BayREN Codes and Standards Solar Ordinance Forum

More than 70 representatives from the local government, energy, and building sectors participated in the second BayREN Codes & Standards Regional Forum entitled Local Mandatory Solar Ordinance as a Pathway for New Residential Zero Net Energy Construction on June 27, 2017. Participants learned about the California Energy Commission's (CEC) new mandatory solar ordinance and approval process.

Featured panelists including city managers and climate and energy experts from throughout the region discussed the CEC solar ordinance and cost effectiveness study. Expert speakers shared their experiences in developing and implementing mandatory solar installation ordinances, and discussed the decarbonization of domestic hot water systems, and the residential solar marketplace. The event closed with a panel that explored the intricacies of implementing local ordinances to accelerate California climate and Zero Net Energy goals.

All presentation slides and recordings from all previous BayREN Codes and Standards (C&S) forums are available on the BayREN C&S website.

Upcoming Regional Forum

BayREN Codes & Standards

Municipal Buildings: Leading by Example

September 26th, 8:30 - 12 at the Orinda Lecture Hall, Orinda Library

There will be case studies of innovative municipal projects. Additional details will be posted on the BayREN C&S website in the coming weeks.

BayREN On-Demand Training

Three ICC approved BayREN trainings are now available to take online. BayREN on-demand trainings are designed to educate both local officials and the private sector building community in key aspects of code compliance and enforcement. Courses include "Residential Forms and Permit Submittals for Additions with HERS Registry", "Residential New Construction Compliance with HERS Registry" and "Residential Forms and Permit Submittals for Additions and New Construction Compliance". Each course is ICC CEU certified and each registrant will receive 0.1 CEUs upon completion.

The BayREN Codes & Standards Program is a joint effort of the Bay Area cities and counties to increase compliance with the California Energy Code.

For more information on BayREN C&S activities, to request an Energy Code training, take an on-demand training, or learn more about our future forums, please visit or email