CodeBreaker Solving the Energy Code Puzzle One Piece at a Time

Code Breakers are a series of 30-90 minute live webinars designed to bring critical Energy Code information to industry organization chapters. The Energy Code Ace team will work with you to schedule a webinar to fit your chapter's time and topic needs. CEUs (AIA HSW & ICC) available will vary according to length of course.

Contact us to schedule a session based on your organization’s needs and interests!

Currently Available Topics (more coming soon!)

This hour-long Code Breaker focuses on requirements in the 2022 Energy Code (Title 24, Part 6) for accessory dwelling units (ADU). We will discuss how to identify the ADU type and its impact on Energy Code requirements for envelope, mechanical, photovoltaics (PV), battery storage or battery ready, and HERS measures. We will also review how the compliance metrics differ depending on ADU type, including the new EDR source energy metrics for new construction ADU.

Learning Objectives include:

  • Establish if an ADU design is considered an Alteration, Addition or a new Residential building per the Energy Code
  • Discuss the envelope (roof, walls, floors, fenestration) requirements associated with the ADU type (Alteration, Addition, New Construction) under the 2022 Energy Code
  • Recognize the renewable energy requirements of ADU type including photovoltaics (PV), battery storage and battery ready
  • Determine mechanical equipment requirements, including any HERS verification measure options that provide ADU design flexibility, and how utility source energy metric may impact those choices

California’s 2022 Energy Code (Title 24, Part 6) includes new requirements for completing Nonresidential Certificates of Installation (NRCI), which must be on site before final inspection. In this 60-minute session, we’ll review how to use the Energy Code Ace Virtual Compliance Assistant to help Nonresidential Installers meet these requirements by locating pre-populated NRCI for your projects, verifying if the materials/equipment you are planning to install are equal to or better than what was permitted, and preparing and printing installation certificates for different types of projects.

Learning Objectives Include:

  • Describe how to access prepopulated 2022 nonresidential installation certificates for your projects
  • Verify if the materials/equipment you are planning to install are equal to or better than what was permitted
  • Effectively complete and print installation certificates for your nonresidential projects
  • Identify additional resources available through Energy Code Ace that can help you complete in-the-field compliance paperwork for the Energy Code

The 2022 Energy Code (Title 24, Part 6) includes new requirements for Controlled Environment Horticulture spaces and provides clarity for how the envelope and mechanical requirements of the Energy Code apply to these conditioned indoor grow environments. In this 90-minute session, we review the electrical, envelope and mechanical requirements for indoor grow facilities and conditioned greenhouses.

Learning Objectives include:

  • Cite the date when 2022 Energy Code requirements will go into effect
  • Describe how the 2022 Energy Code defines indoor controlled environment horticulture spaces that are subject to these Energy Code requirements
  • Discuss the envelope, electrical, HVAC and dehumidification requirements for controlled environment horticulture spaces
  • Recognize how the Energy Code requirements for newly built spaces differ from the requirements for altered spaces
  • Identify online resources for more guidance on these topics

The 2022 Energy Code has introduced significant changes for multifamily occupancies, from how these occupancies are to be classified and organized within the code to the introduction of new Mandatory and Prescriptive measures facilitating preparation for future multifamily all-electric buildings. Join us for this presentation where we review not only the all-electric preparation requirements of the Energy Code, but also PV exemptions. We will also explore preparation for future all-electric buildings in the Energy Code requirements for HVAC systems, domestic hot water and battery storage.

