Community Education & Technology Center
Business Workshops
In the interest of public safety SMUD will temporarily offer community education through digital platforms only. We look forward to the next time we can gather safely for classes, but until then we invite you to learn with us through webinars, online courses and videos. From all of us in the Community Education & Technology Center, stay well.
Upcoming Event
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Beyond Zero: Carbon-Storing Architecture to Cool the Planet
Beyond Zero tells the story of an emerging carbon drawdown, in which construction and every other human industry reverses the engine of climate disruption and begins to absorb the heat-trapping gases in the air by turning them into useful products.  AIA CES approved.
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
ADA Access Compliance Training: Real World Practices and Compliance
Have you ever questioned how to determine compliance in the built environment? When every building inspector you deal with seems to come to a different conclusion than the last one did? Do you wonder what tools are best to use and why? In this session, we will review industry standard practices, the how’s and why’s of site verification and ways to improve compliance in the schematic, design and construction document phases. AIA CES approved.
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
How COVID-19 Shapes the Long-Term Outlook of IAQ, Productivity & Efficiency
Even before the COVID-19 era, commercial real estate had been wrestling with the existential questions of the future of office buildings. This presentation will discuss the trends in buildings and how COVID-19 may further shape the relationship between indoor air quality (IAQ) and energy efficiency for years to come. AIA CES approved.
9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Commercial Battery Energy Storage
This workshop, taught by SMUD’s battery storage experts, will cover the many facets of battery storage such as energy consumption, upfront costs, bill savings and payback. AIA CES approved.
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Building Design in a Changing Climate
As climate change becomes more of a reality than ever, astute attention to how/why we design buildings must be taken into account.  This presentation will address the various design/construction strategies needed to prepare buildings for the challenging future ahead and provide hopeful demonstration of successful examples in Sacramento and beyond. AIA CES approved.
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Integrating Building Performance Simulation Into the Design Process
This presentation explains Building Performance Simulation (BPS) and its role in reducing buildings’ carbon footprint and operation costs. It explains six steps towards an integrative design process, where BPS is used to create an energy-efficient and healthy building. AIA CES approved.
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Commercial Building Electrification for Small and Medium Business Customers
This workshop will cover California’s decarbonization goals, common electrification opportunities that apply to most SMB customers, customer specific building electrification measures and financial metrics associated with these opportunities. Attendees will understand their role in decarbonization and actions they can use in their businesses. AIA CES approved.
9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
An Overview of Lighting Controls
If you’re relatively new to lighting controls, this is the perfect class for you. The basics including control strategies, protocols, sensor technology, daylight harvesting, wired vs. wireless controls and how to approach laying out equipment for code-compliance will be covered. AIA CES approved.
9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
A Deeper Dive into Lighting Controls
This class will explore the benefits of using networked control systems vs. individual unit devices in terms of functionality of lighting and other needs. Comparisons of wired, wireless and hybrid systems and the benefits of each will be covered. AIA CES approved.
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Heat Pumps for Space Conditioning
Heat Pump technologies have evolved greatly in efficiency, durability and popularity in recent years. In this class you will learn how heat pumps work to heat and cool homes. This class will detail proper design and installation as well as the common mistakes that lead to poor performance, call backs and high bills. This class will explain how heat pump efficiency is measured and how to select heat pumps for performance and comfort. AIA CES approved.
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Heat Pumps for Water Heaters and Clothes Drying
Heating hot water is most often the second largest energy user in homes. Heat pump water heaters can be 4 times as efficient as conventional water heating. Clothes drying accounts for 6% of residential energy consumption and can greatly increase peak load energy use. Heat pump clothes drying can save 30-50%.  In this class you will learn how heat pumps work to heat water and dry clothes more efficiently. AIA CES approved.
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Sneak Peek: 2022 Title 24 for Nonresidential Buildings
Come take a sneak peek into the new 2022 Title 24 for nonresidential buildings.  This class will cover envelope, mechanical, indoor and outdoor lighting changes including retrofits, acceptance testing and controls. AIA CES approved.
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Sneak Peek: 2022 Title 24 for Residential Buildings
This sneak peek into the new 2022 Title 24 for residential buildings will cover the envelope, mechanical and lighting changes as well as some Title 20 updates. AIA CES approved.