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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.

Decarbonizing the Built Environment P3

Part 3 Mechanical Design Considerations for Low-Carbon Operations This session will focus on low-carbon, all-electric mechanical designs for multifamily residential and commercial buildings. More time will be dedicated to large commercial buildings and high-rise residential and their specific challenges. We'll look at basic principals of low-carbon mechanical design and through case studies we will learn about different design options, technologies and challenges specific to different building types. Domestic hot water will also be discussed but will not be the main

Cost-Effective Approaches for Energy Efficient Remodels

There are 82 million detached single-family homes in the US, and according to the US Energy Information Administration, there are 6.8 million in California. The average cost of energy in US households is about $2,060 per year according to Energy Star with nearly half of that money going to heating and cooling. The average home also adds 7.5 tons of greenhouse gasses each year. Steve Easley will draw upon his building science consulting experience to illustrate the most cost-effective, best

The Grid: What is it and Should it Shape Policy for All-Electric Buildings?

Bay Area Metro Center 375 Beale St., San Francisco, CA, United States

Hybrid (Online and In-Person) Yerba Buena Room (Bay Area Metro Center) 375 Beale Street San Francisco, CA 94105 Questions about the electric grid’s capacity and reliability are coming up as local governments consider policies related to building energy use and electrification. Join us to explore these questions, starting with how the grid works. Speakers will also discuss California’s plans to ensure a reliable and affordable grid powered with renewable energy, the role of utilities, and how local governments are navigating

Assembling the Zero-Carbon Home

Zero-carbon homes are on the fast track to mitigate climate change. Using less energy for space conditioning and hot water production throughout the year than conventional duel-fuel systems, zero-carbon homes are more thermally comfortable than traditional buildings. Zero-carbon homes are not very different than what we are building today. In this class we will learn the jargon, building materials, and the technical expectations needed to retrofit or new-build an energy efficient and thermally comfortable zero-carbon home. We will also learn

Home Electrification Planning – Class 1: Soup to Nuts

As California makes the transition to electrification, careful planning will be crucial for existing buildings. This three-part series will cover the importance of electrification planning, how to optimize existing electrical capacity to avoid costly and often unnecessary panel upgrades, selecting the most efficient equipment that will keep homeowners comfortable and happy, and putting together a comprehensive, detailed, and customized plan that will set homeowners and contractors up for success. The best way to achieve a desired outcome is to create

Reducing Embodied Carbon: Zero Net Carbon Design Series

The Zero Net Carbon Design (ZNCD) Series, will begin with the background and an overview of carbon in the building industry, then focus content on energy performance and renewable energy, water-savings as energy-savings, embodied carbon, and finally regenerative design. The courses have been developed to fulfill the new California requirement for architects to have five hours of ZNCD education as part of their license renewal. Although created with architects in mind, the content is broadly applicable across the building industry.

High Performance Buildings & Careers – Class 1: High Performance Fundamentals Series

This is class 1 of 6 in 3C-REN’s High Performance Fundamentals Certificate series. Earn a 3C-REN certificate of completion after finishing the series and passing short quizzes at the end of each class. Code compliance is a minimum standard for building performance; by contrast, “high performance” refers to buildings that are designed, built, and commissioned to exceed the performance of conventional buildings in energy efficiency, durability, comfort, safety, and indoor air quality. The magnitude of the opportunity to fill this

Using Building Science to Design and Build High Performance Homes – Class 2: High Performance Fundamentals Series

This is class 2 of 6 in 3C-REN’s High Performance Fundamentals Certificate series. Earn a 3C-REN certificate of completion after finishing the series and passing short quizzes at the end of each class. Description: Most of us either have or would like to forget our high school biology, chemistry, and physical science. But believe it or not, it’s spot on to translate that science into how buildings actually work. This course applies essential building science principles to the design and construction

Crafting High Performance Enclosures: Roofs, Walls, and Floors – Class 3 High Performance Fundamentals Series

This is class 3 of 6 in 3C-REN’s High Performance Fundamentals Certificate series. Earn a 3C-REN certificate of completion after finishing the series and passing short quizzes at the end of each class. Building enclosures – the roof, walls, and floor – are the first line of defense between nature and people. Enclosure performance is optimized when air sealing and insulation – two underappreciated and typically underperforming features – are done to high-performance standards rather than the status quo. The preceding

EEBA High Performance Home Builder Summit

Salt Palace Convention Center 90 South West Temple, Salt Lake City, UT, United States

EEBA's High Performance Home BuilderSummit will focus on providing the tools and networking that builders, raters, analysts, and architects need to take high performance, healthy, resilient homes to new heights. Our annual High Performance Home BuilderSummit showcases cutting edge research and best practices of high performance housing. The time to dramatically accelerate the creation of high performance homes is now. EEBA can no longer be satisfied with (only) the dissemination of building science information. Through this Summit, EEBA will educate

ACEEE: Energy Efficiency as a Resource

DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia, PA, United States

Utility energy efficiency programs have a strong record of saving customers energy and money. But today’s urgent challenges—from climate change to inequitable energy burdens—demand that we ramp up these efficiency efforts and reimagine what these programs are capable of, building on the strong foundations in place. Join us at the Energy Efficiency as Resource (EER) conference in Philadelphia, October 16–18, 2023, to explore how efficiency efforts can expand and evolve amid a transforming utility industry.