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Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy & Green Building Education
Energy efficiency, renewable energy, and green building classes are offered in Santa Clara County as part of the Silicon Valley Energy Watch (SVEW) partnership between PG&E and the City of San José. Additional classes are offered in partnership with United States Green Building Council (USGBC), Build It Green, BOMA Silicon Valley and others.

Building Operator Certification Level 1 Series
The Silicon Valley Energy Watch will be hosting the Building Operator Certification (BOC) Level 1 trainings series, a nationally-recognized training and certification program for building operators offering improved job skills and more comfortable, energy-efficient facilities. BOC Level 1 is intended for those with two or more years of experience in building operations and maintenance, who wish to broaden their knowledge of the total building system. Certification provides a credential for professional development and offers employers a way to identify highly skilled operators. This is a series of seven classes, (total 74 hours), beginning April 17, 2018.   

First training date View the full course schedule
Register online
Time 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cost $1,895 for the seven-class series
Certification Exam cost is $285
Discounts are available through BOC
Location San José Environmental Innovation Center
1608 Las Plumas Ave., San José

The Business Case for High Performance Leases and Buildings
Are you in the process signing a commercial real estate lease? Does your business have sustainability goals and want to make sure that its lease is promoting green buildings and sustainability?

Join leaders from the commercial real estate industry for a discussion on high performance leases, also known as "green leases." Learn about what they are, how they can improve your bottom line & sustainability goals, and get help from the US Department of Energy (US DOE) and Institute for Market Transformation's (IMT) Green Lease Leaders program to identify your leasing opportunities. The High Performance Leasing Training is ideal for the those involved in the commercial real estate leasing process including building owners, property managers, brokers, lawyers, and, tenants.

Date Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Register online
Time 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Cost Free
Breakfast will be served
Location San José Environmental Innovation Center 
1608 Las Plumas Ave., San José

PG&E’s Water Audit Basics for Small to Medium Size Businesses
This full-day training serves as an overview with hands-on practice to conduct basic water audits at small to medium-sized commercial facilities. The training focuses on skill building to assist in identifying water use and water waste, standard data collection using various methods and equipment to evaluate water consumption, water use calculations, and customer reporting. A mock water audit will be conducted within the training facility. This class is intended for architects, building owners and operators, contractors, energy consultants, contractors and real estate professionals.

Date Thursday, November 1, 2018
Register online
Time 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
Cost Free
Breakfast and lunch will be served
Location San José Environmental Innovation Center 
1608 Las Plumas Ave., San José

PG&E’s Air Sealing to Achieve Zero Net Energy - New Techniques and Applications
This full-day training will use real world examples to explain the need and importance of air sealing, and methods for incorporating air sealing into building design and construction will be presented. A comparison between the different air sealants and air sealing techniques, based on the locations of air leaks in the building’s envelope, will be discussed with the use of detailed images from the field and with hands-on props. The training will present the recommended air sealants and techniques to reduce air infiltration and to produce the best fit for a long-lasting air sealing barrier. This class is intended for architects, building department staff, contractors, energy consultants, HERS raters, and residential builders. 

Date Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Register online
Time 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
Cost Free
Breakfast and lunch will be served
Location San José Environmental Innovation Center 
1608 Las Plumas Ave., San José

PG&E’s Photovoltaic (PV) Site Analysis and System Sizing
This full-day training will help attendees to understand the specific issues associated with PV site analysis and system sizing. PG&E’s Basics of PV for Grid-Tied Applications class is a prerequisite for this class. This class will not cover PV technologies and applications, costs and incentives, net metering basics, etc. The objective of this course is to assist attendees in evaluating the technical feasibility of a potential PV project by presenting implementation issues that affect site selection and PV installation, while providing participants with simple tools for preliminary system size estimations. Attendees will form groups and collaboratively work on a real-world system project, from site assessment through design to final bid. This class is intended for architects, contractors, energy consultants, real estate professionals, residential builders, and PV designers.

Date Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Register online
Time 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
Cost Free
Breakfast and lunch will be served
Location San José Environmental Innovation Center 
1608 Las Plumas Ave., San José

Ongoing PG&E Classes
Learn everything from selecting the renewable energy system to power your home to the benefits of running a green business. Please check the PG&E Energy Education Classes webpage for a current schedule of classes in a variety of locations.

The Silicon Valley Energy Watch program is funded by California utility ratepayers under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).