At the start of 2020, new legislative changes governing ADUs 和 secondary building units have gone into effect in California to promote more housing on existing single 和 multi-family residential lots. 的 most recent set of laws has removed many of the zoning obstacles like requiring off-street parking in most cases, minimum lot sizes, 然而, this has led to emerging tensions between confused homeowners, 承包商, understaffed 和 underprepared permitting offices. 的 rules at the state level still need to be adopted 和 customized by jurisdiction, cities 和 counties are in very different stages of adopting new policies with very different practices 和 resources for homeowners 和 builders.
除了, ADU’s are required to pass the current residential building codes, 然而, some of these codes—especially California’s ambitious energy 和 green building codes—may need to be right sized for these smaller homes to be more accessible 和 comfortable to live in. In this session we explore how we might address some of these challenges 和 explore some best practices 和 approaches by welcoming three different perspectives on policies, planning 和 code for ADUs.
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Peggy is the Deputy County Manager for the County of San Mateo. She leads their task force for the 第二单元中心, a program to empower homeowners to build second units 和 help increase the 负担得起的 housing supply in the County.
“Over 70% of San Mateo County are single family. We have l和 available, we have equity available. And the thought was ADUs could very well be a solution for 负担得起的 housing.”
随着 圣何塞市ADU的盟友, Sarah helps guide homeowners 和 building professionals through the process of building an ADU 和 accessing the City’s pre-approved ADU designs, financing options 和 educational workshops.
“Education 和 helping homeowners underst和 w在这里 their money is going is really important. Homeowners want to know: how do I pay for it? How long is it going to take? How many professional teams do I need in my corner? And do I want to do this with all of this information?”
Wes is Director of the LEED项目 team at the US Green Building Council. He leads the organization’s technical alignment with LEED 和 green building codes, directs Materials 和 Resources activities for the USGBC.
“With climate change, codes have had to pick up new strategies 和 techniques, but that often means more complexity. California building code, which is one of the best in the world, 大约有6,000 pages in it currently, but that is a lot to get through when you’re trying to build something fast.”