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Beat the Code: Title 24 Energy Code and Multifamily Buildings

Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Complimentary lunch with registration, click here to register!

1.5 CES LUs

California regulators have set a policy goal that by 2020 all residential buildings built in California will be designed to “Zero Net Energy” standards. The challenges are substantial, especially for multifamily architects and designers. In this 90-minute “Lunch and Learn,” you will learn what the goal means, how it is being achieved, and how to address challenges specific to multifamily building energy design.

Learning objectives:
By the end of this program, attendees will be able to:

1) Explain the goals of California’s Energy Code: Title 24, part 6.
2) Understand the minimum prescriptive requirements in the 2013 Energy Code and how beating them can help with LEED certification and qualifying for tax credits.
3) Identify major components of the building and where it’s easy or impossible to exceed code in multifamily buildings.
4) Employ strategies to enable them to exceed 2013 Energy Code and move towards designing Zero Net Energy buildings.

About the presenters:

Gina Rodda is a principal at Gabel Associates. She has been in the energy modeling field since 1991, through the course of seven California building energy code cycles. In addition to providing residential and non-residential energy calculations for a variety of building types throughout California, she leads full day trainings, hosts various webinars and holds the following certifications: Certified Energy Analyst (CEA), Certified Energy Plans Examiner (CEPE) and LEED Accredited Professional (AP).

Matt Christie is a Senior Project Manager with TRC Energy Services working on PG&E’s California Multi-Family New Homes and Multi-Family Upgrade Program. Matt has a depth of experience designing and managing utility incentive programs across the residential market sector, including design of the California Advances Homes Program (CAHP). His program design approach focuses on whole-building energy use and Zero Net Energy initiatives. Matt holds a CEA, multiple BPI  Certifications and serves as the Chair of the CABEC Board of Directors.’s Mission to Eradicate Lawns

Thursday, September 3, 2015
Free for AIA members / $3 for non-members
Brown bag lunch (BYO lunch)

1.5 CES LUs

Host: Maggie Maiers, AIA

Come join us as we hear from representatives of and others on their mission to organize communities around converting water intensive lawns to drought resistant planting. The forum will include local success stories.

The Drought and the Impact on Landscape Design

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Free event, bring your own brown bag lunch! RSVP for room setup.


The Bay-Friendly Coalition Lunchtime Forum Series presents this program. Come join us and understand the impacts of the 2015 revisions to the California Water Efficiency Landscape Ordinance on landscape design and irrigation compliance. The program will focus on: the ordinance update; planting design and hydrozoning; irrigation design and water use; and compliance requirements.

The presenters:
        Bob Towar, PGAdesign
        Chris Steele, The Toro Copmany



MCE/ADA Day: Friday, August 28, 2015

MCE/ADA Day: Accessibility for California Architects
Friday, August 28, 2015
Location: AIA East Bay, 1405 Clay Street, Oakland, CA 94612
Cost: $110 AIA Members / $150 non-membersIncludes coffee and lunch.
Click here to register!


Craig Williams, CASp will present during this MCE/ADA Day. This course provides the complete 5 hours of disability access coursework required for California Licensure.


SketchUp 2015 Hands-On: Layout

a CoolTechStuff article


Larry Mortimer, AIA

SketchUp 2015 Hands-On: Layout

If you’ve ever thought you would like to do a complete project using SketchUp and the companion program LayOut, or just get more out of SketchUp, then SketchUp 2015 Hands-On: Layout is a book you need to take a look at.


What is SketchUp and what is LayOut:  Of course you probably already know that SketchUp is a powerful and intuitive 3D modeling program.  But do you know what its companion program LayOut can do?  LayOut is exactly what its name implies, a lay out program, but one that provides dynamic windows (viewports) back to a SketchUp model, and a format for adding annotations, dimensions and additional graphics.


