Don't Touch the Thermostat: HVAC Basics

  • Thursday, January 25, 2018
  • 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • SDGE Energy Innovation Center, 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. San Diego, CA 92117


This course uses easy-to-understand terms to explain basic heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) techniques that help boost energy savings.


  • Explore common HVAC systems and ways to reduce energy use
  • Learn about refrigeration cycles and demand response options
  • Review proper maintenance techniques to help prevent unscheduled shutdowns


David Timber has an extensive background in the design, construction, operation and maintenance of buildings. He earned a BS degree from Cornell University, and a Masters in Public Administration from National University. He served as facility manager for a number of public facilities including office buildings, libraries, animal shelters, public health and hospital facilities, East Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility, and Heritage Park in Old Town. He was project manager for the award-winning Fallbrook library which opened in 2011, and is currently managing a project to redevelop a city block in the Little Italy neighborhood of San Diego. He also serves as instructor for facility management courses at UCSD Extension, and as an IFMA San Diego Board member.

Additional Details


This course is eligible for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).

8 AM check-in and continental breakfast

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This is a project of the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative, which is partially funded by California utility customers and administered by San Diego Gas & Electric® (SDG&E) under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission. The Center for Sustainable Energy® is a member of the collaborative. Trademarks are property of their respective owners.