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Regional Forums

Regional Forums are quarterly (4 total) in-person, half day workshops targeting Bay Area local government policymakers and sustainability staff, building department staff, city planners, and energy consultants to share best practices on how to resolve regional policy and programmatic design issues.

 

 

 

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2016 Regional Forums


2016 Zero Energy Buildings for Local Governments | November 15, 2016 | Alameda

This Forum brought together local government policymakers, building department staff, architects and energy consultants working to integrate state goals to achieve zero net energy (ZNE) buildings. Attendees heard about case studies on ZNE buildings, new programs and tools to support local government ZNE policy and plan development, as well as new research and emerging trends. Following the forum, attendees were invited to tour a ZNE building and find out more about the ZNE design process from the building architect.

  ♦ Forum Agenda

  ♦ Welcome and Introductions

              •  Program Overview & Introductions | Rich Chien, BayREN

              •  Overview, CA Goals, Market Trends and National Status of ZNE | Cathy Higgins, NBI

              •  Overview of ZNE City Policies | Betty Seto, DNVGL

  ♦ ZNE Case Studies, Pilots & Programs

              •  ZNE Case Studies, Pilots and Programs | Peter Turnbull, PG&E

              •  San Jose Environmental Innovation Center (SJEIC) | Anna Szabo, City of San Jose | Jill Eyres, Group 4 Architecture, Research + Planning

  ♦ Local Government Strategies for Getting to Zero

              •  Spectrum of Government Approaches, Evaluation & Prioritization of Projects, Planning Charrettes, Funding | Heather Flint Chatto, NBI

              •  Municipal ZNE: Project Engineering as Reach Code Technical Assistance | Heather Larson, BayREN | Erik Pearson, City of Hayward | Bruce Playle, Indigo | Hammond + Playle Architects, LLP

  ♦ Planning for ZNE

              •  Intro to Planning Process, ZNE Planning Workbook & Sample ZNE Plan | Heather Flint Chatto, NBI

  ♦ ZNE Tools & Resources

              •  Overview of ZNE Communications Toolkit, Case Studies, Fact Sheets, ZNE Watch List, ZNE Action Bulletin | Heather Flint Chatto, NBI

              •  Municipal Policy Templates: Accelerating ZNE Buildings Community-wide | Betty Seto, DNVGL

              •  Zero Energy Performance Index (zEPI) & Outcome Based Energy Code | Barry Hooper, BayREN

  ♦ Incorporating ZNE into your Policies & Delivery Process

              •  Design, Operations, Procurement | Cathy Higgins, NBI


2016 CALGreen Residential Measures: Changes and Opportunities| September 20, 2016 | Napa County

This Forum brought together local government policymakers and sustainability staff, building department staff, city planners, and energy consultants to learn about the changes to the 2016 CALGreen requirements for residential buildings. Attendees were able to meet their BayREN County Representative and connect with energy code experts who shared best practices to increase understanding of 2016 CALGreen requirements and how local projects are going beyond CALGreen.

  ♦ Forum Agenda

  ♦ Opening Remarks and Introduction | Deborah Elliott | Napa County & Edgar Ventura | BKi

              • Watch the recorded presentation

  ♦ Green Building Code Priorities and Policy: An Elected Official's Perspective | Mayor Jeff Aalfs | Town of Portola Valley 

              • Watch the recorded presentation

  ♦ Updates to the 2016 CALGreen Code | Emily Withers | California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD)

              • Watch the recorded presentation

  ♦ Beyond CALGreen: Cost Effective Zero-Net Energy Homes | Bob Massaro | The Healthy Building Companies 

              • Watch the recorded presentation

  ♦ 2015 Update to the California Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance | Michelle Koo | City of Hayward & Kelly Shoonmaker | StopWaste

              • Watch the recorded presentation


What's new with 2016 Code: 2016 Energy Efficiency Standards Workshop | June 22, 2016 | Marin County

This Forum brought together local government policymakers and sustainability staff, building department staff, city planners, and energy consultants to learn about the changes to the 2016 building Energy Efficiency Standards for residential and nonresidential buildings. Attendees were able to meet their BayREN County Representative and connect with energy code experts who shared best practices to increase understanding of 2016 Energy Code developments and best practices for compliance (permit applicants) and enforcement (building departments).

