This events page includes BayREN hosted events as well as third party hosted events from within the Bay Area Regional Energy Network. To request to have an event posted here, please email

The views expressed in the following presentations are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Association of Bay Area Governments, the Bay Area Regional Energy Network or the jurisdictions that BayREN represents. Any questions pertaining to the views and information within the presentations should be directed to the respective author(s).

Upcoming Events

  • Wed

    BayREN and Energy Code Ace On-Line Training: HERS-Verified Quality Insulation Installation (QII)

    9:30 am - 10:30 amAdobe Connect Webinar

    Date:  Wednesday, December 2, 2020

    Time:  9:30 am - 10:30 am

    Description:  This hour-long course focuses on prescriptive quality insulation installation (QII) requirements in the 2019 Energy Code for new low-rise Residential buildings of any size and additions greater than 700 ft². To avoid costly problems at the end of a project, QII needs to be considered throughout the process starting with the design drawings.  This training provides an overview of QII requirements, discusses how to keep a project on track to meet the requirements, and provides additional reference resources.

    Training developed and offered in partnership with Energy Code Ace.   

    Target Audience:  Building Department Staff, Contractors, and Building Professionals

    Sign Up Here

Past Forums & Workshops





  • Tue

    Regional Forum - Matching Supply with Demand: Preparing Local Governments for the Rise of Renewables and Its Impact on the Grid

    8:30AM - 12PMBay Area Metro Center, 375 Beale Street, San Francisco

    The last Regional Forum for 2017  "Matching Supply with Demand: Preparing Local Governments for the Rise of Renewables and Its Impact on the Grid" was held in San Francisco on October 24.

    The uptake of solar PV is becoming one of the most disruptive influences on the electricity grid. With the impending adoption of the 2019 Building Standards and with many local governments now implementing ordinances that mandate solar PV on new residential construction, this forum aimed to help local governments and the private sector understand the implications on the grid, and discuss how they can advance strategies at the local level to help stabilize the grid and mitigate integration impacts.

    Speakers Included:

    Cordel Stillman, Director of Programs, Sonoma Clean Power
    Chris Bradt, Senior Program Manager, Frontier Energy, Inc.
    Rory Cox, Senior Regulatory Analyst, California Public Utilities Commission
    Kelly Knutsen, Senior Policy Advisor, California Solar Energy Industries Association
    Mindy Craig, Principal, BluePoint Planning

  • Tue

    Regional Forum - Municipal Buildings Leading by Example

    8:30AM - 12PMOrinda Library Auditorium, 26 Orinda Way, Orinda


    Many local governments are setting and meeting ambitious targets aimed at improving energy efficiency in public buildings while encouraging the private sector to do the same. This forum showcased local case studies on municipal innovation, discussed the needs and trends in the commercial real estate industry, and assessed how stakeholders can help exchange knowledge between industry sectors. Representatives from the City of Richmond and the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), along with PG&E and consultants from DNV-GL formed a panel session to discuss municipal innovation, commercial building needs, and the nexus between the two.

  • Tue

    Regional Forum - Local Mandatory Solar Ordinance as a Pathway for New Residential ZNE Construction

    8:30AM - 12PM375 Beale Street, San Francisco


    The second quarterly Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN) Regional Forum, properly titled Local Mandatory Solar Ordinance as a Pathway for New Residential Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Construction, focused on informing local governments about the California Energy Commission’s (CEC) mandatory solar ordinance model and approval process. Over 70 people from building, energy and local government communities, including a legislative aide with the County of San Mateo Board of Supervisors, attended the event either in person or online which featured panel discussions and presentations from city managers and climate and energy experts.


  • Wed

    Partner Event: Innovation & Impact Symposium

    9:00AM - 5:00PM1065 La Avenida Street, Mountain View, CA


    The Innovation & Impact Symposium, presented by ProspectSV, will feature the latest developments in Energy, Mobility and the Built Environment. The region’s leaders from the startup, corporate, public and research communities will discuss what it takes to implement these ideas for maximum impact. With a Keynote Presentation by Steve Westly, and featuring speakers from Tesla, Microsoft, Integral Group, Navigant Research, and SoCal Edison, the event will connect you to like-minded visionaries!

