ADU, Practice Webinar, Specialist|


Wednesday, April 6th

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

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Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) increase supply and diversity of housing stock, add value to existing homes, support infill development, and can provide options for multi-generational and non-traditional families. Good ADU design and construction can also help California to meet goals for greenhouse gas reduction while increasing comfort and reducing energy costs for occupants.

Architects need to integrate climate-responsive design solutions and technologies into their ADU designs. Thirty percent of the ADU’s in the USA are in California, presenting an opportunity for national leadership on this issue for AIA CA and its members.

  • What ADU housing typologies support zero carbon design and operation? How can energy performance metrics best be applied to improve ADU design?
  • What design components and building details make an ADU sustainable, resilient, affordable, and accessible?
  • How does energy efficient ADU design differ from that for larger residential buildings?
  • What HVAC, water heating, and kitchen equipment options are available and best suited to zero-carbon ADU design?

This program presents strategies architect can use to create highly efficient, comfortable, and resilient designs for ADU’s while cost-effectively meeting the needs of clients and local communities. Presenters will also touch upon zoning restrictions and fire protection, CalGreen requirements, accessibility, and the economic and social realities of ADU design and construction.


Kanika Sharma, LFA, LEED AP BD+C

Charles Ely, FAIA

Brian Selby, PE

Richard Young


Jennifer Kretschmer, AIA


AIA California
AIA California
Celebrating over 75 years of service, the AIA California actively promotes the value of design and advocates for the architectural profession. AIA CA is an association of 11,000 dedicated and passionate members who share a commitment to design excellence and livability in California’s natural and built environments.

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