Residential Building Electrification Pathways- (EMPOWERED Solutions Webinar Recording)

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Across the country, there is a move toward building electrification, replacing appliances that use other fuels with electricity. Learn about the trends in retrofitting we are most likely to see in the coming years that move the U.S. toward a 100% electric future. Panelists also answer questions about how the following efficiency technologies can work together: Weatherization, heat pump water heating, efficient heat pumps, induction stoves, and electric infrastructure upgrades.

You can expect to hear:

  • Common things that building owners and code officials may notice (based on code cycle and location) and how to resolve them
  • Pathways toward 100% electrification—it doesn’t have to happen all at once!
  • The role heat pump space and water heating technology play in the transition
  • Tools and training to help code officials, homeowners, and policymakers better understand the transition
  • How the SolSmart program can help communities improve permitting and inspection processes to support electrification with solar power

Pete Jackson

Chief Electrical Inspector

Pete Jackson, Chief Electrical Inspector, Bakersfield, CA. Pete Jackson is presently the chief electrical inspector for the city of Bakersfield, California. He has been a journeyman wireman since 1984 and has earned five electrical inspector certifications through the IAEI and ICC. Pete serves as an Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) representative to the UL Electrical Council and numerous UL Standards Technical Panels. He also represents enforcement as an alternate to Code Making Panel 4 and the Correlating Committee for the 2023 National Electrical Code.

Zak Paine

HVAC Installation Consultant


Zak Paine, HVAC Installation Consultant, Slipstream. Zak is an HVAC technical advisor and subject matter expert specializing in HVAC and related systems. He uses his technical expertise to advise on projects, programs, and research throughout Slipstream. He will develop and provide technical training for program implementors, contractors, and Slipstream staff.

Bryce Seymour

Project Manager

New Buildings Institute

Bryce Seymour, Project Manager, New Buildings Institute. Bryce Seymour uses her expertise in both state and local policy to focus on work involving building energy codes, carbon policies, roadmaps, and other codes-related initiatives.

Dave Golembeski

SolSmart Senior Program Manager


Dave Golembeski, SolSmart Senior Program Manager, IREC. David Golembeski works on the U.S. Department of Energy-backed SolSmart program, which provides communities nationwide with no-cost technical assistance to reduce barriers to solar energy growth and make solar more affordable.


Webinar (Presentation #1) Introduction to IREC & Presentation on how code officials and building owners can prepare for electrification
Recorded 02/21/2023  |  17 minutes
Recorded 02/21/2023  |  17 minutes Learn about IREC's EMPOWERED program to create resources that will help those on the front lines of DER adoption—like first responders, safety officials, and building managers and owners—keep up with these rapidly emerging and advancing technologies.  The first presentation of this webinar, hear from Chief Electrical Inspector of Bakersfield, California, Pete Jackson. Pete opens up the webinar by showing us that an all-electric home is not a new concept and how and when to consider electrical service and/or utility upgrades from the perspective of the National Electric Code (NEC).
Webinar (Presentation #2)- Pathways to Building Electrification
Recorded 02/21/2023  |  24 minutes
Recorded 02/21/2023  |  24 minutes In this second presentation listen in as Zak Paine, HVAC Installation Consultant with Slipstream discusses how building electrification does not have to happen all at once and what are some of the pathways to achieving residential building electrification.
Webinar (Presentation #3)- High Efficiency Electrification Technology Training & Education
Recorded 02/21/2023  |  12 minutes
Recorded 02/21/2023  |  12 minutes In the third presentation, join Bryce Seymour, Project Manager at New Buildings Institute. In his talk, Bryce shares information about some high-efficiency electrification technology education and training that is available for building owners, contractors/ inspectors, and policymakers.
Webinar (Presentation #4)- Introduction to SolSmart
Recorded 02/21/2023  |  16 minutes
Recorded 02/21/2023  |  16 minutes In the final presentation of this webinar listen in to Dave Golembeski, SolSmart Senior Program Manager at IREC as he talks about free technical assistance that is available through the SolSmart program to help communities support electrification through solar power.
Webinar (Final Q&A) Residential Building Electrification Pathways
Recorded 02/21/2023  |  9 minutes
Recorded 02/21/2023  |  9 minutes During this Q&A session, the presenters cover a few questions from the audience about what homeowners and building owners can do to prepare for electrification, what might have to change in terms of operation and maintenance when we electrify buildings, and what is known today about electric equipment durability. When you are done, please consider filling out a short survey which goes a long way to helping us provide resources that most effectively meet your needs and those of the EMPOWERED project.
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Certificate of Completion: Residential Building Electrification Pathways
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