The premier event for green building professionals

July 25, 2019 – San Francisco, California
San Francisco Marriott Marquis

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About

Building a sustainable future in the Pacific Region

Hosted by the Pacific Region Communities of the US Green Building Council, GreenerBuilder is a one-day conference and expo for green building professionals. The annual event unites all of the key players in greening the Pacific Region’s built environment—including architects, engineers and contractors—to discuss industry trends, new research and emerging technologies. GreenerBuilder is where you can get the strategies and tools to help create a more sustainable future in the region.

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Conference highlights

Hear inspiring keynotes

Be inspired by our speakers. Past speakers include Vien Truong, CEO of The Dream Corps, and Kimberly Lewis, Senior Vice President, Market Transformation and Development, USGBC.

Meet your peers

Build business relationships that last beyond the conference at our special networking events. Companies previously represented at GreenerBuilder include Salesforce, Oracle, HP, Adobe and Gensler. See our past session speakers.

Earn continuing education hours

GreenerBuilder attendees can earn continuing education (CE) hours to help maintain their LEED professional credentials.

Explore our exhibit floor

Take your green building project to the next level. Our expo floor will feature today's leading green building products and services in California.

Sustainability

Sustainability is the foundation of GreenerBuilder. The GreenerBuilder sustainability program addresses environmental impact through seven objectives:

  1. Move toward a zero-waste event
  2. Increase stakeholder education and engagement
  3. Improve sustainable sourcing
  4. Improve performance tracking
  5. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  6. Positively impact communities
  7. Catalyze the advancement of green building initiatives and sustainable operations within the hospitality industry

GreenerBuilder is hosted at San Francisco Marriott Marquis. The property has taken steps toward Zero Waste by 2020. Find out more about the existing practices here.

Learn More About Doing Your Part

There are a few simple things attendees, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors can do to reduce your impact and create a more sustainable conference experience:

  1. Utilize and share digital resources in lieu of printed handouts, including programs, worksheets and collateral
  2. Carefully dispose of waste in the proper waste streams.
  3. Be conscious of energy and water use at your hotel and the venue where available.
    1. Draw your blinds while not using your hotel room.
    2. Turn off lights and adjust your thermostat when you leave your hotel room.
    3. Skip housekeeping services for the length of your stay.
  4. Reduce single-use containers by bringing a reusable water bottle, coffee mug and bag.
  5. Take public transportation, walk or bike to the venue.

Have other ideas on sustainable habits? Share them with us on Twitter @USGBCNCC with the hashtag #GreenerBuilder19

2019 speakers

Be inspired by our speakers

Hear from industry leaders on their vision about the future of green building in the Pacific Region and how we can help advance healthier, high-performing structures.


Amanda von Almen
Amanda von Almen

LEED AP-O&M

Salesforce

John Andary
John Andary

PE, LEED AP

Integral Group

Elaine Aye
Elaine Aye

RWDI

 

Devon Bertram
Devon Bertram

LEED AP BD+C, LEED AP O+M, MBA

stok

Dan Burgoyne
Dan Burgoyne

LEED Fellow

State of California, Department of General Services

Mary Curtis
Mary Curtis

LEED, AP, PE, MBA

Hewlett-Packard

Mikhail Davis
Mikhail Davis

Interface

 

Robyn Eason
Robyn Eason

City of West Hollywood

 

Kathleen Hetrick
Kathleen Hetrick

LEED AP BD+C, EcoDistricts AP

BurroHappold

David Kaneda
David Kaneda

PE, FAIA, LEED Fellow

Integral Group

Paula Kehoe
Paula Kehoe

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

 

Emi LaFountain
Emi LaFountain

LEED for Homes AP, WELL AP

Turner Construction

Jessica Loeper
Jessica Loeper

CommonWealth Partners

 

Kimberly Loscher
Kimberly Loscher

LEED AP BD+C

Skanska

Melanie Lowe
Melanie Lowe

Salesforce

 

Vandita Mudgal
Vandita Mudgal

LEED AP BD+C

Hensel Phelps

Sara Neff
Sara Neff

Kilroy Realty Corporation

 

Catherine (Jimmy) O'Hare
Catherine (Jimmy) O'Hare

Integral Group

 

Gautami Palanki
Gautami Palanki

Arc skoru

 

Kyle Pickett
Kyle Pickett

Urban Fabrick, Inc.

