Workshops

Join us for a workshop to learn more about energy efficiency in your home, business, and community.
 
Homeowners Workshop
 
Click here to register for one of the following upcoming workshops:
February 15, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
March 15, 2017 5:30pm - 6:30pm
April 19, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Redwood Coast Energy Authority, 633 3rd Street, Eureka
Call (707)269-1700 for more information.
Every home has room for improvement when it comes to saving energy and money. Learn how to make your home more comfortable and energy efficient while taking advantage of available rebates, financing, and tax credits. Homeowners from throughout Humboldt County are invited to attend this FREE homeowner workshop. Join us for refreshments and a short presentation, followed by a question and answer session with our Home Upgrade Participating Rater. For more information call us at (707)269-1700.
 

Past Workshops - 2015

Energy Upgrade California™ Home Upgrade Contractor Workshop
September 19, 2015 1p.m. to 3p.m. 
Wharfinger Building Bay Room
Call Humboldt Builders' Exchange at (707) 442-3708 to register.
Redwood Coast Energy Authority, in partnership with Humboldt Builders' Exchange and Home Upgrade, is offering a free workshop!
Learn how to become a Participating Home Upgrade Contractor!
     · Offer rebates up to $6500 for home energy efficiency projects
     · Land bigger jobs with bigger profit margins
     · Differentiate your business
     · Reduce seasonality
Refreshments from Ramone's Catering will be provided.

RCX 101: Identifying and Assessing Common Retrocommissioning Opportunities
June 2, 2015 8:30am to 4:30pm
Redwood Coast Energy Authority-633 3rd Street, Eureka
Redwood Coast Energy Authority will host the simulcast of this course that is a prerequisite to the PEC's year-long Existing Building Commissioning Workshop series. In this class we will focus on practical tools and techniques that can be used to identify and assess retro-commissioning opportunities in existing buildings. All of the techniques discussed will be practical, proven approaches used by experienced practitioners in the field on a daily basis and will be illustrated with examples from actual projects. Topics will include utility consumption analysis and benchmarking, building documentation review, and site inspection and observation techniques. We will include staff interviews, noting obvious visible indicators, trending and data logging, and system configuration assessment. Building owners, operators, and others associated with facility operations will find the techniques useful for application in their day-to-day operation, troubleshooting, and continuous commissioning processes. Instructor David Sellers is a Senior Engineer at Facility Dynamics. Mr. Sellers' experience includes 33 years of system design, fabrication, operation, and analysis focusing on HVAC systems, control systems, plumbing systems, and fire protection systems. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Best Lighting Solitions
June 9, 2015 9am to 4pm
Wharfinger Building-1 Marina Way, Eureka
Register here
The focus of this seminar is to provide best solutions for various lighting applications, including LED, high performance fluorescent, and electronically ballasted ceramic metal halide. The course will cover cost effective lighting retrofit tools for Title 24 Part 6, including attention to the existing standards and proposed 2016 versions.  Interior applications, including decorative, omni-directional and reflector lamps, store refrigeration lights, recessed cans, task lights, fixtures with linear fluorescent lamps, drum fixtures and hibays will be discussed.  Of special interest is discussion about the best way to retrofit fluorescent troffers and other fixtures that have linear fluorescent lamps, which options include highest lumen fluorescent T8, extra-long life fluorescent T8, TLEDs, LED light bars and LED troffer kits. Options and controls for both interior and exterior applications will be debated.  Additionally, school lighting improvement projects will be addressed, which also apply to other non-residential applications. The instructor, Stan Walerczyk, is the principal of Lighting Wizards, an energy efficient consulting firm. His 26 years lighting experience includes distribution, maintenance, retrofit contracting, 3rd party review, consulting, design, luminaire design, policy making and research. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Past Workshops - 2014

HVAC Fundamentals - New Ideas for Novices
May 1st and 2nd, 2014

Arcata Community Center - 321 Community Park Way, Arcata
This FREE workshop is great for building owners, architects, facilities personnel, energy consultants, and other building professionals interested in an overview of mechanical systems. Instructor Ryan Stroupe of the Pacific Energy Center will introduce mechanical system concepts, low energy strategies, control systems, code compliance, along with information on optimal operation and building commissioning. Free continental breakfast and lunch will be served. Call Katey Carpenter at 707-269-1700 for more information or to register or go to pge.com/energyclasses.

