Q&A with Gina Rodda and Jill Marver: How Energy Code Ace can Help Reach Code Professionals
Gina Rodda (pictured above, left) is the Owner of Gabel Energy and has been in the energy modeling field since 1991. Gina is the instructor of several dozen full day Energy Code Ace trainings on the Residential and Nonresidential Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency Standards for building department staff, energy consultants, engineers, and architects. She is also a Title 24 energy analyst performing a wide range of responsibilities in both residential and non-residential construction pertaining to compliance standards and energy modeling and is a respected subject matter expert informing the statewide code development process.
Jill Marver (pictured above, right) is a Principal Program Manager who leads the Statewide Codes and Standards Team’s compliance improvement efforts. Jill has enjoyed working at PG&E for over 30 years supporting and managing multiple energy efficiency programs. Over the past ten years, Jill and her colleagues at Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas and Electric have launched a robust curriculum, tools and Energy Code Ace website intended to help the building and appliance industries simplify implementation of the State’s stringent energy standards. Jill is a University of the Pacific graduate with degrees in English and Communication.
Q: Tell us a little about Energy Code Ace and what it offers to the reach code community.
Gina: That’s a tall order! Energy Code Ace is really a comprehensive resource for information on statewide building efficiency standards. It encompasses in-person and virtual training, reference materials, checklists, trigger lists, interactive compliance tools, just about everything you can imagine to help a professional understand and comply with statewide standards.
Jill: The program really aims to advance the adoption and effective implementation of energy efficiency measures and building practices to lock in long-term energy savings. We all understand that adoption represents only the end of one chapter in the lifecycle of an energy efficiency measure, as the codes only have an impact if people comply with them.
Q: Can you give us some specific examples of tools and resources you think are especially valuable to local staff?
Gina: I think the Reference Ace is really timely right now. This online tool helps users navigate the Title 24, Part 6 Energy Code and Title 20 Standards documents. Features like “pop-up“ definitions of defined terms, key word search capabilities and hyperlinks allows users to jump directly to the specific sections of interest. It’s invaluable in helping local staff understand how the baseline standards have changed.
Jill: I have a hard time picking just one! Echoing Gina’s emphasis on helping professionals understand what is changing, I’d highly recommend the new Fact Sheets: What’s Changed for 2022. There are specific documents for Multifamily, Single Family Residential Buildings, and Nonresidential Buildings. We also have a full suite of trainings on the 2022 Standards, available as on-demand or live online. A lot of folks don’t realize they can request that Energy Code Ace deliver a virtual class to their group using the request training feature on the web site.
Q: Reach codes by definition “reach beyond” the minimum statewide standards, so how can information about compliance with statewide standards help local jurisdictions trying to move beyond them?
Gina: That’s a great question. Let me use heat pump technology as an example. Now, some jurisdictions have incorporated heat pump requirements into reach codes already, but many have not. And starting with the 2022 Standards, which become effective in January 2023, this technology is mandated in many building types. Local staff, regardless of their reach codes, can access a wealth of information related to heat pump technologies. One resource we’re currently developing, for instance, is a series of short videos about this technology. So local staff can use ECA information to educate local stakeholders as well as other jurisdiction staff. Or they can delve deeply into the heat pump resources if they’re exploring a reach code provision that might go beyond the 2022 requirements.
Jill: To add to Gina’s comment, it might be useful to think of Energy Code Ace as a comprehensive, foundational knowledge base and library of resources that undergirds the layer of specific resources focused on reach codes generated by the Reach Codes team. The two programs work collaboratively with a single goal: we’re all here to help local jurisdictions and stakeholders be successful in code implementation and compliance.
Q: What’s the best starting point for a newcomer?
Gina: Take two minutes to watch this video that will highlight all the resources energycodeace.com has to offer, then start exploring!
Jill: Or download this brochure to find out more about our no-cost tools, trainings and resources.