Buildings Get A Brain

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Featured Conversation Starters

David Starkey

General Manager, Jones Lang LaSalle

Danny Murtagh

Director of Engineering, Boston Properties

Ted Van Der Linden

Sustainability Programs, DPR

Tim Danz

Chief Engineer, The California Center

Jim Pettit

Managing Partner, Navitas Capital

Don’t Come to Listen. Come to Engage.

Our goal is to bring together an exclusive set of the industry’s top thought leaders to tackle the real issues, expose areas for future work, and make connections that will propel the future of intelligent commercial buildings. The summit will have no “audience” and no “speakers.” All attendees will be true participants in a workshop-style, inter­active, highly moderated group discussions. If you are look­ing to sit back and listen to panels, you will want to skip this gathering. We are looking for participants who will voice strong opinions, raise hard questions, and contribute to a spirited, fun learning environment.

What You'll Experience

Cleantech Group’s second annual Buildings Get a Brain Executive Summit will explore the continued rise of the intelligent buildings market as driven by big data analytics, low cost sensors, cloud computing, and other emerging technologies. The resulting innovations aim to improve the productivity and comfort of building occupants, while capturing the huge amounts of unrealized energy and cost savings in our existing building stock. This idea of cross-pollination is key to the long-term success of innovative technologies aimed to improve and revolutionize the modern built environment. To read more about this year’s Summit, check out our blog post, Buildings Get a Brain – Putting Theory to Practice.

You can also download the 2014 report on intelligent building efficiency, and see highlights from the 2014 Buildings Get a Brain executive summit here!


Conversation Starters

  • Patrick Berbon, China Materialia

    Patrick is an Entrepreneur and an investor in Entrepreneurial ventures. He brings a global perspective from his experience in Asia, Europe and the USA and a sound scientific background from his Ph.D. in Materials Science, seven years as an R&D scientist, a CTO role at a listed start-up, and five years as a technology investor.

    Dr. Berbon is co-founder and Managing Partner of China Materialia, a Shanghai-based Open Innovation advisory firm and Venture Capital fund focused on Innovation and China. Since 2009, China Materialia has worked with several hundred Chinese small and large companies, Chinese start-ups, Chinese government entities, and foreign multi-national corporations, such as Clorox, General Mills, Unilever, Air Products, Group SEB, and others.

    As part of China Materialia Venture Capital fund, Patrick is on the board and very involved in Original Life, a modern agriculture company working on aquaponics, Camray, an X-ray tube company based on carbon nanotubes, Octadem, a portable spectrometer company using Light Emitting Diodes as light sources, and Thingple, a leader in Radio Frequency IDentification solutions for manufacturing.

    Patrick holds a BS from Ecole Centrale de Lyon, France and a Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

    Wednesday, January 212:30pm - 3:30pm
  • Sam Borgeson, Stanford University

    Dr. Sam Borgeson holds a Masters in Building Science and a PhD in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley. His areas of expertise span from the technical aspects of identifying and realizing EE & DR potential to program design and energy policy. He is currently affiliated with Stanford’s Sustainable Systems Lab as the lead developer of VISDOM, their meter data analytics platform. The lab is best known for its work on identifying the most valuable customers for program enrollment through segmentation and targeting algorithms that draw upon end use disaggregation and load shape clustering. VISDOM makes actionable insights from these research tools accessible to the planners, implementers, and evaluators of EE & DR programs.

    Prior to returning to grad school to re-focus on energy systems, Sam spent a decade in San Francisco’s enterprise and web software communities, notably as a co-founder and managing principal at Carbon Five, an agile software consulting firm with a long record of bootstrapping the software infrastructure, technical talent, and development culture of start-ups.

    Wednesday, January 219:00am - 10:00am
  • Jim Boyle, Sustainability Roundtable Inc.

    As Founder, Chairman & CEO of Sustainability Roundtable Inc. (“SR Inc”), Jim is responsible for building sustainable value for customers, investors and team. Since 2009, SR Inc has partnered with world leading corporations and building owners to introduce the advantages of shared-cost research and consulting on more sustainable buildings and business. SR Inc’s annual assessment and recommendation service on portfolio-wide optimization in real estate has assisted scores of companies and investors on a year over year basis including: Adobe, AEW Capital, AOL, Autodesk, Bentall Kennedy, BNY Mellon, Brocade, Brookfield, Capital One, Cisco, EMC, Genentech, Intuit, JP Morgan, Kaiser Permanente, Lenovo, MetLife, McKesson, National Grid, National Institutes of Health, Oracle, PG & E, Salesforce, SAP, US GSA, USAA RE Co., Xerox,  and dozens more who, together, are responsible for optimizing more than one billion SF of real estate.

    Prior to founding SR Inc, Jim help lead Corporate Advisory Services for Trammell Crow Company in San Francisco and then joined Trammell Crow’s market leading team in his native Boston. Earlier, he advised companies on real estate related matters at global law firm and served as an aide in the U.S. Senate to John Kerry. Jim also founded, a non-profit public interest group for CEOs & investors committed to more sustainable business.

