Schools, Hospitals, and Public Buildings: Making the Case for Green Building
Thursday, July 26, 2012, 8:00am-10:30am PDT/ Streamed Panel Discussion: 8:30am - 10:00am PDT / 11:30am - 1:00pm EDT / 17:30 - 19:00 (Paris-Frankfurt)
Schools, hospitals and other public buildings are essential to every community as they meet the needs of both building occupants and project developers. About 41% of the United States’ total energy consumption in 2010 was by buildings alone; 19% of which were commercial buildings1. Fortunately, existing commercial buildings have the potential to save half of current energy consumption rates by deciding to retrofit2. At this meeting we’ll discuss the decision and implementation process required for greening public buildings and accessing their full value.
Join us for this on-site meeting as we discuss both the challenges and value of building green in the public sector.
Topics of discussion will include:
1. Incentives for Building Green:
- Available funding and savings opportunities
- Return on investment – why meeting economic and social benefits is worth the commitment
- Drivers for building proposals – weighing government mandates and lowest bid in the RFP decision making process
- Meeting goals such as city strategies for carbon emission reduction and state requirements of Assembly Bill 758
2. Barriers to Green Building:
- Bridging the gap between project planners, builders, investors and regulators
- Managing financial risk in an unstable economy
- Responsibility to taxpayers and all other stakeholders
- What government programs are working to reduce setbacks and create partnerships? How?
3. Successful Management:
- Connecting building owners and operators
- Are technology companies delivering on their efficiency promises?
- Importance of building maintenance and communication of building intentions vs. actual performance
Fong and Chan Architects,
Melanie Bonn, LEED AP, Sustainability and LEED Coordinator
Peralta Community College District,
Charles Neal, Energy & Environment Sustainability Manager
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission,
Shelby Campbell, LEED AP, Project Director, 525 Golden Gate
Megan White, LEED AP, Assistant Sustainability Manager
San Francisco Department of Environment,
Rich Chien, LEED AP, GreenFinanceSF Program Manager and Green Building Coordinator
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission - 525 Golden Gate Avenue
O'Shaughnessy A Conference Room, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94102
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is building a greener, more sustainable headquarters at 525 Golden Gate avenue. Considered to be one of the greenest buildings in North America, 525 Golden Gate will be LEED Platinum Certified and represents a significant, long-term investment in San Francisco’s environmental and economic future that will result in real ratepayer savings3.
1 U.S. EIA, DoE, 2011
2 U.S. DoE, 2011
3 S.F. PUC, 2012