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Who: Current and future contractors, designers, architects, developers and suppliers should attend this free event along with those planning on building a home in the area
What and Why ZNE:

Come and listen to veteran architects, contractors, educators, developers and our local utilities discuss upcoming building code requirements of Zero Net Energy (ZNE) buildings that California has adopted. 2020 for homes and 2030 for commercial buildings.
With the code changing, it will be easier to implement and transition if we know the basics behind why the change and how to change. The featured industry experts will be explaining what ZNE means; different techniques they have already tried, what worked and what didn’t. The goal is to start to develop what resources are available to educate building professionals about ZNE and how to implement some of the different techniques.
The hope is to give our local professionals a head start in this transition, making them more knowledgeable and giving them ways to add value to their services for their clients. Removing the barriers in the transition to more efficient, less expensive and more comfortable homes and buildings.
Shoptalk will be a series of short presentations in an active format. Speakers will have 5 to 15 minutes, with the hope that the different perspectives will provide a fresh outlook, allowing for a broader 30,000 ft. view.
Light snacks and drinks will be provided along with flash drives or links of the presentations and resources.
The speakers list includes;

Opening speaker – TBA
The New Building institute – Why ZNE
SCE – coming regulations are still unknown, but this is what they are based on
So Cal Gas – broad strokes and what we can get started on
USGBC – technology, materials, resources, monitoring and websites to help.
COD – building our valleys future workforce
Architect Lance O’Donnell / O2 Architecture – Identifying geographic and social specifics of the project
Architect Maria Song / Interactive design – sharing the experience of designing for ZNE
Brad Shuckhart / Freehold communities – Designing developments from a sustainable perspective
Frank Harrison / The General Air – adapting your business model to a changing market.