January 9, 2019

2019 Updates to CALGreen and the Energy Code

Get prepared for the latest changes to California’s green building standards!

New Rules Forward California’s Commitment to Green Building

In 2008, California became the first state in the nation to include mandatory green building requirements in its building code. This groundbreaking step meant that every structure built in the state – whether a home, school, commercial building or other structure – would have to meet guidelines for energy and water efficiency, low emission flooring and building materials and more. These requirements have also extended to building renovation.

Over the ensuing decade, CALGreen has continued to raise the bar in keeping with California’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting building health. The latest updates to the code will become mandatory in January 2020.

California’s Energy Code, which CALGreen defers to in regard to building efficiency standards, is the strictest code of its kind in the nation. Years ago, it was announced that when the current revisions became mandatory in January 2020, all new residential construction will be required to meet Zero Net Energy requirements. The 2019 updates address this efficiency goal.

Anyone working in the building sector can benefit from knowing what’s coming as soon as possible, whether to ensure that projects in the pipeline take new changes into account, to prepare for future plan review or inspections, or to ensure that current renovations and upgrades take the latest standards for building efficiency and health into account.

Since the first publication of CALGreen, Green Technology has organized training related to code requirements, reaching thousands of building professionals at locations throughout the state.

We’re now offering two new seminars that will address current changes. They will also provide opportunities for attendees to gain insight into current priorities for buildings in California and where code may be headed in the future and to ask questions regarding common challenges in code compliance.

The seminars can be attended individually, or together. See schedule below.

California Energy Code 2019: Challenges and Mandatory Changes

This three-hour session will bring you up to date on changes to the Energy Code (Title 24, Part 6) for residential and non-residential buildings. Will the code require rooftop solar for every new home? What changes in the 2019 code relate to the state’s long-term carbon reduction goals? Where is the code likely to go next? Get answers to these questions, and more, and come with your questions regarding compliance with existing code requirements.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand where the code emanates and the factors driving its change
  • Understand how the changes to the 2019 Energy Code and be able to pinpoint the most poignant code sections for residential and non-residential
  • Understand the most practical ways of meeting, and exceeding, the Title 24, part 6, requirements
  • Understand what is driving future code changes and how to prepare

This seminar offers three AIA Learning Units and .3 ICC credits.

CALGreen 2019: Challenges and Mandatory Changes

This two-hour session will help you understand the latest revisions to CALGreen (Title 24, part 11), the nation’s first mandatory green building standards. Find out about new and updated requirements for multifamily housing, EV charging, air quality, new requirements for schools and community colleges and more.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the evolution of the California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen)
  • Know the most impactful changes to the code for 2019
  • Understand the impacts of the residential and non-residential voluntary measures (Tier I and Tier II)
  • Introduce participants to the checklists for the green building standards code

This seminar offers two AIA HSW Learning Units and .2 ICC credits.

About the Speaker

Scott Blunk received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University in 1992 and MBA from Marquette University in 2000.  Scott has worked in the energy efficiency field for 15 years as a general contractor, energy consultant, utility program administrator for multifamily single family both new and existing, mechanical engineer, rater and trainer.

Scott is a currently a Strategic Business planner for energy efficiency and electrification at SMUD. His professional activities include:

• Member of the City of Sacramento, Mayor’s Commission on Climate Change, Technical Advisory Committee as a subject matter expert on the built environment including energy efficiency, energy codes, building electrification

• Member of the 2019 Reach Code working committee

• Member of the 2022 multifamily new construction code development group

• Active in the development of 2013, 2016, 2019 and 2022 energy codes through presentations and expert reporting to the CEC

• Teaching Title 24 Part 4 and Part 6 at Consumnes River College

• Multifamily Technical Committee, existing multifamily subject matter expert, Building Performance Institute, 2016 – 2019 and 2012 – 2013

Upcoming Dates

Live training events are currently suspended, and may resume once coronavirus restrictions are lifted.

Two live webinars on code changes, led by officials from the Building Standards Commission and the Energy Commission. were held in April. Details and links to recordings of them are available here.

Additional dates and locations are being planned.

If you think this training would benefit your community, contact Star Olea at 626-577-5700.