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Decarbonizing School Buildings – The Building Electrification Technology Roadmap (BETR) for Schools


June 27, 2024


10:00 am - 11:00 am Pacific

Join us to learn about the Building Electrification Technology Roadmap (BETR) for K-12 schools and hear a California school district’s firsthand experience with electrification. Incorporating electrification upgrades into K-12 project plans, budgets, and possible school bonds requires planning and a clear picture of potential costs and challenges. BETR for Schools provides high-level guidance for schools and districts that may be considering system and equipment upgrades in educational facilities.

BETR summarizes a comprehensive set of electrification technologies that can replace traditional fuel-fired equipment and includes information about typical upfront and operational costs. With information about installation challenges, maintenance difficulty, indoor air quality and greenhouse gas emissions, participants will leave more informed about common electrification options, especially for space and water heating.  

Panelists include: 

Rhys M. M. Davis, Technical Consultant, Resource Refocus LLC.
Before joining Resource Refocus, Rhys worked as a graduate researcher for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s (SMUD) Building Electrification & Energy Efficiency R&D team, where he led an investigation into the barriers to and impacts of decarbonizing all existing multifamily buildings in SMUD territory, and helped develop a forecasting model for future carbon emission savings from all of SMUD’s distributed energy resource programs.  



Reilly Loveland Falvey, Associate Director, New Buildings Institute (NBI)
Reilly supports the project management team on various projects including the Prop 39 Zero Net Energy School Retrofit work in California, as well as other K-12 schools related work. The program’s focus is on drastic energy reduction via zero net energy retrofits and vigorous occupant engagement programs. Reilly also designs and develops NBI workshops, public engagement materials, and other technical and market transformation resources. Prior to joining NBI she worked for the Integrated Design Lab and Washington Green Schools doing research and energy analysis, developing and maintaining databases, as well as designing energy focused curriculum for K-12 schools.   


Shannon Oliver, Senior Project Manager, New Buildings Institute
Shannon’s work focuses on energy efficiency and decarbonization in schools. He has extensive experience in operational and facility sustainability programs, including seven years with the Adams 12 School District in north Denver, Colorado, as their energy and sustainability manager. Shannon has experience with energy performance contracting, net zero building design, greenhouse gas inventories, water conservation, and waste management and reduction.  




Mischa Egolf, Technical Associate, New Buildings Institute
Mischa is part of NBI’s Building Innovation team. She applies her engineering background to conduct data analysis, create data visualizations, and complete technical research for NBI projects and Initiatives. Through building science expertise, Mischa quantifies the energy, cost, and carbon impacts of energy efficiency and decarbonization measures in both the residential and commercial sector.    



This webinar is developed in partnership with San Diego LEARN.

LEARN is a San Diego based workforce education and training program that has partnered with Electrify Now to offer free energy efficiency and electrification webinars. Please visit the LEARN website for more information: www.sandiegolearn.com. 

Manufacturers Roundtable: All Electric Commercial Kitchens


June 11, 2024


10:00 am - 11:00 am Pacific

Join us for an online Roundtable that explores electric equipment for commercial kitchens. Commercial kitchen electrification is a growing movement. Reasons include safety, improved cooking, easier cleaning, better HVAC operations, efficient space utilization, and lower costs for installation and operations (depending on location). It is an important movement for building decarbonization and with more municipalities and air districts imposing restrictions on gas-fueled appliances, smart planning.

This online Roundtable explores the electric equipment for commercial kitchens. Hear from New Buildings Institute and the California Energy Design Assistance (CEDA) program along with our special guests from Frontier Energy Food Service Technology Center and Rational, as well as others.

Panelists include:

Richard Young, Director of Outreach, Frontier Energy Food Service Technology Center (FSTC) —an unbiased, commercial foodservice, research-and-training facility. Trained as an electrical engineer, Richard started his career in alternative energy, changing from energy-generation to energy-efficiency when he joined the FSTC research team over 34 years ago. He is a contributor to the USGBC’s LEED rating system and the EPA’s ENERGY STAR program. Richard focuses his efforts on translating Frontier Energy’s 35 years of food service research into practical information. He has created and delivered over 1500 presentations and classes during the last 30 years and authored numerous research reports and articles in magazines, newsletters, and on the web. Richard is currently an advisor to the Mission College culinary education program and the Worldchefs Sustainability Education for Culinary Professionals program. He is also the creator and author of the online Foodservice Energy Efficiency Expert (Fe3) training and certification program.

Michael Slater, Frontier Energy FSTC
Michael is an Engineer with a demonstrated history of working in the renewables and environment industry. As an engineer at Frontier Energy, Inc, Michael specializes in decarbonizing technologies related to hot water systems for the food service industry.



Lee Baker, Vice President of Product Management Sales Group North America for Rational.
Rational is an international manufacturer of cooking appliances for commercial kitchens. Their story began over 50 years ago with the idea of combining dry and moist heat to create the ideal cooking environment. In the USA, they currently have an installation base of over 35,000 units coast to coast.



Kurt Eickmeyer, CFSP, Senior Vice President, Executive Strategic Initiatives, Jade Range/Beech Ovens
Kurt used his background as a ceramic engineer to help Wood Stone grow from a startup to an industry leader with more than $30 million in annual revenue. He is proud to now be a part of Jade Range / Beech Ovens bringing innovative, high quality, customer driven initiatives to the rapidly changing world of foodservice.





Susan Harris, Senior Technical Communications Advisor, New Buildings Institute
Susan has over 15 years experience in communications and information systems management. Her work at NBI focuses on special projects, communication tools, project documentation, and information distribution. Prior to joining NBI in 2010 she worked with the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance.




This is the second of a six-part series in 2024 where we talk about electrification and decarbonization with manufacturers of key technologies. Our previous event focused on Low-GWP HVAC, Refrigeration, and Water Heating Equipment.


Both Sides of the Meter: GridOptimal Building Strategies (Part 2)


June 13, 2024


10:00 am - 11:00 am Pacific

Buildings are at the center of our energy systems and account for over 70% of US electricity consumption. To succeed in decarbonizing our grid, buildings and the systems within buildings can be part of the solution. These two classes will focus on the foundations to create and operate grid-interactive buildings to optimize their energy use and grid interactions. These strategies lead to resiliency, cost savings, and reduced carbon emissions.

After attending this program, participants will be able to…

  • Specify grid-interactive systems and technologies for buildings with both standalone and integrated systems
  • Incorporate GEB considerations into energy modeling
  • Identify how distributed energy resources can support grid-interactivity
  • Communicate the value of investing in GEB measures to project stakeholders


Speakers Include:

Mischa Egolf

Mischa Egolf is a Technical Associate at New Buildings Institute (NBI) and part of NBI’s Building Innovation team. Mischa applies her engineering background to conduct data analysis, create data visualizations, and complete technical research for NBI projects and Initiatives. Through building science expertise, Mischa quantifies the energy, cost, and carbon impacts of energy efficiency and decarbonization measures in both the residential and commercial sector.


Alexi Miller

Alexi Miller is the Director of Building Innovation at NBI. Alexi oversees and leads several programs and initiatives at NBI including the Advanced Water Heating Initiative and the GridOptimal Initiative. Alexi and his team form NBI’s technical backbone, leading and supporting projects that advance emerging technology and best practices for accelerating building decarbonization. Alexi has expertise in a range of topics including zero energy and zero carbon buildings, code and policy, building controls, deep energy savings retrofits, and emerging technologies. Prior to joining NBI in 2013, he spent six years at The Cadmus Group. Alexi is a registered Professional Engineer in Mechanical Engineering in Oregon.