 

Evan Reis
Evan Reis

US Resiliency Council

 

Kirsten Ritchie
Kirsten Ritchie

PE, LEED AP O+M

Gensler

Michael Robinson
Michael Robinson

EDF Renewables

 

Scott Salge
Scott Salge

LEED AP

Noll + Tam

Alex Setmajer
Alex Setmajer

LEED AP BD+C, ENV SP, STP

Brightworks Sustainability

Jenelle Shapiro
Jenelle Shapiro

LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP

Webcor

Stacy H. Smedley
Stacy H. Smedley

LEED BD+C, LFA

Skanska


Previous session speakers

  • Aida Cardenas, Building Skills Partnership
  • Alisdair McGregor, Arup
  • Amanda von Almen, Salesforce
  • Ann Edminister, Design AVEnues LLC
  • Bob Massaro, The Healthy Buildings Companies
  • Crystal Barriscale, HKS Architects
  • Eden Brukman, SF Environment
  • Elaine Forbes, Port of San Francisco
  • Elizabeth Baca, CA Governor's Office
  • Erica Stewart, Kaiser Permanente
  • Erin Cooke, Sustainability Director of San Francisco International Airport
  • Erin McNichol, HP
  • Frances Yang, Arup
  • Gabrielle Bullock, Perkins+Will
  • George Denise, Oracle
  • Greg Thomson, Clean Coalition
  • Jean Hansen, HDR
  • Julien Stamatakis, Senseware
  • Kevin Bates, SHARP Development Company, Inc.
  • Kirsten Richie, Gensler
  • Lewis Perkins, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute
  • Lin King, UC Berkeley
  • Mary Phillips, UCSF
  • Maya Henderson, Kilroy Realty Corporation
  • Michael Gross, Zanker Recycling
  • Panama Bartholomy, Building Decarbonization Coalition
  • Raghu Sunnam, stok
  • Renee Loveland, Gerding Edlen
  • Robin Stephani, 8th Wave
  • Ryan Morris, Software Motor Company
  • Stephanie Barger, TRUE
  • Suzanne Drake, Perkins + Will
  • Veronica Rahn, State of California Lottery
  • Vince Digneo, Adobe

Schedule at a Glance

Thursday, July 25

Opening Plenary

Education Sessions

Decarbonization Track:

  • Materials Specifications & Oft Ignored Time Value of Carbon
  • Carbon: Making the Invisible Actionable
  • How Fracked Is Your Building
  • California's Road to Zero

Materials & Waste Track:

  • A User's Guide to the New Material Marketplace
  • Contractors – The Game Changers!

Resilience & Adaptation Track:

  • Live Learn LEED: Civic Leadership on ZNE in Hayward
  • Deploying Onsite Water Reuse in California and Nationwide
  • Creating Resilient Design & Operations in an Era of Climate Change

Owner's Perspective Track:

  • Success Distilled: Key Factors for Successful Real Estate Sustainability Programs
  • The Whole Picture: LEED, WELL, Zero & Beyond at Whole Foods
  • Battery Energy Storage – The Evolving Landscape of LEED, Sustainability, Permitting, and Business Models

Women in Green Luncheon

Exhibition Floor

Closing Plenary & Leadership Awards

Evening Reception

Schedule/Sessions

Thursday, July 25

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Registration

 


9:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Welcome & Opening Remarks

 


9:30 – 10:15 a.m.

Opening Plenary Speaker

 


10:15 – 10:30 a.m.

Refreshment Break in Expo Hall

 


10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Materials Specifications and the Oft Ignored Time Value of Carbon

Decarbonization Track

Presenters

Stacy H. Smedley / Kirsten Ritchie / Mikhail Davis

Description

The building sector is the world’s single largest emitter of Green House Gases (GHGs), accounting for 30-40% of total global GHG emissions. Although operational emissions account for more of a building's carbon footprint over its entire life, between now and 2030, almost 75% of the carbon footprint of that 900 B ft2 will be embodied carbon, NOT operational emissions. Building products can reduce their carbon footprint and even become carbon sinks that help remove excess greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.

