Announcing Two New Courses from Green Technology!
Tiny Houses: From Permits to Code Requirements,
What Builders Need to Know
Tiny houses have been pointed to as a solution for lack of affordable housing, a way to promote non-traditional home ownership and a possible solution to housing the homeless.
This new two-hour course from Green Technology is designed for those interested in tiny houses and will explore their design, construction and legal use. It will address key questions, including:
- What is a tiny house?
- Do tiny houses require a building permit?
- Is a permit required for a tiny house that is less than 120 square feet?
- Can I build/park a tiny house in my back yard?
- Is a building permit required if the tiny house is built on a rolling chassis?
We will summarize the origins and evolution of the tiny house movement and explore case studies. The course will define tiny houses and discuss the several types of state or local government approvals that may be required. Tiny house villages that have been developed will be examined; successes and pitfalls will be discussed.
In addition, the course will address recent legislation that removes some of the impediments to building a small secondary unit on a property. It will also cover California Building Code requirements for tiny houses.
• Understand the different classifications of tiny houses.
• Understand the limitations of tiny houses considering building codes, zoning requirements and other governmental regulations.
• Understand some of the pitfalls and misunderstandings associated with tiny house construction.
• Discuss and understand how tiny houses have been approved, promoted and utilized in some communities.
Zero Net Energy: Getting There Through Code
This three-hour course is designed for those interested in Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Buildings. As California moves towards ZNE by 2020 for residential structures, and 2030 for non-residential buildings, we will discuss the process and hurdles to making ZNE the standard for the state.
The course will examine ZNE from a code perspective and examine strategies to achieve ZNE in new and existing buildings. We will discuss what it means to be Zero Net Energy and how definitions of ZNE vary.
Many of the recurring questions surrounding ZNE will be discussed, such as:
- Is ZNE cost effective?
- How do we get to ZNE?
- Why is California requiring ZNE?
- How do you make existing homes ZNE?
Some local jurisdictions are adopting ZNE early. This course will cover how code-required ZNE differs from other structures considered to be ZNE. Occupant behavior and its effect on ZNE will be addressed.
• Understand the varying definitions of ZNE.
• Explain how and why the California Energy Commission uses Time Dependent Value as a metric.
• Discuss the balance of conservation/efficiency and on-site power generation.
• Examine site considerations when designing a ZNE structure.
• Discuss varying strategies to achieve Zero Net Energy in new and existing residential structures
Tiny House Course
10:00 am-12:00 pm
1:00 pm-4:00 pm
Register for Both Courses
Registration: $245 (includes lunch)
March 24 - Sacramento > Click here to register
March 29 - Los Angeles > Click here to register
April 7 - South San Francisco > Click here to register
Greg Mahoney has been
working in building code enforcement for over 25 years. He
is currently serving as the Chief Building Official for the
City of Davis. He is a member of the ICC Consensus
Committee developing the ICC 1000 Standard for
Commissioning. He is chair of CALBO's Energy Commission Advisory Committee and is the local government representative on the Green Building Advisory Committee for the California Building Standards Commission.
He has developed curriculum and taught Building Inspection
Technology and Green Building at Cosumnes River College for
ten years. Greg is also an instructor for ICC, teaching
courses on the IRC and CALGreen.In addition to being a Certified Combination Inspector and
Plans Examiner, he is a Certified Building Official,
Certified Access Specialist, LEED Accredited Professional,
BPI Building Analyst, and a Certified HERS Rater.
Green Technology is an ICC Preferred Provider and a AIA Provider. These courses provide 1 AIA CEU per hour and .1 CEU per hour.
Sessions will also offer Build it Green CEUs (one
credit per hour) and Construction Management Association
of America renewal points (one per hour).
All registrants will receive a
certificate of participation.