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CodeBreakers – Photovoltaic and Battery Storage for Residential Buildings

September 8 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm

1.0 LU/HSW




Understanding the solar photovoltaic (PV) requirements for new single-family and low-rise multifamily buildings under the 2019 Energy Code can be daunting.  Join us for this one-hour presentation where we review not only the minimum PV requirements of the Energy Code, but also PV exemptions. We also explore how battery storage systems can support design flexibility.


  • Describe when renewables are required for compliance with the 2019 Energy Code
  • Determine the minimum PV kW required by the Energy Code
  • Describe how an all-electric design may dictate a different PV strategy than a mixed-fuel design
  • Outline appropriate strategies for battery storage credits to support building design flexibility l Identify where to go for more guidance on this topic


Nick Brown is a Certified Energy Analyst and expert in energy modeling and energy efficient building, with 20 years’ experience in the homebuilding industry. He is a subject matter expert on the statewide Energy Code Ace team that is responsible for energy code education, and he teaches classes for Southern California Edison on Net Zero Design, Clean Energy Homes, and Energy Code for Residential Architects. Nick spent 15 years as president of a building materials manufacturer prior to founding Build Smart, an independent energy consultancy. Nick has remodeled his own house to be net zero energy in a deep energy retrofit in 2014.

Presented in partnership with

Southern California Edison