Presentations from top experts on building sciences, trends and technologies include:
- Sam Rashkin, architect and pioneer of high-performance housing, author of Housing 2.0: A Disruption Survival Guide
- Helena Lidelöw, CTO of Volumetric Building Companies — a global leader in modular construction, providing high-quality, sustainably produced buildings in less time
- Stacy Smedley, executive director of Building Transparency — providing open-access data and tools to help builders evaluate embodied carbon levels in building materials
- Greg Leung, CEO of Connect Homes — an award-winning designer, builder and installer of single-family homes that are green, modern, efficient and beautiful
- C.R. Herro, EVP of Operations, bettr homes — builders of homes that are net-zero, all-electric, healthy, resilient, water conserving, and connected
- Bill Rectanus, COO of Thrive Home Builders — an award-winning builder of LEED certified homes, winner of the Indoor airPLUS Leader Award 5 years in a row
- Teri Slavik-Tsuyuki, tst ink, author of America At Home Study — a groundbreaking research project exploring post-pandemic changes in how Americans feel about home and community design
- Jake Medcalf, founder of Firm Foundation Community Housing — a nonprofit facilitator of innovative tiny home communities to create affordable housing solutions
- Sara Gutterman, CEO of Green Builder Media — North America’s leading green building media company, providing expertise on energy efficiency, healthy homes, connected living, and building science
- Arch Rao, founder & CEO of SPAN — award-winning reinventor of the 100-year-old electrical panel, helping to power homes with clean, renewable energy
- Zack Zimmerman, CRO of BamCore — a studless framing solution using timber bamboo to deliver a customized, code-compliant wall system
- Iman Novin, founder of ProforMap — a data-driven AI platform to streamline development of affordable housing
All Innovation & Solutions Stage presentations included with your PCBC registration. Learn more and register today!
Mark your calendars and join us at the following events supporting the California Homebuilding Foundation.
- Tuesday, June 21– Hall of Fame, Westin St. Francis, San Francisco
The California Homebuilding Foundation Hall of Fame has paid tribute to over 240 men and women who have a longstanding history of professional accomplishments, workplace excellence, leadership, and an unwavering commitment to the homebuilding industry. Join us as we honor as we honor homebuilding’s Hall of Fame Class of 2022.
- Tuesday, August 23– Summer Benefit Concert, Moonlight Amphitheater, San Diego
Rock with the California Homebuilding Foundation and HomeFed Corporation at the inaugural benefit concert featuring the PettyBreakers: A Tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers this summer. VIP Tickets Available for A Limited Time – Register Today
- Monday, September 19– Rancho Mission Viejo Fall Charity Golf Tournament, Mission Viejo
Rancho Mission Viejo invites you to the Arroyo Trabuco Golf Course in Orange County for a fun day of golf benefiting the California Homebuilding Foundation’s programs, scholarships, and high school construction training programs.
- Thursday, October 27– Workforce Diversity Mixer
Join the Foundation and CBIA Professional Women in Building at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, for a hosted, philanthropic networking cocktail hour celebrating diversity, equity, and inclusion in homebuilding.
- November 14– Parker Development Company and California Homebuilding Foundation Golf Tournament
The Parker Development Company is excited to bring you a day on the greens of Serrano Country Club in El Dorado Hills, for great day of golf benefitting the Foundation and its educational programs.
When you support a California Homebuilding Foundation event, you join a community of generous donors helping the Foundation continue to guide students on the limitless potential of future careers in the homebuilding industry. Foundation events bring awareness to important topics, such as workforce development, construction education, women in building, scholarships, and research.
Hall of Fame Scholarship Program is Currently Open
This year’s California Homebuilding Foundation Hall of Fame gathering brings together the best in homebuilding and has long been celebrated as the industry’s most prestigious celebration. Register online to purchase tickets or sponsor the 37th annual Hall of Fame gala on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, at the Westin St. Francis on Union Square in San Francisco.
Hall of Fame scholarship winners are a guest of the California Homebuilding Foundation at the 2022 Hall of Fame and are provided an excellent networking and speaking opportunity.
One of the most valued aspects of this gathering is the sociability and opportunity to interact and connect as we honor homebuilding’s Hall of Fame Class of 2022.
