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November Chapter Meeting


November 14, 2019
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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Scott’s Seafood
2 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607

[Title of presentation]

Agenda   5:30pm   Registration and Social Hour
    6:30pm   Dinner, Announcements and Introductions
    7:45pm   Break
    8:00pm   Main Program
    9:00pm   Adjourn



Travis English (PE, CEM, LEED-AP, MBA) is the National Director of Engineering and 'chief design engineer' for Kaiser Permanente’s (KP) Facilities Strategy Planning & Design group, headquartered in Oakland, CA. Travis is a PE, with BS in Mechanical Engineering from California State Polytechnic University at Pomona and an MBA in Management from California State University, Fullerton.  He has 20+ years of experience in design and construction. With Kaiser Permanente, Travis emphases a value-based and outcomes-based approach to MEP systems, to meet the challenge of providing world class care environments that meet the ends of responsible, sustainable, and affordable care.

Walt Vernon is the CEO of Mazzetti, an employee-owned healthcare technology innovation firm, with offices across the US and in India. He is also the founder and CEO of Sextant, a not for profit committed to developing sustainable infrastructure for health facilities in low-resourced countries. Walt represents the US to the International Federation of Healthcare Engineering, serves on the Exco for the IFHE, and has co-authored the forthcoming WHO book, Health in the Green Economy: a prescription for the Global Health Sector. He’s developed healthcare standards for IEEE, ASHRAE, NFPA, and FGI. Walt led the efforts of the American Hospital Association to create and develop its national sustainability programs. A founder of the Green Guide for Healthcare; he helped to develop the ASHRAE Advanced Energy Design Guides for Healthcare, he led the team that won the Kaiser Small Hospital Big Idea Competition; and he is the vice-chair for the ASHRAE 189.3 Healthcare Sustainability Standard. Walt is a frequent research partner for Lawrence Berkeley National Labs and his current project is the US-India Energy Alliance, developing energy reduction strategies relevant to hospitals in both India and the US. Walt has done numerous projects to bring infrastructure to low-resourced countries. In the US, Walt spearheads the energy consulting business for Mazzetti, helping clients with a wide range of solutions, from purchasing, to data flow, to carbon accounting, to behavior change.


Patient Safety, Air Quality, and Variable air Volume in California Hospitals A research team installed air quality sensors in a California patient tower, then converted the system from a constant volume system at 9 – 12 air changes to a variable volume system down to 2 air changes.  The project represents the largest set of air quality data every taken in a running hospital patient environment. This presentation will review the project and the air quality baseline and post-conversion data.  The presentation will also review the project preparation process, overall plan, lessons learned, and opportunities for future action and learning that the results present.

Research Initiatives - Technical Committee 9.6:  Walt will discuss some research initiatives being undertaken by ASHRAE at the national level. Technical Committee 9.6 (Healthcare Facilities) has undertaken an extensive review of the evidentiary foundations for the ASHRAE 170 requirements. This work has been recently completed, and is available for purchase. The TC has just awarded a contract to measure the energy consumption of various modalities of medical equipment, with an eye towards helping provide guidance to mechanical engineers designing provisions to support them. Finally, the TC is developing a research project to determine the real (and perceived) risks associated with water re-use in healthcare facilities, in order to provide guidance to building owners and designers. This session will provide a quick overview of these key ASHRAE research initiatives.


$50.00 Chapter member price
$60.00 after 05:00 pm November 8

$60.00 Non-member price
$70.00 after 05:00 pm November 8

$0.00 Students

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