Alphabet Soup: GHG, ZNE, kBtu, US$, NZC

  • Tuesday, November 20, 2018
  • 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • SDGE Energy Innovation Center, 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92117


As Green Business Certification Inc continues to grow its range of sustainability certification systems, (and other rating systems such as BREEAM In-Use and Fitwel enter the marketplace) it can be difficult to decipher the right rating system for you. Zero Net Energy (ZNE or NZE), is no exception as different certifications and definitions of how to evaluate this definition are entering the marketplace. This session will review rating systems for sustainability, health & wellness, and Zero Net Energy - with focus on the energy component for them. We'll review goal-setting best practices, and the concepts of continuous improvement and third-party verification. This session will also include an interactive exercise where we'll review a sample building in San Diego and identify how the rating systems and ZNE definitions covered could apply in this setting.

Seminar Highlights

  • Identify sustainability and health & wellness rating systems with market recognition in the US today.
  • Analyze how to set metric-based energy goals
  • Identify what rating system is a best fit for building types
  • Understand the nuances of how energy is treated in each rating system reviewed

Target Audience

  • Architects
  • Facilities managers
  • Sustainability professionals
  • Engineers
  • Real Estate
  • Students

Learning Level: Intermediate


Ravi Bajaj, WELL AP, LEED AP O+M, BD+C, ID+C , BREEAM In-Use Licensed Assessor

Ravi has professional experience as a green building consultant with an emphasis on education and training. He is a WELL Accredited Professional and trained as a WELL and BREEAM Licensed Assessor. He was one of the first 4 people in the world outside of GBCI trained as a WELL Assessor as of December 2016. He has been an early presenter on the topics of health & wellness in the built environment and is in the process of becoming a WELL Faculty. Ravi works with portfolios to integrate sustainability practices into all aspects of corporate structures, especially focused on building-related sustainability and health & wellness practices. Ravi is part of the Los Angeles EBEWE Master Speaker Series focused on benchmarking ordinance compliance. He holds a degree in Earth Science from UC San Diego and is a LEED Accredited Professional with specialties in Existing Buildings, Interiors and New Construction. Before starting with Healthy Buildings almost 2 years ago, Ravi worked for San Diego Green Building Council for 6 years as an Education Manager.

Josh Dean, C.E.M., LEED AP O+M, Fitwel Ambassador

Josh is the Executive Director of the San Diego Green Building Council. In this role, he oversees the daily operations and strategic direction of the organization, ensuring that it carries out its mission to inspire, educate and collaborate within our community to transform our built environment toward true sustainability. He has over 10 years of professional experience working in the sustainability, construction and real estate industries. Josh holds a Bachelor's Degree in Construction Management from Southern Polytechnic State University, a Green Building Certificate from Colorado State University, and is a Certified Energy Manager and LEED Accredited Professional with specialty in Operations + Maintenance. He has been involved in the Existing Buildings Committee, Residential Committee, and Green Assistance Program at the San Diego Green Building Council since 2013, and he is currently serving on the Program Advisory Council for SDG&E’s Power Your Drive program.

Additional Details

Check-in: 8:00 with breakfast provided

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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.