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An Overview of Building Electrification

January 17, 2024

Course Description:

Have Energy Efficiency (EE), Building Electrification (BE), Transportation Electrification (TE), and Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) got you feeling like you’re in over your head? If so, we look forward to you joining us for an Overview of Building Electrification! This class, the second in a BE series, being offered by the Energy Education Centers (EECs) will expand upon topics introduced in ‘Building Electrification and Me’.

Taught by Kavita Rodrigues from the EECs, this class will provide attendees with an expanded understanding of what BE is and how it will help California to achieve its ambitious climate goals. Participants will learn about the common misconceptions that are frequently held about electrification technologies, their applications, and how they can realize the overall benefits of electrification.

Instructor Information:

Kavita Rodrigues

Kavita Rodrigues is an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Advisor at Southern California Edison. She has a Bachelor of Architecture from Manipal, India and a Master of Building Science from USC.

Kavita’s career in architecture began in 2001 and has been centered on the idea ‘Form Follows Climate’. Her interest in sustainable design has been a driving force in her educational and career choices, from designing passive houses in India to designing Zero Net Energy homes in California.

In 2011, she was recruited by SCE to join the New Construction Services team, reviewing projects and providing technical support to builders of energy efficient homes for the California Advanced Homes Program (CAHP). In 2018 Kavita helped design the Clean Energy and Resiliency Rebuild Program (CLEAR) for victims of natural disasters, and the all-electric extension of CAHP.

Kavita presently works at SCE’s Energy Education Center creating and developing curriculum on Building Electrification and Decarbonization with the hope of educating a wide range of audiences on California’s climate goals, the urgent need for decarbonizing the building sector, and how building electrification will play a key role in the clean energy transition.


  • California’s Clean Climate Goals and Pathway 2045
  • The Basics of Building Electrification
  • The Relationship Between EE, BE, TE, and DERs
  • Technology and Cost Trends
  • Demystifying BE
  • BE Preparedness
  • Future of Fossil Fuels in Buildings
  • Question and Answers

Learning Outcomes:

At the conclusion of this class participants will be able to:

  • Clearly define California’s climate goals and steps needed to achieve them
  • Communicate what BE is and what technologies are available
  • Explain how EE, BE, TE, and DERs will interact
  • Describe the steps needed to be prepared for an electric transition
  • Discuss the pros and cons of various clean fuel sources

Target Audience:

  • General Audience
  • Homeowners
  • Residential Installers
  • Commercial Installers
  • Designers
  • Planners
  • Engineers
  • Energy Managers
  • Facility Owners/Operators


  • None

Learning Units:

  • N/A

Learning Level:

Basic Class: Content is introductory in nature and requires no prerequisite knowledge or experience to grasp the concepts or participate in exercises. Basic educational activities and materials are meant to establish a foundation of knowledge and competence that will be expanded upon in practice or in higher level seminars and workshops.

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January 17
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PST
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