Cost: $39.95 PDF format
          $64.95 full-color print

The book begins by showing what LayOut can do using a simple model of a chair, and then proceeds on to a multi-sheet presentation of a small house. The next chapter explains how templates with tile blocks, pages and layers are set up. There are chapters devoted to rendering viewports, using clipping masks and clipping planes, applying labels, dimensions, patterns and hatches. The last chapter, arguably one of the most valuable, covers the use of scrapbooks, styles and shapes. Scrapbooks are repositories for objects, symbols and styles that you can quickly access to provide your work with a consistent look.


Conclusion:  This 233-page book with its detailed step-by-step exercises is a resource that can help you translate your SketchUp model into great presentations and working drawings.  If you want to jump start your use of SketchUp, you should also take a look at Bonnie Roskes’ other books. They are all nicely illustrated, easy to follow and great resources to have at your fingertips.


Click here for more information and to purchase. 


Reviewing & Addressing Warnings in Revit

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Presenter Sash Kazeminejad, ACI, LEED AP

a Revit User Group

Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Click here to RSVP.
Complimentary lunch provided by Ideate, Inc.

1.5 CES LUs

As Revit models develop, occasional warning messages appear, identifying issues with the model, such as overlapping elements, duplicate instances and duplicate mark values. In the background, Revit is keeping a running a list of these warnings, which will continue to accumulate if unaddressed. While many of these warnings are benign, the continued tracking of these warnings can increase the file size and can drastically affect the model performance since Revit is working hard to keep track of each warning. During this Revit Users Group, we will review a variety of Revit warnings and how to address them. Since this will be an interactive presentation, we would like to have some of you share your experiences in dealing with Revit Warnings.

About the presenter:

Sash Kazeminejad, ACI, LEED AP, an AEC Senior Application Specialist, brings proficiency in Autodesk solutions including AutoCAD and Revit Architecture to Ideate customers. His industry experience includes project management, BIM Management, and design for Architectural firms in California, Montana and Oregon. He is LEED accredited professional and is on track to achieve California licensure with Oregon to follow.

Learning Objectives:
At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

1) Identify Revit warning messages such as overlapping elements.
2) Fix duplicate instances and duplicate mark values in Revit.
3) Address a variety of Revit warnings.
4) Manage file-size by addressing warnings in Revit.


Bay Traditions

a monthly program

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Click here for Early bird tickets: Free for registrations by July 27
$10 in advance/$15 at the door
Reception sponsored by ArcSource

AIA East Bay explores the 20th century history of residential design in preparation for the fifth annual Home Tours on August 8th. We’re pleased to host local authors and experts Lucia Howard and David Weinstein, who will discuss the heritage and traditions of Bay Area residential architecture. From Bernard Maybeck and John Hudson Thomas to Roger Lee and Donald Olsen–the residences designed by these architects have created a rich neighborhood tapestry that can only be seen in the East Bay. How has their work and others inspired contemporary architects and created a rebirth of interest in the Bay Tradition?

About the Presenters

David Weinstein

Dave Weinstein is a longtime El Cerrito author and journalist whose books include“Signature Architects of the San Francisco Bay Area,” “It Came from Berkeley: How Berkeley Changed the World,”  the text for “Berkeley Rocks: Building With Nature,” and “Where the Sewage Hits the Sea.” He’s features editor for CA Modern, the magazine and website of the Eichler Network. He’s leader of El Cerrito Trail Trekkers and Friends of the Cerrito Theater, vice president of the El Cerrito Historical Society, and a member of the city’s Environmental Quality Committee.

Lucia Howard

Lucia Howard is an architect, author and educator.  Her award-winning firm Ace Architects was founded over 30 years ago in Oakland with partner and husband David Weingarten.  They have written two books focused on California architectural history. Ranch Houses (2009) and Shingle Style (2013) were both published by Rizzoli Press. Their home, Rancho Diablo, was featured in the AIA East Bay’s 2013 Home Tours.


