Training Course Catalog

BayREN trainings are available to educate local government officials and the private sector building community in key aspects of code compliance and enforcement. Each course is ICC CEU certified and each registrant will receive 0.1 CEUs upon completion.

Training topics can be offered individually or as a series addresses specific energy code compliance strategies and best practices.

COVID-19 Update

In light of precautionary and mandatory COVID-19 public health measures, BayREN will not be conducting in-person trainings until Shelter-In-Place orders are lifted or until further notice. For more information about virtual trainings, see “On-Line Trainings” and “On-Demand Trainings” below.

Residential
  • 2019 Energy Code Changes
    • Description: This course will provide an overview of the 2019 residential energy code changes.
    • Target Audience: All building department staff.
  • Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU)
    • Description: This course covers the Prescriptive requirements that apply to new ADU, and discusses both minimum requirements and design options for compliance.
    • Target Audience: Building department staff, contractors, and building professionals.
  • Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Registry
    • Description: This course explores the advantages of using the online HERS registry to track and verify compliance forms electronically. Course includes a live demonstration of projects for the jurisdiction in training. Attendees will need to bring addresses for specific projects.
    • Target Audience: Permit technicians, plan checkers, field inspectors.
  • How the Energy Code Treats Electrification
    • Description: This class will focus on the energy code and green building code while touching on other parts of the building code and as related to different electrification technologies.
    • Target Audience: Building department staff.
  • Navigating the Energy Code
    • Description: This course will review the context of the Energy Code and provide an overview of its structure, important supporting references and manuals, and how it addresses different types of buildings and projects, as well as mandatory measures and performance and prescriptive approaches.
    • Target Audience: Building department staff.
  • Residential New Construction
    • Description: This course provides a basic review of residential new construction energy code.
    • Target Audience: Permit technicians, plan checkers, field inspectors.
  • Residential Additions
    • Description: This course explores specific instruction on residential additions Energy Code. Course extends content learned in Residential New Construction Course.
    • Target Audience: Plan checkers, field inspectors.
  • Residential Alterations Compliance
    • Description: This course will explain how to process residential alterations projects, which are mostly over-the-counter permits such as HVAC changeouts, window replacements and water heater replacements.
    • Target Audience: Permit technicians, plan checkers, field inspectors.
  • Residential Envelope Compliance
    • Description: This course investigates residential envelope compliance issues.
    • Target Audience: Plan checkers, field inspectors.
  • Zero Net Energy Homes
    • Description: This introductory-level course will introduce ZNE fundamentals and practices that are the basis of ZNE projects.
    • Target Audience: Building professionals in the private and public sectors.
  • HERS-Verified Quality Insulation Installation (QII)
    • Description: This course will Identify requirements associated with QII that may be unique and atypical to a residential construction project; discuss how a project can start off on the right foot with support within the design drawings; and, equip you with additional resources about QII.
    • Target Audience: All building department staff, contractors, and other building professionals.
Nonresidential
  • 2019 Energy Code Changes
    • Description: This course will provide an overview of the 2019 nonresidential energy code changes.
    • Topics Covered: Changes to the nonresidential portions of the 2019 Energy Code.
    • Target Audience: All building department staff.
  • Navigating the Energy Code
    • Description: This course will review the context of the Energy Code and provide an overview of its structure, important supporting references and manuals, and how it addresses different types of buildings and projects, as well as mandatory measures and performance and prescriptive approaches.
    • Target Audience: Building department staff.
  • Nonresidential New Construction
    • Description: This course will provide a basic review of nonresidential new construction energy code.
    • Topics Covered: Comprehensive nonresidential energy code compliance processes, compliance forms, prescriptive and performance approaches, commissioning, and acceptance testing, with a focus on new construction, larger additions.
    • Target Audience: Permit technicians, plan checkers, field inspectors.
  • Nonresidential Lighting
    • Description: This course will explore lighting compliance and their implications for plan review and field inspection.
    • Topics Covered: The short course focuses on indoor lighting forms, process, and acceptance tests. The long course also covers lighting power density, controls, and daylit spaces, in addition to topics covered in short course.
    • Target Audience: Plan checkers, building inspectors, building officials
  • Nonresidential Tenant Improvements and Alterations
    • Description: This course will explore nonresidential tenant improvements and alterations compliance issues.
    • Topics Covered: Nonresidential tenant improvement compliance process, including documentation and field inspection.
    • Target Audience: Plan checkers, field inspectors.
Heat Pump Water Heaters
  • Heat Pump Water Heater Training for Building Departments
    • Description: Heat pump water heaters (HPWHs) are an increasingly popular technology that are a highly efficient means of providing hot water to houses.  This training will describe HPWHs, when HPWHs are allowed under the 2019 Code, code requirements for installation, and how to complete compliance forms.
    • Topics Covered: Overview of water heater technologies and trends, identifying HPWHs in the field, Energy Code requirements for HPWH installations and replacements, Energy Code compliance forms, and requirements specific to HPWHs. Download a copy of the Heat Pump Water Heater 2019 Energy Code Assistance Sheet here.
    • Target Audience: Permit technicians, plan checkers, and field inspectors.
    • Duration: Short Course (60-90 min)
  • Heat Pump Water Heater Training for Contractors
    • ​​​​​​​Description: Heat pump water heaters (HPWHs) are an increasingly popular technology that are a highly efficient means of providing hot water to houses. This training will be geared toward contractors and will describe HPWHs, when HPWHs are allowed under the 2019 Code, code requirements for installation, and how to complete compliance forms.
    • Topics Covered: Overview of water heater technologies and trends, identifying HPWHs in the field, Energy Code requirements for HPWH installations and replacements, Energy Code compliance forms, and requirements specific to HPWHs.
    • Target Audience: Contractors.
    • Duration: Short Course (60-90 min)
Reach Codes
  • Reach Code Trainings
    • Description: This course will help attendees understand and better enforce adopted reach codes within a specific jurisdiction. The course includes a combination of general practices as well as customized training for the jurisdiction’s reach code.
    • Target Audience: City-specific plan checkers, field inspectors.
    • Duration: Short Course (90 min)

Reach Code Trainings are customized to address city-specific Reach Code and are intended for city-specific staff. If you would like to request a customized version of this training for your jurisdiction, please complete the request form or email codes@bayren.org.