Read All About It: SFBA Chapter Jan. Event-Title 24 2019 and Beyond

The San Francisco Bay Area chapter of IBPSA-USA (IBPSA-USA-SFBA) recently held the latest installation of their monthly conferences at Affiliated Engineers Inc. on Jan. 22. The topic of this conference was “Title 24 2019 and beyond: What’s new for non-residential buildings and how do we get to decarbonization and electrification of buildings?

At the conference, food and drinks were served while industry experts gave presentations on this month’s topic. The first presenter was Rahul Athaly, program director at NORESCO, who discussed the changes in California’s 2030 environmental goals and what these changes mean for the industry. Athalye also went into detail about new metrics being used by the California Energy Commission. 

The second presenter was Stefan Gracik, performance engineer and partner at Alter Consulting Engineers. Gracik’s presentation focused on the most recent updates on the Title 24, Part 6 energy codes that went into effect at the start of the year. He discussed how energy modeling played an integral role in the formation of the updates, and how others can get involved in upcoming codes and standards processes. 

Bay Area engineers Panos Bakos and Liam Buckley are 2 of the 7 volunteer board members responsible for the planning and coordination of the SFBA chapter monthly conferences.

When asked about the turnout to their monthly meetings, Vice President of IES Liam Buckley responded, “It depends on the topic, but 50 to 100 architecture and engineering firms have attended.”

“This is a very niche service we offer, but we are trying to grow as much as possible, to let other architects and engineers know the value we bring to the industry,” added Arup senior engineer Panos Bakos.

While national and international conferences are held by IBPSA-USA and affiliated organizations, these local monthly meetings are an opportunity for industry professionals in the Bay Area to network, exchange ideas, and socialize while staying informed on recent trends and changes in the world of energy modeling and building performance simulation.

According to Bakos and Buckley, one of the goals of these monthly conferences is to grow as much as possible and spread awareness of IBPSA and the value of building simulation services. The SFBA chapter also partners with student chapters to share knowledge and to find new talent.

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