Low Carbon Commercial Buildings: Policy, Renewables & Taming the Duck

Thu, 08/30/2018 -
3:00pm to 6:00pm

The penetration of renewable energy into California’s electric grid has been rapid. While this is positive for carbon emissions reduction, it has exacerbated the daily and seasonal mismatch between energy supply and demand. This requires a change in how we design buildings and a realignment of energy use with daily and seasonal peaks, while structuring policy to support different efficiency goals.

Join us for an afternoon session to learn how the duck curve ramp can be tamed with different efficiency measures; how commercial buildings may be designed to support a renewable energy grid; and where the CEC is taking the energy code for commercial buildings to meet California’s carbon emissions and renewable energy goals.   



Passive Aggressively Killing the Duck, Stefan Gracik, Integral Group Inc.

Stefan will take a deeper look at the intersection of renewables and efficiency to identify what levels of performance improvements matter.

Primary Energy Renewables: Building for a Renewable Energy Grid, Bronwyn Barry, NAPHN

Bronwyn will outline the PER framework that incentivizes building designers and mechanical engineers to optimize the factors that matter for renewable source energy.

Commercial Building Policy Direction, Payam Bozorgchami, California Energy Commission

Payam will provide insight into where the CEC is taking energy policy and code updates for commercial buildings, and how these are designed to support a renewable grid while reducing carbon emissions from buildings.

Q&A with all presenters will be held at the end of this session with networking and refreshments.


Who should attend:

Anyone curious to learn more about California’s duck curve and the impact of renewables and energy efficiency on the grid will learn something from this program. The program is aimed primarily at professionals working on commercial buildings but policy and renewable energy professionals may benefit from this overview of specific impacts to the grid by efficiency improvements and renewables.


Free for PHCA Professional Members (become a member here), $15.00 for General Public attendees. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED: https://phcapolicytamingtheduck.eventbrite.com


Image Credit: Castro Valley Public Library image courtesy of Sun Light & Power. 




Integral Group 

427 13th Street 

Oakland, CA 94612