CATEE 2016 Program

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CATEE 2016 Conference Tracks

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Monday, Dec. 19 – Pre-Conference Workshops

9:00am – 12:00pm

Continuous Commissioning® WorkshopHosted by Texas A&M Energy Systems Laboratory

The trademarked Continuous Commissioning® (CC®) process, developed by the ESL, focuses on the optimization of public, commercial, and institutional building operations. The CC® process is the most complete form of existing building commissioning (EBCx), incorporates and extends the best of EBCx practices, integrates cost effective measures, including operational strategies and processes, as well as cutting-edge tools and technologies developed by the Energy Systems Laboratory. The CC® process optimizes operation of the building as it is used and does not restrict itself to design intent. It increases energy efficiency, increases system reliability, reduces O&M costs, improves building comfort, trains the operating staff, and increases their knowledge and skills and fail-proofs most behavioral shortcomings. The CC® process produces rapid payback, without significant capital investments. The CC® process has been implemented in hundreds of buildings around the world in various climates.

Presenter – Joe Martinez: 

Mr. Martinez, PCC, Associate Director, ESL, has over 24 years of experience in energy conservation and energy analysis in both the private and public sectors. He has provided applied-research engineering services and led many projects that have saved millions of dollars, and provided countless training sessions.

At the ESL, Mr. Martinez is a Continuous Commissioning® technical manager of several major projects. Among those are the Alamo Community College District, for which he also serves as the full Energy Manager, the DFW International Airport, the Houston Airport System (IAH and HOU airports), the United States Army Medical Command (MEDCOM), and the two City of Dallas LoanSTAR projects (of over 50 buildings).

Mr. Martinez is also providing technical assistance and instruction to Continuous Commissioning® Licensees. He has developed the trend data analysis tool (T-DAT), an innovative software Commissioning Tool to increase field engineer productivity.  Additional software is in design for future deployment.

9:00am – 12:00pm

Solar for Local and State Governments Workshop – Sponsored by Performance Services

A plain English discussion about solar energy for government, business leaders and owners, fire & code officials, energy engineers & managers .. and others.

Participants will acquire a basic understanding of residential and commercial solar systems, components that comprise a system, how solar energy works, and the contribution solar energy plays in the growth of America.

We will look at methods to streamline the solar permitting process, improving communication among inspectors, Fire Inspectors, and first responders.  Discussion will include ways for state and local governments to create solar PV programs for residents/business customers, and the initial steps for implementing solar energy.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone interested in the role of solar energy today, and in our future. This includes elected officials at state, county, and local levels; local government planning and permit staff; code officials; building officials, Fire Marshals and fire officials, energy managers, energy engineers, facilities managers, commercial property owners, school districts, non-profit organizations, home builders, and all others with an interest in solar energy.

Presenter – Dan Lepinski:

Dan Lepinski, P.E.,  is a leading national expert in the solar energy industry.  Mr. Lepinski has over 40 years’ experience in solar energy.  He serves on the UL 1741 Standards Technical Panel authoring safety standards for the solar energy industry, a solar industry task force that interfaces with the National Fire Protection Association (publishes the National Electric Code), the Solar America Board for Codes and Standards, and others.  Mr. Lepinski has presented to a variety of audiences and consulted on a variety of subjects and client projects related to solar energy.  An exceptionally engaging and informative presenter, he specializes in plain English conversation – understandable by all.

1:00pm – 4:00pm

ERI, IC3, and IECC 2015 Workshop – Hosted by Texas A&M Energy Systems Laboratory

This workshop provides a detailed overview into the use of the IC3 calculator to demonstrate compliance with the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code.  The IC3 is capable of demonstrating compliance with either the Simulated Performance Alternative or the Energy Rating Index Compliance Alternative.  In addition, the updated IC3 has been reformatted to operate on mobile devices, such as tablets, as well as PCs.

Who Should Attend?

Code officials, Builders, Energy Inspection Companies, COG officials

Speaker – Shirley Ellis:

Ms. Ellis has been active in developing, enforcing and promoting energy codes, and providing training, for over 30 years in various municipalities, private companies and institutions.  She is ESL’s Texas Emission Reduction Plan energy code expert, providing state-wide technical support to the State, municipalities and councils of governments and to individuals in the building industry. In addition she has delivered hundreds of trainings across the US, and in Jamaica and China, for the ESL and the ICC.  Ms.Ellis serves on the International Code Council Board of Directors.

