Listen to the GAO Podcast about K-12 School Building Construction and Renovation Needs, featuring interviews with GAO officials on significant issues and new reports HERE

View the GAO study that found that School Districts Frequently Identified Multiple Building Systems Needing Updates or Replacement HERE.

View the Snips Magazine article regarding the indoor air quality of schools in California. They highlight the new white paper published by the National Energy Management Institute (NEMI) and the University of California – Davis. View the article HERE


Building Reopening Ventilation and Energy Efficiency Verification and Repair Program

The UC Davis Western Cooling Efficiency Center (WCEC) has put together an educational and informational website providing information and resources for improving air quality in California schools.

CAL SMACNA is proud to share with you an exclusive video produced by the UC Davis Western Cooling Efficiency Center and sponsored by NEMI illustrating the importance of proper ventilation in schools.  This video was produced as a resource that can be used by CAL SMACNA members and others in our HVAC allied trades community to help increase public awareness and understanding of ventilation in modern buildings. 

HVAC systems provide necessary mechanical ventilation to classrooms. Students and teachers occupying energy efficient school buildings with sealed building envelopes rely upon properly operating ventilation systems for fresh air.  Ventilation helps remove the build-up of indoor air pollutants such as volatile organic compounds, including formaldehyde, which can off-gas from building materials, finishes, and furniture. There is also increasing evidence that CO2 exhaled by building occupants is an indoor pollutant that can affect cognitive performance. This is particularly important in classrooms, where lots of people gather in a small space built and designed for energy efficiency.

After thorough research by Lawrence Berkeley Labs and UC Davis, the WCEC recommend the following actions to improve ventilation rates in classrooms:

  • Complete commissioning and acceptance testing of new HVAC systems as required by Title 24.
  • Run HVAC fans when classrooms are occupied to bring in fresh air.
  • Replace filters 2-3 times per school year.
  • Monitor classroom CO2 concentrations. Thermostats with CO2 sensors and stand-alone sensors are widely available.
  • Test ventilation rates in existing HVAC systems and make corrections when needed.

The WCEC website also includes information on the white paper on Proposed Ventilation and Energy Efficiency Verification/Repair Program for School Reopening. The white paper presents a proposal that would prepare schools for reopening during the COVID-19 crisis.

To view more information, news coverage regarding this issue, and additional resources visit their website HERE.

If you are interested in receiving more information on classroom IAQ or otherwise helping our efforts to improve schools please send your contact information to Emily Mills at


Qualified Contractor Referral List — School Ventilation Verification and Energy Optimization Program

The following contractors have successfully completed the CAL SMACNA training webinar on the School Ventilation Verification and Energy Optimization program and are fully qualified to respond to any and all requests for ventilation assessment and/or repair services from schools and public agencies:  


Peterson Mechanical

Scott Peterson, Service Director

Sonoma, CA

United Mechanical, Inc.

Vahid Amani/Tony Vela

San Jose, Alameda, Rohnert Park, CA

Silicon Valley Mechanical, Inc.

Michael O’Rourke, Director, Service Account Manager

San Jose, CA

National Air Balance Co.

Jeff Wooning, Director of Sales

Fremont, CA

Direct Air Conditioning, Inc.

Norm Lussier, CEO

Fullerton, CA

Air Systems Service & Construction

Logan Brimer, Chief Engineer

Concord, CA

Bel Air Mechanical, Inc.

Bruce Campbell, President

Concord, CA

Allison Mechanical, Inc.

Don Allison, President

Redlands, CA

Control Air Enterprises

Bret Breedlove, Service Manager

Hayward, CA

Allied Heating & Air Conditioning

Mike Loftin, Service Manager

San Rafael, CA

West Coast Test & Balance

Alex Marks, Lead Balance Technician

Livermore, CA

Carter Air Balance Company

David Galli, Vice President

Napa, CA

Bay City Mechanical Service

Greig Hoque, P.E., Project Group Engineer

Richmond, CA


Paul Mocny, President

San Jose, CA

ACCO Engineered Systems

Josh Keene, Director of System Operations

San Leandro, CA

ICOM Mechanical Inc.

Thomas Morey, Project Engineer

San Jose, CA


Jennifer Butler, Facility Solutions Specialist

Santa Rosa, CA

Martinez Sheet Metal

Jessica Pacat, Business Operations Manager

Martinez, CA

ACCO Engineered Systems

Alex Tiechner, System Operations Supervisor

Sacramento, CA

ACCO Engineered Systems

Ivan Hooper, Project Manager

Sacramento, CA

Circo System Balance

Dave Little, COO

Sacramento, CA

Brice Mechanical

Nicole Billings, Project Manager

Sacramento, CA

Airco Mechanical Inc.

Savannah Hatler, Service Coordinator

Sacramento, CA

ABM Building Solutions

Richard Cooke, Vice President

Sacramento, CA

Air Control Balancing, Inc.

Brian Poindexter, Estimator

Fresno, CA

Balance America, Inc.

Krikor "Koko" Babayan

San Marcos, CA

New England Sheet Metal & Mechanical Co.

John Sloan, President & CEO

Fresno, CA

Strategic Mechanical

Mark Schweitzer, Sales Engineer

Fresno, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced and Tulare, CA

AireMasters AC

Michael Dean, VP of Operations

Santa Fe Springs, CA

A.O. Reed & Co.

Aubrey Taft, Vice President Business Development

San Diego, CA

A.O. Reed & Co.

Jaimi Lomas, Vice President Service

San Diego, CA

Jackson & Blanc

Kaveen Patel, PE, CEM, Project Consultant

San Diego, CA

Certified Air Balance

Ed Santana, Jr.

Santa Fe Springs, CA

J.R. Barto Heating/Air-Conditioning/Sheet Metal, Inc.

Kamron Lorencz, Office Manager

San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, CA

Precision Air Balance Co. Inc.

Karen S. Fox, President

Anaheim, CA

ACH Mechanical Contractor, Inc.

Hector Vargas, President/Mike Boughamer

Penn Air Control, Inc.

Nathan Culley, General Manager

Los Angeles, CA

Applied Air Conditioning

Carmen Koo, VP

Fullerton, CA

Los Angeles Air Conditioning, Inc.

Anthony Alkhuder, Vice-President

La Verne, CA

Reed Mechanical Systems, Inc.

Tom Reed, President

Ventura, CA

Associate Mechanical Contractors

Eric Hall, Start-Up & Commissioning Supervisor

Escondido, CA

Therma Holdings

Don Bach, VP/GM SoCal

Irwindale, CA

Air Management Industries, Inc.

Sean Wallace, Estimator

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Anderson Systems

Olaf Villadsen, Mechanical Designer

Goleta, CA

Cold Craft, Inc.

Kent Penning, President/Dan Parent, Engineer

NOTE:  CAL SMACNA contractors who are interested in being included on this referral list please contact Emily Mills at to learn how to attend our next program training webinar.