Learning Objectives
  • Upon completion, participants will be able to explain the importance of addressing not only operational carbon, but also embodied carbon in building products and how both relates to global warming in energy performance and material transparency in credit requirements found in LEED v4.1 BD+C, ID+C and O+M.
  • Upon completion, participants will be able to identify tools that can help to measure and compare the carbon footprint of different products, by using the requirements in LEED v4.1 BD+C & ID+C materials and resources credits.
  • Upon completion, participants will be able to share best practices for considering embodied carbon in specifications in LEED v4.1 BD+C & ID+C MR2 - Multi-Attribute Optimization, (EPD Option 2).
  • Upon completion, participants will be able to identify gap opportunities for carbon footprint disclosure advocacy.

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

A User’s Guide to the New Material Marketplace

Materials & Waste Track

Presenters

Melanie Lowe / Alex Setmajer

Description

Many companies want to choose more sustainable products for their buildings, but lose steam trying to understand and navigate the complex landscape of certifications, labels and lists of chemicals to avoid. With years of experience on this challenging journey, global CRM leader Salesforce is releasing their Healthy Materials Manual to the public to act as a road map for this increasingly-specialized subject.

Salesforce Tower in San Francisco is LEED Core and Shell Platinum Certified and on track to be the highest-rated LEED v4 for Commercial Interiors (CI) Platinum project in the United States. Using Salesforce Tower as an initial testing ground, the company is now rolling out their Healthy Materials Program to their global real estate portfolio from New York to New Zealand.

The program evaluates a product’s ingredients, transparency, environmental and social attributes, as well as understand how they contribute to rating systems like LEED v4. It enables Salesforce to work with their partners and manufacturers to optimize products for health and sustainability before they are integrated into the Salesforce Global Ohana Design Standard.

Learning Objectives
  • Discover lessons learned from three years of a comprehensive approach to increasing product health and sustainability criteria.
  • Learn how a global approach to materials has been developed to both create positive health and environmental outcomes, and to meet LEED v4 Materials andResources credit requirements.
  • Understand how other architectural product attributes, such as appearance, performance and cost, can be balanced with the need for product sustainability.
  • Hear how different internal departments like design, procurement and sustainability can work together to create product criteria that meet everyone’s needs.

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Success Distilled: Key Factors for Successful Real Estate Sustainability Programs

Owner's Perspective Track

Presenters

Mary Curtiss / Devon Bertram

Description

Planning or evaluating a sustainability program for your real estate is a critical (but daunting) task. This session will first present new, original research gleaned from a collaborative study of 20+ leading companies across North America. The research demonstrates that there are just a few key factors that overwhelmingly impact sustainability program outcomes at different stages – design, implementation, and management. As a leader in sustainability across a range of programs and initiatives, Hewlett-Packard (HP) will share their experience in crafting, implementing, and improving their sustainable real estate program. In addition to presenting research and on the ground experience, the session will include an interactive exercise allowing participants to apply the research findings to their own challenges in designing, implementing, and managing sustainability programs.

Learning Objectives
  • Apply new research findings to assess the current state of your sustainable real estate program and identify actionable strategies to overcome challenges.
  • Identify existing tools, frameworks, and green building rating systems that support a sustainable real estate program across the lifecycle of a project, as well as key factors and best practices to ensure success.
  • Connect your real estate sustainability program and goals to your broader corporate strategy to expand its impact and buy-in.
  • Integrate first-hand best practices and lessons learned from research, presenters, and audience members that address challenges related to the design, implementation, and management of sustainable real estate programs (related to leadership, communication, stakeholder buy-in, strategic action plans, data collection, etc.).

11:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Refreshment Break in Expo Hall

 


11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Carbon: Making the Invisible Actionable

Decarbonization Track

Presenters

Gautami Palanki / Jessica Loeper / Robyn Eason

Description

70 kg/m2 CO2 emissions: What does that mean? Is it good, bad or average? How does it compare to others around the world? Where does environmental and financial performance intersect? How do I engage building occupants in lowering emissions? Emissions anywhere impact people everywhere. To help answer the questions above and share impactful strategies for climate action, this session brings together California based sustainability experts that track, manage and report on carbon across portfolios. The session will describe the organizations' philosophies, sustainability initiatives and tools used, including the score in the Arc platform.

Learning Objectives
  • Understand the ways to measure carbon emissions in the building and across the portfolio.
  • Describe ways to benchmark carbon emissions from a building's operations across the portfolio and local/global peers, using the Arc platform.
  • Summarize strategies to measure, manage and minimize carbon emissions, cross energy, transportation and other metrics.
  • Leverage the accountability and transparency of reporting frameworks, to manage carbon reduction goals.

