Sunday, April 27, 2014

April 28 - Why Building Operators Matter for Reducing GHG Emissions - webcast at 1:30 PST

The Cal ARB lecture series is having what looks like a really promising lecture on green building this Monday, April 28.  From the Cal ARB listserv:

“Why Building Operators Matter for Reducing GHG Emissions”

Mithra Moezzi, Ph.D.
School of Urban Studies and Planning,
Portland State University

Monday, April 28, 2014 1:30 pm, PDT (WEBCAST)
Sierra Hearing Room, 2nd Floor, Cal/EPA Building
1001 I Street, Sacramento, California

What building operators do is a major behavior behind commercial
building energy use. Technical studies estimate that changes in
operations could save up to thirty percent of building energy use
at low cost. These changes could yield tremendous reductions in
California GHG emissions, but such changes are often not made.
This presentation reports on the results of a social
science-based study investigating building operations and energy
use, highlighting building-level, policy, and research strategies
that can help reduce commercial building energy use and
potentially even improve indoor environmental conditions.

Doing so starts with recognizing some of the energy paradoxes of
contemporary commercial buildings:
      (1) occupants often report that buildings poorly support their
work even while the threat of occupant complaints is a dominant
force in how buildings are operated,
      (2) usable information on energy use is scant, and
      (3) the contribution of building operators and operations to
building performance and energy conservation is widely

These problems cannot readily be fixed by focusing just on
individual components, such as training, automation, or generic
attempts at occupant engagement or behavior change, but instead
require seeing and acting on buildings as social systems.

This presentation outlines some of the most important
interactions shaping building energy use, and illustrates common
problems as well as strategies for overcoming misalignments,
drawing on stories and insights from operators, other building
professionals, and occupants.

Announcement and Presentation can be viewed at:

For “external” users please check the external webcast calendar

For “internal” users please check the internal webcast calendar

Your e-mail questions will be aired during the
Q&A period.  Please send your-e-mail questions

For more information on this seminar presentation please
   Sarah Pittiglio, Ph.D. at (916) 324-0627 or

For more information on the ARB Research Seminar Series please
   Peter Mathews at (916) 323-8711 or

To receive notices for upcoming Seminars please go to:
   and sign up for the seminars list serve.

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