    Wednesday, January 212:30pm - 3:30pm
  • Joe Costello, Enlighted

    Joe Costello was appointed as Enlighted’s Chairman and CEO in July 2014. Before Enlighted, Joe was the CEO of Cadence Design Systems for ten years.  Under his leadership, Cadence became the largest electronic design automation (EDA) company in the world growing from $8 million in annual revenues to over a billion dollars. Since Cadence, Costello has served on the boards of various high profile technology companies including Oracle, Macromedia, Clarify and Mercury Interactive.

    Tuesday, January 202:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Tim Danz, 345 California Center

    Tim Danz was born in New York and started a career in high-rise buildings in NYC’s Chrysler Bldg in 1977. He acquired his NYC Engineers operating license in 1981, and was part of the Engineering team that opened and commissioned the Continental Center (42-storyy 1M sq ft high-rise) in lower Manhattan in 1982.

    Tim relocated to San Francisco in 1984, where he opened and commissioned the Citicorp Center at 1 Sansome St as Lead Engineer. He was promoted to Chief Engineer in late 1986, and opened and commissioned 456 Montgomery Plaza. From 1994 to 2006, he was Senior Chief Engineer for the Union Bank HQ properties at 350 and 400 California.

    Currently, Tim is the Chief Engineer at The California Center, and since Dec 2006 at 345 California – San Francisco’s 3rd tallest high-rise.

    Tuesday, January 203:30pm - 4:30pm
  • Vince Digneo, Adobe

    Vince Digneo joined Adobe in 2013 as the company’s first Global Sustainability Strategist. In this role he manages the company’s environmental impact, including driving Adobe’s initiative to become Net Zero by 2015. He was previously Global Environmental Sustainability Initiatives Manager at HP, where he and his teammates helped HP achieve their many environmental leadership rankings. Prior to that, he worked at Stanford University as a Senior Associate Director of Natural Sciences Development, specifically focused on the Natural Sciences and Environmental Initiatives.

    Digneo became a Sustainability expert, first as a PhD student at Stanford, and then as the owner of ISO certification and compliance for all chemical products at HP Labs and Agilent Technologies. He is proud to have his name alongside other Stanford and HP researchers on at least two patents.

    Digneo holds a bachelor of science degree in Chemistry from the University of New Mexico, masters of business administration from the University of California, Berkeley, and graduate work in Biophysics and Biochemistry from Stanford University.

    Tuesday, January 2012:30pm - 1:30pm
  • Matt Golden, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)

    Matt Golden is both an entrepreneur and policy advocate, committed to bringing energy efficiency in the built environment to scale as a demand side resource.  Matt’s work focuses on managing performance risk as it relates to energy finance in both energy efficiency and renewable and across all sectors.  Matt combines frontline experience with both State and Federal policy and has dealt extensively in the regulatory and utility arenas.

    Currently, Matt is Senior Energy Finance Consultant on the Investor Confidence Project, a project of the Environmental Defense Fund, working with a wide array of stakeholder to develop standard methodologies and protocols for energy efficiency project development and documentation, designed to reduce transaction costs associated with energy efficiency investment, and develop actuarial data to unlock capital markets.  Matt also leads projects for PG&E, the US DOE, and a range of private software and finance companies.

    Previously, Matt was founder of Recurve, which was venture funded through investments from Rockport Venture Partners, Shasta Ventures, and the Lowes Companies and was acquired by Tendril Networks in 2012.

    Wednesday, January 219:00am - 10:00am
  • Josh Green, CCM Energy

    Josh Green launched CCM Energy in 2012 and manages the firm’s activities. Josh has over 14 years of experience in the energy industry, with an exclusive focus on investments in clean energy and low-carbon projects since 2003. Prior to founding CCM Energy, Josh co-founded and served as the CEO of Verdeo Group, a leading clean energy project developer acquired by Sindicatum Sustainable Resources in April, 2011.

    Before Verdeo, Josh was a Vice President and the Director, Latin America at Climate Change Capital, responsible for developing and managing a portfolio of low carbon and energy investments in Latin America for the firm’s $1 billion carbon fund. His professional career spans private equity, entrepreneurship, and strategy consulting, having served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust, the Vice President of Latin America for Softbank Emerging Markets, and a Consultant to some of the leading utilities in South America with Monitor Group.

    Josh holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Dartmouth College. He currently serves on the boards of Aircuity, Astrum Solar, Project Frog, and Skyline Innovations, and is a member of the Washington, DC regional advisory board of Teach for America. Josh was a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations from 2007-2012 and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

    Wednesday, January 2110:00am - 11:00am
  • Mac Irvin, Hannon Armstrong

    Mr. Irvin is Senior Vice President and head of Hannon’s San Francisco office. Mac most recently served as CFO at Sungevity, a venture-backed residential solar sales and leasing company, where he raised corporate equity, project equity and debt, and led the accounting, procurement and contract administration teams. Prior to joining Sungevity, Mac served as Managing Director of Structured Finance and Business Development at Sunpower, where he was responsible for funding the company’s residential, commercial and utility scale projects. Prior to Sunpower, Mac served as CFO for BPL Global, as Managing Director with GATX Capital, and as Regional General Manager with RailTex, Inc., a three-time Inc. 500 company. Mac holds a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas, Austin.

