News & Updates

E-mail blast

Upcoming 2019 California Energy Code Webinars – Register Today!

Don’t miss these live webinar opportunities brought to you by the California Energy Commission. 

The CALBO Training Institute has partnered with the California Energy Commission to bring you these four webinars highlighting key sections of the 2019 California Energy Code. Don’t miss these online training opportunities to earn CEUs from your home or office!  

E-mail blast

CALBO News: Fall 2020

Welcome Friend of CALBO,

At CALBO, our goal is to be the premier resource for all California code officials and industry colleagues. We hope you will find this newsletter to be of value as you protect the built environment in the Golden State.
A Publication of California Building Officials
    1022 G Street | Sacramento, CA | 95814
     916-457-1103 |

The Great California ShakeOut Press Conference Today
Learn more about Earthquake Resilience and Safety

The Great California ShakeOut Press Conference focusing on the urgency of earthquake resilience will take place today. Leaders across California will come together to encourage businesses and individuals to get involved. Please review below for more information. We hope this email will be beneficial to those who want to learn more or attend in-person or view online.


What’s New in the 2019 California Building Code: A Special Webinar Series Covering Tall Wood Construction
Sponsored by: California Building Officials, American Wood Council and California State Rural Economic Development Steering Wood Utilization (REDS WUG) Working Group

Governor Brown’s Executive Order B-52-18 directed the State Fire Marshal to review the approved Tall Wood Building recommendations of the International Code Council’s Ad Hoc Committee on Tall Wood Buildings for adoption into the California Building Code’s intervening cycle. On August 13, 2020, the California Building Standards Commission approved the adoption of the 2021 International Building Code (IBC) tall mass timber provisions, which will become enacted on July 1, 2021 in the 2019 California Building Code.

This special series of educational webinars is a collaboration between California Building Officials (CALBO), American Wood Council, and California State Rural Economic Development Steering Wood Utilization (REDS WUG) Working Group to provide code officials information on the recent code changes to enable the plan review and design of tall mass timber projects in California. The in-depth sessions cover new construction types; fire resistance; materials manufacturing requirements including adhesives; noncombustible protection of mass timber elements; protection of connections, concealed spaces, and shafts; fire safety during construction; required inspections including special inspections; redundant water supply; height and area limits; acoustical and energy-related provisions; and other requirements for mass timber buildings.


Upcoming Live Webinars – Deadlines Fast Approaching

Earn CEUs to reach your training goals today! 

Don’t wait until CALBO Education Weeks for your only training opportunity of the year – register for a webinar today! Taught by our seasoned instructors, these specialized webinars provide insight into a single code topic that complements our in-person training courses. Register today!

Webinars Include: 

2019 CBC Chapters 11A and 11B: Accessibility for Residential Kitchens and Bathrooms
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 *Registration Closing Soon*
- Overview of the 2019 California Energy Code: Nonresidential Submittal Requirements
 Wednesday, October 28, 2020 *Registration Closing Soon*
- 2019 CBC Chapter 11B: Accessibility for Plumbing Elements and Facilities
Thursday, October 29, 2020 *Registration Closing Soon*
- Shear Exhilaration for Wood Framed Structures 
Wednesday, November 4, 2020
- Overview of the Non-Structural Requirements of the 2019 California Residential Code
Thursday, November 5, 2020
- What’s New to the 2019 California Building Code: Tall Wood Construction Overview
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
- Overview of the 2019 California Energy Code: Accessory Dwelling Units
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
- Occupied Roof Decks in the 2019 California Building Code
Thursday, November 19, 2020
- Permit Technician 101: Understanding and Growing Your Building Department Role
Thursday, November 19, 2020
- Means of Egress in the 2019 California Building Code
Tuesday, December 1, 2020
- Overview of the 2019 California Energy Code: Residential Submittal Requirements 
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
- Alternative Housing in the 2019 California Residential Code
Monday, December 7, 2020
- Overview of the 2019 California Building Code for Permit Technicians and Plan Reviewers 
Thursday, December 10, 2020
- Mass Timber Heights and Areas and Construction Fire Safety
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
- Mass Timber Principles of Fire Resistance Design, Protection of Connections and Special Inspections
Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Register Today – Click here. More courses and dates will be available later this fall.

