Scoping Energy Efficiency for Existing Buildings

  • 05 Jun 2017
  • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • SDG&E Energy Innovation Center (EIC), 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92117
Scoping Energy Efficiency for Existing Buildings

Sponsored by SDG&E Energy Innovation Center

This session will uncover a process for evaluating existing building systems and energy trends, identifying low and no-cost strategies, and developing a plan for achieving integrated energy goals: increased efficiency, demand response, and considering renewable energy options.

It will also provide framework for prioritizing energy efficiency and demand response strategies for maximizing energy conservation, and considering solar energy, energy storage, and other new technology.

Topics covered will include:

  • Understand the holistic relationship between reduced energy waste, increased energy efficiency, demand response, and renewable energy 
  • Apply these skills towards energy planning on projects                                                       
  • Understand rebates and financing programs available to fund efficiency strategies

This class is eligible for continuing education units from the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA).


Daniele Horton brings over 19 years of experience in corporate sustainability, real estate, and project management. She is the Founder and President of Verdani Partners a full-service sustainability consulting firm. Daniele’s expertise, dedication and passion are central to her leadership in sustainable Real Estate where her and the Verdani team support six real estate companies totaling over 306 Million sf and 2,600 buildings from national and international diversified portfolios. As the head of sustainability for Thomas Properties Group for almost a decade she led the LEED certification of TPG’s nationwide portfolio of office buildings in house and was ranked as the highest environmental performer on GRESB in the Americas in the Office category (2011, 2012 & 2013).  Daniele is a licensed architect, a LEED Fellow, a Certified Energy Manager and holds a master in Sustainable Development from Harvard University.  Daniele is a frequent lecturer and speaker and was named one of the “Top 10 Most Powerful Women in Sustainability” in 2014 by the gb&d.  

Daniele is also an adjunct Professor at the University of San Diego where she teaches Sustainable Real Estate at their MSRE program and actively participates on several sustainability committees such as NAREIT’s Sustainable Real Estate Council, the GRESB Benchmark Committee, the USGBC National Advisory Council, the ULI Greenprint Performance Committee, the BOMA Sustainability Committee, the Living Building Institute California Congress and the California Sustainability Alliance Green Buildings Committee. She served on local non-profit boards for almost a decade and was the Founder and former Co-Chair for the USGBC-LA Existing Buildings Committee, she also leads the national Existing Buildings subcommittee of USGBC.  She recently started a non-profit organization called Verdani Institute for the Built Environment to advance global sustainability adoption in the built environment through research, education, collaboration, and resilience.

Chris Wei has a master’s degree in Energy Engineering from the University of Hong Kong. With a background in Mechanical Engineering, he has a deep passion for research and innovation and hopes to make buildings across the world more energy efficient. Chris manages Verdani’s Technical Services team and provides assistance on energy audits, site assessments, benchmarking, and LEED Documentation. He works daily with utility providers and property teams on gathering whole-building data and complying with different local law benchmarking deadlines. Chris has also taught numerous classes, seminars, and training sessions related to ENERGY STAR benchmarking and how to conduct technical site assessments.



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