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California Energy Codes & Standards: Where We Are, Where We’re Going, and How We Can Get There
9:30 - 11:30 am | SESSION # S10
Codes & Compliance
Architects | Engineers | Lighting Designers | Other End Users
Beginner | Intermediate | Advanced
2.0 AIA LU; 2 BOMI CPD; 2 IDCEC; 2.0 IES; 2 LA-CES
Rita Renner, LEED GAEducation & OutreachCalifornia Energy Alliance
John Busch, LEED AP BD+C, CLCATTRegional Sales ManagerLeviton
Kenny SeetonPlant Manager/Energy ManagerCalifornia State University Dominguez Hills
Craig Ochoa, CALCTP, ATTCPLighting Control ManagerMorrow-Meadows Corporation
Peter StraitSupervisor - Standards DevelopmentCalifornia Energy Commission

Building Energy Efficiency Standards have been integral to California’s energy efficiency success, weathering massive change over the past 30 to 40 years due to dramatic population increases, shifting load profiles due to building use and technology innovation, and the rise of renewable generation sources. The legacy approach to code development faces new marketplace challenges, as more renewable generation deploys, EV use increases and building professionals demand future-proof codes to keep up with swiftly evolving technology. This session offers a highly interactive roundtable, bringing together attendees and a range of building professional stakeholders to explore the challenges and opportunities in future California energy code development.

  • Attendees get a comprehensive review of energy code developments over the past two to three code cycles as well as proposed changes in upcoming cycles.
  • Panelists will share perspectives from all aspects of the built environment: from contractors to manufacturers to compliance professionals and end users.
  • Participants will share challenges and concerns related to specific code provisions as well as opportunities to advance building design and energy efficiency objectives.
  • Attendees will learn about opportunities to participate in policy development so the design and building communities can ensure sound code frameworks and streamlined compliance pathways.
Rita Renner, LEED GA
Education & Outreach
California Energy Alliance

Seasoned in clean-tech and energy efficiency, Rita A. Renner has held senior marketing and outreach positions at numerous industry leaders including Echelon and Wattstopper. She is currently the Outreach and Education lead for the California Energy Alliance. She is is a LEED Green Associate and a member of the IES.

Regional Sales Manager

John Busch's career includes: design-build electrical designer, field applications engineer, and holds a C-10 in California. As Leviton's EMC&A RSM Southwest, John teaches on California Title 24, Big3 Energy Codes (ASHRAE90.1, IECC, and Title24), and other energy topics. John is Chair of California Energy Alliance Codes and Standards Improvement Committee.

Kenny Seeton
Plant Manager/Energy Manager
California State University Dominguez Hills

Kenny Seeton is the Central Plant/Energy Manager for Cal State Dominguez Hills, responsible for the heating, cooling and maintenance of approximately 1.2 million ft2 of classroom and office space, as well as Central Plant equipment. As the campus energy manager, he also oversees all lighting retrofits, MBCx on buildings, and HVAC optimization and controls.

Craig Ochoa, CALCTP, ATTCP
Lighting Control Manager
Morrow-Meadows Corporation

Over the last 30 years Craig has worked in every market vertical of the electrical construction Industry, currently managing and developing the Lighting Controls Department of Morrow-Meadows Corporation, a large Design-Build Electrical Contracting and Engineering firm. Craig also serves on the Executive and other committees of the California Energy Alliance.

Peter Strait
Supervisor - Standards Development
California Energy Commission

A longstanding employee of the Energy Commission's Efficiency Division, Peter Strait supervises the Standards Development Unit responsible for updating California's Energy Code (Part 6 of the Building Standards Code). Alumni of both WSU Pullman and CSU Sacramento with a Master's and Bachelor's (respectively) in Environmental Science, Peter has previously worked as a lighting Subject Matter Expert in the Energy Commission's Appliance Efficiency Program.

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