Free Webinar: All-Electric Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU’s) for Designers and Building Owners, August 14, 10am-12pm EST

  • 14 August 2024
  • Start time : 10:00 AM
  • End time : 12:00 PM
  • Event Host : Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E)
Free Webinar: All-Electric Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU’s) for Designers and Building Owners, August 14
Event Description

All-electric homes are becoming more and more common in California. Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are also becoming a common way to house people in California. This session offers a unique opportunity to tour a new 1-bedroom all-electric ADU built above an existing garage in Long Beach, and to see the systems required to build all-electric: heat pumps, heat pump water heaters, induction ranges, heat pump clothes dryers, and a 12-panel PV system.

Plus, we'll cover how this ADU was built using Structural Insulated Panel System (SIPS) and went up in 7 days! As a result of the owner’s focus on the building envelope, the ADU tested at Passivhaus airtightness and features a balanced ventilation system with a Heat Recovery Ventilator. Nick Brown, President of Build Smart Group, is the owner and will speak about the need to electrify homes to meet California’s climate goals.

The objective of this course is that at the conclusion, participants will be able to:

  • Identify and describe the all-electric systems necessary to build all-electric ADUs
  • Virtually tour the project and see first-hand the functionality of heat pump water heaters, SIPs panels, and Heat Recovery Ventilators.
  • Define the difference between Net Zero Energy and Net Zero Carbon
  • Detail the energy-saving benefits of a high-performance all-electric ADU


  • Host Company/Organization Name
    • Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E)
  • Agenda
    • - Introduction and safety message
      - Why ADUs
      - Why all-electric
      - How to design all-electric
      - Embodied carbon design
      - Lessons learned with this all-electric ADU
      - Zero net carbon design
      - Economics of an all-electric ADU
      - ADU energy performance so far
      - Class survey, closing and wrap up
  • Speakers / Presenters
    • Nick Brown

      Nick is responsible for energy modeling and sales. He brings 14+ years experience in the building industry, including stints running manufacturing companies making drywall and stucco products. He has managed key home builder relationships and learned from a materials standpoint how homes are built with energy‐ and cost‐efficiency as the goals. He holds a BA in Economics from Princeton University and an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Nick also completed a Green Building Certificate Program at California State University at Long Beach.
  • Event type
    • Online/Webinar

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