- Lucy Dunn, Orange County Business Council
- Emile Haddad, FivePoint Holdings, LLC
- Nancy Keenan, Dahlin Group Architecture | Planning
- Linda Mandolini, Eden Housing
- John W. Norman, Brookfield Properties Development
Congratulations to our accomplished and deserving honorees! For more information on the Hall of Fame gala or to reserve sponsorships, please contact CHF Executive Director, Terri Brunson at (916) 340-3340, or go to www.mychf.org.Secure your sponsorship today to ensure your company’s presence in front of a prestigious homebuilding audience.
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Congratulations to the Southern CA BITA Students on a Successful Design Build Competition
The California Homebuilding Foundation joins the Construction Industry Education Foundation (CIEF) in prioritizing construction workforce education training to California high school students.
Many of the participating Design Build teams spend a good part of the year planning and training for the event, and even though it becomes a competition with pride on the line, one of the most notable aspects is the enthusiasm of both students and instructors — and a definite spirit of mutual support and sharing knowledge among teams.
Participating Northern California BITA Schools: Antioch High School, Cordova High School, Galt High School, Lincoln High School, Lindhurst High School, Livingston High School, Luther Burbank, McCloud High School, Oakmont High School, River City High School-NCCT, Sutter Union High School, Whitney High School, & Woodcreek High School.
BITA Students Participate in the 2022 Design Build Competition Statewide
This year is the first year back since 2019 for in-person building for these students and this is a terrific opportunity for employers to find new talent to fill your entry-level positions.
These competitions encourage students to improve the quality of their work and Design Builds are a wonderful way to find new talented employees in a challenging labor market.
We hope you and your team will be able to attend a Design Build and visit with competing BITA teams. Employers are encouraged to bring company literature, business cards, and job applications.
California Homebuilding Foundation staff will be on-hand at SoCal and NorCal Design Builds for questions and student introductions.
Southern California Competition
April 6th & 7th
OC Fair & Event Center
Participating Southern California BITA programs:
- Rancho Buena Vista High School
- Sultana High School
- Savanna High School
- San Marcos High School
- Estancia High School
- Three NOCROP sites
- Brea Olinda High School
- Valencia High School
- Anaheim High School
Northern California Competition
May 4th & 5th
Cosumnes River College
Participating Northern California BITA Programs:
- Antioch High School
- Cordova High School
- Galt High School
- Lincoln High School
- Lindhurst High School
- Livingston High School
- Luther Burbank
- McCloud High School
- Oakmont High School
- River City High School-NCCT
- Sutter Union High School
- Whitney High School
- Woodcreek High School
California’s rooftop solar proposal tees up conflict between agencies | POLITICO (Subscription Required)
This has startled the California Building Industry Association, the powerful developers group whose new homes must comply with the CEC’s solar mandate. CBIA earlier this month sent a letter to the CPUC, writing that the “political battleground” issue of net metering necessitates “rules that will ‘calm things down’ and move us to a place where we have reasonable, understandable, and dependable rules from which rational economic
decisions can be made.”
The agency’s draft plan “does the opposite,” CBIA’s letter continued, adding that the monthly fee on solar owners “may well place the cost-effectiveness of rooftop [photovoltaics] into question” and potentially violate state law.
“We’ve had follow-ups with folks at the Energy Commission since,” Chris Ochoa, CBIA’s senior counsel for codes, regulatory and legislative affairs, said in an interview, “and we get the feeling that they were as shocked as anybody at how harsh the proposed decision was toward the rooftop solar industry.”
Newsom now placing priority on homelessness, affordable housing | The Porterville Recorder
After surviving last week’s recall, Governor Gavin Newsom quickly turned his attention to dealing with the state’s housing issues.
Newsom quickly signed bipartisan legislation last week designed to expand housing production, streamline housing permitting and increase housing density.
The legislation effectively allowing for more housing in smaller areas is the most controversial as Democratic State Legislators having been trying to increase housing density for years. But cities and counties have fought the effort saying that kind of effort takes away from local control.
“Most Californians can’t afford a typical single-family home and our state’s desperately limited housing stock has a lot to do with it,” said President and CEO of the California Building Industry Association Dan Dunmoyer. “This suite of bills will ease some of the obstacles to home construction and help combat the already record-high cost of housing in our state. I am grateful to Governor Newsom and legislative leaders for their courage to enact policies that support the construction of low- and middle-income homes with the goal of providing attainable, secure housing for all.”
California Is Closing the Door to Gas in New Homes | E&E News
The long-term outlook for natural gas isn’t good in California, which wants to eliminate most carbon emissions by 2045. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) injected urgency into state climate efforts this summer after wildfires scorched more than 4 million acres, a new record.
The California Building Industry Association, a trade group whose members develop 85% of new buildings in the state, is girding for ever-tougher rules over the next five years.
“The writing’s on the wall,” said Bob Raymer, technical director with the industry group. “They’re going to want electric space and water heating come 2026.”
Opinion: Green Building Mandates Will Increase the Cost of Housing in California | Times of San Diego
The regulations also demand that single-family homes must be “electric ready” for electric vehicle chargers and other appliances — to transition away from natural gas — and establishes the use of heat pumps as the energy efficiency baseline. Will Vicent, a manager at the CEC’s Building Standards Office, calls them the “star” of the new energy code. However, Bob Raymer of the California Building Industry Association, says installing heat pumps rather than gas appliances could increase developers’ costs.
California homes cost more than ever. What are Gov. Newsom and lawmakers doing about it? | SacBee
Dan Dunmoyer, president and CEO of the California Building Industry Association, said some lower-profile laws are making incremental change. He pointed to legislation like a 2019 law that makes it harder for cities to restrict new development.
It’s scheduled to sunset in 2025, but Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, introduced a new measure this year to extend that deadline until 2030.
Dunmoyer said more leadership is needed from Newsom and legislators to reduce other barriers, like development fees and regulations that make construction an expensively long process.
“We need to really look at this holistically, comprehensively,” Dunmoyer said. “We really need to make sure that we take all the necessary steps to address the housing crisis.”
Calif. aims to cut gas use in homes, stops short of ban | POLITICO (Subscription Required)
California’s energy bosses want to make it tougher to put gas appliances in new homes, but they aren’t planning to snuff out natural gas use.
A proposed California Energy Commission rewrite of the state’s building code adds new mandates to make homes “electric-ready.” It creates financial incentives for installing electric options for home heating and hot water.
The California Building Industry Association, a trade group whose members develop 85% of new buildings in the state, said the proposed code would raise costs. The state’s median home price in March was $759,000, according to the California Association of Realtors.
“CBIA is concerned with not just the current cost of a new home in [California], but the ongoing costs to the homebuyer as well,” Christopher Ochoa, senior attorney with the group, wrote in an email.
He cited data from the California Center for Jobs and the Economy that said Golden State residential electricity prices are 63% higher than the rest of the country.
“Not a good look for going all-electric,” Ochoa added.
Draft building code urges more electric, less gas | Bakersfield.com
A newly released draft of California’s 2022 building code proposes probably the most ambitious electrification policies in the country but stops short of a ban on new natural gas-burning appliances that climate activists had pushed for.
“Bottom line, these regs are putting the cart before the horse,” the California Building Industry Association’s senior counsel on codes, regulatory and legislative affairs, Christopher E. Ochoa, said by email Friday.
Ochoa at the building association said the group has stated its support toward an all-electric future “in a planned and strategic manner,” similar to the way solar requirements took effect in 2020 after almost a decade of work.
“There is always a need to ramp up market penetration of the products, educate builders and installers of the products, etc.,”he wrote.
He said concerns remain about the costs of residential electrification and whether the state’s power grid is up to the task. A report addressing these topics was due in January but hasn’t been released, he noted.
“It takes forever to get through the approval process in California — much longer than any other state,” says Dan Dunmoyer, president of the California Building Industry Assn.
“In California it can take 20 years to get a project going. In Arizona and all neighboring states, they can do it in less than 20 months. Time is money. A lot of the housing cost is built into how long it takes to develop land. Then how much in fees local government charges. No other state comes close.”
The Legislature and various governors have wrestled with the housing crisis for years without agreeing on a comprehensive long-term solution.
The pandemic has created even greater demand for single-family houses, Dunmoyer says. That’s because many employees were ordered to work from home.
“A couple living in a loft in San Francisco, stuck in a small place with a crying kid, they want to have a bigger place with a backyard,” Dunmoyer says.
“We’ve got people buying homes in Bakersfield who now can work there using Zoom for companies located in center city L.A. Sacramento is exploding with people from the Bay Area.”
Skyrocketing Lumber Prices Hit California New Home Buyers Hard
“This is a new record for us,” said Dan Dunmoyer, president and CEO of the California Building Industry Association.
Dunmoyer says this problem on average is adding about $24,000 to the cost of building a home.