  ♦ Forum Agenda

  ♦ Opening Remarks and Introduction | Kellen Dammann| Marin County & Edgar Ventura | BKi

              • Watch the recorded presentation

  ♦  Keynote Address: 

     • What's New with 2016 Code: One Perspective | Martin Bond | Community Energy Services

              • Watch the recorded presentation

  ♦  Presentations: 

     • 2016 Energy Standards Overview | Javier Perez | California Energy Commission

              2016 Building Energy Efficiency Standards Handouts

              • Watch the recorded presentation

     • Effects of the 2016 Energy Code Changes on Bay Area Building Departments| Russ King | Benningfield Group, Inc.

              • Residential Compliance Documents List, Residential Compliance Process Flow Chart, Nonresidential Compliance Process Flow Chart

              • Watch the recorded presentation


Bridging the Gap: From Efficient Policies to Successful, On-the-Ground Implementation | March 29, 2016 | San Mateo County

This Forum brought together local government policymakers and sustainability staff, building department staff, city planners, and energy consultants to learn about the the variety of free programs and customizable resources available to building departments interested in implementing best practices for improving energy code compliance and enforcement and/or promoting green building and "beyond code" initiatives, sometimes called "reach codes". Attendees were able to meet their BayREN County Representative, learn about implementing cost-effective green building codes, Home Energy Score and the READ Program.

  ♦ Forum Agenda

  ♦ Opening Remarks and Introduction | Rachael Londer | County of San Mateo & Edgar Ventura | BKi

              • Watch the recorded presentation

  ♦  Keynote Addresses: 

     • Stakeholder Engagement in the Standards Development Process | Peter Strait | California Energy Commission

              • Watch the recorded presentation

     • Regional Climate Protection Strategy for the San Francisco Bay Area | Abby Young | Bay Area Air Quality Management District

              • Watch the recorded presentation

  ♦  Presentations: 

      • Residential Energy Assessment and Disclosure (READ) | Lisa Pontecorvo | StopWaste

              • Watch the recorded presentation

     • Above Code Ordinance Opportunities| Jake Tisinger | Build It Green

              • 10 Building Code Opportunities for California Local Goverments

              • Watch the recorded presentation

 

 

2015 Regional Forums


Energy Code Compliance for the 21st Century: A Showcase of Electronic Tools| December 10, 2015 | Marin County

This Forum brought together Building industry professionals, including building department officials, architects, and contractors to learn about exciting electronic tools and resources developd to assist with energy code related responsibilities. This forum included dynamic breakout discussions facilitated by building industry professionals to develop strategies and best practices to promote greater uniformity in code interpretation in building deparments throughout the Bay Area. 

  ♦ Forum Agenda

  ♦ Opening Remarks and Introduction | Omar Pena | Marin County BayREN Representative

  ♦  Keynote Speaker: 

     • Passive House in California | Graham Irwin | Essential Habitat Architecture

  ♦  Product Snapshot Presentations: 

    &nbs;p • BayREN Resources | Chris Bradt | BKi on behalf of BayREN
      • CodeCycle | Kim Goodrich | CodeCycle 
      • Energy Code Ace | Misti Bruceri | Misti Bruceri & Associates, LLC on behlaf of Energy Code Ace
      • Green Building Studio | Stephanie Egger| Autodesk
 


Collaboration on Energy Code Interpretations: Shared Challenges and Solutions | October 20, 2015 | San Francisco County

This Forum brought together department staff, contractors and other building industry peers to share location-specific challenges and solutions stemming from inconsistent and confusing intrepetations of the Energy Code. This forum included dynamic breakout discussions facilitated by building industry professionals to develop strategies and best practices to promote greater uniformity in code interpretation in building deparments throughout the Bay Area. 

  ♦ Forum Agenda

  ♦ Opening Remarks and Introduction | Cal Broomhead | San Francisco County BayREN Representative

  ♦  Presentations: 

     • Meeting the Challenges of 2013 California Energy Code | James Zhan | San Francisco Dept. of Building Inspection 

     • Top 3 Most Misunderstood Energy Codes | Russ King | Benningfield Group

  ♦  Speaker Series: 

      • Speaker | James Zhan | San Francisco Dept. of Building Inspection
      • Speaker | Russ King | Benningfield Group
      • Speaker | Tom Garcia | CodeCycle
 


Stakeholder Engagement in Energy Code Development | August 25, 2015 | Santa Clara County

This Forum brought together department officials, contractors, architects, policy makers and energy consultants to engage with California Energy Commission staff and other policy implementers on how to improve the energy code development  This forum will also included a dynamic breakout discussions facilitated by building industry professionals to develop strategies, resources, and support networks to further enhance collaboration among the various industries responsible for complying and enforcing code.

