Accessory Dwellings

A one-stop source about accessory dwelling units, multigenerational homes, laneway houses, ADUs, granny flats, in-law units…

Accessory Dwelling Academy participants page

You’ve registered to participate in the inaugural Accessory Dwelling Academy on Friday, June 21st, 2019. We’ve been working on putting together this event for a year, and are excited that it’s finally upon us.

Plan to arrive for registration by 8am on June 21st, 2019 at Metro, located at 600 NE Grand Ave Portland, Oregon. Continental breakfast will be available. The Academy will begin at 8:30am.

Class Curriculum Design

Accessory Dwelling Academy has been designed with you in mind. There will be two concurrent morning tracks: Design and Real Estate. In the afternoon, there will be two concurrent morning tracks: Build and Finance/Appraisal.

“But, I want to attend both tracks!!”, you declare.

Don’t worry. Read on….

Although you may have a stronger interest in one track over another, we have designed a special format for the day that will ensure all Academy participants gain exposure to all of the Academy’s core curriculum.

Here’s how we’re setting it up. If you select the Design workshop, you will receive the instruction from our ADU Design instructor for approximately 1 hour 45 minutes. There will be a 10-minute break, then the real estate instructors will provide an Executive Overview presentation of the Real Estate curriculum for 35 minutes to your class.

Similarly, if you sign up for the Real Estate workshop, you will be receive the instruction from our ADU Real Estate instructors for approximately 1 hour 45 minutes. There will be a 10-minute break, then the Design instructor will provide an Executive Overview presentation of the Design curriculum for 35 minutes.

No fear of missing out! You’ll get exposed to it all.

Here’s a visual depiction of the day’s schedule.

As a participant in either class, you will simply stay in the same room for the morning session. This same approach will occur in the afternoon session with the Build session, and the Finance and Appraisal session.

The goal of was to provide exposure to all of the core curriculum to all attendees. This approach will ensure that everyone walks away with the Academy’s core content, and that you will be fully equipped for all components of the ADU Specialist Exam.

Continuing Education Credits

Seven continuing education credits are available for CCB, OREA, ACLB, AIA and WA Appraisers. Fill out this short questionnaire in order for obtain credits for your attendance.

The Exam to Obtain an ADU Specialist designation

The exam to obtain an ADU Specialist designation will be available online immediately following the Academy for Academy participants. We will be encouraging you to take the exam at 5pm, either at Metro, or at the venue where we will have our social event (see Social Event description below). The exam will have 31 multiple choice questions. You must get a 70% passing grade. It’s an open book exam that you can take on paper at the end of the day, or you can take it online at any time. If you do not pass initial attempt, you may retest later.

Once you’ve obtained the ADU Specialist designation, you can even get an awesome ADU Specialist gift I’ve designed for this occasion. These will only be available to those who pass the ADU Specialist exam. 

ADU Topical Breakout Groups

In the afternoon, we’ll be doing breakout groups. In the ADU Tour registration form, you’re asked about what niche topics you would like to discuss during the breakout groups.

Example responses to that question could be: ADU regulatory reform, accessible design, prefab ADUs, standardized plans, short-term rentals, educating appraisers, etc.

Based on themes that emerged from the registration responses, here are nine likely ADU breakout group topics.

  • Prefab Models- What’s working?
  • Labor Workforce for Building in Tight Markets (building costs, labor shortage)
  • Sharing Building Code Workarounds (lofts, ladders, alternative foundations systems) and Suitable Materials, Fixtures and Equipment
  • High Performance Approaches (Thermal envelopes, HVAC, CA’s Title 24)
  • Address the Challenges of Financing and Appraiser Education
  • Navigating Zoning Regulations and Overcoming Permitting Bureaucracy
  • Designing Functional Floor Plans
  • Real Estate Development trends (Residential Infill Project, Missing Middle Housing, short term rental)
  • Addressing Affordable Housing Supply and Accessibility

Development Models Speaker

The afternoon Development Models keynote speaker is Eli Spevak. Eli is an extremely knowledgeable ADU expert and practitioner. Read more about Eli Spevak here.

Social Event

The social event held immediately after the Academy at CiderRiot!, and is an opportunity for participants and instructors to gather and network in a social way after a very full-day of learning.

The bar is 10 minutes walking from Metro, the location where the Academy will be held. Plan to walk there.

Since the Academy is on June 21st, the longest day of the year, you’ll be able to imbibe complimentary beverages with your peers till 7pm and still have another couple hours to explore Portland’s awesome nightlife, in daylight! There are restaurants within walking distance of the bar.

You can take even take the exam using your laptop or phone while at the social event.

Want to share your ADU marketing materials?

We’ll have a table set up for participants to share any ADU marketing materials (postcards, fliers, etc) with one another.

Directions for Getting to Metro

We recommend that you take an alternate mode of transportation to get to Metro, such as a cab, bus, train, scooter, or bike.

Here’s a Google Map of the key locations for the day.

All-day parking options near Metro, where the Academy will be held, are limited. This is the closest lot and it’s only $10/day. Here are other nearby options and additional direction information:

If you drive, do not use the two-hour street metered parking spots to park, as you will have to feed the meter throughout the day, which will be disruptive of the workshops.

Where to Stay

There’s plenty of hotels in Portland. One local favorite option is the Kennedy School. . There’s also many ADUs available on Airbnb if you’re really trying to get in your ADU fix over the weekend.

ADU Tour Registration For New Registrants

Each Academy registrant receives two complimentary tickets to the ADU Tour on June 22nd, the day following the Academy.

Register for ONE pass per Academy registrant, but we will actually provide two physical passes to you at the Academy.

All individual Academy participants must register for the ADU Tour. On the backend of the ADU Tour registration system, you have been set up with one ADU Tour ticket per Academy registration.

Register here and use your last name as the promotional code in order to access your complimentary ADU Tour pass. Once you’ve entered your last name, you will be able to register for free as Accessory Dwelling Academy participants.

Company owners should allow individual staff that are attending the Academy to register for their ADU Tour passes rather than registering on their behalf. eg. If Lee Chao registered for three Academy passes for three of her staff, those three individuals from Chao’s organization should each register for their own ADU Tour passes each using the special code “Chao”.

Once you’ve registered for the ADU Tour as directed above, you will be provided with access to the ADU Tour web page and the password for that page. This web page describes the 17 ADUs that will be featured on this year’s tour, as well as a map and images of all ADU Tour sites. I encourage all tour participants to read up about the ADUs on the tour in advance of the tour. This is especially true this year, since you will likely not be able to visit all 17 ADUs on the tour. At a moderately quick pace, you’ll be able to visit 12 ADUs, so you’ll have to be selective.

There are detailed questions in this special ADU Tour order form designed to help make the Academy course structure and attendant discussions as impactful as possible based on your interests. You should state your preference for which morning and which afternoon track you plan to attend. This is a non-binding, but will help us plan the two Academy classrooms accordingly.

ADU Tour booklets and wristbands will be provided at registration desk at the Academy on June 21st.

ADU Academy
%d bloggers like this: