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Daylight Harvesting & Lighting Controls

Thursday, April, 24, 2014
Noon – 1:30PM
Location: Dahlin Group, 5865 Owens Dr, Pleasanton, CA 94588
Free, open to all. Please RSVP to no later than 4:00PM Wednesday for lunch selections
1.5 CES LU’s

As lighting and control technologies evolve and automated shading becomes more common the collaborative input of architects, engineers, (lighting and interior) designers, contractors and end-users each have warranted responsibilities to the proper specification, installation, commissioning and maintenance of these systems to operate with long-term reliably for ROI in energy savings, human factors and ergonomics.

Digitally addressed ballasts, drivers and motors allow lights and shades to integrate seamlessly with fewer issues and challenges associated with traditional lighting and daylight controls. Properly implemented solutions offer many benefits, positively impacting students, workers, patients, guests and the elderly alike. This presentation helps attendee better understand why it isn’t business as usual ‘ with light controls and window shades.

The presentation is designed for architects, electrical engineers and lighting designers. While the course content is directed at commercial building applications, many of the principles can and are
applied to homes, hospitals, multidwelling units and assisted living environments.

Speaker Bio:
Christ Surunis, Allied Member  is a lighting controls and automated shading specialist with over 30 years controls experience. As Northwest Regional Market Development Manager for Crestron Electronics, Christ is particularly interested in articulating the potential of human factors associated with the control of both electric and natural light.

Learning Objectives:
1. Attendees will understand the various techniques, concerns & benefits associated with Day lighting.
2. Attendees will gain an overview understanding of the various Day lighting and Daylight Harvesting techniques utilized today.
3. Attendees will become familiar with the various Energy Codes that require Daylight Harvesting.
4. Attendees will be able to differentiate the various controls necessary for a successful Daylight Harvesting system.

Wine and Learn – Chateau Montelena Historic Preservation Tour

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
3:00PM – 6:30PM

Chateau Montelena Winery, 1429 Tubbs Ln, Calistoga, CA 94515
Cost: $20 AIA Members; $30 Non-AIA Members; $15 Emerging Professionals
Click here to Register

Join AIA Redwood Empire and AIA East Bay for a tour, wine and food pairing reception and AIA CES presentation at the famous Chateau Montelena Winery, subject of the Bottle Shock movie. At the event, you and your colleagues will enjoy a lively discussion about the challenges and successes of the recently completed Seismic Rehabilitation of the historic Winery Cellar. The design team received a 2013 Preservation Design Award for outstanding achievement in the field of Historic Preservation from the California Preservation Foundation.


Tour and Presentation by:

Alissa McNair, Architect, Patrick Mervin + Associates

David Cooper, Lead Structural Engineer, ZFA Structural Engineers

Naomi Miroglio, Historic Architect and Consultant, Architectural Resources Group

Mark Davis, President, Wright Contracting Inc.

Cameron Parry, Winemaker, Chateau Montelena

Latham Square Community Meeting #4

Thursday, May 8, 2014
6:00PM – 8:00PM

AIA East Bay Chapter Office

This presentation will review the current design plans for Latham Square. Options for seating, lighting, landscaping, paving materials and other elements will be presented by the project landscape architect for discussion. Other discussion topics will include fountain renovation and public art.

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Monthly Program: Rio Vista R/UDAT

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
$10 AIA members and employees of chapter member firms; $15 guests.
Student members free (click here to get the student code).
Includes a wine & cheese networking reception after the presentation.

1.5 CES LUs

One of the best public advocacy programs AIA has held in a long time happened in our backyard in early March: the Rio Vista R/UDAT. Over four very long days and nights, a special Regional/Urban Design Assistance Team–flown in from all corners of the nation–met with the citizens of this tiny Delta community to listen, envision, discuss and devise solutions to a myriad of problems.

The problems include a rapidly aging population bolstered by a large retirement community, stagnant development, and the future relocation of a major highway that currently transects the town (Highway 12). The resulting report was written by two dedicated National staff overnight so it could be presented to the community during a standing-room only town hall meeting.

What makes this “Communities by Design” event even more impressive is that it was driven completely by Rio Vista citizens. They developed the proposal, raised the necessary funds and marketed the event to the community. In addition, they worked with city and business leaders for buy-in to ensure the resulting recommendations wouldn’t sit on a shelf for the next 20 years.