    Wednesday, January 2110:00am - 11:00am
  • Karl Jessen,  OSRAM

    Karl serves as the Director of Innovation Management for OSRAM – working to accelerate new and innovative lighting and lighting system technologies.  In his role at OSRAM, Karl works with emerging technologies, partnerships and business approaches in the technological “white spaces” of the solid state lighting business.

    Karl has over 20 years experience in clean energy technology.  Prior to joining OSRAM, he directed industry cluster development and investments for the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.  He also founded a start-up technology company and has worked in innovative energy technologies with Arthur D. Little, the Yankee Group and Honeywell Inc.  Karl was an officer in the US Air Force and holds a BS in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from the FW Olin School at Babson College.

    Tuesday, January 202:00pm - 3:00pm
  • John Kinney, Clean Fund

    John Kinney is the Founder and Chairman of Clean Fund, a specialty finance company that has developed a new and accretive financing structure for energy efficiency, water efficiency and distributed generation projects in commercial buildings, commonly called Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Bonds. This new financing mechanism allows commercial real estate owners to efficiently pass on the cost of financing to the tenants who benefit from lower utility expenses.

    Prior to Clean Fund, John was the Managing Director of Imperial Capital with a focus on clean energy companies. John was the CEO of Greenline Industries, a biodiesel company with 25 installations in five countries. John is passionate about environmental education and served on the board of NatureBridge. He is a member of the World President’s Organization Environmental Network and has served on a variety of other public and private boards.

    John has also served as founder and CEO for two other private companies nationally recognized for their rapid growth and innovation. He started his career as a consultant with Bain and Company and as a venture capitalist with Bessemer Venture Partners.  He holds a BA in Human Biology, a Masters degree in Industrial Engineering, and an MBA from Stanford University. He is married to his best friend and also the proud father of three kids. John was a professional skateboarder in Europe and a collegiate NCAA swimmer and diver at Stanford.

    Wednesday, January 2110:00am - 11:00am
  • Jindou Lee, Happy Inspector

    Jindou is the CEO and Founder of Happy Inspector, a San Francisco based software company that helps businesses to replace their paper forms and workflow with mobile apps. Prior to Happy Inspector, Jindou has exited 2 tech startups and worked at Midway Games (creators of the Mortal Kombat franchise). He’s also a retired soccer player and investor in technology start-ups.

    Jindou obtained his Bachelor of Visual Communications (1st Class Honors) from the University of South Australia.

    Wednesday, January 2111:30am - 12:30pm
  • Faramarz Maghsoodlou, Cisco

    Dr. Maghsoodlou is the Director of IoT & Energy Solutions at Cisco. He plays a key role in shaping and implementing Cisco’s strategy for the energy vertical and for successful execution of that strategy in the design, development, and delivery of transformational solutions.

    Faramarz has over 28 years of experience in energy and IT industry with deep knowledge of smart grid and utility operational systems, including advanced control center applications for transmission and distribution grid monitoring and control, integration of distributed energy resources, and wholesale and retail electricity market operations.

    Prior to Cisco Faramarz worked at ABB, Sun Microsystems, KEMA, and OATI.

    Faramarz received his PhD in Systems Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 1983, with specialization in power system dynamic security analysis. He holds a Master’s degree in Systems Engineering with focus on multi-objective system planning and optimization, and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering with emphasis on control systems. He is a member of the IEEE Power and Energy Society.

    Tuesday, January 202:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Hank Marcy, Johnson Controls Incorporated

    Hank leads innovation and technology development for building automation systems, products, and services within the Johnson Controls Building Efficiency business. This includes defining the software and hardware architectures for the Metasys family of building automation systems, HVAC system products including a wide variety of sensors and actuators, commercial refrigeration controls, embedded equipment controls, and software applications for on- and off-premise building performance analytics and optimization. The objectives are to help our customers improve comfort and lower their operating costs while also reducing JCI’s cost to deliver outstanding customer outcomes. Hank and his team partner strongly with the global sales and field operations organizations as well as the global Product Management and Product Development teams to ensure we are developing the right products for the market and that we are minimizing our product development cycle time.

    Hank joined Johnson Controls in September 2013 with significant innovation, product development, and leadership experience. Most recently, he served as senior vice president, product design and engineering at Bissell, Inc. Prior to that, he held executive leadership roles in technology, product development, and innovation at Whirlpool Corporation and Rockwell Scientific Company.

    Hank earned a Ph.D. and M.S. in electrical engineering from Northwestern University and a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Maine. He holds 12 patents and has contributed to more than 100 technical publications.

    Tuesday, January 2011:30am - 12:30pm
  • Rao Mulpuri, View

    Dr. Mulpuri is the Chief Executive Officer of View Inc. He is responsible for the strategic direction and the financial and operational performance of the company.

