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The Race to Zero Energy: Reaching 2030 Goals, Session 2 – Technologies and Products

June 23, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

GBA’s The Race to Zero Energy Educational Series continues with this look at Technologies and Products: Enabling Building Performance. We’ve gathered a fascinating group of experts with knowledge and perspective to share with building owners, facility managers, and industry stakeholders alike.


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What You’ll Learn
This event features various perspectives from facility managers, product manufacturers, utility and service providers, and technology experts – each sharing information and insights about high performance building products and technologies that can increase energy efficiency in commercial spaces. This is the perfect forum for information for stakeholders and building owners alike, including Property Partners in the Pittsburgh 2030 District.

Participants are welcome to attend just one event in this series, or enjoy all four.


The remaining topics in the series are:

Session 3: Renewables: Solar, Wind, & Geothermal in Pittsburgh (July 21)

Session 4: Financing Strategies: Moving Key Projects Forward (August 25)

Stay tuned for more details about future events.


3:00 – 5:00 – Presentations, Panel Discussion, and Q&A

5:00 – 6:00 – Networking Reception


Learning Objectives:

1.Discover available technologies that can assist commercial buildings achieve energy efficiency and high performance.

2.Become familiar with building products that enable commercial building performance.

3.Learn about tools that can help both building owners and utilities ensure grid resilience and system efficiency.

4.Understand how technologies and products fit into the larger picture of energy use and building performance.


This event is approved for 2.0 GBCI CEUs and 2.0 AIA HSW hours.


Partnering with USGBC and AIA, GBA makes it easy for our members to report continuing education credits.  Please provide your GBCI and/or AIA number so we can auto-report your credits (for applicable events).  Non-members can still earn continuing education credits but will need to self-report their GBCI CEUs.


About our Speakers: GBA has compiled an expert line-up of speakers for our Technologies and Products panel discussion. We’re delighted to share perspectives from a variety of fields, and each presenter contributes a great deal to this conversation. Meet our speakers here:

tim-thiel Tim Thiel: Industrial Marketing Manager for Building and Construction, Covestro

Tim Thiel is an Industrial Marketing Manager within the Polyurethane’s Business Unit at Covestro (formerly Bayer MaterialScience). In this role, he is responsible for Industrial Marketing and Business Development in various markets including the Building and Construction Industry.

Tim joined Bayer MaterialScience in 1999 as a cost accountant at the Corporate Headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA. Tim then embarked on a diverse career at Bayer MaterialScience, taking on positions of increasing responsibility in the areas of a ccounting, controlling, marketing and business development.

Throughout his career, Tim has gained extensive experience in driving business strategy, financial and market analysis, as well as energy efficiency in the building and construction industry. He spent four years at the Bayer MaterialScience manufacturing site in Columbus, GA, where he led the marketing efforts for the North American liquid and powder polyester business.

In addition to his daily responsibilities, Tim plays an active role collaborating with the Pittsburgh chapter of the Green Building Alliance. He also serves as a liaison to SPEER (regional energy organization for Texas and Oklahoma) as well as Dallas 2030 and San Antonio 2030.

A native of Pittsburgh, Tim earned his bachelor’s degree in Accounting as well as a master’s of science in Accounting from Robert Morris University.  He also holds a master’s of business administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

greg-puschniggGreg Puschnigg: Chief Executive Officer, BOSS Controls

Greg Puschnigg is the Founder and CEO of BOSS Controls, a commercial IoT company in energy management and controls for buildings. Greg, inventor of the smart plug, has held multiple senior executive positions in leading-edge technology companies including Ciena, AirFiber, Intel and Powercast.  As President of Powercast, he launched the world’s first commercial wireless power product with sales to multinational customers and won Best of Show for new emerging technology at the 2007 Consumer Electronics Show. Before that, Greg launched Intel’s first two generations of Centrino, WiFi that is used around the world daily.  Greg began his career as an engineering officer in the US Navy. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a B.S. and received his M.B.A from Loyola College in Maryland, formerly holding TS/SCI clearances.

About BOSS Controls

BOSS Controls LLC’s a leading Internet of Things (“IoT”) energy management and controls company with a primary focus on small to medium sized commercial buildings. The Company’s offering provides a turnkey solution of software, hardware and services that is low cost, easy to install and use, and provides autonomous energy management controls that is rapidly scalable in all building sizes and can provide demand response down to the device level. The Company’s initial products, the plug and play BOSS 120 and 220 smart plugs, coupled with its comprehensive software cloud control interface, Atmospheres®, brings a level of standardization to the traditional controls market that allows commercial users to cost effectively measure, control, and reduce energy to provide savings down to the device level. The turnkey BOSS solution requires no out of pocket costs and customers start saving money day one with an ROI that is two-years or less.  BOSS’s smart plug capabilities, with the Atmospheres software platform, help customers save money, utilities reduce peak demand power loads, and reduce carbon footprint.

sandford-2015Todd Sandford: Director of Distributed Energy in North America, Direct Energy

Todd Sandford is the Director of Distributed Energy in North America for Centrica. Todd is responsible for driving Centrica’s growth in non-commodity offerings including distributed energy, energy efficiency, demand response, and data and analytics.
Todd has been with Centrica since 2003, during which time he has held senior roles in customer operations, finance, sales, small business, and energy services. Most of his time has been in North America with Centrica’s Direct Energy business but Todd did spend three years within the UK with Centrica’s British Gas Business (BGB) group. In the UK, Todd ran sales for BGB’s Industrial and Commercial customer segment and oversaw its Energy Services Business.
Prior to joining Direct Energy, Todd held a senior operations role for The NewPower Company (a retail energy company), spent six years as a management consultant with both Arthur Andersen and Stone & Webster, and started his career with Public Service Electric & Gas Company.
Todd earned a BS in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University and an MBA in Finance from Rutgers University.
Todd lives with his wife and two daughters in Pittsburgh, PA.

azizan_head shotAzizan Aziz: Assistant Research Professor at the Center for Building Performance and Diagnostics in the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University

Azizan is a trained architect with extensive experience in sustainable design, the design of integrated systems for high performance buildings, post occupancy evaluation and building performance monitoring and analytics.  Azizan has initiated innovative data analytics projects with federal, corporate, campus and municipal leaders.  In addition to his more than twenty years in research, Azizan teaches in the undergraduate and graduate programs for the School of Architecture, with an unwavering focus on design for a sustainable built environment.


We’d like to extend a big thanks to our The Race to Zero Energy Educational Series sponsors: Forte Building Science and Direct Energy.

This event is made possible in part by funding support through the West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund.


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June 23, 2016
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