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Live Learn LEED: Civic Leadership on ZNE in Hayward

Resilience & Adaptation Track

Presenters

Catherine (Jimmy) O'Hare / Scott Salge / Erik Pearson

Description

Local governments were early leaders in adopting LEED and the City of Hayward has taken that leadership to the next level with its new Library, tracking LEED Platinum and targeting ZNE. This session will explore how to achieve such high levels of performance on a complex public sector project with a diverse and community-serving user focus. The project includes all-electric design, radiant slab conditioning, rainwater reuse, and optimized daylighting among other innovative strategies.

Learning Objectives
  • Understand how to maximize energy points in all-electric buildings under LEED 2009 BD+C EAc1 compared what would be needed in LEED v4 BD+C.
  • Learn how rainwater capture and reuse can be used to achieve water efficiency credits.
  • Understand lessons learned for achieving the LEED v4 BD+C EQ credit for daylighting and how would you achieve this in LEED v4 BD+C.
  • Understand the role of zero net energy and all-electric buildings in the context of public sector sustainability and GHG goals.

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

The Whole Picture: LEED, WELL, Zero and Beyond at Whole Foods

Owner's Perspective Track



12:45 – 2:15 p.m.

Networking Lunch & Women in Green Luncheon

 


2:15 – 3:15 p.m.

How Fracked is Your Building

Decarbonization Track

Presenters

Panama Bartholomy / Sara Neff / Martha Brooks

Description

California is going through one of its most seismic shifts in building energy policy and design. The move towards full decarbonization of the building stock has started and the policy, technical and financial implications are being developed under our feet. Come hear from thought leaders working on the policies, programs and projects leading this shift. A panel of market leaders will discuss where we are, where we are going and what it means for you.

Learning Objectives
  • Learn about current and upcoming regulatory changes related to operating emissions from buildings and how this will affect design.
  • Learn about the dangers of natural gas for building occupants and communities and how to design buildings without gas infrastructure.
  • Learn about the movement to electrify buildings and how architects can design all-electric buildings cost-effectively.
  • Learn about programs and initiatives being rolled out and planned to help the design and construction community avoid gas infrastructure in their designs and construction.

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.

Deploying Onsite Water Reuse in California and Nationwide

Resilience & Adaptation Track

Presenters

Kathleen Hetrick / Paula Kehoe / Kyle Pickett

Description

This session will focus on the drivers, practicable understanding, and resources for design and monitoring of onsite non-potable water systems in California. We will present innovative onsite water reuse case studies at projects in San Francisco and in Santa Monica and how they relate Water Efficiency credits in LEED v4.1 and LEED Zero, and the Living Building Challenge Water Petal. Additionally, this session will present the National Blue Ribbon Commission for Onsite Non-potable Water Systems. Content includes an exploration of the risk-based approach used to develop treatment requirements and monitoring approaches. Content also includes updates on significant policy advancements to create consistent regulations for decentralized systems across the country. The session will also cover the National Blue Ribbon Commission's soon to be released guidance manual and training materials, which teaches designers, developers, operators, and regulators the knowledge and skills to safely implement decentralized water systems.

Learning Objectives
  • Attendees will learn about drivers, best practices, and resources for design and monitoring of onsite non-potable water systems and how to achieve performance based third party certification systems such as LEED v4.1, LEED Zero and Living Building Challenge.
  • Attendees will learn about how onsite water reuse impacts in LEED v4 or LEED v4.1 Indoor Water Use Reduction credit. (This credit is in both versions of the rating system but you don’t have to state both versions.)
  • Attendees will be able to synthesize the latest research, implementation and permitting considerations, and national policy and research advancements for onsite non-potable water systems.
  • Attendees will learn about the challenges and successes associated with composting toilets in larger developments.

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.

Battery Energy Storage – The Evolving Landscape of LEED, Sustainability, Permitting, and Business Models

Owner's Perspective Track

Presenters

Michael Robinson, Sr. / Amanda von Almen

Description

California Utility rates are about to go through the largest change since the creation of Time of Use rates. As a result, a new set of facilities will have the opportunity to leverage battery energy storage solutions to effectively for manage demand and reduce utility energy costs. The presentation will detail the changes in the market and provide a case study of how an office space can leverage storage to reduce demand charges. The presentation concludes with example business models to deploy storage and how to identify if a facility is a good potential fit for storage.