For any questions regarding the information provided above, please contact the CALBO Office or by phone at 916-457-1103.

E-mail blast

CALBO’s 2020 Annual Conference Officially Cancelled Due to New Re-Opening Guidelines

Dear CALBO Colleague,

Well, we tried. We tried very hard to bring us together as a profession, face-to-face, this year. I just returned from San Diego last night where I met with the venue’s operations, sales and events teams to assess the viability of our annual conference (re) scheduled for October 4-7, 2020 at the Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad. We looked at all options, and although we might have been able to modify our program and take extreme measures to make it work, it just doesn’t capture the camaraderie that is inherent to CALBO conferences. So with that, the 2020 CALBO annual conference is cancelled.

Our work now pivots to assess all of our event venues in the light of Governor Newsom’s enhanced stages of reopening. We are looking at all options, including outdoor options, and we will be in touch shortly with some event modifications to comply with state and local restrictions. At this time, all three Education Weeks (Ontario, Newport Beach and San Ramon) are proceeding as scheduled.

If you had a room reservation at the Park Hyatt Aviara for our October conference, there is nothing more that you need to do. The hotel will cancel your room without penalty in the days ahead and refund any initial deposits.  

As for registration, sponsorship and exhibitor fees collected by CALBO, please give us a little time to prepare to offer transfers to our next conference, or refunds. We are working on efficient processes and procedures right now to ensure seamless and orderly transactions aligned with the needs of our members.  

Personally, I am very saddened by this news. In calendar year 2020, CALBO has planned three annual conferences and my personal touch was attached to each. I was very much looking forward to seeing the faces, if even over masks from 6’ away, of my colleagues and coming together as a profession. However; CALBO continues to move forward and plan ahead. So even if I don’t have the opportunity to see your mask this year, more opportunities lay ahead. 

Please give us a little time to retool and we’ll be in touch. Wishing you, your team and your loved ones the very best as we remain vigilant in trying times.

Best regards,

Shane Diller, MPA


Come see CALBO Soon… In Person! All Events are on Schedule.

Dear CALBO Community,

We miss seeing you, but rest assured, we will be together again soon in-person. We have received inquires and maybe you have heard rumors about CALBO in-person events for the fall and winter. We wanted you to hear it from CALBO… ALL in-person CALBO events are still planned.

E-mail blast

CALBO News: Summer 2020

Welcome Friend of CALBO,

At CALBO, our goal is to be the premier resource for all California code officials and industry colleagues. We hope you will find this newsletter to be of value as you protect the built environment in the Golden State.
A Publication of California Building Officials
    1022 G Street | Sacramento, CA | 95814
     916-457-1103 |

CALBO COVID-19 Online Resource Page
Vital Resources and Information

Throughout California, we are witnessing a new chapter during COVID-19 - a time of transition out of stay-at-home orders. As building departments plan and prepare to open to the public, we urge that you utilize the CALBO COVID-19 Response webpage that hosts vital resources to assist building departments continue to operate and overcome new challenges as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves.

  • CALBO Member Highlights: Building Officials across the state have shared how their departments are developing new localized policies and procedures to serve their communities and what has served them well.
  • Online Resources: The State of California, State Agencies and industry partners have created COVID-19 resource pages to provide vital up-to-date information. Don’t forget to use the Building Department Listserve to pose questions to and share with your colleagues.
  • Events and Webinars: CALBO and industry partners are offering online events, webinars and panels to keep you connected virtually.

As always, CALBO recommends that jurisdictions follow guidance issued by local government and health authorities in their communities, but also urges members to utilize one another as a vital resource.

We are committed to keeping Building Officials across California well informed and connected to each other. As always, thank you for all you do and stay strong!

If you have questions or have a resource suggestion for the COVID-19 webpage, please contact the CALBO Office.