  ♦ Forum Agenda

  ♦ Opening Remarks and Introduction | Juan Romero | Santa Clara County BayREN Representative

  ♦  Presentations: 

      • California's Building Energy Efficiency Standards: Policy Objectives, Participation and Outreach | Heriberto Rosales & Peter Strait | CEC

  ♦  Panel Session: Advancing the Stakeholder Engagement Process in Energy Code Development

      • Moderator | Cal Broomhead | San Francisco County BayREN 
      • Panelist | Cathy Chappell | TRC, Inc. 
      • Panelist | Charles Cormany | Efficiency First
      • Panelist | Heriberto Rosales | California Energy Commission
      • Panelist | Peter Strait | California Energy Commission
      • Panelist | Jeff Pollock | California Association of Building Energy Consultants (CABEC)
      • Panelist | Jim Benya | Benya Burnett Consultancy
      • Panelist | Linda Derivi | American Institute of Architects (AIA)


Policy and Implementation: Improving Energy Code Compliance for Small Cities | June 16, 2015 | Solano County
This Forum brought together local and state government policy leaders, building department personnel, and energy consultants throughout the Bay Area region to share policies and programs influencing small cities. Featured topics included Existing Buildings Energy Efficiency Action Plan (AB 758), the BayREN Codes & Standards Regional Plan Check program, and a shortened version of the training course “Improving Energy Code Compliance in Low-Rise New Construction."

  ♦ Forum Agenda

  ♦ Opening Remarks and Introduction | Trishia Caguiat | Solano County BayREN Representative

  ♦  Presentations: 

      • Existing Buildings Energy Efficiency Action Plan (AB 758) | David Ismailyan | California Energy Commission 
      • Bay Area Regional Plan Check Program | Demian Hardman| Contra Costa County
      • Coordinating Plan Check with Field Inspection for Residential New Construction | Russ King | Benningfield Group Inc.

  ♦  Panel Session: Existing Buildings Energy Efficiency Action Plan (AB 758)

      • Moderator | Wes Sullens | StopWaste
      • Panelist | David Ismailyan | California Energy Commission
      • Panelist | Martha Brook | California Energy Commission
      • Panelist | Jenny Berg | BayREN Program Manager (ABAG)
      • Panelist | Alex Portesawver | City of Benicia


Recommendations, Best Practices, and Future Considerations for Improving Energy Code Compliance | April 21, 2015 | San Mateo County
This Forum brought together building department personnel, local government policy leaders and energy consultants throughout the Bay Area region to learn about regional and statewide initiatives aimed at addressing energy code enforcement barriers and challenges, and hear the major findings from the Permit Resource Opportunity Program Final Report and Energy Guide (available here) .

  ♦ Forum Agenda

  ♦ Opening Remarks and Introduction | Andrea Chow | San Mateo County, Office of Sustainability 

      • Session A: Compliance Improvement from the Ground Up
             • PROP Final Report Findings | Lynn Benningfield | Benningfield Group 
             • 2015 Compliance Improvement Activities |  Juan Romero| Santa Clara County

      • Session B: Initiatives for Improving Code Compliance
             • Bay Area Regional Plan Check Pilot Program | Demian Hardman| Contra Costa County
             • Residential HVAC Alts. Permit Compliance: A Best Practices Guide | Marissa Spata | Center for Sustainable Energy 


Creating a Sustainable Built Environment| February 24, 2015 | Stopwaste of Alameda County
At this Forum,  attendees learned valuable tools and resources for implementing critical policies relating to energy efficiency in community design and how to leverage existing policies and apply best practices that support the needs of their communities. 

  ♦ Forum Agenda

  ♦ Opening Remarks and Introduction | Wes Sullens| BayREN Codes & Standards Program Representative

  ♦ Presentations: 

      • Panel 1: Quick review of changes to Energy and Green Building Codes
             • Energy Code, Title 24 Part 6 | Russ King | Benningfield Group Inc. 
             • CALGreen Code, Title 24 Part 11 and LEED |  Wes Sullens | StopWaste
             • Green Point Rated | Bruce Mast | Build It Green
      • Panel 2: Motivations, Benefits and Options for Going Beyond Code
             • Berkeley's BESO Policy and Implementation | Billi Romain | City of Berkeley
             • San Francisco's LEED and GPR Policies | Barry Hooper | San Francisco Department of the Environment 
             • Palo Alto's Updated Green Ordinance| Peter Pirnejad | City of Palo Alto
      • Panel 3: Resources for Reach Code Adoption & implementation
            • Process for Local Gov't Filings and Adoptions | Marshall Hunt| PG&E 
            • BayREN Cost Effectiveness Studies| Elizabeth Joyce| ARUP
            • BayREN Tools and Resources | Wes Sullens | StopWaste 

