Most recent webinar – Chula Vista’s Building Ordinances – Bringing Energy Savings to Existing Buildings

Thursday, July 1, 2021 |  2:00 – 3:00 PM PT

New building code cycles bring more efficient and clean buildings to communities but represent a small fraction of the building stock. After adopting reach codes for new construction, the City of Chula Vista wanted to look at how to promote more energy efficiency in their existing building stock while working with a limited budget and diverse stakeholders.  Speakers will talk about the development of the City’s residential and commercial ordinances, including how stakeholder feedback was incorporated before adoption. The panel will also highlight some new tools available statewide, inspired in part by Chula Vista’s experience, that are streamlining development of ordinances like Chula Vista’s for other CA cities and counties.

Webinar Speakers

Paul Mathew

Moderator, Energy/Environmental Policy Staff Scientist/Engineer – Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Paul is a Staff Scientist and Department Head of Whole Building Systems at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), where he conducts applied research and market transformation activities on energy use in buildings. Prior to joining LBNL, he worked at Enron Energy Services and the Center for Building Performance at Carnegie Mellon University. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, and a Ph.D. in Building Performance and Diagnostics from Carnegie Mellon University. 

Cory Downs

Sustainability Specialist, City of Chula Vista

Cory is a Sustainability Specialist with the City of Chula Vista and manages their residential energy & water efficiency outreach and Climate Action Planning. His responsibilities include compiling the GHG inventories, CAP updates and climate equity efforts. Before working with the City full time he was an Environmental Scientist with AECOM and Climate Fellow with ICLEI.

Barbara Locci

Conservation Specialist, City of Chula Vista

Barbara is a green building professional, has worked on sustainability programs for 12 years in various roles.  Barbara has worked for the City of Chula Vista for 7 years on energy efficiency and sustainability programs for commercial buildings and businesses.

Eric Engelman

Climate Policy Consultant, Energy Policy Consultants (EPC)

Eric has a master’s degree in public policy from UC San Diego. After working as a development economist internationally, he returned to San Diego to specialize in local energy policy. Over the last decade, Eric served as Senior Energy Policy Adviser for the City of San Diego and founded Energy Policy Consultants (EPC), to help other local governments accelerate the adoption of building decarbonization policies. He and the EPC team are now focused on streamlining data-driven energy policy making for all California cities and counties through software, namely the Cost-Effectiveness Explorer (explorer.localenergycodes.com) which was launched in fall 2020.

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