All About ADUs

Gain Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) expertise and become an 'ADU Specialist'!

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Now available for the Bay Area, California market!

Join us for two 2-hour webinars intended for professionals looking to increase their knowledge about Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) development in order to respond to increasing client demand for properties with ADU potential.

This course is intended to help real estate and building professionals understand the basic planning and building regulations for ADU development in Bay Area, CA and to provide insight into ADU regulations in the broader Bay Area region.

Increasing numbers of prospective home buyers and homeowners are interested in building an ADU on their property, and the growth of ADUs in California has been remarkable since 2017 due largely to state legislative changes and is likely only just the beginning (see city-by-city ADU permit trends in CA). Professionals trained on ADUs in these markets will be on the cutting edge of this emerging development trend and can help homeowners/developers understand site eligibility, development process and costs, and the return on investment of ADUs.

Promote your new ADU expertise and become an 'ADU Specialist'!

Earn the 'ADU Specialist' designation and display your ADU credentials to the market. Join the network of over 250 accredited professionals across 13 states who have leveraged the designation to add valuable credibility to their business and tapped into this growing market with the backing of an organization that has trained and accredited thousands of professionals across the country on sustainable building practices. 

You must pass an exam and be a green designated professional in order to earn the 'ADU Specialist' accreditation (learn more about requirements here). 'ADU Specialist' is an optional designation and it is not required to attend the 'All About ADUs' course.

Learning Objectives
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  • Understand what makes a property ADU-ready/eligible in Bay Area, CA 
  • Learn what is involved in the process of getting approved to build an ADU
  • Analyze taxation, valuation and financing options for ADUs
  • Understand the ADU design, permitting, and building process (attached, detached, and garage conversion)
  • Gain access to resources to help your clients plan for their ADU (including a budget sample, contract types, development rebate programs, and more)
  • Gain insight on ADU regulations in the broader Bay Area region
  • Get answers to your ADU-specific questions 

When & Where
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Tuesday & Thursday, April 20 & 22, 2021
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Live Webinar
Intended for audiences in Bay Area, CA 

CEs & Cost
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Continuing Education
Earth Advantage Broker Renewal: 4 CEs
​Accredited Green Appraiser Renewal: 4 CEs

Course Fee 
$80 per person | Regular Admission
$70 per person | Earth Advantage Accredited Professionals (Earth Advantage Brokers, Accredited Green Appraisers, Sustainable Homes Professionals, Zero Energy Professionals)
$60 per person | ADU Specialists
$60 per person | Groups of 2 or more
(Normally $110 for 4 hour in-person class)

Registration now includes a free e-book written by our ADU course developer, Kol Peterson: Backdoor Revolution - The Definitive Guide to ADU Development 

'ADU Specialist' Accreditation Exam (optional)
$25 | Regular Admission (Green Designation prerequisite - learn more about requirements here)

Special Offer: ADU Exam + Earth Advantage Broker Course
Sign up for the ‘ADU Specialist’ accreditation exam and save $25 off registration fee for the ‘Earth Advantage Broker’ green designation online course (reduced rate $120; regularly $145). This special offer provides a clear path towards satisfying the ‘ADU Specialist’ prerequisite at a reduced cost. 

Questions? Please contact the EA Education Team at or (503) 968-7160 x60.

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Appraisers, Architects, Builders/Contractors, Developers, Real Estate Professionals

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Carrie Shores Diller
Carrie Shores Diller: Principal at Inspired ADUs and Larson Shores Architecture & Interiors
Carrie is dedicated to timeless architectural and design excellence rooted in a sense of place and purpose. She is a licensed architect and LEED AP, who received her master’s degree in architecture from UC Berkeley, where she met her business partner Josh Larson. Carrie’s fierce commitment to ADUs and aging in community began when she, herself, faced serious spinal problems. She realized, firsthand, that her home was fighting rather than supporting her. The wisdom gained from her 10-year battle for wellness and personal independence opened her eyes to the environmental needs of the disabled and elderly, and informs every Inspired ADU.


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