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Join ASHRAE in your Region X "backyard" for its third High Performance Buildings Conference.
California is recognized as the leader in net-zero energy design, and the conference showcases numerous speaker presentations from California, Washington and Oregon, as well as the opportunity to network and further gain knowledge from them.
American Institute of Architect Learning Units and Green Building Certification Institute Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional credits are available.
"The conference aims to help decision makers in the building community learn about the benefits of innovative solutions and energy-efficient design and operation," Kent Peterson, conference chair, said. "Through a comprehensive range of sessions, the conference will provide the building community with design and operational guidance to radically improve building performance. This conference provides the opportunity to interface with high performance building experts."
New subject areas include water efficiency, building occupant behavior, new building technologies, indoor environmental quality and an increased emphasis on lighting/daylighting and the building envelope.
In addition, the conference features several invited speakers and keynote speakers. These include:

•    Peter Rumsey, Rumsey Engineers, Inc., presents “The Process of Radical Innovation in Buildings”
•    Jerry Yudelson, author of “The World’s Greenest Buildings: Promise vs. Performance in Sustainable Design,” leads an interactive session on “Design with the End in Mind”
•    Gail Brager, associate director, Center for the Built Environment at the University of California — Berkeley, presents “Performance with the Occupant in Mind.”
Sessions include:
•    HPB Case Studies and Lessons Learned
•    Market Valuation for Green
•    The Next “Greenest” Building: An Interactive Session
•    Measuring Up Building Performance
•    Benchmarking and Retrocommissioning: Driving Existing Building Performance
•    Operating for High Performance
•    Beyond the Energy Model: From Precision Control to Connect Communities
contemporary A poster session on “Measured Performance” and “Modeled Performance” featuring project case studies is presented.
Technical Tour
A technical tour of FLEXLAB (Facility for Low Energy eXperiments in Buildings) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is offered on Wednesday, April 9, as part of the conference. FLEXLAB is scheduled to be fully operational in April, so guests can see experiments underway. Tour attendance is limited to the first 30 registrants. Tour price: $20.
The conference takes place at the Hyatt Fisherman’s Wharf. Hotels rooms may still be available. To book a room at the best possible rate, ASHRAE recommends arriving on Sunday, April 6. Please email Kelin Brady at to make your reservation in the ASHRAE room block.


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