November 18, 2019

California Building Codes 2019: Setting the Pace for Sustainability

A vital and comprehensive session for building and design professionals!

Sacramento California
February 7, 2020
10:00 am-4:00 pm
Registration: $255
This session offers .5 ICC and 5 AIA credits.

From reducing greenhouse gas emissions through efficiency and renewable energy to water conservation and building health, California’s goals for the building sector are being advanced through continuous evolution of its building codes. The 2019 changes to these codes become mandatory in January 2020. They bring the latest evolution of standards that continue to set the pace for efforts throughout the country.

This session will review the updates to CALGreen (Title 24, Part 11) and the California Energy Code (Title 24, Part 6) for residential and non-residential buildings. It will offer a comprehensive view of current sustainability-related requirements in code, from new and updated requirements for multifamily housing, EV charging and air quality to new requirements for schools and community colleges, and more.

Code experts from the relevant state agencies will highlight key issues, address implementation strategies and answer questions concerning the 2019 Code. Find out what might be coming in future code updates and learn more about the code development process.


Morning Session
10:00 am

Non-residential CALGreen (Title 24, Part 11)
Attendees will learn about CALGreen as it applies to non-residential occupancies, with 2019 updates highlighted. EV charging and other legislative mandates will be addressed, as well as other frequently asked questions. CALGreen was developed in part to promote environmentally responsible, cost-effective, healthier places to live and work. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer period.

Enrique Rodriguez, Associate Construction Analyst

Lunch Break
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunch will be provided on site

Afternoon Session
1:00 pm

CALGreen Residential Measures
CALGreen 2019 is published as part of the California Building Standards Code, Title 24, California Code of Regulations. This session will include identification of the mandatory residential measures in the 2019 CALGreen as well as provide guidance on the voluntary measures. This session will also cover new tentative proposals for the 2019 CALGreen Supplement effective July 2021. HCD will be available to answer any questions during the session or shortly afterward.

Emily Withers, Codes and Standards Administrator II, California Department of Housing and Community Development
Tom Martin, District Representative II, State Housing Law Program, California Department of Housing and Community Development

2019 Energy Standards Changes
This session will review the major changes to the 2019 Energy Standards requirements for both residential and nonresidential buildings. Topics that will be discussed for residential buildings include the requirements for PV, HVAC ventilation (ASHRAE 62.2) and filtration (MERV 13), walls and ceiling/roof insulation, fenestration and door efficiencies, quality insulation installation (QII), heat pump water heaters, and the Performance Approach and Energy Design Rating (EDR). Topics that will be discussed for nonresidential buildings include the requirements for healthcare facilities, indoor and outdoor lighting, HVAC ventilation and filtration (including for high-rise residential buildings), and covered processes. Available educational resources and training opportunities for the 2019 Energy Standards will also be provided.

Chris Olvera, Supervisor, Outreach & Education Unit, Building Standards Office, California Energy Commission

About the Speakers


Tom Martin is a District Representative II in the State Housing Law Program for the California Department of Housing and Community Development. Tom has been with the state for 6 years, all with the State Housing Law Program. He has over 20 years of experience as an electrician. He was a California Certified General Electrician and was certified by ICC as a Residential Electrical Inspector. The State Housing Law Program is responsible for code development for residential projects throughout the state. Tom has worked on various code development packages, most recently on CALGreen, the California Residential Code, the California Electrical Code and the California Existing Building Code.

Christopher Olvera is the supervisor of the California Energy Commission’s Outreach and Education Unit. This unit develops tools, presentations, and resources to support enforcement agencies’ verification of compliance with the Energy Code. Chris has over 15 years of experience working at the Energy Commission. He began work as a student on the Energy Standards Hotline fielding questions from designers, builders, and enforcement agencies statewide regarding the Energy Code. Chris has served in several other positions supporting a variety of programs, including the Home Energy Rating System (HERS), Acceptance Test Technician Certification Providers (ATTCP), low interest Energy Conservation Assistance Act (ECAA) loans, Bright Schools, and Clean Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39).

Enrique Rodriguez joined the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) in February of 2009. His duties at the CBSC are to assist with the adoption, approval, codification, and publication of the California Building Standards Code, Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations including the development of the California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen). Enrique has served on various building commissioning committees; most notably as Vice-Chair of the International Code Council (ICC) G4 Development Committee, which created the ICC G4-2012 Guideline for Commissioning. He recently served on the International Accreditation Service, Inc. committees for Accreditation of Commissioning Agencies Task Group and the Technical Advisory Council-Sustainability Steering Committee as Vice-Chair. Prior to working at the CBSC Enrique worked for the California Department of General Services’ architectural department for 11 years. During that time he designed a variety of state buildings that ranged from a Boating Instruction and Safety Center to Cal Fire campuses. He also acted as a project designer, design team leader, and project manager for various state facilities. Enrique has extensive architectural design experience and holds a Bachelors of Architecture degree from California Polytechnic State University (CAL POLY), San Luis Obispo. He worked in private architectural firms for several years prior to joining the state.

Emily Withers has worked for the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) State Housing Law Program for over 11 years.  She currently functions as a Codes and Standards Administrator II promulgating building standards (Title 24 in the California Code of Regulations) related to residential structures and is familiar with the state rulemaking process as well as the rulemaking activities of the State Housing Law Program.  She has also worked on HCD’s CALGreen Guide as well as other documents related to CALGreen. Emily is a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in agriculture; and also has a vocational certificate in building inspection technology from Cosumnes River College in Sacramento.