CPUC and CEC Joint Public Workshop on Building Decarbonization - SB 1477 Pilots (BUILD and TECH)

 July 30, 2019, 10 AM to 3:30 PM
CPUC Auditorium
505 Van Ness Ave.
San Francisco, CA  94102

(The workshop will be simulcast at the Energy Commission, address below, with opportunity to participate via WebEx.™)

Warren-Alquist State Energy Building
Imbrecht Hearing Room
1516 Ninth Street, Sacramento, CA, 95814

Both locations are Wheelchair Accessible


WebEx event title - Public Workshop: Building Decarbonization

WebEx event number: 928 257 414

WebEx link: https://energy.webex.com/energy/onstage/g.php?MTID=ea85650bf07a92b71b142bfe98af57c8d


WebEx call-in toll-free number: 1-866-469-3239

WebEx call-in toll number: 1-650-429-3300

Presentations will be available at www.cpuc.ca.gov/buildingdecarb in advance of the workshop


 Rory Cox at rory.cox@cpuc.ca.gov or 415-703-1093

Abhi Wadhwa at Abhilasha.Wadhwa@cpuc.ca.gov or 916-823-4774


The California Public Utilities Commission and California Energy Commission will be hosting a joint agency workshop on building decarbonization.  The objectives of the workshop are to share the highlights of the staff proposal for the SB 1477 pilot programs (BUILD and TECH), and to discuss possible approaches to fire rebuilding programs based on lessons learned from the “Advanced Energy Rebuild” program in Sonoma and Mendocino counties.


In September 2018, Governor Brown signed two bills into law related to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from buildings, SB 1477 (Stern) and AB 3232 (Friedman).  SB 1477 calls on the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to develop, in consultation with the California Energy Commission (Energy Commission), two programs (BUILD and TECH) aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions associated with buildings.  AB 3232 calls on the Energy Commission to, by 2021, develop an assessment of the feasibility of reducing the greenhouse gas emissions of California's buildings 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030, working in consultation with the CPUC and other state agencies.

In January 2019, the CPUC instituted a new rulemaking on building decarbonization.  The proposed scope of the rulemaking includes: 1) implementing SB 1477; 2) potential pilot programs to address new construction in areas damaged by wildfires; 3) coordinating CPUC policies with Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency Standards and Title 20 Appliance Efficiency Standards developed at the Energy Commission; and 4) establishing a building decarbonization policy framework. This workshop will largely be a review of a staff proposal for phase 1, and a case study on a post-fire rebuilding program to help inform phase 2.

Presentations will be posted here after the workshop.

Workshop Agenda

10:00 – 10:15: Welcome and introduction  

Rory Cox, CPUC

Martha Brook, CEC

10:15 – 11:00: Post-fire Construction: Lessons from the Advance Energy Rebuild Program

Nic Dunfee, TRC

11:00 – 11:45: Prize concept for innovation

Christine Harada, i(x) Investments

Alison LaBonte, CPUC

11:45 – 12:45: Lunch

12:45 – 1:45: Pilot guidelines and parameters BUILD and TECH 

Martha Brook, CEC  

 1:45 – 2:30 – TECH Program  

Rory Cox, CPUC

2:30 to 3:15 – BUILD Program

Martha Brook, CEC

SB 1477 Pilots Appendix Slides (Not shown at workshop)

Video recording of Webex




A Public Workshop is an informal, non-transcribed event meant to inform and educate; it is not on the record, although a subsequent ruling could ask for parties to comment on the record on what was presented. All panels will be workshop style and include a presentation followed by audience Q&A.  As a result, all opportunity for public comment will occur at the end of each panel.


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