Home Performance - Putting it All Together
April 10, 2014 – 8:30 am to 4:30 pm 

The Wharfinger Building, Eureka
A great workshop for contractors and homeowners alike! Join the Redwood Coast Energy Authority for a FREE workshop to learn how a house works as a system and why it's important to understand the relationships between common residential design details. Heating, cooling, ventilation, plumbing, electrical, thermal envelope, air barrier, moisture barrier, appliances all work together to make the home more comfortable, improve indoor air quality and use energy efficiently. When done individually, they may help, hinder or possibly compromise health or home environment. Instructor Andy Wahl has more than 30 years of experience in the Building Science field and has completed more than 7,500 energy analyses. His certifications include RCS Auditor, HERS (Home Energy Rating System) Rater, BPI (Building Performance Institute) Proctor and Super Proctor, and he is the proud owner of a retrofitted Zero Net Energy Home. For more information and to register for the workshop, call Katey Carpenter at 707-269-1700 or visit the PG&E website at www.pge.com/energyclasses.

Building Performance Institute (BPI) Building Analysis Professional Training
January 2014

Redwood Coast Energy Authority will be hosting an upcoming training course for contractors to become certified by the Building Performance Institute (BPI) as a Building Analyst Professional. BPI is a national standards development organization for residential energy efficiency and weatherization retrofit work. This course will include approximately32 hours of combined classroom and field training. After successful completion of this course, the participant will be certified by BPI to perform comprehensive whole-home energy assessments, employ advanced diagnostic testing techniques, evaluate building systems performance, diagnose problems, and provide cost-effective solutions that increase energy efficiency and improve the health and safety qualities of the home. Cost for the course is $1695.00 per person, with potential discounts available. Course fee includes all training and testing materials. Pre-registration and pre-payment is required; deadline for registration is January 1, 2014. The course begins January 7, 2014.

Past Workshops - 2013

EV 101: Getting Ready for Electric Vehicle Infrastructure on the North Coast
December 4, 2013

Redwood Coast Energy Authority along with the Schatz Energy Research Center and GHD offered a two-part, half-day workshop on Electric Vehicles and Electric Vehicle charging infrastructure. This workshop was a brief but informative introduction to help prepare for the seamless integration of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) into our community. Please contact us at (707)269-1700 if you have any questions about this workshop.

Solar Water Heating Systems
September 11, 2013
Thank you to everyone who attended the Solar Water Heating Systems Workshop.  It was an overview of the design, specification, and installation aspects of Solar Water Heating systems for both commercial and residential applications. This class covered the different system types (open-loop, closed-loop, and drainback), focusing on each system's particular advantages and disadvantages and intended to provide contractors, architects, and designers with the information necessary to estimate system costs and savings, design and specify systems, and review installation issues for proper operation of the system.

Building Operator Certification (BOC)
April - October, 2013
RCEA is currently assisting with a BOC Level I Certification Course here in Eureka. This professional certification has been rarely offered locally and is a great opportunity for facility operators and managers to learn how to reduce utility expenses through energy conservation.  You can learn more about BOC Level I and II Certification at www.theboc.info.

Go Ductless California, Try Mini-Splits!
April 11, 2013
Thank you to everyone who attended our free workshop on ductless mini-split heat pump systems.  This workshop covered basic configurations and operation, possibilities for high efficiency heating and cooling, possible applications in California housing and the role of mini-splits in our energy future.  A special thank you to the City of Arcata for hosting the workshop at their D Street Neighborhood Center facility.