Multifamily Electrification 101
Building electrification is advancing quickly with over 40 California jurisdictions adopting reach codes to advance electrification, which is critical to meet our local and state goals. In this class, we will discuss the benefits of electrification and the current policy and code considerations, provide an overview of what should be considered in an all-electric multifamily project (both new and retrofit), and explore technologies for electrification for all end uses, as well as the role of solar PV and electric vehicles. Come learn about what it takes to have a successful retrofit or new construction multifamily electrification project.
Amy Dryden is Director of Strategic Innovations at the Association for Energy Affordability, Inc. specializing in strategic initiatives, codes and standards, program design, training, and research and development projects. She brings more than 20 years of experience in residential green building design and construction, consulting, and planning, and works to advance the industry to deliver sustainable and healthy housing. Amy has developed training and delivered in-person, in field, and distance learning trainings to design professional, consultants, contractors, builders, building inspectors, and plan reviewers. She has contributed to national, state, and local auditing and green building standards, for DOE, California Low Income Housing Tax Credit Programs, GreenPoint Rated and Building Performance Institute. Amy works with diverse set of stakeholders to provide healthy affordable housing in a decarbonized future. On the side she has the pleasure of driving an all-electric 1946 Ford pick-up.
Nick Dirr has been at AEA since 2008. He is dedicated to making improvements in buildings to enable them to be healthy, affordable, resilient, and low carbon. He oversees AEA West’s various existing building and new construction programs, which enable participants to make actionable progress towards achieving climate friendly, healthy buildings. Nick also contributes to R&D efforts on zero-carbon building systems, workforce education and training, policy initiatives, and smart-grid solutions. His efforts are informed by years of practical experience, and has performed hundreds of energy audits, managed the development and execution of work scopes for low- and high-rise multifamily buildings, and developed and overseen multiple local, statewide, and national programs for utilities, CCAs, and local, state, and federal government entities. Nick holds an MS in Physics and Energy Studies from Otago University and a BS in Environmental Sciences from Ohio University.