 ♦ Handouts and Resources

      • Changes to the Energy Code Measures Summary 
      • List of Local Green Building Filing Ordinances 


2014 Regional Forums

BayREN held 6 Regional Forums over the course of 2014 that focused on high-level policy and program design issues on energy efficiency and energy code compliance. Click on the topic links below to access the forum agenda and powerpoint presentations. 

Energy Efficiency Policy and Climate Action Plans | January 15, 2014

Benchmarking Ordinances and Programs | March 19, 2014

Regional Best Practices in Green Building | May 21, 2014

The Water-Energy Nexus: Strategies for Local Action | July 29, 2014

CEC Guidance in Energy Code Interpretations | September 24, 2014

Local Government Resources for Energy Efficiency | November 18, 2014


Local Government Resources for Energy Efficiency | November 18, 2014 | Cal State East Bay Oakland Center
At this Forum,  attendees learned valuable tools and resources for implementing critical policies relating to energy efficiency in community design and how to leverage existing policies and apply best practices that support the needs of their communities. 

  ♦ Forum Agenda

  ♦ PowerPoint Presentations

      • Opening Remarks and Introduction | Daniel Hamilton| ABAG
      • Fiscal Impacts of Building Energy Efficiency in California | Antony Kim | UC Berkeley Center for Resource Efficient Communities (CREC)
      • Sustainability Best Practices and Policy Frameworks for Local Governments | Daniel Hamilton | ABAG

  ♦ Lightning Round Policy Presentations

      • Palo Alto's New and Improved Green Building Ordinance: How, What, and Where! | Peter Pirnejad | City of Palo Alto
      • Marin's e-Inspection Program for Energy Efficiency | William "Bill" Kelley | County of Marin
      • Benicia's Graywater System Incentive Kit |Alex Porteshawver | City of Benicia
      • Building Energy Saving Ordinance: Accelerating Savings with Energy Information Disclosure | Billi Romain | City of Berkeley
      • EV Readiness: Context and Opportunities for Action | Rafael Reyes | Bay Area Climate Collaborative
      • BayREN and CaliforniaFIRST Residential PACE Financing: What, Why, Who, How, and How Much? | Jonathan Kevles | Renewable Funding 

    ♦ Handouts and Resources 

      • Municipal Fiscal Impacts of Building Energy Efficiency in California: A Guidebook for Local Officials | William EIsenstein
         and Louise Mozingo| UC Berkeley CREC
      • Sustainability Best Practices Framework | Institute for Local Government (IGL)
      • California Adaptation Planning Guide: Planning for Adapting Communities | California Emergency Management Agency
         and California Natural Resources Agency
      • The Marin Carbon Project (this project was referenced by one of the speakers during the meeting)


CEC Guidance in Energy Code Interpretations | September 24, 2014 | Oakland Asian Cultural Center , Oakland CA
This Forum was an opportunity for local building department staff and building professionals to ask California Energy Commission staff about interpretations for enforcement of 2013 Title 24 Part 6 – the California Building Energy Efficiency Standards. The handout below contains the questions and answers on the Energy Code, discussions, and clarifications from this Forum.  

 Forum Agenda

♦ PowerPoint Presentations

• Open Remarks and Introduction | Daniel Hamilton | ABAG

♦ Handouts and Resources

CEC Responses on Energy Code Interpretations


The Water-Energy Nexus: Strategies for Local Action | July 29, 2014 | East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) Oakland, CA  
This Forum brought together government policymakers and sustainability staff, energy and water utility staff, and energy professionals to explore programs and technologies that help consumers reduce their water and water heating use, and how local governments can leverage these programs to help reach their climate action plan goals.