    Prior to View Inc., Dr. Mulpuri held several executive positions at Novellus Systems, most recently as President of Novellus Systems Japan and Vice President and General Manager of the Integrated Metals Business Unit.

    He holds a BE in Mechanical Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology, India, MS in Manufacturing Engineering, and Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from Boston University. He also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

    Tuesday, January 204:45pm - 6:00pm
  • Danny Murtagh, Boston Properties

    As a native San Franciscan, Danny has worked in commercial real estate for the last 32 years in the Bay Area. After serving in the United States Air Force Reserve and working for an HVAC contractor in the 70’s, he began his current career path starting as a stationary engineer in 1981, working his way up the career ladder to his current position and role with Boston Properties as Director of Engineering for the San Francisco Region. He directs facilities operation & maintenance, infrastructure capital improvement projects, as well as leads due diligence on acquisition, disposition and development opportunities. His years of hands on service allowed him to bring a different perspective to his management role he currently holds with the company. Danny  is also in charge of Boston Properties’ Energy Star Portfolio for the region and has nine energy star labeled buildings ranging in energy performance scores from 79 to 100. He serves as the chairmen of the Boston Properties Corporate Safety Committee and also chairs their Sustainability Committee. He has personally worked to certify one building LEED Gold EB O&M and participated in the number of other LEED EB O&M certification projects, as well as CI and Core & Shell projects currently underway. Today, his portfolio of buildings includes multiple high rise office buildings, low rise and single story commercial R&D buildings and parking structures.

    Tuesday, January 203:30pm - 4:30pm
  • Jim Nannini, Johnson Controls, Inc.

    Jim is the Vice President of Johnson Controls Building Wide Systems Integration (BWSI).  He leads a team that focuses on leveraging technology convergence throughout the building enterprise during a construction event, reducing first cost and building life cycle cost, as well as ensuring integration performance to deliver customers’ defined outcomes. His team provides solutions that optimize energy, comfort, security and productivity. Under his leadership, BWSI has become one of Johnson Controls fastest growing lines of business.

    Jim joined Johnson Controls in 2005, bringing 25 years of information technology services and software leadership experience in the areas of Sales, Sales Engineering, Marketing, Operations and General Management, with demonstrable success in the area of emerging market businesses.  Prior to joining Johnson Controls, Jim was the Director of Sales for FieldCentrix, a startup company in the wireless field – software service space. Jim has also served as VP of Sales & Marketing for Resource Phoenix Corporate; VP & General Manager for Digital Technologies; and Regional General Manager for Ameritech/Octel/Lucent (now Avaya), responsible for the Voice Network Services business.

    Jim has a B.S. in Operations Management in the Service Sector from DePaul University, and has completed the Executive Development Program at Northwestern University’s – Kellogg Graduate School of Business. He is also a graduate of the Johnson Controls Leadership Edge Program.

    Tuesday, January 204:45pm - 6:00pm
  • Michael Nark, BuildingIQ

    Michael Nark brings over 25 years of experience in software and technology-enabled service delivery businesses. He recently served as President and CEO of Power Analytics. He has a proven track record of building successful, efficient organizations and experience in leading companies to profitable growth. Prior to Power Analytics he was President and CEO of Prenova, an energy management services provider to the C&I marketplace where he led the business to triple digit growth. Prior to Prenova, he served as President and CEO of GEOCOMtms, a fleet management software provider to the oil and gas industry. Michael holds a B.S. in Engineering from Miami University.

    Tuesday, January 202:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Ali Nazar, Waypoint Homes

    Ali Nazar is responsible for the development of Waypoint’s information technology systems. Ali develops business processes throughout the company and enables them through cloud technologies provided by and Google.

    Prior to joining our team, Ali was co-founder of SalesTeamLive, a marketing and technology services company he helped start in 2004. SalesTeamLive’s core mission was to automate the business of real estate investing, and Ali was directly responsible for building the technology and services infrastructure to deliver on that vision. The company doubled in size every year, eventually supporting over 1,000 real estate investors across the United States. The cloud-based platform Ali built still generates tens of thousands of targeted marketing leads every month, across a wide variety of real estate investment strategies.

    Before co-founding SalesTeamLive, Ali spent 6 years at Digital Island / Cable and Wireless, a network and hosting infrastructure company that helped to shape the backbone of the internet. Ali was one of the original employees, starting as a web programmer and eventually becoming Director of Product Management as the company grew to 2,000 employees and a successful IPO. Ali was instrumental in defining the process and systems excellence that helped the company handle its explosive growth.

    Ali holds a B.S. in Mathematics from U.C. Davis.

