Learn About Building Performance and the Smart Grid

17th National Conference on Building Commissioning Returns to Pacific Northwest

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Sarah Lowles, Portland Energy Conservation, Inc.


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Attendees to Learn About Building Performance and the Smart Grid


PORTLAND, Ore. – April 13, 2009 – The 17th National Conference on Building Commissioning is returning to the Pacific Northwest. Held at the Seattle Sheraton July 3-5, 2009, NCBC unites energy efficiency and green building design experts with construction and operation industry professionals to talk about the latest trends and technologies that make commercial buildings work properly and efficiently. Registration is now open for this industry leading conference, and a discounted price is offered to those who register before May 8, 2009.


Energy efficiency and high performance buildings are hot topics these days, and during these uncertain economic times, energy savings are more important than ever. The recent approval of the federal stimulus package, known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), is helping place energy efficiency in the forefront of economic growth, environmental conservation and job creation.  The full conference agenda can be viewed online at www.peci.org/ncbc. The agenda offers actionable information to architects, building owners, commissioning providers, engineers, facility managers, contractors, policy makers, utility planners, students and more.


BetterBricks is the major sponsor of NCBC 2009, where more than 70 speakers and 400 conference attendees are expected to gather for sessions that focus on advanced technical topics, market strategies and industry standardization in the new energy economy. In addition to the three-day symposium, pre-conference workshops on Tuesday, June 2 will offer hands-on learning about pneumatic controls as well as insight into the LEED® New Construction certification process. “Analog Lessons for a Digital World” will focus on the fundamentals of pneumatic controls, including operating principles, application considerations and hardware.  The associated lab session will allow attendees to try out pneumatic demonstrators themselves.  A half-day workshop titled, “Commissioning LEED®-NC for New Construction Projects” will explain the building commissioning process as required by the LEED® New Construction certifications process and will provide information on commissioning costs and benefits, as well as resources available to projects.


An exhibition held during the first day of the conference provides an opportunity to meet the commissioning providers and tools manufacturers that help reach commissioning and green building goals.


PECI, the conference host and organizer, is a registered provider with the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Continuing Education System program. Conference attendees may receive education credits based on their individual session or workshop attendance.


Further information on NCBC, including details on sponsoring and exhibiting at the conference, is available at www.peci.org/ncbc.


About BetterBricks
BetterBricks is the commercial building initiative of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, which is supported by local electric utilities. Through the BetterBricks initiative, NEEA advocates for changes to energy-related business practices in Northwest buildings.


About PECI

Portland Energy Conservation, Inc. (PECI) designs and implements energy efficiency programs for utility companies and governmental agencies in the western United States. Founded in 1980 and headquartered in Portland, Oregon, the organization has a longstanding tradition of pairing innovation with practicality to deliver customized solutions in building commissioning and retrofits; refrigeration and HVAC; lighting, appliances and new construction. As an industry leader, it serves the large commercial, commercial retail and residential markets with services including technical consultation, research, analysis, program management and implementation. PECI is committed to gaining widespread efficiency practices that embrace careful resource and energy management. To learn more, visit www.peci.org.


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