Forum Agenda

PowerPoint Presentations

• Opening Remarks and Welcome| Daniel Hamilton | ABAG
• Finding Value in Water-Energy Program Partnerships | Sam Newman | Pacific Gas & Electric
• What does the Future of Water-Energy Efficiency look like? | Edward Spang| UC Davis Center for Water-Energy Efficiency 
• Water-Energy Nexus: Strategies and Initiatives | Clifford Chan & Richard Harris| East Bay Municipal Utility District 
 Policies and Programs for Cost Effective Water and Energy Use Efficiency | Gary Klein| Gary Klein & Associates 
 PAYS® on Water Bill Financing: Every Drop Counts | Misty Mersich| Regional Climate Protection Authority

♦ Handouts and Resources

Efficiency PAYS Simplified Data Sheet | Rebecca Brown | BKi 


Regional Best Practices in Green Building Policy| May 21, 2014 | Zero Net Energy Center (ZNEC)- San Leandro, CA
Bay Area elected officials and leaders attended this Regional Forum to hear updates about key state priorites and municipal green building programs from Assemblymenber Nancy Skinner and CPUC Commissioner Michael Picker. 

♦ Forum Agenda

♦ PowerPoint Presentations

• Opening Remarks and Welcome| Daniel Hamilton | ABAG
• California's Zero Net Energy Building Goals | Cathy Fogel | California Public Utilities Commission 
• Zero Net Energy: KB Home's Approach to Sustainablity | Jacob Atalla| KB Home
• Zero Net Energy: What it is, Why it is talked about so much & the role of local governments | Amy Dryden | Build It Green

♦ Handouts and Resources: 

• Commerical & Residential Green Building Requirements & Reach Codes 


Benchmarking Policies and Programs: Is Benchmarking Right for my Community? | March 19, 2014 | Oakland, CA
This Forum discussed the financial benefits and cost considerations of benchmarking to the private sector, the policy drivers and policy options in place around the Bay Area, and provided tools and resources for those considering moving benchmarking forward in their communities. 

♦ Forum Agenda

♦ PowerPoint Presentations

• Opening Remarks and Welcome| Daniel Hamilton | ABAG
• Financial Benefits of Benchmarking in the Private Sector | Carlos Santamaria | Glenborough, LLC and BOMA International
• What is the Target Building Stock: How to Prioritize? | Betony Jones | Fourth Sector Strategies
• Saving Energy in Existing Buildings: Benchmarking in Berkeley | Billie Romain | City of Berkeley
• Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Efficiency | Barry Hooper | SF Department of Environment
• How do you Move Benchmarking Forward? | Stephanie Stern | StopWaste.org

♦ Handouts and Resources: 

• Building Energy Data

• Bay Area Regional Maps: Forecast Climate Zones and Commercial Establishments 
• Commercial Energy End Use Patterns by Sector for Forecast Climate Zones 4 & 5
• Commercial Establishments and Employees by Sector and by County

• Office Building Benchmarking Guide: Engaging the Hard-to-Reach | Rebecca Miliken and Betony Jones 
• Mayor's Task Force on Existing Commercial Buildings | Final Report & Recs for the City & County of San Francisco 
• U.S. Building Benchmarking and Disclosure Policies


Climate Action Planning and Local Energy | January 15, 2014 | Oakland, CA
Regional leaders attended this Forum to collaborate on improving the depth and local control of Climate Action Plan (CAP) strategies by learning more about how to incorporate local energy code compliance programs. 

♦ Forum Agenda

♦ PowerPoint Presentations

• Local Energy Policies and Climate Action Planning | Daniel Hamilton | ABAG
• Energy Efficiency | Cal Broomhead | SF Department of Environment 
• PG&E Energy Data for CAP Implementation and Tracking | Jillian Rich | PG&E
• California Benchmarking and Data Access | Barry Hooper | SF Department of Environment
• Community-Level Climate Action: What will it take to achieve local Climate Action Goals? | Timothy Burroughs | City of Berkeley
• County of Santa Clara Update of Mitigation and Adaptation | Demetra McBride | County of Santa Clara
• Marin Climate and Energy Partnership | Dana Armanino | County of Marin
• RICAPS: Regionally Integrated Climate Action Planning Suite | Kim Springer | County of San Mateo C/CAG

♦ Handouts and Resources

• PG&E Local Governments Data Report Summary


June 18, 2013 | Oakland, CA

♦ Forum Agenda

♦ PowerPoint Presentations

• An Overview of 2013 Green Building Code Changes
• Residential & Nonresidential Title 24 part 6 Energy Code
• Green Building Rating System Updates
• Green Building Updates: LEED & International Green Codes

♦ Handouts and Resources

• 2013 CALGreen Residential Mandatory Measures summary sheet

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