Codes & Policies Sessions
Open to all registered attendees & exhibitors
|Thursday, June 29|
9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Mitigating the Inclusionary Housing Requirement
For builders with an obligation to provide affordable housing as part of a new development, this is a critical panel discussion. We have assembled a panel of master developers and affordable housing experts who have developed industry leading best practices for successfully integrating inclusionary housing into master plan developments and to maximizing residual land value for the master developer. Attendees will learn how affordable housing developers leverage public and private funding sources, work with local housing agencies to structure the product type and timing for delivery of the affordable housing units, and design a cost efficient product that will fit seamlessly into your development.
Borre Winckel, President and CEO, BIA San Diego County
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Selling Zero: The Risk, Reward, and Reality of Marketing ZNE
RISK — ZNE as a home feature can be a differentiator, providing leading-edge builders with a marketing advantage between now and 2020, when ZNE becomes a code requirement. However, forward-looking construction defect attorneys acknowledge that it can also become a major liability as home buyers begin to realize that Zero Net Energy does not mean "Zero Energy Costs", and aggressive construction defect litigators look for angles to exploit the disconnect between perception and reality of ZNE home operating expenses. This disconnect is exasperated by the varied definitions of ZNE including Site Energy, Source Energy, Time Dependent Valuation (TDV) Energy, and an Energy Design Rating. Attorney John Musitano specializes in construction defect insurance & risk management for homebuilders, giving him a unique, forward-looking perspective on the risks posed by ZNE labeling on new homes—but perhaps more importantly, on how disclosures and home warranties can be worded to help avoid these risks.
REWARD — Market research recently conducted by ConSol and Opinion Dynamics provides new insight into perceptions and realities of Zero Net Energy as a concept—and as a marketing tool—for single family homes. Surveys and in-depth interviews reveal preferences, biases, and misconceptions of the modern home shopper with respect to ZNE and related topics, such as all-electric home designs, energy storage, and home energy management systems. Further, real estate "market actors" including realtors, appraisers, mortgage brokers—and even Fannie and Freddie—weigh in on ZNE and how it should be accounted for, valued, and underwritten in today’s primary and secondary capital markets.
REALITY — Over the past decade, three-generation California production homebuilder De Young Properties has lead the way in high performance home design and construction in the San Joaquin Valley of California. Through constant improvement to stay ahead of California's ever-increasingly stringent Title-24 energy code, they have been able to leverage their unique designs as a way of differentiating from their competition. In addition, they have designed and built two Zero Net Energy homes and are already working on designing a full-scale ZNE community. The technical challenges of designing and building to ZNE are only half the battle—the value proposition of energy-efficiency and ZNE must be tailored and clearly communicated to their buyers in order for their projects to be successful. Just what this message includes can vary considerably between left-leaning coastal markets where buyers consistently list environmental stewardship as purchase-decision motivator, to DeYoung Properties’ market in the Fresno MSA, a region which is mostly conservative politically. Brandon De Young, Executive Vice President, has a unique perspective on the local market and how to communicate the value of energy-related features to his clientele.
Garth Torvestad, Senior Technical Consultant, ConSol
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
Crafting the Specific Plan
Specific Plans are a powerful tool to implement and entitle a variety of Land Planning projects. This session will present new ideas toward the crafting, timely completion, process, and implementation of an effective and visionary Specific Plan. This distinguished speaker team will present two land planning case studies from all sides of the table – including the developer, public official, and legal perspective. What goes into a successful Specific Plan, potential pitfalls to avoid, and implementation strategies you can take back to your office will be covered in a dynamic conversation you won’t want to miss!
John Leehey, Director of Planning, Danielian Associates, Inc
1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
Building Practices to Reduce Water, Mold, & Moisture Issues
New energy efficient construction requirements are creating wall systems that have much slower drying potential and reduced capacity for inward and outward drying. The result is a greater potential for expensive moisture related wall defects and failures. Steve Easley uses pictures from his forensic experience to examine field failures of cladding systems used in commercial buildings. Steve provides simple, cost effective solutions to prevent water related damage and how to reduce costly defects. This class will also site current research that supports the value for ventilated cladding systems.
Steve Easley, Owner/Principal, Easley & Associates
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Home Water Reuse: The Short Cut to Super Water Efficiency
One might argue that home buyers don't need a green lawn, but they sure do want one. Or you might argue that they don't want a Water Reuse System, but they sure do need one!
State-mandated watering restrictions during the 2015 drought emergency drove home our precarious relationship with water. New home buyers will increasingly want to buy into communities that can ensure water supplies even during the lean years. As builders, we can build homes that are vastly more resilient to drought by reusing the same water that first came on site for washing our clothes and ourselves -- e.g. grey water.
This session looks at the practicality and cost effectiveness of building new homes so they can take advantage of grey water.
Three different approaches will be explored and compared:
Bob Hitchner, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Nexus eWater, Inc.