    Wednesday, January 2111:30am - 12:30pm
  • Sejung Kat Park, SOM

    Sejung Kat Park is the Senior Digital Design Manager leading the design technology efforts at SOM San Francisco.  A computer scientist and architect specializing in computation design, Kat Park has been most recently spearheading research initiatives to understand the role of data in performance based design as well as teach architects how to design and implement sensor systems that inform occupants’ environment. As a senior designer at SOM, she has led the design, data management, and implementation of complex geometrical systems for skyscrapers around the world, as well as research efforts that inform design processes. Kat Park has lectured and taught parametric and generative design strategies at various institutions, as well as presented and published in International Journal of Architectural Computing (IJAC), SmartGeometry, International Conference on Environmental Systems (ICES), Special Interest Group in Computer Human Interaction (SIGCHI), BIM Forum, and A+U.  Prior to SOM, she worked as an interdisciplinary software developer and interaction designer at Art Technology Group and MIT Media Lab, with a focus on interactive technologies and pervasive computing. Kat Park holds a BS in Computer Science and a Master of Architecture degree, both from MIT.


    Tuesday, January 204:45pm - 6:00pm
  • Dylan Paul, University of California, Office of the President

    Dylan Paul is a LEED© Accredited Professional and holds a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management from CSU Chico, as well as a Masters in Public Administration from CSU Northridge.  In his current role within the University of California – Office of the President, Dylan provides support in the development of policies, procedures, contract documents, and project delivery strategies related to design and construction. Dylan is a licensed general contractor with seventeen years of construction and development experience; he has worked in ownership, consultant, and supervisory roles across diverse subject fields including DOE grants, utility/grading permits, wetland, land entitlements, and has journey level field experience in MEP trade categories.

    Tuesday, January 203:30pm - 4:30pm
  • Tim Pauly, WeWork

    Tim has lived out his professional path in San Francisco, favoring 90 degree turns whenever possible. Across careers in International Education, Hospice Care, and Community Management, the dominant theme has been human connection. At ease in multiple cultures, languages and professional environments, he brings a sincere presence to all his endeavors.  Tim has been been with WeWork for over two years and has helped oversee the company’s strong growth in the Bay Area.

    Tuesday, January 2012:30pm - 1:30pm
  • Jim Pettit, Navitas Capital

    Jim Pettit is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Navitas Capital. He currently serves as either a board director or observer on a number of boards, including Optimum Energy, Gridium, Enmetric Systems, Lunera Lighting, and Sustainability Roundtable. Prior to co-founding Navitas, Jim was a Principal at Bancroft Capital, a real estate investment firm located in California, and a Managing Partner at JP Morgan (Hambrecht & Quist). Jim received a bachelor’s degree from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley with an emphasis on Finance and Real Estate.

    Tuesday, January 2011:30am - 12:30pm
  • John Picard, John Picard & Associates

    John Picard understood the “internet of things” long before connectivity became the driver that it is today. Celebrated for his keen understanding of the innovative principles of natural systems designs, John connects visionary thinking with emerging technologies to drive successful projects for corporations, commercial buildings, college campuses, and even entire towns.

    Amongst his many noteworthy design projects are the City Center Hotel Las Vegas; the elegant Grand Wailea in Maui, Hawaii (the first greening of a world-renowned resort); and a 20-million square-foot mixed-use development called Atlantic Station in Atlanta. He also conceived and built out the first LEED Platinum private jet facility called Hangar 25 in Burbank, California.

    Today, John is working in Silicon Valley, with seven companies who have a fierce dedication to engineering and prototyping. He is connecting them together so that the skin, security, energy, water, controls, mechanical, lighting and building occupants are all talking together in real time — buildings that are sensate, adaptive, regenerative, cost effective, and healthy. He is designing the connectivity of things with very specific applications to every company and industry.

    A highly popular and much sought-after speaker, John balances his consulting work as President of John Picard & Associates with personal appearances, advancing ideas that promote innovation and sustainable solutions in every sector of the new economy.

    Wednesday, January 2111:30am - 12:30pm
  • Graham Richard, Advanced Energy Economy

    Graham Richard is CEO of Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), a fast growing national association of businesses working toward a prosperous future based on secure, clean, affordable energy, and CEO of the Advanced Energy Economy Institute, AEE’s charitable and educational affiliate. He leads AEE’s federal and state policy work, business convenings, and membership development. He also directs the work of AEE’s State Coalition, which consists of 15 state and regional partner organizations active on state energy policy in 23 states across the country.

    Richard served as mayor of Fort Wayne, Indiana, from 2000 to 2008, following a 20-year career in business. As mayor, he launched a number of initiatives to save energy and create jobs, and received national awards for leadership in high-speed broadband deployment. As a businessman, Richard was an investor in cogeneration and hydropower businesses. He also served in the Indiana State Senate, where he chaired the utilities committee.

    A former Brookings Institution Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Graham received an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Indiana University and earned a B.A. from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

    Wednesday, January 212:30pm - 3:30pm
  • Kamal Shah, FotoNotes

    Kamal Shah is the Founder and CEO of FotoNotes, a leading provider of mobile and cloud software solutions for real estate field service operations. Kamal has spent over 20 years in the Bay Area as an engineer and entrepreneur building innovative software products and companies. Prior to FotoNotes, Kamal was the Founder and President of Invu Technology where he worked closely with a number of partners and lead the development of over 20 software products during a seven year period. Earlier in his career, Kamal served as Chief Architect at enterprise software companies Wakesoft and Smashcast and as a software engineer in the early ’90s. Kamal holds a MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto.

    Wednesday, January 2111:30am - 12:30pm
  • Vladi Shunturov, Lucid

    Vladi is Lucid’s co-founder and CEO, serving in a previous position as CTO. Vladi co-developed Building Dashboard and managed Lucid’s product and engineering teams, and laid the groundwork for BuildingOS. A recipient of prestigious national and international awards, including from the U.S. EPA and Clean Tech Open, Vladi has multiple publications in the field and has delivered many distinguished presentations, including TEDx. Prior to Lucid, he helped pioneer groundbreaking research in monitoring and display systems and real-time feedback technology. Vladi holds a BA with high honors in Environmental Studies and Computer Science from Oberlin College.

    Tuesday, January 204:45pm - 6:00pm
  • David Starkey, One Front Street

    David Starkey has been a professional in the commercial real-estate industry for the last 30 years. David has been involved in all aspect of the commercial real estate market from building acquisitions, dispositions, leasing, large tenant improvements projects, major building renovations and the day to day operation of large class A properties such as Levi Plaza, Post Montgomery Center / Crocker Galleria, 303 Second Street and presently One Front Street. David has taken a number of these projects to a LEED levels and continues to be involved with local Energy and Environmental programs.

    Tuesday, January 203:30pm - 4:30pm
  • Susan Hunt Stevens, WeSpire

    Susan Hunt Stevens is the Founder/CEO of WeSpire, the leading technology provider of sustainability engagement programs to global companies. She is a recognized expert in the use of social and game mechanics to drive positive behavior change. Previously, Stevens spent nine years at The New York Times Company, most recently as senior vice president/GM of, one of the largest news and information sites on the web. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University and The Tuck School of Business. She serves on the board of Xconomy, the New England Clean Energy Council, the emeritus board of the Center for Women & Enterprise and the Sustainable Brands Advisory Board.

    Tuesday, January 2012:30pm - 1:30pm
  • Ted van der Linden, DPR Construction

    Ted’s diverse experience includes tenant improvement and ground-up construction of commercial/office, biopharmaceutical, telecommunication, microelectronic, and manufacturing facilities. As a LEED®-accredited professional and member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Board of Directors, he is DPR’s corporate green building champion and has spearheaded DPR’s green building program and preconstruction tool development since 1999.

    Tuesday, January 204:45pm - 6:00pm
  • Tom Willie, Blue Pillar

    Mr. Willie joined Blue Pillar in 2013. Tom brings a highly successful 15-plus year start-up, technology and smart grid history to Blue Pillar, including a proven executive management track record. Mr. Willie, a native of Indianapolis, was most recently CEO of Current Group and had also served as CURRENT’s Chief Product Officer and its Chief Operating Officer since December 2003. He also served as the Vice President/Vice Chairman of PRIME Alliance AISBL, a nonprofit industry trade group focused on the development of a new open, public and non-proprietary smart metering and smart grid communications solution. Prior to joining CURRENT, Mr. Willie served as Vice President and General Manager of Siemens/Efficient Networks. Tom has also held strategic worldwide marketing management positions at Texas Instruments and National Semiconductor. Tom Willie obtained his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.

    Tuesday, January 202:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Paul Woolford, HOK

    Paul Woolford is a Senior Vice President/Design Principal for HOK San Francisco and is responsible for some of HOK’s most complex and creative buildings. He is a recognized industry leader, whose work has focused on being a design catalyst for helping people rethink the relationship between themselves and their environments. As Design Principal for the firm, Paul leads an interdisciplinary team comprised of architects, engineers, land planners, interiors and landscape designers. His designs have been honored with numerous awards including: Research & Development Magazine’s “Laboratory of the Year Award” in 1997; “Regional, State and National AIA Design Excellence Awards” in 2006 for the State Archives and Library of Georgia; the “AIA California Council Design Excellence Award” in 2008 for the Wind Portal at the SF BART Station; and various accolades from the USGBC for LEED Platinum and Gold certified projects. Paul earned his Bachelor of Architecture at Cornell University with honors in 1983. He has been active in the American Institute of Architects at the state level as an officer, and at the national level, was named an “Outstanding Young Architect of the Year.” He has both chaired and been a juror for numerous AIA design awards. Additionally, Paul has taught design at the University of California, Berkeley; Cornell University; and Savannah College of Art & Design. He lectures around the world on environmental and design issues for organizations including AIA, USGBC, SCUP, MAAM, ULI and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He is engaged in his local community, serving on the Board of Directors for the Chamber of Commerce, as a Trustee for the County Library System, as a Commissioner on the Urban Design Commission, and serving on the Dean’s Council for UC Berkeley.

