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Press Release Details

Free Forum Introduces California's First Mandated Green Building Code to Design & Construction Industry

For Immediate Release
Date: October 22, 2010

Media contacts:
Debbie Kroner, OC Public Works

SANTA ANA—On February 2, 2011, the County of Orange hosts a free CALGreen Forum, featuring a panel discussion and a practical demonstration on how to plan check and inspect projects to ensure Green Building Code compliance.

The two guest speakers, Dave Walls, Executive Director, Building Standards Commission, State of California and Doug Hensel, Assistant Deputy Director, Department of Housing and Community Development, State of California, have led the effort resulting in the adoption of the California's first mandated Green Building Code. During the Forum, they will share their expertise while attendees will be introduced to the Code from multiple perspectives. Attendees will be provided with examples of practical applications for both residential and non-residential projects and will receive an extensive list of available resources. A short video by Jeff Elmassian will be presented at the Forum. In addition to Walls and Hensel, the panel includes:

  • Hadi Tabatabaee, Building Official, PE, MS, CBO, CGBP, County of Orange
  • Dr. Saum K. Nour, Engineer, Ph.D., LEED AP, CIPE, CPD, Absolute Consulting Engineers
  • Justin Brechtel, Architect, LEED AP, USC Lecturer in Architecture, Practicing Architect
  • Moe Fakih, Contractor, LEED AP, LEED Certifier, Project Manager for LEED Certified Buildings

The Forum will provide building officials, plan examiners, inspectors, architects, engineers, contractors and developers an opportunity to learn about the Code from the professionals that were instrumental in the Code's development.

Forum Location and Schedule:

Orange County Hall of Administration
Date: February 2, 2011
333 W. Santa Ana Blvd., Santa Ana
Registration: 7:30 a.m.
Parking lots nearby (Free parking not available)
Program: 8:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m.


There is no cost to attend, but a RSVP is required to reserve a seat. Please RSVP with your name, title, affiliation, email address, and phone number to Dr. Nour 949-852-8700 by January 31, 2011. A confirmation will be sent to your email address, along with program handouts. Please print handouts and bring them with you to the Forum. As this is a "green" event, additional handouts will not be available at the Forum. For additional information, please call 949-852-8700.