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    Reach Codes / Gas Bans / Electrification: What Architects Need to Know

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PDT

    A growing number of California cities have passed gas bans in new construction to help fight climate change and improve occupant health. Berkeley, San Jose, and San Francisco now require new buildings to be fully electrified with limited exceptions.

    This panel conversation includes energy consultant Gina Rodda, architect Cate Leger, and sustainability consultant Amy Rider, who will answer major questions about all-electric design considerations when pursuing projects in California cities with Gas Bans and Reach Codes. Using single family residential examples, we will review questions such as: “Why all-electric?”; “How to keep up with the regs?”; “What are the design considerations?”; “Where can I find resources?” and “What about the environment?” Audience Q&A is welcomed during the presentation.

    Thanks to the generous support of Energy Code Ace, registration for this program is free and open to the public.


    This course is approved by AIASF to provide 1.5 HSW learning units to AIA member attendees.


    Learning objectives

    1. Understand why California cities are adopting gas bans and Reach Codes limiting use of natural gas in new construction.
    2. Identify which building features support an all-electric design, and which support a mixed-fuel design.
    3. Locate tools and resources that help a designer stay up to speed on gas bans, Reach Codes, and design options supporting all-electric designs.
    4. Evaluate if your project’s carbon footprint goals, including concerns around refrigeration, are in line with California carbon neutrality potential future legislation.


    About the Speakers

    Gina Rodda CEA, LEED AP
    Principal at Gabel Energy

    Gina Rodda has been in the energy modeling field since 1991 and is the current owner of Gabel Energy (Castro Valley, CA). She is an instructor of several full day IOUs Codes and Standards trainings (Energy Code Ace) on the Residential and Nonresidential Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency Standards for building department staff, energy consultants, architects, contractors and design engineers. Additionally, she is a Certified Energy Analyst (CEA) through CABEC, and a LEED AP specializing in nonresidential energy modeling for Title24 Part 6 and LEED.

    Cate Leger
    Architect with Leger Wanaselja Architecture in Berkeley CA

    For over 25 years Cate Leger has focused on making green architecture beautiful. Her firm has been published widely and received many awards for its explorations and innovations in green design. She has prioritized all electric design for more than 15 years. For the last 4 years she has been on the City of Berkeley Energy Commission, focusing on reducing city wide greenhouse gas emissions. Cate received her M Arch from UC Berkeley and worked for green architecture leaders William McDonough and Sim Van Der Ryn before joining Karl Wanaselja to create Leger Wanaselja Architecture.

    Amy Rider, LEED AP
    Principal Consultant for Archamy

    Amy Rider is the Principal Consultant for Archamy Consulting a green building and sustainability consultancy firm and is acting as the Local Government Lead for the Building Decarbonization Coalition. She has held positions with local government agencies and consulting firms for 20 years, working to optimize local climate change response through education, behavior change and technology implementation.


    Event Sponsor

    EnergyCodeAce.com is a “one-stop shop” offering no-cost tools, training and resources to help decode the requirements of California’s building energy code, Title 24, Part 6, and the Title 20 appliance standards. It’s funded by utility customers under the auspices of the CPUC and implemented by PG&E, SDG&E, SCE and SoCalGas.

    Thanks to the generous support of Energy Code Ace, registration for this program is free and open to the public.


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    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PDT
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