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Benefits of High Performance Attics and Walls for New Homes in California

March 26 @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Instructor Name:

Megan Cordes


Energy Education Center – Irwindale


The 2016 Title 24 Building Energy Standards introduced High Performance Attics (HPA) and High Performance Walls (HPW) as prescriptive requirements to increase the efficiency of new homes in California. These requirements represented a significant shift in construction practice for typical California builders. Megan Cordes will summarize the requirements for 2016, how they are changing with the 2019 update, how the HPA/HPW requirements interact with the solar compliance credit and new solar mandate for the 2019 code, and outline options and flexibility for builder compliance. Architects, engineers, lighting designers, energy consultants, contractors, and building department staff should find this training of interest and directly applicable to their work.

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Learning Outcomes:

At the conclusion of the class, participants will be able to:

  • Describe and define the characteristics of a High Performance Attic (HPA) and the options for compliance with the 2016 and 2019 Title 24 Standards.
  • Describe and define the characteristics of a High Performance Wall (HPW) and the options for compliance with the 2016 and 2019 Title 24 Standards.
  • Describe the 2016 solar compliance credit and 2019 solar mandate, including the effect of solar on efficiency features for each code.
  • Evaluate the magnitude and cost effectiveness of compliance options available to builders using the performance method of Title 24 compliance for both the 2016 and 2019 Standards.

Target Audience:

  • Architects
  • Building Department Staff
  • Energy Consultants
  • Energy Modelers
  • HERS Raters
  • Residential Builders & General Contractors



Participants will benefit if they have some background on California’s Title 24 Building Energy Standards. See: http://www.energy.ca.gov/title24/2016standards/index.html

Intermediate Class: 

Content is appropriate for individuals who possess a fundamental understanding of the topic, and have familiarity with basic terminology and methodology of the subject matter.  Attendees should have the capacity to participate in instructor-led exercises requiring synthesis and application of concepts.


Energy Education Center – Irwindale

6090 N. Irwindale Ave.

Irwindale, CA  91702



March 26
8:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Megan Cordes


Energy Education Center – Irwindale