year with headquarters in San Francisco and branch offices in San Jose, Honolulu, and Seattle. In 1975, Charles Salter founded the company on principles of sound engineering, scientific process, inquisitive problem solving, and personal integrity. His motto was simple: to be better every day. Having grown from one engineer to a team of 60 that includes acoustical, audiovisual, telecommunications, and security experts, that commitment remains the same. At Salter, their legacy is 45 years of award-winning projects. They are a team of Professional Engineers, LEED Accredited Professionals, Certified Technology Specialists, Registered Communications Distribution Designers, Fellows of the Audio Engineering Society, and Fellows of the Acoustical Society of America.
Sanken Setsubi Kogyo Co., Ltd., is a leading mechanical, electrical and plumbing contractor in Japan, south-east Asia. Founded in Tokyo in 1946. Sanken provides HVAC & sanitary engineering solutions for commercial, residential and industrial applications. Sanken has an integrated service to deliver planning, design, construction, maintenance and renovation. As the pioneer of Zero Net Energy Building in Japan, Sanken has the ability to provide HVAC systems with high energy efficiency and comfortable environment.
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP is a partnership engaged in architecture, engineering, urban design and planning, interior design, and graphic design. Currently, SOM offices are located in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, London, Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Mumbai. They integrate their skills to achieve design excellence, creating distinctive and imaginative solutions. SOM projects have been recognized throughout the world for their quality and positive contribution to the built environment.
SmithGroup is one of the world’s preeminent integrated architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, and planning firms. Working across a network of offices, their team of 1,300 experts is committed to excellence in strategy, design, and delivery. The scale of their thinking and organization allows them to partner with forward-looking clients to maximize opportunities, minimize risk, and solve their most complex problems. They create exceptional design solutions for health, science and technology organizations, higher education and cultural institutions, urban environments, diverse workplaces, and waterfront development.
The Stantec community unites 22,000 employees working in over 400 locations across 6 continents. Their work—engineering, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, surveying, environmental sciences, construction services, project management, and project economics, from initial project concept and planning through to design, construction, commissioning, maintenance, decommissioning, and remediation—begins at the intersection of community, creativity, and client relationships. With a long-term commitment to the people and places they serve, Stantec has the unique ability to connect to projects on a personal level and advance the quality of life in communities across the globe.
Syska Hennessy Group is the leading global, full-service MEP, information and communication technology (ICT), and commissioning engineering firm. With more than 500 professionals across 16 offices, they provide a full range of engineering services for projects of every size. They have been at the forefront of innovation since the firm was founded in 1928. They design smarter, safer, and more efficient buildings by integrating essential systems that can respond and adapt to the changing technological and economic world.
TEECOM offers strategic consulting, technology project management, and engineering services for building IT infrastructure, wired and wireless networks, immersive environments, acoustics, audiovisual, safety and security systems. Their services prepare clients for emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things, machine learning, and conversational interfaces. They work with public institutions, tech giants, the Fortune 500, architects, developers, and contractors.
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Red Car Analytics is an energy consulting and commissioning firm focused on creating high functioning, healthy environments for people and the planet. Located in the Northern Bay Area, the firm offers building advisory services, performance diagnostics, policy & research, commissioning, and energy modeling. They are rooted in finding solutions to decarbonize buildings pragmatically and cost effectively today. Their vision is to see buildings designed and built based on operational insights, measured outcomes, and sound engineering.
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SERA Architects Team
CPP, Inc. provides wind engineering consulting services for developers, architects, and engineers. CPP uses wind tunnel testing, numerical analyses, and computer simulations to enhance the efficiency, reliability, and value of building designs. Co-founded in 1981 by Dr. Jack Cermak, the leading developer of the tools and methods of modern wind engineering, CPP is the oldest and largest U.S. wind engineering company.
EHDD is a national leader in sustainable design and has completed 12 LEED Platinum, 10 Gold, and 2 Silver projects. The New Buildings Institute 2018 survey finds EHDD as the architecture firm with the most Zero Energy buildings. EHDD has won six AIA National Committee on the Environment “Top Ten Green Projects” awards and is currently ranked 4th in the nation by AIA COTE. EHDD provides architecture and interior design services for educational, cultural, institutional, commercial, civic and residential clients.
P2S Engineering is a full-service mechanical, electrical, plumbing, energy, commissioning and technology engineering firm. In addition to design, the firm has extensive experience with feasibility studies of all types. Their wide range of experience has lead them to have expertise with different types of projects, such as central plants, ports/marine, multi-building facilities, biotech, labs, infrastructure, master plans, energy efficiency, commissioning, technology and much more.
Perkins&Will is a network of inventive, integrated teams crafting superior architecture and design solutions for clients across North America and around the globe. Their goal is to build relationships with their peers, their environment, and most importantly, their clients. They believe success is a mutual endeavor, benefiting their clients and their firm. Working as a team, their vision provides the ideas, insights, and innovations that enhance human culture and everyday life.
SERA Architects is a multi-disciplinary firm committed to sustainable design for the built environment. They offer their clients expertise in integrated architecture, urban design and planning, and interior design. Their design approach stresses urban infill, reuse and redevelopment as important strategies for creating a new sense of community. They direct this civic pride for all their projects toward achieving architecture that balances urban and natural resource flows.
Taylor Engineering Team
Atelier Ten is an interdisciplinary and innovative firm of environmental design consultants and lighting designers focused on delivering sustainability to the planned and built environment. Their team’s background in architecture, engineering, lighting design, environmental studies and urban design translates into a profound respect for architectural design and urbanism with an enthusiasm for working with emerging designers and established firms. Their core objective is to meet the needs of their clients by developing well-integrated buildings with simple systems that work with natural laws of physics to increase comfort, reduce energy consumption and contribute back to the greater environment.
Taylor Engineering has grown since its founding in 1995 to become a nationally recognized engineering firm specializing in creative, efficient and appropriate HVAC systems design, energy management and control system design, energy conservation, building performance analysis, indoor air quality, and system commissioning. The company’s roots lie in energy analysis and design/build contracting with their associated philosophy of practical, life-cycle-cost-effective solutions. That philosophy, along with the building science research and standards development in which principals and staff are actively engaged, drives engineering design at Taylor Engineering.
TRC is a consulting firm providing advanced energy services for integrative across-the-meter management through energy efficiency, demand response and distributed energy resources. The company partners with utilities, agencies and communities to make energy visions actionable, from initial strategy through technical design and implementation. Through research, technology demonstrations, programs and policy frameworks, the company explores scalable solutions for market transformation.
Western Allied Mechanical, Inc. is a design build mechanical contractor staffed by engineers dedicated to designing and installing the finest in HVAC systems. WAM has been a leader in the Bay Area for more than 50 years in innovative construction installations, challenging retrofits, and excellent maintenance of HVAC systems. The goal at Western Allied is to be a solutions provider, stay on the forefront of emerging technologies, design energy efficient systems and blend all of these with their long term experience to consistently provide superior service.
WRNS Studio is a 65-person architecture firm headquartered in San Francisco. They help create high-quality, sustainable places for work, play, health, transit, and civic engagement. They believe that great design is sustainable design, and every effort they undertake incorporates a strategy that manifests their commitment to environmental responsibility and their client’s mission. Place, mission, context, technical innovation and resource conservation compel our every move.