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2019 Energy Code for ADUs, Explained

May 13, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

What do I need to do for an ADU to comply with the 2019 energy code? This session will help clarify what’s required for all types of ADUs.

The energy code can feel confusing and complicated, and even more so for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) as a relatively new legal building type with multiple form factors and varying requirements. In particular, questions about how to apply the rules for solar, QII and hot water heating abound. Our instructor will help clarify the intent of the Energy Code and its applicability to ADUs. This 2-hour session is for builders, architects, designers, homeowners and anyone else who is thinking about, or in the process of building an ADU in California, and wants practical, clear guidance.

This session will cover:

  • An introduction to the basics of the current 2019 Title 24, Section 6 energy code
  • Definitions and clarifications of ADU types and which code applies
  • Identify relevant regulatory authorities for different ADU types
  • Best practices for modeling ADU’s estimated energy use
  • Plan check and inspection process tips and requirements and how they vary, along with how requirements have changed related to whole-building ventilation for ADUs, envelope requirements, and more.
  • Additional resources

The Instructor: Amie Brousseau, Energy Commission Specialist at the California Energy Commission (CEC). Amie specializes in building envelope requirements, developing resources and training materials to simplify the Energy Code. Amie began working with energy efficiency in 2011 doing energy audits and benchmarking for nonresidential buildings. She now enjoys reaching out to stakeholders across California with Energy Code presentations, materials, and information. She is also the editor for the CEC’s Blueprint newsletter which you can sign up for HERE.

What to Expect: This live-streaming, virtual Zoom Webinar event will be best viewed on a computer. There will be a presentation with an opportunity to ask questions both during and after the session.


May 13, 2021
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm