New Title 24 Standards Take Effect July 1

Designed to get even more energy savings from new and existing residential and nonresidential buildings, California’s 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24) take effect July 1.

The 2013 standards are a significant improvement over current ones adopted in 2008: they will reduce energy use by 25 percent in residential buildings and 30 percent in nonresidential buildings for lighting, heating, cooling, ventilation, and water heating.

The standards will result in buildings being more comfortable and will decrease energy costs. They also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from a sector that accounts for 40 percent of emissions across the United States, according to the U.S. Green Building Council.

These standards set the foundation of California’s goal to have all new residential buildings be Zero-Net Energy by 2020 and all new nonresidential buildings be Zero-Net Energy by 2030.

The California Energy Commission – which proposed, adopted and is rolling out the standards – developed more sophisticated public domain compliance software that more accurately captures energy savings. The California Building Energy Code Compliance (CBECC) software is a free, open-source program that models residential and nonresidential buildings, giving businesses a better understanding of what is required to be in compliance.

CBECC software tutorial
The Energy Commission is working with the industry to make compliance as easy as possible. A series of webinars over the past six months gave an overview of updates on the changes and tutorials on how to use the CBECC software.

 Energy efficiency is one of the cheapest, fastest ways to reduce climate pollution and improve air quality.

To learn more about the 2013 Title 24, Part 6 Building Energy Efficiency Standards, please visit our website.

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