Green Building Conference 2012 Speaker - Barry Hooper

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Mr Barry Hooper
Green Building Program Coordinator
San Francisco Department of the Environment




About the Speaker:

The Green Building Team at the San Francisco Department of Environment's supports the achievement of the City & County of San Francisco’s goals to enhance the performance of the built environment and a healthier community. Barry Hooper manages the policies, building codes, incentives, and public information efforts for private sector buildings in San Francisco. His responsibilities include the Green Building Ordinance for new construction, and the city’s requirements for existing commercial buildings to obtain energy audits and report energy performance ratings.

Prior to joining SF Environment, Barry served as Green Building Coordinator for the City of San Jose and managed the Silicon Valley Energy Watch energy efficiency program. He earned master’s degrees in Environmental Science and Management, as well as Geography, from the University of California at Santa Barbara.


Speech Topic:

Energy Labels, Incentives, and Codes:
Progress Toward A Green Built Environment in San Francisco



Situated on a peninsula bounded by sea-level water, San Francisco is motivated to be an example of environmental leadership, mitigating an iconic American city’s greenhouse gas emissions and growing its economy. The city’s goal is to cut CO2e 20% below 1990 levels by the end of 2012, 30% by 2017, and 80% by 2050. Since the construction and operation of buildings accounts for more than half of local emissions (while solid waste and transportation to and from buildings are responsible for much of the remainder) programs and policies for the built environment are essential to meeting this challenge. The talk will discuss the city’s approach to its own facilities, its ambitious green code for all new construction (public and private), and the policies, incentives, financing, and information campaigns that are putting ‘waste’ to productive use, saving water, and catalyzing energy retrofits.