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California Energy Code Seminar

Credit: 5  HSW/LUs

Description: Join us for a great Presentation and Working Session with Luke Morton as he will be covering all the new changes to Title 24 Energy standards for low-rise residential projects, Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), and electrification.

Both the market and codes have continued to change with a huge increase in ADU development, as well as many Bay Area municipalities adopting all-electric preferences or requirements. In this session, we’ll check in with these hot topics and compliance options and challenges.

We’ll review once and for all whether or not solar PV is required for your ADU project, discuss where to put a heat pump water heater, and figure out how to build with 2×4’s again (and get compliance credit for it!)

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the 2019 Building Energy Efficiency Standards updates and changes with a specific focus on ADUs (Accessory Dwelling Units).
  • Learn how to calculate the solar photovoltaic requirements for new single-family construction, including ADUs (Accessory Dwelling Units).
  • Explore the new Performance credits (such as batteries) that can be deployed in energy modeling to trade-off the Prescriptive requirements.
  • Learn some tips and tricks for getting your projects into compliance with a minimum of cost and headache.

About the Instructor

California Energy Code Seminar

Luke Morton
Sustainability Manager– HYA
CABEC Board of Directors
Energy Code Ace Instructor
10 years as Title 24 consultant
Certified Passive House Consultant

Is HYA’s sustainability manager and graduated from Stanford University with a B.Sc. in Earth Systems and an M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering. During his studies, he worked for a number of building energy organizations. 

  • At the U.S. Green Building Council in Washington DC, he supported the creation of a carbon-based standard that will be incorporated into the LEED criteria. 
  • At the Rocky Mountain Institute in Boulder, CO, he worked on evaluating the effectiveness of Automated Demand Response Systems (“smart” thermostats). 
  • At Southface Energy Institute, in Atlanta, GA, Luke inspected over 500 new single-family houses as a HERS Rater for ENERGY STAR and EarthCraft House certifications. 
  • With Viron Energy Services in Oakland, CA, Luke led the energy audit of the entire Community College District of San Mateo, including College of San Mateo, Cañada College, and Skyline College. 

In his free time, Luke enjoys baking deserts in his solar oven for company lunches, playing ukulele in a local bluegrass band, and giving lectures on building science to Stanford undergrads. He is now a father too!