BayREN trainings are available to educate local government officials and the private sector building community in key aspects of code compliance and enforcement. Each course below is ICC CEU certified and each registrant will receive 0.1 CEUs upon completion. Training topics are offered as a series and each training series addresses specific energy code compliance strategies and best practices. Trainings can be delivered as a 60 to 90 minute Short Course or a 3 to 4 hour Long Course.  If you plan to schedule all training series, BayREN suggests taking the trainings in the order in which they are listed. For learning objectives and more detailed descriptions of the following trainings, please click here.

To request trainings, please complete the training request form here and email a copy to codes@bayren.org. Trainings are delivered on-site at your jurisdiction, Monday through Friday.

There is a brand NEW training on heat pump water heaters –what they are, how they’re similar to and different from other water heaters, what the code requirements are, what you need to look for on the plans and in the forms, and what you need to look for when inspecting in the field.

Expand the Residential In-Person Trainings section below to learn more about the Heat Pump Water Heater Training.


Residential In-Person Trainings

Residential Heat Pump Water Heaters

Description: Heat pump water heaters (HPWHs) are an increasingly popular technology that are a highly efficient means of providing hot water to houses.  This training will describe HPWHs, when HPWHs are allowed under the 2016 and 2019 Codes, code requirements for installation, and how to complete compliance forms.

Topics Covered: Overview of water heater technologies and trends, identifying HPWHs in the field, Energy Code requirements for HPWH installations and replacements, Energy Code compliance forms, and requirements specific to HPWHs.
Download a copy of the Heat Pump Water Heater 2016 Energy Code Assistance Sheet here.

Target Audience: Permit technicians, plan checkers, and field inspectors

Duration: Short Course (60 min)


Residential HERS Registry Training for Building Departments

Description: This introductory-level course explores the advantages of using the online HERS registry to track and verify compliance forms electronically. Course includes a live demonstration of projects for the jurisdiction in training. Attendees will need to bring addresses for specific projects.

Topics Covered: CalCERTS HERS registry, what projects are required to be in the registry, how to track CF1R, CF2R and CF3R forms electronically so hard copies do not need to be printed.

Target Audience: Permit technicians, plan checkers, field inspectors.

Duration: Short Course (60-90 min)


Residential New Construction

Description: This introductory-level course provides a basic review of residential new construction energy codes.

Topics Covered: Comprehensive residential energy code compliance processes, compliance forms, prescriptive and performance approaches, and HERS features, with a focus on new construction, larger additions.

Target Audience: Inexperienced permit technicians, plan checkers, field inspectors.

Duration: Short Course (60-90 min), or Long Course (3-4 hrs)


Residential Forms and Permit Submittals for Additions

Description: This introductory-level course explores specific instruction on residential additions. Course extends content learned in Residential New Construction Course (RNC-S).

Topics Covered: Comprehensive residential energy code compliance processes, compliance forms, prescriptive and performance approaches, and HERS features.

Target Audience: Plan checkers, field inspectors.

Duration: Short Course (60-90 min)


Residential Alterations Compliance

Description: This introductory-level course will explain how to process residential alterations projects, which are mostly over-the-counter permits such as HVAC changeouts, window replacements and water heater replacements

Topics Covered: CalCERTS HERS registry, what projects are required to be in the registry, how to track CF1R, CF2R and CF3R forms electronically so hard copies do not need to be printed.

Target Audience: Permit technicians, plan checkers, field inspectors.

Duration: Short Course (60-90 min)


Residential Envelope Compliance

Description: This intermediate-level course investigates residential envelope compliance issues.

Topics Covered: Residential envelope components (windows, ceilings, walls, floors, etc.), forms, HERS features, plan check and field inspection issues specific to residential envelope.

Target Audience: Plan checkers, field inspectors.

Duration: Short Course (60-90 min), or Long Course (3-4 hrs)


Nonresidential In-Person Trainings


Nonresidential New Construction

Description: This introductory-level course will provide a basic review of nonresidential new construction energy codes.

Topics Covered: Comprehensive nonresidential energy code compliance processes, compliance forms, prescriptive and performance approaches, commissioning, and acceptance testing, with a focus on new construction, larger additions.

Target Audience: Inexperienced permit technicians, plan checkers, field inspectors

Duration: Short Course (60-90 min)


Nonresidential Fenestration Compliance

Description: This intermediate-level course will explore nonresidential envelope compliance issues, specifically verifying fenestration performance values.

Topics Covered: Nonresidential window types (manufactured, site built, field fabricated, etc.), plan check and field inspection issues specific to nonresidential fenestration.

Target Audience: Plan checkers, field inspectors

Duration: Short Course (60-90 min)


Nonresidential Mechanical Compliance

Description: This intermediate-level course will explore nonresidential mechanical system compliance issues.

Topics Covered: The short course focuses on mechanical ventilation. The long course also covers other mechanical systems, compliance forms, controls and acceptance testing.

Target Audience: Plan checkers, field inspectors

Duration: Short Course (60-90 min), or Long Course 3-4 hrs


Nonresidential Lighting Compliance

Description: This intermediate-level course will explore lighting compliance and their implications for plan review and field inspection.

Topics Covered: The short course focuses on indoor lighting forms, process, and acceptance tests. The long course also covers lighting power density, controls, and daylit spaces, in addition to topics covered in short course.

Target Audience: Plan checkers, building inspectors, building officials

Duration: Short Course (60-90 min), or Long Course 3-4 hrs


Nonresidential Tenant Improvements and Alterations

Description: This intermediate-level course will explore nonresidential tenant improvements and alterations compliance issues.

Topics Covered: Nonresidential tenant improvement compliance process, including documentation and field inspection.

Target Audience: Plan checkers, field inspectors

Duration: Short Course (60-90 min)