1:00pm – 4:00pm

Energy Efficiency Workshop for Local Government – Sponsored by McKinstry

This workshop will provide city, county administrators, facility managers, energy managers and other public sector officials with some of the latest strategies, methodologies, and benchmarks that lead towards a “best-in-class” 2020 Vision for local government facilities. The facilitators are industry experts who will provide solid research and data, highlight emerging relevant trends and describe some of the latest innovations and best practices. Actual case studies and hands-on examples will be discussed by the panel.

Tuesday, Dec. 20 – Day One of Conference

 7:30am Registration & Information Desk Open
 8:30am – 6:30pm Expo Arena Open
8:30am – 10:00am

CATEE 2016 Opening General Session

  • Host Utility – Rick Luna, CPS Energy
  • Opening Keynote – John Tooley, Advanced Energy
10:00am – 10:30am Networking Break
10:30am – 11:45pm Concurrent Breakout Sessions:
Emerging Technologies ShowcasePanel Chair: Dr. Juan Gomez, UTSA
Energy and Water – Two Sides of the Same Coin – Panel Chair: Kate Zerrenner, EDF
Overview of Renewable Energy in Texas – Panel Chair: Melissa Miller, President, TREIA
11:30am – 1:00pm        Lunch Presentation – State of The State

  • Dub Taylor, State Energy Conservation Office (SECO)
  • “State of The State” – Dr. Jeff Haberl, Energy Systems Laboratory, TEES  & TAMU
1:00pm – 2:15pm Concurrent Breakout Sessions:
Regional and Community Programs – Panel Chair: Nicholas Jones, AACOG
Texas Energy Manager’s Association: Defining Sustainability to Develop a Sustainability Management – Panel Chair: Ashley Williams, City of Temple
Utility Perspectives on Renewable Energy – Panel Chair: Steve Weise, Frontier Associates
2:15pm – 2:45pm Networking Break
2:45pm – 4:00pm Concurrent Breakout Sessions:
Central Texas Corridor – Panel Chair: Ana Sandoval, Air and Health Collaborative of San Antonio
Research and Compliance Tools for Energy Codes – Panel Chair: Fred Yebra, SECO
Distributed Use of Solar Energy: Multiple Perspectives – Panel Chair: Ross Pumfreu. Texas Solar Energy Society
4:00pm – 4:15pm Networking Break
4:15pm – 5:30pm Clean Air Act Policy and Legislative Panel – Panel Chair: Betin Santos, Exec. Dir., CATEE 2016
6:00pm – 7:30pm Evening Reception – Sponsored by METCO Engineering

Wednesday, Dec. 21 – Day Two of Conference

 7:30am Registration & Information Desk Open
 9:00am – 2:30pm Expo Arena Open
9:00am – 10:30am

Panel on Energy Efficiency in Airports – Best in Class

  • Panel Chair: Dr. Morad Atif, Texas A&M University
10:30am – 11:00am Networking Break
11:00am – 12:00pm Concurrent Breakout Sessions:
Financing Mechanisms for Local Governments – Panel Chair: Eddy Trevino, LoanSTAR, SECO
Student Poster Session – Poster Session Chair: Dr. Jeff Haberl
Energy Efficiency for Educational Facilities – Panel Chair: Dr. Gavin Dillingham, HARC
12:00pm – 1:30pm Closing CATEE Awards Luncheon Betin Santos, CATEE & Poster Awards
1:30pm – 2:45pm Concurrent Breakout Sessions:
Texas Metro Area Roundtable on 2015 Ozone NAAQS
Industrial Energy Efficiency Research and Programs
2:45pm Conference Adjourns
  • Host

    • Energy Systems Laboratory
  • Co-Host

    • SECO 2
    • SECO
  • Host Utility

    • CPS Energy
  • Gold Sponsors

    • METCO
  • Contributing Sponsors

    • Energy Commissioning Group
    • Environmental Defense Fund
    • McKinstry
    • Performance Services, Inc.
    • Sierra Club
  • Exhibitors

    • Alamo Colleges
    • Axium Solar

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