Past Meetup

Partner Event: Pacific Energy Center Open House

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Had to cut off the list of events, but here is all of them

Join us on September 13th from 11 AM through 8 PM at the Pacific Energy Center for an Open House. We will be bringing together diverse and engaged energy efficiency enthusiasts for full-day of lectures, networking activities, meet & greets with partner organizations, escape room, and free food and drinks. We'll also have a photo booth, prize drawings, and energy bingo.

Register here for the entire Open House event, please note the lectures are on a first come first serve basis.

Come try your hand at the Commissioning Escape Room. For this fun team building exercise, form your team of 8 - 10 people. Groups will need to sign up for a time slot. Use the links below to sign your team up for the Escape Room.

The event includes the following lectures, demonstrations, and tool trainings:


Case Study Panel: The Challenge and Potential of Optimizing Existing Buildings
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Emma Bassein, Carbon Lighthouse
Duane Kubischta, kW Engineering
Jay Tulley, Presidio of Monterey

A focus on existing buildings is a key element of the State of California's strategy for meeting our long-term energy and emissions targets. There are many challenges that encumber this objective including the physical and fiscal difficulty of upgrading legacy equipment. Attend this session to learn how an engineering firm, a clean energy services company and a military base are tackling the challenge of transforming our existing building stock. Speakers will be representing kW Engineering, Carbon Lighthouse and the Presidio of Monterey. Please note, due to spacing, the panel speaker bios are located at the bottom of event description.

Climate and Circumstance: Carbon Smart, High Performance Building Strategies
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
David Arkin, Arkin Tilt Architects

Arkin Tilt Architects strives to create comfortable, lyrical buildings that are rooted in place. The firm is one of the most experienced in North America using alternative construction systems, including straw-bale and rammed earth, as well as renewable energy systems, and non-toxic and recycled materials. Two Arkin Tilt straw bale projects in Northern California were directly in the path of the fall 2017 wildfires and survived with very little damage, attesting to performance of the bale walls and other fire-resistive materials and details. In this talk, Arkin Tilt will present their work, and describe their numerous, varied collaborative design approaches that strive toward regenerative, zero-energy, carbon-smart buildings made from thoughtfully chosen materials.

Home Talk, with Test & Track, the Blower Door Brothers
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Gavin Healy and Dan Perunko, Balance Point Home Performance

Here is your opportunity to get your home performance questions answered by two experts who specialize in high-performance, energy-efficient homes. "What improvement projects should I do first?", "Should I insulate above or below my attic?", "Are new windows cost-effective?", "What about heat pumps?", etc. Come learn the things you've wanted to know, and possibly the things you may have been arguing with your spouse about. This session will use a light-hearted, "Car Talk" approach, with Gavin Healy and Dan Perunko of Balance Point Home Performance answering questions from the audience, and maybe even callers nationwide! There will be a puzzler, and all content is approved by the law firm of Dewey, Fixem and Howe.