As the City of Palm Springs continues on its path to becoming the most sustainable community in the Coachella Valley, the Palm Springs Sustainability Commission would like to invite professional architects, builders, contractors and developers to attend a free Zero Net Energy Workshop on Thursday, Nov. 16.

The 10 a.m. event will be held on the campus of UCR Palm Desert, 75080 Frank Sinatra Drive, according to a city news release.

The workshop will include veteran architects, contractors and educators along with staff from local utilities discussing upcoming zero net energy building code requirements adopted by the state of California. The goal is to help prepare professionals how to achieve zero net energy standards by 2020 for residential homes and by 2030 for commercial buildings.

“The City of Palm Springs encourages local builders, contractors, architects and developers to attend this workshop and educate themselves about the new building code requirements,” Jay Virata, Director of Community & Economic Development, said in a prepared statement. “It’s important they get a head start on going zero net energy so that the transition is more efficient.”

The event is sponsored by the City of Palm Springs Sustainability Commission, the Coachella Valley Association of Governments, CVAG, U.S. Green Building Council, Desert Valley Builders Association, Hot Purple Energy, NBI, Southern California Edison and Southern California Gas Company.