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Cracking Code: Residential Code Rodeo - Residential Energy Code + ADU/DADUs

This is the third session in the 2020 Cracking Code series presented by AIA Seattle’s Codes Committee. 

This session will address common issues for residential projects: Land Use, Building Code and Energy Code. And specifically address current design issues for 2018 Seattle Building and Energy Code updates, accessory Dwelling Units (ADU)/Detached Accessory Dwelling Units (DADU), home business/office, Substantial Alterations, Existing Non-conforming Conditions and site access and environmentally critical areas (ECA).

Join us online on July 23, 2020 for Cracking Code: Residential Code Rodeo – Residential Energy Code + ADU/DADUs. Register below and look for information regarding online event access in your confirmation email.

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Registration Deadline: Tuesday, July 21, 2020.


LIVE WEBINAR | Thursday, July 23, 2020 | 12:00 – 4:30 PM PT 

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Please note that participants in the LIVE webinar are eligible to receive AIA continuing education credit or a certificate of completion. Please allow 2-4 weeks for processing. All registration and credit questions can be directed to Zoe Guckenheimer.

All sessions and speakers subject to change. 


Includes 4 LU/HSW 

$100.00 AIA Member
$100.00 Government + Partners
$50.00 Associate
$25.00 Student
$175.00 Non-Member

Reduced rate options are available. Please submit the Continuing Education Scholarship / Reduced Rate Request form via email by Friday, July 17, 2020. 


Duane Jonlin, FAIA, Energy Code and Energy Conservation Advisor, Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections | For eight years, Duane Jonlin has chaired the Energy Code Technical Advisory Group for the Washington State Building Code Council.  At the national level, he is a voting member of both the ASHRAE 90.1 Committee and the ICC Commercial Energy Code Committee, and serves on several advisory committees. Prior to taking his position at the City of Seattle, Duane was a principal at NBBJ, with 30 years’ experience designing complex projects as a technical architect. He is a featured speaker nationally on issues of energy efficiency and energy regulations, and in 2016 was elected to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows.

Richard Pellinger, Ordinance & Structural Supervisor, Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections | Richard Pellinger is a Building Plans Examiner Supervisor with Seattle DCI, department expert for the Seattle Residential Code, training resource for staff, and a voting member for the 2015 and 2018 ICC Code Hearings. Prior to joining the City of Seattle, Richard had over 20 years of experience in building design and construction, including residential, mixed-use and commercial work. In addition, he is a proud graduate of North Dakota State University with an architectural degree.

David VanSkike, Senior Land-Use Planner, Policy and Technical Team, Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections | David VanSkike is a Senior Land-Use Planner in the Policy and Technical Team at Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections.  He provides strategic advice in interpreting land use codes and helps guide the Department’s decision-making process as it implements City Policy through Land Use, Environmental and Building regulations.  David is graduate of Evergreen State College with a degree in environmental policy studies. David’s expertise is informed by a diverse background as a zoning plans examiner, municipal planner, inspector and until 2019, a planning consultant with the law firm of Van Ness Feldman LLC where he represented clients in entitlements, real estate due diligence,  project management and governmental relations.   David also had over 8 years in the construction trades which helps inform a practical understanding of the built environment.  Outside of his professional roles, David is a former world champion powerlifter, strength coach and Highland Games Athlete.

All sessions and speakers subject to change.


  • Learn about common land use & building code mistakes/issues that come up during local intake & review how to avoid or approach them for a more successful project.
  • Learn how to navigate and apply the residential energy code requirements for varying scopes of residential projects, as well as options to go beyond the code minimums for sustainability.
  • Learn about the current local and national trends for ADU/DADUs, Substantial Alterations, and Existing non-conforming conditions and all of the code elements needed for design, permitting & construction
  • Participants will have the opportunity to discuss about specific land use, building code, and energy code requirements with a panel of Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections staff.




Special thanks to the Code Committee for planning this series of sessions!

Marc Chavez, AIA
Steve Dombrowski, AIA

Registration or Credit Questions?
Contact Zoe Guckenheimer, Program & Event Coordinator at AIA Seattle

Program Questions?
Contact Connor Descheemaker, Member Engagement Manager at AIA Seattle

Sponsorship Questions?
Contact Kristen Lound, Associate Director, Growth & Operations at AIA Seattle


July 23, 2020
12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Event Price
$25 - $175
Class Credit




AIA Seattle
(206) 448-4938