Regional Forum - Building Permits and Clean Technology: Innovations and Challenges
Wednesday, June 9, 2021
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Building code enforcement is essential to public health and safety, but the permit process can be time-consuming to navigate. California and local governments have ambitious goals for reduced carbon emissions and economic recovery, and efficient permitting of clean energy technologies and efficiency measures will be necessary to realize these goals. Many building departments ramped up online services in 2020 to adapt to the pandemic - and experienced the difficulties of rapid change. As permitting evolves, how can building departments enhance public safety, support energy performance, and meet public expectations? This BayREN Forum examined different approaches and lessons learned.
- Welcome and Introductions | Barry Hooper, BayREN Representative, San Francisco County | Demian Hardman, BayREN Representative, Contra Costa County
- The Front Lines – COVID 19 and Permitting | Bret Wickham, Contra Costa County | Don Jeppson, City of San Rafael
- Best Practices – and Models to Learn From: Expedited Electrification Permitting | Ron Davis, City of San Jose
- Best Practices – and Models to Learn From: Implementing On Demand Permitting | Alelia Parentou, City of Santa Barbara
- Best Practices – and Models to Learn From: Best Practices for Permit Streamlining | Jessica Cornejo, Silicon Valley Clean Energy
- Evolving Technology to the Rescue: CodeCycle | Tom Garcia, CodeCycle | Christopher Harris, City of Concord
- Evolving Technology to the Rescue: SolarApp | Geoff Simmons, City of Pleasant Hill
- Q&A and Closing Remarks