Learning Objectives include:

  • Cite the date when 2022 Energy Code requirements will go into effect
  • Describe how 2019 multifamily occupancy classifications have been reorganized in 2022 Energy Code along with their corresponding code sections
  • Identify updates to 2022 Mandatory Measures related to multifamily electric ready
  • Discuss updates to 2022 Prescriptive HVAC and domestic hot water requirements related to preparation for future multifamily all-electric buildings
  • Recognize when solar photovoltaic and battery systems are required in multifamily buildings Identify online resources for more guidance on these topics

California’s 2022 Energy Code has introduced significant changes for Multifamily occupancies, from how these occupancies are to be classified and organized within the Code to the introduction of new Mandatory and Prescriptive measures facilitating preparation for future multifamily all-electric buildings and zero net carbon design (ZNCD). This one-hour presentation reviews the all-electric preparation requirements of the Energy Code, associated solar photovoltaic (PV) requirements, standards for heat pump space heating and domestic hot water, as well as how all-electric homes relate to ZNCD.

Learning Objectives include:

  • Describe how Residential occupancy classifications have been reorganized in the 2022 Energy Code
  • Discuss updates to the 2022 Energy Code that set the stage for future all-electric Multifamily buildings, including Mandatory and Prescriptive requirements involving heat pump space heating and domestic hot water
  • Recognize when solar photovoltaic and battery systems are required in Multifamily buildings
  • Explain how "all electric" is a necessary, but not necessarily sufficient, requirement for achieving zero net carbon design (ZNCD)
  • Given examples of alternative design options for a Multifamily building, identify which, if any, of the options achieve ZNCD
  • Identify online resources for more guidance on these topics

The 2022 Energy Code introduces significant changes for Multifamily occupancies, including how these occupancies are to be classified and organized within it. We will review the 2022 Energy Code Mandatory and Prescriptive requirements for Multifamily envelope, mechanical, photovoltaic and battery storage systems, in addition to the new electric-ready and performance compliance metrics introduced in the 2022 Energy Code.

Learning Objectives include:

  • Cite the date 2022 Energy Code requirements will go into effect
  • Describe how 2019 Multifamily occupancy classifications have been reorganized in the 2022 Energy Code, along with their corresponding code sections and how the performance compliance metrics are changing
  • Discuss updates to 2022 Mandatory and Prescriptive envelope, mechanical, photovoltaic and battery storage systems
  • Recognize when electric-ready requirements will apply
  • Identify online resources for more guidance on these topics

The 2022 Energy Code has introduced significant changes for Nonresidential occupancies, from how these occupancies are to be classified and organized within the code to the introduction of new Prescriptive measures facilitating preparation for future Nonresidential all-electric buildings. Join us for this presentation where we review not only the all-electric preparation requirements of the Energy Code, but also PV exemptions. We will also explore preparation for future all-electric buildings in the Energy Code requirements for HVAC systems, domestic hot water and battery storage.

Learning Objectives include:

  • Cite the date when 2022 Energy Code requirements will go into effect
  • Describe how 2019 Nonresidential occupancy classifications have been reorganized in 2022 Energy Code along with their corresponding code sections
  • Discuss updates to 2022 Prescriptive HVAC and domestic hot water requirements related to preparation for future Nonresidential all-electric buildings
  • Recognize when solar photovoltaic and battery systems are required in Nonresidential buildings
  • Identify online resources for more guidance on these topics

The 2022 Energy Code (Title 24, Part 6) has revised requirements for Nonresidential, Hotel/Motel and Multifamily envelope features, including roofing products and insulation, wall, raised floor, fenestration, and solid door for all scopes of work (New Construction, Additions and Alterations). We will review these requirements, as well as how the Energy Code has been reorganized to support Multifamily buildings.

Learning Objectives include:

  • Determine which section(s) of the 2022 Energy Code apply to Nonresidential, Hotel/Motel and Multifamily buildings
  • Discuss the envelope (roof, walls, floors, fenestration, solid doors) requirements under the 2022 Energy Code for Nonresidential, Hotel/Motel and Multifamily buildings
  • Recognize how the Energy Code requirements for newly built spaces differs from the requirements for altered spaces
  • Discover where and how to document compliance with the Certificate of Compliance (NRCC), Certificate of Installation (NRCI) and Certificate of Acceptance (NRCA)

Wondering what’s on the horizon with the new California Energy Code (Title 24, Part 6)? Join us for this presentation focused on what’s new for nonresidential mechanical systems. We will review the 2022 Energy Code Mandatory and Prescriptive requirements for nonresidential HVAC and Covered Processes such as warehouse and commercial refrigeration, process boilers, computer rooms and controlled environment horticulture. We also will take a look at the new requirements for service water heating in nonresidential, hotel/motel and multifamily buildings.

