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Decoding Building Decarbonization R&D: Priorities for a Carbon Free Future

October 17, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm UTC-7

Gridworks is working with the Building Decarbonization Coalition to engage experts to discuss the research needs to deeply decarbonize California’s building stock and achieve the state’s 2050 climate goals. This event will focus on five distinct areas of research and ask for participant input on what areas of research are most urgently needed.


For this event Gridworks requests that you register in advance  Enter the venue through Steuart Street, adjacent to the YMCA marquee.


Our preliminary agenda is as follows:


10 – 11 am Introductions and Level-setting 
11 am – 12 pm Research Station Discussions: Stakeholder Perspectives, Technical Needs, and Program Design
12 – 12:30 pm Report Out
12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 – 2:30 pm Research Station Discussions: Customer Economics, Policy Alignment
2:30 – 3 pm Report Out
3 – 4:45 pm Results and Discussions
4:45 – 5 pm  Wrap and Next Steps


Preliminary Research Categories and Topics

  1. Technical needs
    1. Developing low voltage equipment (110V instead of 240V)
    2. Simplifying design process and tools; role of the manufacturer
    3. Scope and cost of necessary panel upgrades
  2. Policy Alignment
    1. Energy resiliency in an all-electric paradigm – e.g., micro grids, infrastructure strains, wildfire mitigation/adaptation/recovery
    2. Interaction between built environment and transportation electrification – e.g., panels and building-level infrastructure needs, load shifting potential and tools to measure/forecast/implement/automate
    3. Other
  3. Program Design
    1. Lowest cost combinations of heat pump HVAC equipment with improved insulation and ducting
    2. Best practices to facilitate/encourage/enable installation of heat pump technology in emergency replacements – supply chain, contractor training, customer awareness
    3. Combining offerings with energy efficiency, pay for performance
  4. Stakeholder perspectives
    1. Changing perspectives about low-emissions technologies, including by leveraging demonstration kitchens
    2. Increasing value to contractors to engage with decarbonization technology
    3. Messaging and marketing on individual economics/customer value
  5. Customer Economics
    1. Identifying/measuring/promoting health, comfort, and safety benefits of electrification
    2. Engaging and including low and moderate income customers, particularly renters
    3. Addressing split incentives


October 17, 2019
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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