Will the Updated California Building Code Foster Sustainable Development? (NON-MEMBERS-use this form to register)


The 2019 California Building Code goes into effect January 1, 2020. Cities across the Westside and the State are analyzing the new legislation, adopting amendments or “reach codes” to supplement the State Code in order to encourage new buildings to use less energy and water, as well as incorporate better construction practices. Meanwhile green building programs such as LEED Certification, Fitwel Certification, and the Living Building Challenge are on the rise. Developers, architects and engineers are developing creative and innovative approaches to implement sustainable design features, materials, and building systems within the constraints of the various codes. But the question remains: do new processes and requirements create bridges to sustainable development - or layer on more obstacles creating barriers to such development?  
What additional tools, code upgrades, and systems are now available to green leaders in Los Angeles to keep moving toward sustainable design and operations? How should we solve roadblocks—technological constraints, long permitting and approval processes, budget limitations (design, development, materials, and operational budgets), and limited information about proven techniques—that inhibit the potential for innovation?  
This month, WUF brings together a panel of professionals who collaborate on buildings that use less energy and water, adapt to a changing climate, and abandon fossil fuels. This ’Green Team’ will share lessons learned and help us uncover what policies can—and should—be implemented to speed up the process of adapting to our precarious future.   

Mariam Mojdehi
, AIA, LEED AP, Senior Associate,  Frederick Fisher & Partners
Andy Reilman
, Managing Principal, Integral Group
Osama Younan, Executive Officer, LA Department of Building and Safety
Natalie Allan Teear, Vice President, Sustainability and Social Impact, Hudson Pacific Properties

Ted Flanigan, CEO, Ecomotion

Helms Design Center @ the Helms Bakery campus
8745 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA  90232
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Available in the adjacent, interior parking garage at 8711 Washington Blvd., Culver City (look for the red banners), or ample street parking, or via the Expo Light Rail line, one block to the east of Helms Bakery.


7:15am  Registration
7:30am  Breakfast
7:45am  Panel Discussion

$50  members
$65  nonmembers
$10  student members
$15  student nonmembers

Pre-registration closes on Wednesday, September 18, 2019. After September 18, 2019 and at onsite registration the cost will be an additional $10. No refunds or credits will be provided after this date.


September 20, 2019 at 7:15am - 9am
Helms Design Center
8745 Washington Blvd
Culver City , CA 90232
United States
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Christyne Buteyn · · 310-322-1520
$40.00 USD