Please join AIA East Bay on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 for a special presentation from three of the members of the RioVision steering committee: Edwin Okamura, Mary Ellen Lamothe, and Mark McTeer, AIA, as they share the story of their town and how they are using the AIA R/UDAT to proactively fight for Rio Vista’s future.

Click here to register.

RUDAT participants

Healthy Homes Conference

Thursday, May 15, 2014
8:30AM – 2:30PM

David Brower Center: 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

Click here for registration: $30; $20 for Build It Green members

Join leading experts to learn about new building science, products, and practices to maximize safety and air quality in the home.

Home health best practices are evolving quickly. Are you up to speed or out of date? Don’t miss Build It Green’s conference to convey the latest knowledge on this critical but often overlooked green building topic. We’ve assembled leading industry experts whose presentations will explore:

•cost-effective ways to maintain indoor air quality during construction and remodeling to protect homeowners and work crews
•updated combustion safety standards and testing protocols
•how to assess the health and “greenness” of building products and materials, from countertops to foam insulation and flame retardants in furniture
•new building products and healthier alternatives
•the latest building science on indoor air quality, including current challenges and debates
•easiest ways to improve indoor air quality of existing homes

Learn From Industry Experts and Your Peers

Earn CES LU’s and network with other building professionals, including contractors, builders, raters, and architects. Featured speakers will include:

•Anthony Bernheim, Bernheim + Dean. Inc
•Alex Stadtner, Healthy Building Science
•Melanie Loftus, Healthy Building Science
•Vi Rapp, Lawrence Berkeley Labs
•Katy Hollbacher, Beyond Efficiency
•Cate Leger, Leger Wanaselja Architecture
•Mike Roth, McCutcheon Construction
•Arlene Blum, Green Science Policy Institute
•Amy Dryden, Build It Green

2013 Major California Building Code and Residential Code Changes

Thursday, May 8, 2014
Noon – 1:30PM

Free Members $3 Non-members
1.5 HSW/CES LU’s

The program will give an overview of the major changes to the newly adopted 2013 California Building Code and California Residential Codes. The program will focus on code changes that impact small firm practice in residential or smaller commercial projects.

Learning Objectives:

1. Identify significant changes made in the basic 2012 IBC that are included in the 2013 CBC.
2. Identify California-specific changes to the 2010 CBC in the 2013 CBC.
3. Identify significant changes made in the basic 2012 IRC that are included in the 2013 CRC.
4. Identify California-specific changes to the 2010 CRC in the 2013 CRC.
5. Identify changes made by California in CBC Chapter 11A regarding access to covered multifamily housing.
6. Identify additional modifications to the 2010 ADAS by California in CBC Chapter 11B for Public Accommodations.

Dead End: Suburban Sprawl & Rebirth of American Urbanism

A Regional Urban Design Program

Friday, May 2, 2014

Free, all are welcome. Bring a lunch!
Click here to RSVP

1.5 CES LUs

New city neighborhoods are in demand. Yet those who try to build them face steep barriers and are often forced into compromises that undermine the urban vision. Urbanism, transit, and walkable streets challenge a deeply rooted suburban value system. Benjamin Ross, author of Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism, posits that in order to overcome this resistance, urbanists must think big and offer a compelling vision of change.

Please join us at AIA East Bay at noon on Friday, May 2, 2014 for a presentation by Mr. Ross on this relevant issue.

About the presenter:

Ben Ross was president of the Action Committee for Transit for 15 years. His new book about the politics of urbanism and transit, Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism, is published by Oxford University Press.

Learning Objectives:



The Rebirth of the Practice

A Professional Practice Forum

Thursday, April 17, 2014
Free, all are welcome. Bring your lunch!
Click here to RSVP.

1.5 CES LUs

The A/E/C industry is changing, rapidly. And the root cause is more than just the effect of the recession on our practices. Rapid changes in technology, better managed practices, and a more informed and involved client base are making it possible for architects to design better and faster.

In 2012, James Cramer, CEO of the Greenway Group wrote, “Data collected by DesignIntelligence and the Greenway Group show that design professions and the construction industry are more creative than ever in their business practices. For example, architecture and engineering practices are about 80 percent more productive in the past seven years, as measured by revenues per full-time equivalent staff.”

