NORTHWEST FACILITIES EXPO / MANAGING GREEN BUILDINGS CONFERENCE

Time Name Speakers Description
Wednesday, May 8, 2024
8:40 AM - 9:40 AMSession 01: Luminaire Level Lighting Controls: Revolutionizing Lighting Technology

This presentation will explore the cutting-edge technology of luminaire level lighting controls (LLLCs). Unleashing the power of LEDs, advanced controls, seamless connectivity, and data integration, LLLCs redefine lighting solutions by offering a dynamic and adaptable lighting experience. Learn how LLLCs transcend traditional lighting control systems through the integration of sensors and controls directly within individual fixtures. This session will examine the world of LLLCs, where occupant comfort, optimized space utilization, and substantial energy savings converge. Unlike conventional systems, LLLCs empower users with the ability to remotely control and customize lighting configurations without the need for fixture replacements. Gain insights from real-world applications through case studies showcasing facilities that have successfully implemented LLLCs.

8:40 AM - 9:40 AMSession 02: Leveraging Reliability Centered Maintenance to Reduce Operating Costs

This presentation will focus on Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) - the process of determining the most effective strategy for maintaining equipment and function. The session will begin with a discussion of how things fail, with a review of the types of machine failure curves. Then the speaker will examine the four types of maintenance – reactive, preventive, predictive and proactive - outlining the different maintenance strategies. The session also will include a review of the technology and capabilities of vibration analysis with RCM.

9:50 AM - 10:50 AMSession 03: Optimize and Save With Retrocommissioning For Existing Buildings

If you own or operate an existing building, you know that building management systems can be complex and often drift from their original settings as operations evolve. The result is a building using more energy to accomplish less. That’s where retrocommissioning comes in. Retrocommissioning, or RCx, is a process that helps address inefficiencies by inspecting, testing, analyzing, calibrating, repairing, adjusting and optimizing building systems. In this session, Energy Trust of Oregon experts will walk through the stages of RCx and the associated benefits and attendees will hear testimonials from past RCx participants. Learn more about improving system operations, reducing overall energy use and saving money.

9:50 AM - 10:50 AMSession 04: National Electrical Code (NEC) Compliance – Information You Can Count on For Success

Involved with electrical systems in your facility?  Don't be isolated from knowledge and information that will help reduce risk from electrical systems. This presentation will help you with National Electrical Code compliance.  Learn about free code access and resources available to you. You will also understand the NEC system and significant changes to the 2020 edition of the NEC recently incorporated by reference into the Oregon Electrical Code.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PMSession 05: A Look at the New Serena Williams Building at the Nike Headquarters

Hear about the recently completed (2022) LEED-Platinum-Certified Serena Williams Building at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton. At more than 1 million square feet, designed to hold up to 2,750 employees, the building is the largest structure in the headquarters complex.  Included will be details of the innovative design, including green roof terraces, photovoltaic arrays, a stormwater flow to wetlands, natural lighting via skylights, and energy-efficient mechanical systems including displacement ventilation and radiant sails.  

11:00 AM - 12:00 PMSession 06: Improving HVAC Efficiency With Smart Motors and Drives

The heating, ventilation and air-conditioning applications in a facility typically represent among its largest electrical loads. By focusing on improvements in HVAC systems efficiency, you can significantly reduce your operating costs. Learn how smart variable frequency drives and motors can run pumps, fans, and compressors at high energy efficiency, even at partial loads. Aside from lower costs, this results in the highest flexibility and comfort for occupants.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PMSession 07: Active Shooter Situations – What Facility Managers Need to Know

When you hear about active shooter situations in the news, do you wonder “Is my facility prepared?” This presentation, by the Portland Police Bureau, will provide information you and your facilities staff members need to know. The speaker will describe what type of location shooters are looking for (soft compared to hard in respect to accessibility) – to “harden” your facility means to set things up to limit accessibility, like locked doors, a card system to get in, fences and locked gates, cement planters on a walkway to the front door to limit ability to drive a car through. Find out details about the mindset of shooters, learn signs to look for. Discussed will be the “Run, Hide, Fight” scenario during an active shooter situation.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PMSession 08: Proper Roof Maintenance and Leak Management

Learn about common problems related to roofing systems of all types, and how proper maintenance and repair practices can help avoid or minimize such problems, and thus extend the life of the roof. Find out about leak management – including what an unrepaired roof leak really costs your facility – and also what requirements are needed to fulfill the warranty that the roof manufacturer offers after a roof is installed. 