Learning Objectives include:

  • Describe the changes to nonresidential HVAC Mandatory and Prescriptive measures
  • Identify major updates to the mechanical system covered process requirements
  • Recognize the new requirements for domestic/service hot water systems for nonresidential, hotel/motel and multifamily occupancies
  • State (or identify) when the 2022 Energy Code requirements go into effect
  • Locate sources for more guidance on this topic

The 2022 Energy Code marks significant changes for Residential occupancies, including new Mandatory and Prescriptive measures that pave the way for future Single-family all-electric residences and zero net carbon design (ZNCD). Join us for this one-hour presentation where we review the all-electric preparation requirements of the Energy Code, associated solar photovoltaic (PV) exemptions, requirements for heat pump space heating and domestic hot water, and battery-ready electrical panel configuration, as well as how all-electric homes relate to ZNCD.

Learning Objectives include:

  • Describe how Residential occupancy classifications have been reorganized in 2022 Energy Code
  • Discuss updates to the 2022 Energy Code that set the stage for future all electric Single-family residences, including Mandatory requirements and Prescriptive requirements involving heat pump space heating and domestic hot water
  • Recognize when solar photovoltaic and battery systems are required in Single-family homes
  • Explain how "all electric" is a necessary, but not necessarily sufficient, requirement for achieving ZNCD
  • Given examples of alternative design options for a single-family home, identify which, if any, of the options achieve ZNCD
  • Identify online resources for more guidance on these topics

This hour-long Code Breaker focuses on requirements in California’s 2022 Single-family Energy Code (Title 24, Part 6) for indoor and outdoor lighting luminaires and controls. We will also review resources available from the industry supporting Single-family lighting design and installation.

Learning Objectives include:

  • Recognize that Energy Code Mandatory Measures require use of only "high-efficacy“ lighting and address two types of lighting sources that would qualify (lighting that is automatically high efficacy and lighting certified, and marked as high efficacy per JA8
  • Identify Mandatory Measures for lighting controls by location
  • Identify specific lighting technologies that meet the 2022 high-efficacy requirements including JA8 certified products
  • Identify available lighting resources and interactive tools provided by Energy Code Ace, the California Energy Commission and other industry resources

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) are becoming an important form of housing in California but designing and building these units to comply with the 2019 Energy Code can be challenging. This course covers the Prescriptive requirements that apply to new ADUs and discusses both minimum requirements and design options for compliance.

Learning Objectives include:

  • Determine if an ADU is considered an addition, or a new residential building
  • Consider envelope options for ADU additions and new ADUs
  • Describe the renewable energy requirements for ADU additions and new ADUs (PV / Battery)
  • Identify the HVAC/Domestic hot water (DHW) equipment and HERS verification measures options that provide ADU design flexibility and how utility source impacts those choices

Understanding the solar photovoltaic (PV) requirements for new single-family and low-rise multifamily buildings under the 2019 Energy Code can be daunting. Join us for this presentation where we review not only the minimum PV requirements of the Energy Code, but also PV exemptions. We also explore how battery storage systems can support design flexibility.

Learning Objectives include:

  • Describe when renewables are required for compliance with the 2019 Energy Code
  • Determine the minimum PV kW required by the Energy Code
  • Describe how an all-electric design may dictate a different PV strategy than a mixed-fuel design
  • Outline appropriate strategies for battery storage credits to support building design flexibility
  • Identify where to go for more guidance on this topic
This program is funded by California utility customers and administered by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E®), and Southern California Edison Company (SCE) under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.

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