Celebrating 65 years, the Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC) is slated to be an exciting gathering of home building industry professionals. Produced by the California Building Industry Association (CBIA), the conference provides a place for professionals to learn about industry concerns but more importantly about innovative solutions.

To find out what may be discussed at PCBC, BUILDER caught up with Dan C. Dunmoyer, CBIA president and CEO.

What are some of the current home building challenges CBIA is watching? CBIA continues to work hard to address California’s housing crisis by helping policymakers understand the broad economic benefits of building homes, including job creation, increased tax revenue, and improved community well-being. The organization closely monitors legislation introduced at the state capitol and works to defeat bills that would make the housing crisis worse by adding regulations, fees and delays to home construction.

This year CBIA faces three important and time-sensitive objectives: passing a school facilities bond, achieving reasonable flexibility in the current round of green energy transition regulations, and accelerating action by the California Department of Insurance to address the insurance crisis and increase availability of property insurance options for homeowners and businesses.

Are there any legislative or regulatory pushes that CBIA believes will impact the industry this year/soon? CBIA is always on the alert for legislative initiatives that will negatively impact housing, and every year we defeat dozens of bills that would negatively impact our industry and our customers who want homes that they can afford. Some are so bad that we call them Housing Killers (you can see our annual list of the Housing Killer and Housing Creator bills online.) Often, bills are introduced with good intention by authors who do not realize that their legislation will actually make it harder and much more expensive to build homes that Californians need. We work to educate policymakers about the real world-impacts of these legislative proposals.

In addition to the legislative arena, we engage with all the state agencies, boards, and commissions that issue regulations that can have massive impacts on home building. This year we are participating in many of the California Building Standards Commission’s Code Advisory Committees which will determine new regulations related to California’s transition to green energy. The next round of regulations will be implemented in 2026.

How is CBIA handling the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) changes? CBIA’s position is that we need a thoughtful, common sense, and orderly transition to green energy that does not derail housing production. The green energy transition must be calibrated with things like grid reliability, transmission capacity, and product availability.

California’s new homes and master planned communities already surpass existing housing stock in terms of fire resilience, energy efficiency, and carbon neutrality. In some cases, regulatory agencies have issued conflicting restrictions and regulations that affect home construction which do not align with current grid reliability, transmission capacity, and product availability. And some agencies are considering adding even more stringent regulations to the building industry that would further increase costs and delay projects, ultimately preventing the development of affordable entry-level homes for middle-income families by freezing owner occupancy.

Addressing the climate crisis should not make the housing crisis worse. California is in dire need of practical solutions for transitioning to green energy without hindering the construction of attainable entry-level homes. The construction of more housing, of all types, is essential for addressing our housing crisis and meeting the needs of Californians. This is why our advocacy efforts are urging regulators to provide flexibility during the green energy transition to build homes that maximize energy efficiency within the reality of existing product and grid reliability.

What are some housing solutions that will be showcased at PCBC? One of the newest additions to the show this year is a LIVE wildfire demonstration. PCBC and CBIA have partnered with the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) to conduct a LIVE burn demonstration during PCBC 2024 at North Net Training Center, a 10-minute drive from the Anaheim Convention Center. This demonstration will showcase the effectiveness of IBHS's Wildfire Prepared Home system, which includes science-based mitigation actions to reduce the risk of ember ignition in homes. The importance of creating and maintaining a noncombustible zone zero and using wildfire-resistant materials in home construction will be highlighted during the burn. Additionally, The California Homebuilding Foundation (CHF) and The Donald Chaiken Building Industry Technology Academy (BITA) have collaborated to involve high school students in building the structures for the burn demo, providing them with valuable hands-on experience in the construction industry.

The wildfire demonstration is part of the PCBC 2024 Max Pass Wildfire Resiliency education track and includes transportation for the demo. Additionally, the Exhibit Floor and PCBC Plaza feature Wildfire Resiliency solutions.

What do you think home building professionals can learn from PCBC this year? The theme for 2024 is ‘Together, Moving the Homebuilding Industry Forward.’ PCBC provides valuable knowledge and insights for home building professionals to advance the industry and create better communities for future generations. From the latest trends in design and construction to innovative technologies and sustainable practices, the show provides a platform for industry experts to share their expertise and experiences.

What should conference-goers know about PCBC 2024? Get ready for an amazing event this year! PCBC 2024 is all about celebrating 65 incredible years of PCBC. From its humble beginnings in 1959 as a small educational conference, PCBC has evolved into a dynamic four-day experience featuring a showcase of exhibits, thoughtfully curated conference sessions, specialized buyer and seller programs, prestigious award ceremonies, and cutting-edge product launches. We can't wait to welcome you to this milestone celebration. We look forward to seeing you there!