    Date: June 14, 2017

    Location: Microsoft Conference Center, 1065 La Avenida Street, Mountain View, CA 94043

    Tickets: Available at Whova. Save 10% off the ticket price by using the event promo code "BAYREN"

    More information: Visit the Innovation & Impact Symposium website.


  • Tue

    Electric Heat Pumps for Domestic Space and Water Heating: Applications and Considerations

    9:00AM - 5:00PMBerkeley West Branch Library


    Course Description:

    As our electricity supply becomes cleaner as a result of increased use of renewables, electricity becomes an attractive fuel source to designers and builders interested in reducing residential greenhouse gas emissions and creating zero net energy buildings. This all-day class will focus on efficiency gains and emissions reductions from electric heat pumps in new and existing buildings and will cover the advantages and limitations of these systems, the available technology and refrigerant types, as well as Title 24 compliance considerations. It will be taught in two parts which may be taken together or separately, as follows:

    • 9 am to 12:00pm : “Space Heating” - The morning session will provide an overview of electric heat pumps for space heating for both ducted and ductless systems. It will include a discussion of indoor air quality issues, and building envelope considerations. Register online.
    • 12:pm to 1 pm – Networking lunch provided by BayREN (limited to those registered for both sessions)
    • 1 pm – 5 pm “Water Heating” - The afternoon session will provide an overview of heat pumps for water heating. It will include a discussion siting and sizing of equipment, as well as other water heating strategies such as solar thermal and recirculation pumps. Register online. 

    Date: Tuesday, June 6, 2017

    Location: Berkeley West Branch Library

    This course is Sponsored by PG&E under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission Public Goods Fund and hosted by the City of Berkeley, BayREN , and StopWaste.

  • Tue

    PHCA Heat Pump Water Heater Workshop

    3:00PM - 6:00PMBerkeley Public Library - West Branch


    Passive House California (PHCA), in collaboration with the City of Berkeley's Office of Energy & Sustainable Development, is hosting a workshop on heat pump water heaters.

    Join the workshop to explore this new technology:

    • Why install heat pump water heaters?
    • Manufacturers share their products
    • How to install them (residential and commercial)
    • What needs to be inspected and how can policy makers help?

    The event will include an open forum for audience discussion and questions, followed by refreshments and networking.

    This workshop is for: Water Heater Installers, Contractors, Policy Makers, Building Inspectors, Building Performance Contractors.

    Cost: Free for PHCA members, $10 for general public

    Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2017

    Time: 3.00pm - 6.00pm

    For registration, visit, and download the flyer for more information.

  • Thu

    Regional Forum - Household Electrification as a Pathway to On-Site ZNE

    9:00AM - 12:00PMDavid Brower Center, Tamalpais Room, Berkeley


    The focus of this workshop was to help local governments address misconceptions and questions about 2016 Title 24, Part 6 (Energy Code) implications for designing new, or applying deep energy retrofits for, all-electric low-residential buildings, which are expected to increase as local governments work to integrate state goals to achieve zero net energy (ZNE) buildings.

    Additional supporting resources:


  • Thu

    Expert Advice on Integrating Zero Net Energy Goals

    3:00 - 5:00PMSonoma Clean Power, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, 5th floor, Santa Rosa, CA 95401


    Join us for a two hour presentation aimed at supporting local governments working to integrate state goals to achieve zero net energy buildings (ZNE). Attendees will hear case studies on ZNE buildings, learn about new programs and tools to support local government including ZNE policy and plan development, as well as new research and emerging trends.

    Ralph DiNola, Chief Executive Officer of New Buildings Institute will be on hand to answer your questions and share resources to help attendees build knowledge on ZNE design and operation strategies, effective policies and codes, planning approaches, and how to support advancement of zero energy buildings. BayREN in partnership with the Sonoma County Regional Climate Protection Authority invite you to join us for this free event for local governments.

