Don't Touch That Thermostat

  • Saturday, August 31, 2019
  • 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • SDGE Energy Innovation Center, 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92117


Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) can account for 1/3 or more of a building’s energy use. Oftentimes owners, operators, and facility managers set energy goals, but have little or no knowledge of how HVAC systems work. Find out how to reduce utility bills and prevent unscheduled shutdowns in this half-day course. Learn the basics in easy-to-understand terms including: heating and refrigeration equipment, controls and operation, and maintenance guidelines


  • Discover the mystery behind HVAC system design
  • Comfort air and ventilation basics
  • How to evaluate HVAC performance and efficiency
  • How proper system management can reduce energy costs


David Timber has over 30 years of experience in facility operations and project management. He is currently a strategic project manager for the County of San Diego Department of General Services, and has private sector experience as a project manager for a local mechanical engineering firm. David also teaches facility and project management courses at UCSD Extension. His education and training include LEED(r) accredited professional with the US Green Building Council, a degree in agricultural engineering from Cornell University, and a Master’s in Public Administration from National University. 

Additional Details

Learning Level: Beginner

Check-in: 8:00 a.m., 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.