    Tuesday, January 204:45pm - 6:00pm

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Agenda 2015

    • Despite rapid technological innovation, the commercial building sector has yet to tap into the full potential of this opportunity. The smart home market, as well as other cleantech sectors like solar and transportation, have experienced a number of big wins over the past year. What lessons from these success stories can we apply to intelligent commercial buildings? From behavioral analytics and intuitive user interfaces to streamlined financing, what do we need to bring energy efficiency in commercial buildings to the mainstream? This year, we will use this theme of cross-pollination to drive dialogue and bridge gaps between:

      • • Stakeholders across the buildings value chain
      • • Operators of and vendors to different building types
      • • Innovators and customers across different   geographies
      • • Intelligent efficiency and other cleantech sectors


  • TUESDAY, January 20, 2015

    • 11:00 am – 11:30 am


      Arrival, Registration, Networking

    • 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

      Participant Introductions and Lunch

      Setting the context for innovation in intelligent building systems:

      • Cleantech Group Welcome by CEO Sheeraz Haji
      • Short panel comprised of Sponsors. Cleantech Group will moderate a high level  directed discussion that will highlight the agenda’s themes as well as our Sponsors’ views on the markets.
      • Kick-off and scene-setting:

      • • Outline the converging trends in smart buildings (sensors, networking, cloud computing, smart grid)
      • • Identify the financial and environmental opportunity in building performance
      • • Define the top innovation opportunities and   challenges in the building ecosystem
      • • Illustrate progress made in the past 3-5 years,   particularly developments since the 2014 Summit
      • Sheeraz Haji
        CEO, Cleantech Group
      • Jim Pettit
        Managing Partner, Navitas Capital
      • Hank Marcy
        VP, Technology & Innovation, Johnson Controls
      • Dan Probst
        Chairman, Energy and Sustainability Services, Jones Lang LaSalle
    • 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

      Engaging the Occupant

      Buildings are ultimately built for the people who occupy them. The desire for more control, better automation, efficient space utilization, and an increasingly integrated interactive experience is growing. Greater intelligence is not only a means for buildings to run more efficiently, but should be an avenue to better anticipate the needs of their occupants, from thermal comfort to light to air quality. What’s next in building efficiency from an occupant comfort and engagement perspective? How can we continue to leverage mobile technology and creative solutions to improve the way we interact with buildings and work spaces, while reducing the consumption of energy and other resources? What lessons can we draw on from other areas (e.g., home and vehicle automation) in engaging individuals?

      • Andrew Krioukov
        CEO, Building Robotics
      • Tim Pauly
        City Lead, WeWork
      • Susan Hunt Stevens
        Founder & CEO, WeSpire
      • Vince Digneo
        ‎Sustainability Strategist, Corporate Responsibility, Adobe
      • Leo O'Loughlin
        Senior Vice President, Jones Lang LaSalle
    • 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

      Networking Break

    • 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

      Is the Internet of Things Meeting Customer Needs for Intelligent Buildings?

      Intelligent energy efficiency, enabled by internet-of-things connectivity and analytics, comes in many flavors. But customer needs are clear and consistent: hardware should be simple and compatible; outputs should be concise and actionable; occupants should be happy and productive. Are these customer needs being met? Where on the spectrum of intelligent efficiency technologies are successful solutions emerging? What lessons can commercial building technology developers take from residential and industrial internet-of-things success stories?

      • Karl Jessen
        Director, Innovation Management, OSRAM
      • Joe Costello
        Chairman & CEO, Enlighted
      • Faramarz Maghsoodlou
        Director of IoT & Energy Solutions, Cisco
      • Michael Nark
        CEO, BuildingIQ
      • Tom Willie
        CEO, Blue Pillar
    • 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

      Networking Break

    • 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

      Case Studies: Buildings in the Bay Area

      Leading facilities operators and energy procurement managers understand that intelligent efficiency measures can both improve performance and reduce long-term costs. In this session we will hear from those managing Class A properties and campuses, and learn what types of technologies are succeeding in these sites. We will learn how their efforts can they be adapted to a wider base of commercial buildings and what types of vendors (e.g., utilities, OEMs, etc.) will deliver the increasingly sophisticated services that these environments demand.

      • Tim Danz
        Chief Engineer, The California Center
      • Danny Murtagh
        Director of Engineering, Boston Properties
      • David Starkey
        General Manager, One Front Street
      • Dylan Paul
        Specialist, Construction Services, University of California - Office of the President
    • 4:30 pm – 4:45 pm

      Networking Break

    • 4:45 pm – 6:00 pm

      From Design to O&M: Enabling Technology Adoption and Eliminating Silos

      Round 1: Improving Technology Integration Systems integration remains a key challenge for building owners amidst a myriad of new energy management solutions. Both for individual building assets as well as across a complete building system, how can we integrate all of these disparate solutions? Are open architectures, as some major players have pioneered, the answer to integration? Or can proprietary solutions still enable systems integration? What are the drivers and barriers to open platforms? What can we learn from other industries to help inform the building sector on incorporating multiple technologies within a single solution?