    Who should attend: City and county government officials, architects, engineers, building owners, planners, project managers, others interested in zero net energy.

    Cost: Attendance is free!

    RSVP: Please RSVP to Carolyn Glanton at or (707)565-5361.


    Brief overview of California state ZNE goals and policies
    National and California trends
    Spectrum of Government Approaches, Evaluation & Prioritization of Projects, Planning Charrettes, Funding
    Discussion – Barriers and opportunities
    Intro to Planning Process, ZNE Planning Workbook & Sample ZNE Plan
    Discussion – Stakeholder Mapping
    Overview of ZNE Communications Toolkit, Case Studies, Fact Sheets, ZNE Watch List, ZNE Action Bulletin



  • Thu

    Regional Forum - Energy Code Compliance for the 21st Century: A Showcase of Electronic Tools

    Marin County


    This Forum brought together Building industry professionals, including building department officials, architects, and contractors to learn about exciting electronic tools and resources developed to assist with energy code related responsibilities. This forum included dynamic breakout discussions facilitated by building industry professionals to develop strategies and best practices to promote greater uniformity in code interpretation in building departments throughout the Bay Area.

  • Tue

    Regional Forum - Collaboration on Energy Code Interpretations: Shared Challenges and Solutions

    San Francisco County


    This Forum brought together department staff, contractors and other building industry peers to share location-specific challenges and solutions stemming from inconsistent and confusing interpretations of the Energy Code. This forum included dynamic breakout discussions facilitated by building industry professionals to develop strategies and best practices to promote greater uniformity in code interpretation in building departments throughout the Bay Area.

  • Tue

    Regional Forum - Stakeholder Engagement in Energy Code Development

    Santa Clara County


    This Forum brought together department officials, contractors, architects, policy makers and energy consultants to engage with California Energy Commission staff and other policy implementers on how to improve the energy code development  This forum will also included a dynamic breakout discussions facilitated by building industry professionals to develop strategies, resources, and support networks to further enhance collaboration among the various industries responsible for complying and enforcing code.

    • Forum Agenda
    • Opening Remarks and Introduction | Juan Romero | Santa Clara County BayREN Representative
    • Presentations:
    • Panel Session: Advancing the Stakeholder Engagement Process in Energy Code Development
      • Moderator | Cal Broomhead | San Francisco County BayREN
      • Panelist | Cathy Chappell | TRC, Inc.
      • Panelist | Charles Cormany | Efficiency First
      • Panelist | Heriberto Rosales | California Energy Commission
      • Panelist | Peter Strait | California Energy Commission
      • Panelist | Jeff Pollock | California Association of Building Energy Consultants (CABEC)
      • Panelist | Jim Benya | Benya Burnett Consultancy
      • Panelist | Linda Derivi | American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • Tue

    Regional Forum - Policy and Implementation: Improving Energy Code Compliance for Small Cities

    Solano County


    This Forum brought together local and state government policy leaders, building department personnel, and energy consultants throughout the Bay Area region to share policies and programs influencing small cities. Featured topics included Existing Buildings Energy Efficiency Action Plan (AB 758), the BayREN Codes & Standards Regional Plan Check program, and a shortened version of the training course “Improving Energy Code Compliance in Low-Rise New Construction".

  • Tue

    Regional Forum - Recommendations, Best Practices, and Future Considerations for Improving Energy Code Compliance

    San Mateo County


    This Forum brought together building department personnel, local government policy leaders and energy consultants throughout the Bay Area region to learn about regional and statewide initiatives aimed at addressing energy code enforcement barriers and challenges, and hear the major findings from the Permit Resource Opportunity Program Final Report and Energy Guide (available here).

  • Tue

    Regional Forum - Creating a Sustainable Built Environment

    StopWaste of Alameda County


    At this Forum,  attendees learned valuable tools and resources for implementing critical policies relating to energy efficiency in community design and how to leverage existing policies and apply best practices that support the needs of their communities.