Stringency: California’s energy code is considered to be one of the most aggressive and best enforced energy code in the United States, and has been a powerful vehicle for advancing energy-efficiency standards for building equipment. Many specifications are performance-based, offering flexibility for designers. The code also stands out because it includes field verification requirements for certain measures and reports high compliance rates overall. The most recently adopted 2013 code, effective January 1, 2014, is mandatory statewide and exceeds 2012 IECC standards for residential buildings and meets or exceeds ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1-2010 for commercial buildings.
Compliance (2013 Survey Responses):
- Gap Analysis/Strategic Compliance Plan: The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) adopted the state’s Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan (“Strategic Plan”), presenting a single roadmap to achieve maximum energy savings across all major groups and sectors in California. This comprehensive Strategic Plan for 2009 to 2020 represents the state’s first integrated framework of goals and strategies for saving energy, covering government, utility, and private sector actions, and holds energy efficiency to its role as the highest priority resource in meeting California’s energy needs.
- Baseline & Updated Compliance Studies: The CPUC completed evaluations of building energy code compliance for the 2006-2008 program cycle in 2010, which can be found on the CALMAC website (http://www.calmac.org/). Evaluations of the 2010-2012 program cycle are currently underway and will be published either in late 2013 or early 2014.
- Utility Involvement: California codes are supported by IOU incentive and rebate programs. Beside utility incentive programs, they develop and deliver building energy code training to a variety of stakeholders including builders, building departments, trades people, engineers, and architects in support of increase compliance.
- Stakeholder Advisory Group: There are a number of stakeholder advisory groups including the Western HVAC Performance Alliance and the Compliance Improvement Advisory Group.
- Training/Outreach: The state has an Online Learning Center (http://www.energyvideos.com/splash.php), which consists of a number of training videos that building officials, contractors and others can use to learn about California’s energy standards as well as earn continuing education credits. Additionally, the Energy Commission is continuously working with stakeholders, including utilities, to develop meaningful and helpful training and educational material used by the building industry to properly implement the states building energy standards.
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