CONFERENCE PROGRAM

NORTH TEXAS FACILITIES EXPO / MANAGING GREEN BUILDINGS CONFERENCE

Time Name Speakers Description
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
8:55 AM - 9:55 AMSession 01: Exterior Lighting: Efficiencies and EffectivenessJonathan Hansen - , Voss Lighting

Exterior lighting is important for all facilities. Ambiance, general purpose lighting, and security are a few areas to evaluate with regard to your facility. Learn about guidelines that help with budgeting and prioritizing lighting in and around your buildings, parking lots, and beyond.

8:55 AM - 9:55 AMSession 02: 2020 National Electrical Code – a Look at Some of the Key ChangesEric Funkhouser - , Humphrey & Associates

This session will help attendees to understand the 2020 National Electrical Code as it applies to the electrical work they do. The speaker will address some of the key changes to the code, which include those related to emergency disconnects, ground-fault circuit interrupter protection, surge protection, and other topics related to electrical safety. Learn why the code changes and how it can impact facilities moving forward.

10:25 AM - 11:25 AMSession 03: A Look at Arlington Independent School District's Outstanding Energy Management ProgramDanny Helm - Energy Manager, Arlington Independent School District

In this session you’ll hear about the impressive energy management achievements of Arlington Independent School District – named by the Texas Energy Managers Association as Energy Management Program of the Year in 2020 -- from the District’s Energy Manager, who also has received energy awards (Texas Energy Summit’s Outstanding School District Energy Manager in 2019 and TEMA’s Energy Manager of the Year in 2020). The District’s accomplishments include: reduction of electricity by 28% since 2011, a net-zero agricultural science center (the only net-zero facility in Arlington), and 47 Energy Star buildings. Learn how the District made these improvements and gain valuable information that can help you improve your own facility’s energy management.

10:25 AM - 11:25 AMSession 04: Disasters Happen Every Day – Not All Are On the NewsJacqueline Jagger - , BELFOR Property Restoration
Gina Dolezal - , BELFOR Property Restoration

This presentation will discuss Do’s and Don’ts for facility professionals who are faced with a building emergency. Learn the important considerations when encountering an unexpected building problem that can negatively affect business continuity. Key takeaways will include tips to mitigate water, fire, and smoke damage. Also discussed will be guidelines for developing/updating an emergency preparedness plan.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PMSession 05: Emerging Issues in Building SafetyKelly Ransdell - Regional Director-South Central US, National Fire Protection Association/NFPA

As technology progresses, those who work in facilities need to think outside the box and continually learn about emerging issues in building safety. This session will focus on a number of building safety topics, including fire safety during construction, hot work, energy storage systems, NFPA 70E electrical safety, NFPA 80 fire doors, flammable refrigerants, and vehicle hazards in parking structures. Learn the details of these topics, about resources available to provide more information, and about systems and training that can help make sure you have the safest building possible.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PMSession 06: Best Water Management Practices for North Texas FacilitiesDustan Compton - , Tarrant Regional Water District

This session will describe best water management practices and resources for North Texas commercial, industrial, and institutional facilities. Included will be information on water reuse technologies, water conservation incentives, stormwater considerations, and green infrastructure. The speaker will also provide an overview of water supply and population growth in North Texas, and regional water conservation strategies. Gain information that will help you better manage your facility’s water.

Thursday, October 21, 2021
8:55 AM - 9:55 AMSession 07: Proper Generator Installation and Why Generators FailJoe Corbaci - , HOLT CAT
Tom Angotti - , HOLT CAT

With the February power outage still fresh in everyone’s mind, facilities are valuing standby generators as never before. Learn how ensuring that your standby generator is reliable for your critical systems depends on a few critical factors. The speakers will describe installation guides as well starting/running problems, and how to ensure your generator works for you when utility power fails. Topics include proper installation, maintenance and testing procedures.

8:55 AM - 9:55 AMSession 08: OSHA Inspections – What You Need to KnowJ.P. Walsh - Compliance Assistance Specialist/VPP Coordinator, OSHA Fort Worth Area Office

OSHA citations and penalties can be costly for your company, and can be prevented. This session will provide attendees with a basic overview of the OSHA organization, legal authority for inspections, inspection priorities, conduct of an inspection, citations (including the various types and dollar amounts), and the citation resolution process.

10:25 AM - 11:25 AMSession 09: Healthy Building Initiatives – Making the Office Safer than HomeJonathan Jones - Senior Property Manager, Crescent Property Services LLC

Hear how Greenhill Towers, in Addison, and 511 East John Carpenter Freeway, in Irving – two commercial buildings managed by Crescent Property Services – went beyond the pandemic responses typically seen in commercial facilities to implement advanced systems. Central to these efforts were special filtration and nano-septic self-cleaning surfaces, and low-risk entryways and common spaces; these were in addition to the more common levels of defense involving masks, hand sanitizers, increased cleaning and social distancing. Learn how these efforts worked, and also about how the two buildings have been honored by BOMA with TOBY Awards for excellence in commercial buildings.

10:25 AM - 11:25 AMSession 10: Electric Vehicle Chargers in Employee Parking Lots – Guidelines for Facilities Managers on Installing and Managing Them EfficientlyBailey Muller - Senior Planner, North Central Texas Council of Governments, Transportation Department
Electric vehicles (EV) continue to gain popularity in Texas and across the nation as a quiet, clean, and economical alternatives to traditional automobiles. EV sales are growing rapidly, with electric vehicle charging in the workplace becoming a growing necessity. This informative presentation will examine the state of EVs in Texas, basics of charging electric vehicles, considerations for choosing and locating charging equipment, installation and maintenance considerations, planning for future growth, and establishing etiquette rules for employees to avoid charging disputes.
1:00 PM - 2:00 PMSession 11: Effective Conflict Management and Negotiation Skills – Guidelines for Facilities ManagersDagmar Cole - Business Process Analyst, Senior Staff, Leidos Corporation
Facilities management involves more than just management of technical projects – it involves management of department staff and contractors to obtain best results on the job. This session will focus on two key management skills – effective conflict management and effective negotiation. Learn how to recognize destructive communication, how to prevent escalation of conflict, and about different conflict resolution styles. Also examined will be the fundamentals of negotiation, with information on the psychology of negotiation and the four stages of negotiation.
1:00 PM - 1:30 PMSession 12: Film - High Performance Building: Perspective and Practices Enlightened companies today realize that there is a business case for building green. “High Performance Building: Perspective and Practices” is a high-interest film, produced by the Rocky Mountain Institute and the U.S. Green Building Council, which profiles 13 LEED projects. The film includes interviews with building managers and others who document the benefits to their facilities from green building practices.

As of 2012, the Green Building Certification Institute allows individuals with LEED Professional credentials to report any education related to green buildings to the Institute for continuing education. Upon request, Facilities Expo will send a certificate of completion for sessions on green building topics to any LEED Professional who requests one for GBCI documentation purposes, as long as they make the request at the conclusion of the class session, and as long as their badge was scanned.