      Round 2: Communicating Across Stakeholders Across the buildings value chain, professionals and technologies alike are often limited to a specific scope within project design, planning, engineering, construction, operations, or maintenance – how can we keep all stakeholders involved (and their goals aligned) in the success of buildings over their lifetimes? In particular how do we bridge the gap between new construction and retrofits, e.g., is the goal for designers to make retrofits obsolete or to make buildings modular enough that retrofits are minimally intrusive?

      • Ted van der Linden
        Sustainability Programs, DPR
      • Ryan Sutton-Gee
        CEO, PlanGrid
      • Paul Woolford
        SVP and Design Director, HOK
      • Vladi Shunturov
        Co-Founder & CEO, Lucid
      • Rao Mulpuri
        CEO, View
      • Jim Nannini
        VP, Building Wide Systems Integration Solutions, Johnson Controls
      • Sejung Kat Park
        Senior Digital Design Manager, SOM
    • 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

      Reflections on Day One

    • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

      Networking Dinner

  • WEDNESDAY, January 21, 2015

    • 8:30 am – 8:55 am

      Coffee and Morning Networking

    • 8:55 am – 9:00 am

      Welcome Back

      Day one focused on aligning on a definition for intelligent buildings and understanding real world case studies of customer frustrations and successes. Day two will focus on scaling mechanisms for the most promising technologies, centered around the need for connectivity between entrepreneurs, customers, financiers, policy makers, and other stakeholders.

    • 9:00 am – 10:00 am

      Data Access and the Need for Standards

      From basic benchmarking to sophisticated analytics, increasing amounts of data are flowing from within buildings. Programs like Green Button and other open APIs are making data more transparent to building operators and their service providers, but how do we encourage more constructive sharing? What kinds of building performance standards are need to accelerate adoption or drive scale? How can policy-makers, regulators, utilities, and consumers facilitate greater access to and derive greater value from this information, whether at the individual building level or across a city’s building stock?

      • Sam Borgeson
        Researcher & Consultant, Stanford University
      • Zach Robin
        Director of Building Optimization Platform, EnerNOC
      • Matt Golden
        Senior Energy Finance Consultant & Investor Confidence Project (ICP) Project Lead, EDF
      • Ruth Cox
        Former Regional Administrator, Pacific Rim Region, General Services Administration
      • Tom Arnold
        CEO, Gridium
    • 10:00 am – 11:00 am

      Financing Energy Efficiency

      Financing has enabled disruptive industries such as solar and telecommunications to scale quickly, and is likely to be the driver that unlocks the massive energy and cost savings potential within the commercial building sector. Navigating the efficiency market is difficult, and new players and models are emerging to help accelerate the adoption of financing mechanisms. Are these offerings succeeding in alleviating the traditional concerns of investors and building owners in taking on efficiency projects?

      • Mac Irvin
        Senior Vice President, Hannon Armstrong
      • Richard Chien
        PACE Program Manager, SF Environment
      • Josh Green
        Managing Partner, CCM Energy
      • John Kinney
        Chairman, Clean Fund
    • 11:00 am – 11:30 am

      Networking Break

    • 11:30am – 12:30pm

      Scaling Technologies in Commercial Real Estate

      Real estate properties and portfolios come in all flavors, varying by location, use profile, age, ownership and management structure, and more. Not surprisingly, it’s no easy feat to scale new technologies across the real estate sector – whether these are resource management platforms, operational or maintenance tools, or occupant engagement apps. In short, there are many technologies and many pathways to pilot them. How can real estate owners and/or portfolio managers better engage with and help scale new technologies? What kinds of platforms exist (or should exist) to help them implement and validate effective solutions? Is a “plug-and-play” paradigm feasible within a diverse building portfolio?

      • John Picard
        Founder and CEO, John Picard & Associates
      • Jamie James
        CIO, GreenSoil Building Innovation Fund
      • Ali Nazar
        Chief Experience Officer, Waypoint Homes
      • Kamal Shah
        CEO, FotoNotes
      • Jindou Lee
        CEO & Founder, Happy Inspector
    • 12:30pm – 1:30pm

      Networking Lunch

    • 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

      Solutions-Oriented Interactive Breakout Session

      In small groups, participants will take part in an interactive exercise to tackle the pressing challenges discussed over the past two days. Each group will discuss the greatest challenges in accelerating building efficiency and brainstorm potential solutions. They will then share with the larger group at the conclusion of the session.

    • 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

      Smart Policy for Every Scale of Building Innovation

      Driving innovation into intelligent buildings needs to happen at every level – municipal, state, and federal – and a number of third-party organizations can facilitate adoption and best practices. What are the principles and objectives of building innovation at each of these levels, and how does it all add up to smart communities and sustainable nations? What new partnerships at the regional or national level can facilitate greater changes and which stakeholders need to be more engaged? How do thought leaders from different geographies approach the intelligent buildings space, what can they learn from each other, and how can they best collaborate across borders?

      • Jim Boyle
        CEO & Chairman, Sustainability Roundtable, Inc.
      • Graham Richard
        CEO, Advanced Energy Economy
      • Patrick Berbon
        Managing Partner, China Materialia
    • 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

      Closing Remarks from Summit Participants

Cleantech Group North American Advisory Board

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