The Western Cooling Efficiency Center-UC Davis (WCEC) annual affiliates’ forum brings together HVAC industry stakeholders to discuss recent energy policy affecting the State of California, affiliate member news and developments, and research results published by WCEC. The forum’s goal is to bring together our affiliates to create a diverse and relevant discussion on HVAC energy efficiency, pushing forward toward solutions and facilitating
Western Cooling Efficiency Director, Mark Modera, highlights some notable achievements from the Center's past 10 year history. Also included are some current research projects.
Program Unification Panel: SDGE Future of Upstream HVAC Programs
Paul Thomas, HVAC Strategy Lead, San Diego Gas and Electric
Discussion of the upcoming changes to energy efficiency programs in California, namely, that Utility-based programs will now be run statewide, and not siloed to each individual utility district.
Program Unification Panel: Third Party Programs Perspective
Paul Kyllo, Director, CLEAResult
Third Party Programs implement much of the energy efficiency standards set by the Energy Commission and the Utilities. CLEAResult's Paul Kyllo offers us insight into what has and has not worked with large scale energy efficiency programs through the lens of a large program implementer.
Program Unification Panel: Upstream Rebate Programs
Richard Lord, Senior Fellow, Carrier
An overview of upstream rebate programs, how they are used by utilities, what manufacturers think of these programs and the impact they have on both manufacturers and distributors.
Future of Refrigerants Panel: A Manufacturer's Experience
Chun-Cheng Piao, Vice President of Technology Alliances, Daikin
Dr. Piao explains some of the new refrigerant candidates researched at Daikin, shows test results and discusses the pros and cons of these new refrigerants, the market response and a brief discussion regarding the potential safety changes needed for some of these refrigerants to meet flammability code.
Future of Refrigerants Panel: Past, Present and Future Refrigerants
Steve Kujak, Director for Next Generation Refrigerant Research, Ingersoll Rand
Steve Kujak, Ingersoll Rand's Director for Next Generation Refrigerant Research gives us a brief history of refrigerants, what we currently use, and the challenges in finding suitable, low-GWP refrigerants of the future.
Future of Refrigerants Panel: ARB Update on HFC Emissions Reduction Efforts
Glenn Gallagher, Air Pollution Specialist, California Air Resources Board
The future of refrigerants is low-GWP (global warming potential). With the Kigali Amendment guaranteeing a complete reduction of HFC refrigerant supply, can California meet its emissions goals by 2030? What are the next steps to reducing HFC's in refrigerants and what can regulatory agencies do to further this goal?
A Universal Model for Hybrid HVAC Equipment in Building Energy Simulations
Jonathan Woolley, Associate Engineer, Western Cooling Efficiency Center
Jonathan Woolley, WCEC Engineer, walks through the process of this research and explains the impetus for creating such a tool as a way to further advance energy efficient hybrid-evaporative technologies throughout California.
State and Utility Technology Development Programs: California Energy Commission
David Hungerford, Senior Scientist, California Energy Commission
David Hungerford, Senior Scientist at the California Energy Commission (CEC) explains the Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) and upcoming changes to the program and its potential impacts on California.
State and Utility Technology Development Programs: Southern California Edison
Jerine Ahmed, Lead Engineer, Southern California Edison
Increasing grid complexity due to much larger variety of energy sources and new energy consumption like the electrification of transportation and an evolving energy efficiency and demand response role in demand-side programs. Jerine Ahmed, Lead Engineer for Emerging Technologies at SCE also looks into the role of Emerging Technology programs and the future for statewide Emerging Technology program administration.
Webinar Series: New Technology for Efficient Multifamily Building Envelope Sealing (Hosted by Center for Energy and Environment)
Wednesday, June 14th
11:00 am – 12:00 pm CST
Why Tune In?
Tight envelopes have become standard for Minnesota single family homes, but these construction practices have not yet reached much of the multifamily sector. Multifamily buildings have many of the same leakage paths as houses, but they include additional paths hidden in walls or other cavities that are difficult to seal with conventional methods.
Researchers at UC Davis Western Cooling Efficiency Center have developed an aerosol sealant to seal leaks in building walls, floors and ceilings. The process has the potential to be more effective and convenient than conventional methods for sealing envelopes, due to less effort and greater leak coverage.
A study recently completed by the Center for Energy and Environment and the Western Cooling Efficiency Center demonstrated the abilities of this new technology in multifamily applications. The leakage was reduced by 67% to 94% in 18 new construction units and by an average of 68% for nine existing units. The project also used EnergyPlus models to estimate reductions in space heating energy use, air infiltration, and air flows between units. This sealing process was recently commercialized by Aeroseal, so findings are increasingly relevant for design and field professionals working on multifamily and single-family projects.
Join us for this webinar that will outline the study field findings as well as results of cost-effectiveness and recommendations on how utilities and contractors can take advantage of this new sealing application.
Read more about the project here.
Who is this Webinar for?
• Utility commercial conservation program managers
• Mechanical design engineers
• Building scientists
• Insulation contractors
• General contractor project managers and estimators