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COTE Presents: 2022 Code Breaker – Single Family All Electric

February 28 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm

1.0 LU/HSW

Free Registration open only to AIA Members | General Admission opens February 7

AIA Long Beach / South Bay Committee on the Environment (COTE) & Southern California Edison, a Collaborative Partnership


The 2022 Energy Code has introduced significant changes for Residential occupancies, from how these occupancies are to be classified and organized within the code to the introduction of new Mandatory and Prescriptive measures facilitating preparation for future single-family all electric residences. Join us for this one-hour presentation where we review not only the all-electric preparation requirements of the Energy Code, but also PV exemptions. We will also explore preparation for future all-electric buildings in the Energy Code requirements for heat pump space heating, domestic hot water and battery-ready electrical panel configuration. This program is intended to meet 1.0 credit hour toward state Zero Net Carbon Design education requirements for architects.

Learning objectives:

  • Describe how 2019 Residential occupancy classifications have been reorganized in 2022 Energy Code along with their corresponding code sections;
  • Discuss updates to 2022 Mandatory Measures and Prescriptive requirements involving preparation for future single-family all electric residences that will support building decarbonization and Zero Net Carbon design;
  • Recognize when solar photovoltaic and battery systems are required in single-family homes;
  • Discuss 2022 updates to Prescriptive requirements involving heat pump space heating and domestic hot water;
  • Identify online resources for more guidance on these topics.


Nick Brown



Nick Brown is President of Build Smart, an independent energy consultancy specializing in California energy modeling, energy code, and building performance that supports builders and architects in designing energy-efficient buildings.  Nick is a Certified Energy Analyst (CEA) for residential and an Associate Energy Analyst (AEA) for nonresidential construction by the California Association of Building Energy Consultants (CABEC).  He is a Subject Matter Expert on the Energy Code Ace statewide education team and teaches classes for Southern California Edison on Net Zero Design, All-electric Homes, Heat Pumps, and Selling Clean Energy Homes.  As part of a CalSEED team, Nick is currently researching phase change material applications in HVAC systems.  Nick was elected to the Board of Directors of CABEC beginning in 2018.  He holds a BA in Economics from Princeton University and an MBA in Manufacturing from the University of Michigan.  He remodeled his own home in 2014 in a deep energy retrofit and has written and presented extensively on Net Zero buildings, high-performance walls, and energy efficient building.  Prior to starting Build Smart, he served as President of Merlex Stucco for 15 years, a $15 million Southern California stucco manufacturer.

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Energy Efficiency Education Program in partnership with Southern California Edison