2:10 PM - 3:10 PMSession A: Film -- ASHRAE’s New Standard 241: Addressing the Risk of Disease Transmission in Indoor SpacesLearn about ASHRAE’s new groundbreaking Standard 241, Control of Infectious Aerosols, which establishes minimum requirements to reduce the risk of disease transmission by exposure to infectious aerosols in new buildings, existing buildings, and major renovations. This valuable filmed presentation is by Dr. William Bahnfleth, Professor of Architectural Engineering at Pennsylvania State University, who chairs the project committee for ASHRAE Standard 241. Find out what you need to know to help your facility plan for COVID-19, influenza viruses and other pathogens that cause problems for building occupants. Standard 241 provides requirements for many aspects of air systems design, installation, operation and maintenance. The presentation was given at the 25th Westford Building Science Symposium organized by Building Science Corporation.
Thursday, May 9, 2024
8:40 AM - 9:40 AMSession 09: Beyond Heating and Cooling: Getting the Most Out of Your HVAC

HVAC accounts for 52% of energy use within the Northwest’s 3.4 billion square feet of commercial building space. For these buildings, outdated and inefficient HVAC systems not only waste energy and inflate operating costs, but they can also cause thermal discomfort, aid the spread of airborne illnesses, and increase occupant turnover rates. Using data from Northwest-based case studies, this session will detail high-efficiency HVAC solutions that provide improved comfort, healthier and safer indoor air, and significant energy savings to improve your building’s value. Whether you’re looking to replace your existing rooftop unit or exploring a deeper retrofit, we’ll help you identify and understand various approaches that ensure your HVAC system is working smarter and not harder, including through high-efficiency features and modern ventilation strategies.

8:40 AM - 9:40 AMSession 10: The New Thermal Imaging Testing Requirements per NFPA-70B – Electrical Equipment Maintenance Standard

In 2023, The National Fire Protection Agency updated their regulations in NFPA-70B (the Standard for Electrical Equipment Maintenance) to shift annual thermal imaging from a “recommended” practice to a “required” one. What does this mean to your facility and how can you be in compliance? Come learn from licensed thermographers about practical applications for the thermal testing of electrical systems. Also discussed will be pumps, bearings, motors, steam traps, tank levels, roofs and building envelopes.

9:50 AM - 10:50 AMSession 11: The City of Portland’s Vehicle Electrification – a Look at Technologies, Charging Infrastructure and More

The City of Portland, which relies on several thousand motorized vehicles, has as of this year already exceeded its 2030 goals for reduced fleet vehicle carbon emissions -- and fleet electrification has played a major part in this. Hear about the City’s progress in converting to electric vehicles, and regarding the installation, maintenance and operation of the charging infrastructure. Gain ideas you can apply at your site, including details on new technologies.

9:50 AM - 10:50 AMSession 12: Safety Data on Dashboards:  How McKinstry Developed an Effective Way to Track Safety Performance, Find Trends, and Identify Areas of Improvement 

Historically companies have displayed their safety data by making graphs in Excel. To make graphs, companies would pull data from different programs and enter it into Excel. It could take a couple of days to complete a detailed report. McKinstry started using Microsoft 365 5 years ago to collect its data and talk with other programs to help maintain current data displayed on safety dashboards. This has cut down on the time spent on generating data, made the data available to people on all levels of the company, and allowed the crews to have toolbox topics around the current safety trends. Gain ideas you can apply to benefit your facility

11:00 AM - 12:00 PMSession 13: Energy Savings, Sustainability, Net Zero Decarbonation – Heat Pumps Addressing the Evolution of Commercial Space 

Electric HVAC heat pumps have a compelling economic value for commercial buildings, and set of features that are key in achieving goals for building decarbonization. In this presentation, participants will learn about the basic principles of electric HVAC heat pumps – variable capacity or variable refrigerant flow systems – and how they can benefit commercial facilities.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PMSession 14: Improving Your Project Management Skills

This informative presentation is designed to help attendees understand the following project management concepts:  fundamental principles of project management, scope control, implementation delays, inefficiencies, improving project coordination, and challenges caused by variables outside your control. Gain information that will help you better manage your department’s projects.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PMSession 15: Ecoroofs in Portland – History, Design and Maintenance of Vegetated Roofing Systems

This session will focus on "ecoroofs" -- often referred to as "green roofs," which replace conventional roofing with a living, breathing vegetated roof system. An ecoroof consists of a layer of vegetation over a growing medium on top of a synthetic, waterproof membrane. Such a roof significantly decreases stormwater runoff, saves energy, and provides welcome greenspace for facilities, among other benefits. Learn about assistance the City provides to facilities that wish to invest in this important aspect of the green building movement.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PMSession 16: Film -- ASHRAE's New Standard 241: Addressing the Risk of Disease Transmission in Indoor SpacesLearn about ASHRAE’s new groundbreaking Standard 241, Control of Infectious Aerosols, which establishes minimum requirements to reduce the risk of disease transmission by exposure to infectious aerosols in new buildings, existing buildings, and major renovations. This valuable filmed presentation is by Dr. William Bahnfleth, Professor of Architectural Engineering at Pennsylvania State University, who chairs the project committee for ASHRAE Standard 241. Find out what you need to know to help your facility plan for COVID-19, influenza viruses and other pathogens that cause problems for building occupants. Standard 241 provides requirements for many aspects of air systems design, installation, operation and maintenance. The presentation was given at the 25th Westford Building Science Symposium organized by Building Science Corporation.

As of 2012, the Green Building Certification Institute allows individuals with LEED Professional credentials to report any education related to green buildings to the Institute for continuing education. Upon request, Facilities Expo will send a certificate of completion for sessions on green building topics to any LEED Professional who requests one for GBCI documentation purposes, as long as they make the request at the conclusion of the class session, and as long as their badge was scanned.