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arbcombo -- Monday's ARB Research Seminar: Why Building Operators Matter for Reducing GHG Emissions Posted: 25 Apr 2014 10:10:54
Presentations will be available for downloading the morning of the seminar. “Why Building Operators Matter for Reducing GHG Emissions” http://www.arb.ca.gov/research/seminars/moezzi/moezzi.htm 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 undervalued. 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: http://www.arb.ca.gov/research/seminars/seminars.htm For “external” users please check the external webcast calendar at: http://www.calepa.ca.gov/broadcast/?bdo=1 For “internal” users please check the internal webcast calendar at: http://epanet.ca.gov/broadcast/?bdo=1 Your e-mail questions will be aired during the Q&A period. Please send your-e-mail questions to: email@example.com For more information on this seminar presentation please contact: Sarah Pittiglio, Ph.D. at (916) 324-0627 or @arb.ca.gov For more information on the ARB Research Seminar Series please contact: Peter Mathews at (916) 323-8711 or firstname.lastname@example.org To receive notices for upcoming Seminars please go to: http://www.arb.ca.gov/listserv/listserv.php and sign up for the seminars list serve. California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips. You are receiving this single arbcombo email because you are a subscriber to or have made a public comment to one or more of the following lists: cc, research, seminars.