Learning Objectives
  • Education of changing Utility Rate Structures.
  • Education of different energy storage business models.
  • Review energy storage load profile analysis process.
  • Understand how to identify if a facility is a good match for storage.

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.

Refreshment Break in Expo Hall

 


2:15 – 3:15 p.m.

California's Road to Zero

Decarbonization Track

Presenters

Dan Burgoyne / John Andary / David Kaneda

Description

Learn steps California is taking toward Zero Net Energy and Zero Net Carbon buildings, what is driving this, and what does getting to Zero entail. Learn how this is achievable for new and existing buildings, occupied and unoccupied buildings, and methods of renewable energy procurement costing less instead of more. Learn about obstacles to electrification and Zero Net Carbon, and how these can be overcome. Hear about case studies of Zero Net Energy and Zero Net Carbon buildings and how they overcame obstacles.

Learning Objectives
  • State of California ZNE defined: What’s driving the state (execute orders, legislation, policies, etc.)
  • Renewable energy sources (LEED EA Renewable Energy Production): Onsite, Offsite, PPA’s & Community Solar.
  • Differences between getting to zero for new and existing buildings (LEED Zero): Building types & Occupied vs Non-Occupied.
  • What are obstacles to electrification and zero net carbon (LEED Innovation): Water/space heating, gas in kitchens, existing buildings with gas heating & how EV charging ties into net zero buildings.

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.

General Contractors Breaking Barriers

Materials & Waste Track

Presenters

Kimberly Loscher / Emi LaFountain / Jenelle Shapiro / Vandita Mudgal

Description

How can contractors lead LEED? This session provides the contractor’s perspective on ways to move the needle and transform traditional design and construction practices. The presenters will share what some of the largest contractors in the US are doing to push the envelope on LEED and green construction.

Learning Objectives
  • Share unique strategies that contractors are using to meet project design and construction sustainability goals.
  • Explain ways project partners can work together to meet the Construction and Demolition Waste Management credit in LEED BD+C v4.
  • List ways project partners can work together to meet the Building Product Disclosure and Optimization credits in LEED BD+C v4.
  • Describe synergies and shared collaboration approaches between contractors, designers, and owners to meet the Integrative Process credit in LEED BD+C v4.

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.

Creating Resilient Design and Operations in an Era of Climate Change

Resilience & Adaptation Track

Presenters

Elaine Aye / Evan Reis

Description

Resiliency has become an urgent issue for designers, owners and managers responsible for the safekeeping of their buildings and the wellbeing of occupants. This session provides an overview of future climate forecasting models and a climate resilience assessment tool for identifying areas of vulnerability to changing climate conditions. Strategies to incorporate into building design from an operational perspective, with regards to building systems, education, resilient systems, resourcefulness, recovery and adaptability will be discussed.

Learning Objectives
  • Comprehend the scientific basis behind the need for resiliency planning in the built environment.
  • Understand how to manage risk through resiliency assessments.
  • Understand how to manage risk through resiliency assessments and planning how it meets the requirements for LEED v4 & v4.1 BD+C resiliency pilot credits.
  • Discuss trends in resilient design and how climate data can inform design choices.

4:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Closing Plenary & Leadership Awards Ceremony

 


5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Evening Reception

 


Registration Packages

Attend GreenerBuilder 2019 for invaluable education and networking opportunities.

Register

Conference Pass includes:

  • Access to educational sessions
  • Access to Exhibit Hall
  • Breakfast, lunch and networking reception
  • Access to opening and closing plenaries
GreenerBuilder Conference Pass (July 25)
Early Bird
(ends June 21)
Standard
Member $200 $220
Non-Member $240 $280
Students and Emerging Professionals $150 $175
USGBC Membership Special $300 $300
Add-on Packages
Early Bird
(ends June 21)
Standard
Women in Green Luncheon $40 $50

Not already a USGBC member?

We've designed a special conference package just for you. For nonmembers, you can purchase a conference pass and one USGBC membership at $300. This applies for membership to USGBC Northern California, Orange County, and Hawaii only.

Group rates

GreenerBuilder offers a group discount for five or more people. Register as a group to receive a discount of 10 percent or more. For more details, email events@usgbc.org.