Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN)
The BayREN Codes and Standards program helps the nine counties that make up the San Francisco Bay Area reduce their energy usage through improved building design and construction. The collaborative program supplies local governments with the resources they need to achieve full compliance with and enforce the California Energy Code, including best practice guides, checklists, policy support, targeted training and on-site support. Benningfield Group supports the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and consulting firm Frontier Energy (formerly BKi) as a subcontractor on the project, implementing in-field and technical support. Benningfield Group also developed and delivered BayREN’s extensive building department training program, which focused on developing new classes, best practice guides and tools that featured ease of use with minimal intrusion. The program efforts are currently focused on the creation of electronic tools to aid building departments with a more standardized permitting process.