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'! 

Attend this training and become eligible to earn the nationally-recognized 'ADU Specialist' accreditation in order to display your ADU expertise to the market. Join the network of over 450 accredited professionals across 15 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. 

Participants must attend one of our qualified trainings (this 'All About ADUs' class is one of them) and pass an accreditation exam. After passing the exam, Earth Advantage provides a registry listing, logo package, and marketing support for ADU Specialists to then promote their newly acquired designation via business cards, email signatures and website in order to differentiate themselves from other professionals.

'All About ADUs' participants who would like to pursue the 'ADU Specialist' designation can learn more about the exam here and opt in when registering below for this class. Note: '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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Thursday and Friday, May 11 & 12
11:00AM - 1PM

Live Webinar
Intended for audiences in Bay Area, CA 

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

Course Fee 
$90 per person | Regular Admission
$80 per person | Earth Advantage Accredited Professionals (Earth Advantage Brokers, Accredited Green Appraisers, Sustainable Homes Professionals, Zero Energy Professionals) 
$70 per person | ADU Specialists & Members of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry
$70 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' Designation Exam (optional)
$90 | Regular Admission (click here to learn more & register below)

Questions? Please contact us at or (503) 968-7160 x65.

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

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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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