The Mid-Century Makeover by Studio Bergtraun, AIA, Architects can be seen as part of our August 8, 2015 Home Tours. (Treve Johnson Photography)

How to Act Like an Eagle in Legal Matters Pertaining to Your Architecture Practice

a Small Firm Forum

Thursday, August 6, 2015
Free for AIA members, $3 for Non-members. Brown bag lunch.

Architects face a wide array of different potential legal liabilities in their practice. In this Small Firm Forum hosted by Linda Randolph, AIA, attorney Jerome Pandell will walk you through some of the obvious legal minefields to avoid in terms of drafting contracts, managing client relationships, and shielding yourself from becoming a named defendant.

About the presenter: 

Jerome Pandell, Esq. of Pandell Law Firm Inc., specializes in Architectural Law and Construction and Design Law. He was anointed as a Northern California Rising Star in 2012 by Super Lawyers, an organization that rates outstanding lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Lean Leadership: Building the Lean Culture

presented by LCI Northern California Community of Practice

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Early Registration:
LCI & AIA Members: $55
Non-members: $75.00
Public sector owners representatives: Free
Not for profit owners representatives: Free
Academic: $30
After August 5:
LCI & AIA Members: $75
Non-members: $95
Click here to register!


Join LCI Northern California Community of Practice for an hour-long presentation on how to build a Lean culture of operational excellence through effective leadership practices. This talk is based on the online training course, “Lean Leadership: Building of the Lean Culture.”

The presentation includes:

  • Key differences between Lean leadership and traditional leadership.
  • The importance of creating Lean leaders who understand and focus on the power of people.
  • How sustained results can be achieved by creating problem solving cultures where people are engaged in the business and continuously improving processes.
  • How combining the train-do approach with e-learning and weekly team reflections proves to be the recipe for success.
  • Real life examples of how a company applied the online learning of Lean leadership and the results that followed.

About the presenter:

Susie Sterling-Bodnar is the Director of Online Training Solutions for LeanCor Training and Education. She is an instructor for Supply Chain and Logistics at the University of Kentucky MBA Program, California State University Fresno Executive MBA program, St. Luis University Center for Supply Chain Management Studies, and for the Lean Enterprise Institute.

2015 Home Tours

2015 AIA East Bay Home Tours
Saturday, August 8, 2015
Click here to purchase tickets.
$50 in advance
$60 Tour Day, if available
Tour-Day headquarters: Bica Coffeehouse, 5701 College Ave., Oakland CA

AIA East Bay announces the return of its popular Home Tours, hosting a variety of six houses. Our “mostly self-guided” tour celebrates design excellence, inspiring and educating the public about the impact of architects and architecture on East Bay living.

2015 Homes:


Bold Geometry
AAA Architecture with Benjamin Parco, AIA


Courtyard Retreat
Anderson Anderson Architecture


Reviving a Legacy
Andrew Lee Architect


Canyon Repose
Kuth Ranieri Architects


Artist Remodel
Lavenson Design


Mid-Century Makeover
Studio Bergtraun, AIA, Architects

Featuring Houses By:

AAA Architecture with Benjamin Parco
Anderson Anderson Architecture
Andrew Lee Architect
Kuth Ranieri Architects
Lavenson Design
Studio Bergtraun, AIA, Architects

2015 Sponsors:
Premier Sponsor

Home Tours premier sponsor

Media Sponsor

media sponsor

Industry Sponsors

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Each year the AIA East Bay Home Tours feature a diverse selection of contemporary homes designed by the Bay Area’s leading architects. We choose from a wide range of project sizes and types which have included finely-detailed in-law units, exuberant historic renovations and stunning modern masterpieces.

Through the AIA East Bay Home Tours, we offer the community an opportunity to experience the impact of collaboration between homeowners and AIA architects, by being inside the houses themselves and talking with the architects who designed them.

Questions? Please contact Sidney Sweeney, executive director at 510/464-3600 or