“Each thousand dollars in added cost prices out 12,300 families from being able to buy a home in California so, when you add $24,000, you’re talking about pricing out hundreds of thousands of Californians,” Dunmoyer explained.
With State VMT Law Limiting Home Building, Clovis Takes Action
A state law meant to reduce the miles people drive may be unintentionally driving up the prices of new homes. And, according to the California Building Association, the law — commonly referred to as Vehicle Miles Traveled — poses “a big pause button” for residential home construction.
Nixing Single-Family Zoning: Will It Make Housing More Affordable?
Dan Dunmoyer, president of the California Building Industry Association, said his industry welcomes the opportunity to build any new housing. He cautioned, however, that so-called missing middle homes won’t drive down California’s stratospheric home prices that much.
Dunmoyer said the same factors that make single-family homes expensive — the long regulatory process, fees and expensive environmental requirements — will make housing like duplexes and triplexes expensive, too.
There are also questions about demand, he said.
“If you’re out in a more rural or suburban community, single-family detached [homes] are going to sell better, faster, quicker,” he said. “If you’re in an urban core where you can put together some really attractive fourplexes, assuming (municipalities) don’t over-fee it, you might be able to see something pencil-out better.”
The California Building Industry Association blames a new state law implementing Vehicle Miles Traveled as an environmental metric for housing construction, for putting the brakes on building statewide.
The CBIS says the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research ignored organizations, municipalities and local governments last year that clamored for the VMT law to be delayed until the COVID-19 pandemic has passed.
Boards of Supervisors from Fresno, Kings, Tulare, Kern, Madera, and Merced all unanimously passed resolutions seeking a two-year delay of the law.
The CBIA says the OPR is now asking his association to give an assessment of how things are going.
“That’s their job,” says Dunmoyer. “They’re supposed to determine how we plan our cities and our communities and they should know how it’s working.”
Dunmoyer says since Newsom has been governor, the state has had a declining permit pulling process across the state of California.
Developers have viewed Becerra’s actions as overstepping of the state’s authority, particularly when it comes to safety and development laws.
“We think Becerra is stepping over the line, primarily because you can’t build in these areas without putting together a very sophisticated plan fully approved by the local fire chief, fully approved by all the fire officials,” California Building Industry Association CEO Dan Dunmoyer said in a statement on Wednesday. “We are building parks, we’re building entire infrastructure systems that don’t burn and can protect these communities from fires.
“California is a gorgeous state, but it has mudslides, it has fire, it has flooding, it has earthquakes. You plan accordingly. And you mitigate it, you protect it, you use tough codes, and that’s what we’ve done.”
Dunmoyer also noted that rebuilding in urban areas is often much more difficult due to local opposition and higher costs compared to more rural areas.
“We think (Becerra) is stepping over the line, primarily because you can’t build in these areas without putting together a very sophisticated plan fully approved by the local fire chief, fully approved by all the fire officials,” said California Building Industry Association president and CEO Dan Dunmoyer.
Aside from California’s strict building codes in wildfire areas, “we are building parks, we’re building entire infrastructure systems that don’t burn and can protect these communities from fires,” he said.
It’s often unrealistic to rebuild in urban areas, as Miller and advocates including Gov. Gavin Newsom suggest, because of community opposition and the high costs compared to rural single family homes, particularly once structures climb above three stories, Dunmoyer said.
The push to ban natural gas hookups in newly constructed buildings has mushroomed in California since Berkeley passed the first prohibition in 2019.
…the California Building Industry Association, expressed concern to Cortese about potential impacts on “ratepayers, construction costs and grid reliability,” according to Christopher Ochoa, a senior attorney with the group.
“We not only have a climate crisis, we have a housing crisis as well,” he said. “Whether it’s housing inventory, affordability or homelessness. How do you balance the costs?”
‘It doesn’t pencil’
Housing of any kind gets exponentially more expensive the higher you build, said Nick Cammarota, general counsel for the California Building Industry Association. And density housing projects of several stories with 20% set aside from very low- or low-income housing units are going to pass the costs on to tenants paying full fare.
“The reason (affordable housing) doesn’t get built is because it doesn’t pencil,” Cammarota said.
Then there’s local opposition. “Density attracts opposition,” Cammarota added, “even if it’s just the same density as what’s surrounding it.”