Join the Professional Practice Forum on Thursday, April 17th at noon to discuss the future of the practice. Questions to consider include:

  • Is my firm more relevant this year than last?
  • What might change next?
  • Why do we do things the way we do?
  • How do other professionals do what we do?
  • Are we moving quickly and deliberately to reach tomorrow’s opportunities and new achievement levels?
  • What are advances that other practices embrace–either in this country or abroad?

Curious about this topic? Read more in Cliff Moser, AIA‘s book Architecture 3.0: The Disruptive Design Practice Handbook.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this discussion, attendees will:

1) Be able to state at least two advances in technology that help firms be more efficient.
2) Be able to explain at least two methods of project delivery that help firms be more efficient.
3) Be able to list at least two improvements to document management and how they help firms.
4) Be able to explain at least two areas of diversification that firms can consider in becoming more relevant.

Energy Modeling for Architects

Friday, May 23, 2014
Noon – 1:30PM

Free and open to all!
1.5 CES LU’s

What your energy consultant should know and isn’t teaching you

Are you excited about the idea of understanding the underlying science and calculations of heat transfer and solar gain and how that informs building energy modeling tools? Rather than equating energy modeling with Title 24 energy code compliance, you have the power to leverage these tools to help optimize the energy performance of buildings, maximize thermal comfort for occupants, and ultimately create a truly successful project. In this talk, we’ll do some myth-busting and help make sense of topics that can sometimes seem to be overwhelmingly complex–but are often surprisingly simple.

Speaker Bio:

Katy Hollbacher founded Beyond Efficiency in 2009 and has 15 years experience in the A/E/C and green building industries. Beyond Efficiency specializes in high-performance building envelope and HVAC systems consulting and helps clients literally “push the envelope” by applying technical expertise and analyses to optimize building performance.

Katy was the rater and energy consultant for the Carmel Passive House, a LEED Platinum home that won the 2013 Fine Homebuilding Best New Home award, as well as Merritt Crossing, a LEED Platinum multifamily affordable housing project that also earned California’s first ENERGY STAR Highrise certification. Katy was a founding board member of the non-profit Passive House California and is passionate about educating clients and team members on building science and best practices. At home in the field as well as the office, Katy has pounded nails, hung drywall, and pulled wires on various construction projects.

Learning Objectives:

1. Participants will examine how conventional approaches to architectural design can contribute to excess energy use, and acquire a new understanding of heat flow dynamics in buildings and be challenged to apply this knowledge to optimize energy performance of projects.
2. Participants will contrast standard code-level building assemblies with high-performance assemblies, and calculate their contributions to heating demands and energy usage.
3. Participants will compare a variety of window specifications and shading approaches and demonstrate the significant impacts those choices can have on a building’s energy performance.
4. Participants will contrast a variety of energy-related metrics such as: average heating and cooling demands, peak heating and cooling loads, and total heating and cooling energy usage.

The New East Span of the Bay Bridge: Challenges Faced and Successes Achieved

Monday, June 2, 2014
4:00PM – 6:00PM
East Bay Municipal Utility District, 375 11th Street, Oakland, Board Room 2nd Floor

Open to all!
Contact Timothy McGowan at with any questions

The East Bay Municipal Utility District and the Asian Pacific Employee Association are pleased to host Dr. Brian Maroney and other representatives of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge New East Span project team to update the technical engineering community on the challenges faced and the successes achieved during 2013-2014 along with new highlights of the on-going demolition work of the old East Span.

The following technical topics and various tools will be discussed and shared during the presentation:

• Latest update on the E2 anchor rods and the retrofit design
• Demonstration of non-destructive tests (Magnetic Particle Test, Ultrasonic Test, Radiographic Test) performed on the welds of the permanent steel structure
• Samples of bridge materials such as fastening assemblies for the tower, cable bands and orthotropic box girder spliced segments, weld plates
• Tools used for inspection during construction such as large calipers used to measure compacted cable and boroscope to inspect the grouting of the tendons
• Videos of mechanical tests performed on various bridge materials
• Latest information on the demolition of the existing bridge