Chapter Meeting | The Future of Reach Codes
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Registration is closed, however you may still attend!

When: Thursday, January 16, 2020
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: XL Construction
851 Buckeye Court
United States
Contact: Chris Burnham
(408) 298-0611

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Connect with your peers over drinks and nibbles, and stay to hear presenters discuss: what does it mean to design and build all-electric? Learn the “why”, “what”, and “how” in a discussion that will help architects and building industry professionals understand how their practice will need to adjust as many municipal building departments are changing codes to allow, or require, all-electric in new building projects. Keep up to date as the future of architectural and building practice is changing in ways that will help mitigate the impacts of climate change.

6:00 - 7:00 PM Social hour with nibbles and drinks
7:00 - 8:00 PM Presentation

COST: Free to members (be sure to sign in)
$40 for non-members


Learning Objectives



  1. Illustrate how all-electric projects are more healthy for the building’s users as well as for our greater environmental well-being

  2. Provide examples of project strategies and key metrics associated all-electric buildings. Compare carbon footprints and energy performance of natural gas vs electric.

  3. Understand how all-electric changes the project life-cycle — from the design process and permitting to construction — when natural gas is eliminated in residential and commercial building.

  4. Know which local cities have adopted or are moving forward with Reach Codes, the extent of these new codes on different building types, and to anticipate future changes to code.


Peter Rumsey, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, CEM, FASHRAE

Founder and CEO, Point Energy Innovations

Peter is the founder and CEO of Point Energy Innovations, a new consulting firm focused on working directly with owners and developers in the US and globally on the next generation of profitable, low energy, high performance and decarbonized buildings and industrial facilities. He has received numerous awards including the Renewable Energy Innovator of the Year and ASHRAE’s prestigious Award of Engineering Excellence --only given 4 other times in ASHRAE’s 100-year history. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley and an ASHRAE Fellow. For over a decade, he has taught a graduate level course on advanced buildings at Stanford University.



Panama Bartholomy

Director, Building Decarbonization Coalition

Panama is the Director of the Building Decarbonization Coalition, a multi-sector forum advocating for and creating solutions for our pollution-intensive building stock. Previously, Panama was the European Director of the Investor Confidence Project where he worked to unlock capital markets for energy efficiency project development. Panama was the Advisor on Energy and Natural Resources to California Assembly Speaker John A. Perez. He has served as Deputy Director of the California Energy Commission’s Efficiency and Renewables Division and advisor for Chairwomen Douglas and Pfannenstiel.  He has worked for the California Conservation Corps on vocational environmental education, and ran the Sustainable Schools program for the Division of the State Architect. Panama served on the City of Sacramento Planning Commission and the County of Sacramento Environmental Commission, and is a former board member on the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and past president of the Northern California Chapter of the USGBC. He has worked on climate solutions in over 30-countries, presented at and collaborated on products from the United Nations, the International Energy Agency and the European Commission.

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