Dan Dunmoyer serves as the president and CEO of the California Building Industry Association. He tells GV Wire℠ since the new law took effect there’s been a dramatic slowdown in new residential construction.
“We’re seeing substantial delay because cities and regional governments were not ready for VMT,” said Dunmoyer. “We call it the big pause button, which is exactly the wrong thing we need right now in California for housing and the housing crisis.”
As for what that means for the middle class wanting to buy a home in the Golden State, Dunmoyer doesn’t mince words.
“Move. Move to another state. You really can’t do it here,” said Dunmoyer. “We can build homes. It’s just homes for millionaires.”
He points to places like Idaho, Texas and Arizona as places where builders actively pursue people looking to leave California.
“Even after the Camp Fire, you’d think we would have seen a spike in the number of permits, and yet we haven’t,” said Dan Dunmoyer, president and chief executive of the California Building Industry Association. “Most big insurance companies will just cut you a big check, and you can be sitting there looking at a check for $900,000. And you talk to contractors and they say: ‘Sure, I can build you a home, but I’m backed up for a year and a half.’ So we’re seeing a lot people just cut and run.”
Kristen Miller: Santa Barbara City Council Should Focus on Economy, Not Overreach on Natural Gas Ban
In Santa Barbara, natural gas is four to six times cheaper than electricity. The California Building Industry Association estimates that swapping out natural gas appliances for all-electric alternatives costs the average Southern California household more than $877 a year in higher energy bills.
The California Building Industry Association, a trade group whose members develop 85% of new buildings in the state, is girding for ever-tougher rules over the next five years. “The writing’s on the wall,” said Bob Raymer, technical director with the industry group. “They’re going to want electric space and water heating come 2026.”
The California Building Industry Association hopes to shape the timing of natural gas restrictions. Raymer argues that state officials need to allot more time for developers and heat pump manufacturers and installers to shift toward electrification of buildings.
California “has made it very clear it’s decarbonizing, and that means both the new and existing housing stock is going to go through some major changes, the same thing for the commercial stock,” Raymer said. “We get that.”
Whether or not the bill passes, activists hope that the California Energy Commission will ban natural gas in new construction when it updates its building code next year.
Some utilities and developers like the ones represented by the California Building Industry Association have opposed the total elimination of gas hookups.
Morgan Morales, a spokesperson for the group, wrote in an email that “a piecemeal approach to energy usage for homes hurts consumers and jeopardizes power supply.”
“A comprehensive and incentive-based approach is needed to solve our climate problems, not mandates and restrictions,” she said.
“He’s really taken on a much more global view of housing and community that few others are even contemplating,” says Dan Dunmoyer, president and CEO of the California Building Industry Association (FivePoint is a member of the trade organization). “The typical model is to put roads and sewers and a school or two, and then sell the land to a home builder. In Valencia, he’s creating an entire community with a commercial center and jobs and net-zero-energy homes. We do need more housing, so how do you do it and find a balance between environmental protection and social equity and the whole community component of building homes? He has the mindset and capacity to do that and is really challenging people to think more holistically.”
Morgan Morales, a spokesperson for the California Building Industry Association, wrote in an email that the group “believes that with housing costs soaring, and California suffering blackouts, a piecemeal approach to energy usage for homes hurts consumers and jeopardizes power supply.”
“A comprehensive and incentive based approach is needed to solve our climate problems not mandates and restrictions,” she wrote.
Trade groups representing industries that have often been at odds with California’s environmental regulations were tentatively optimistic about the executive order. Dan Dunmoyer, president and CEO of the California Building Industry Association, told The Desert Sun in a statement that he looked forward to working with the governor to meet both this benchmark as well as goals set for increased housing across the state.
“The governor’s plan to conserve California’s beautifully diverse environment while ensuring housing for all is a step in the right direction to help solve California’s housing and homeless crisis,” Dunmoyer said.
To date, no legislation related to wildfires — or any other climate-related hazard — impacts California’s arcane housing allocation system. (That system tells each region how much housing it’s required to build over a stretch of five or eight years.) But once wildfire risk is codified as a valid reason not to build, what’s next? Extreme heat? Nick Cammarota, with the California Building Industry Association, articulated that viewpoint when he called the bill “a housing killer.”
“We don’t want to have gentrification. We don’t want to have seismic risk. We don’t want to have sea level rise or wetlands, or ag land preservation or floods, or toxics. Or you name it,” he continued. “The entire state is covered with imperfect places to build.”