From WaPo: How to get the real estate market to properly value green homes

Read more from the Washington Post here, or review the excerpt below: From installing rooftop solar panels to putting in new triple pane windows and EnergyStar appliances, people today make all kinds of home upgrades that save energy and lower their utility bills. But when they opt to sell their “green” home, it’s often less than clear…

Public Comment + Webinar: Draft Research Plan for PY 2013-2015 California Statewide Codes and Standards Program Impact Evaluation: Phase One

The draft research plan for PY 2013-2015 California Statewide Codes and Standards Program Impact Evaluation: Phase One is available for public comments. This is the Phase 1 of the evaluation, covering appliance standards (Title 20 and Federal) effective during the program cycle and building codes (Title 24) for nonresidential alterations. Commission staff and independent consultants…

Quarterly Stakeholder EM&V Meeting June 9

The meeting will be held at the CPUC in the Golden Gate Room [directly accessible from Golden Gate Avenue] from 10:00 am. to 4:00 p.m.  Updated call-in and webinar information is provided below. The meeting’s theme will be a special spotlight on Local Government EE program efforts. Included within the program are highlights of recent Energy…

Do Sustainable Building Design Certifications Provide ROI?

This article contains a report from Underwriters Labs that provides a frank evaluation of the value of sustainable building certifications.  It provides a good reality check.  To read the full article, go here: http://www.energymanagertoday.com/sustainable-building-design-certifications-provide-roi-0112599/

Case Study: Santa Barbara County’s ZNE Facilities Resolution

The County of Santa Barbara’s Zero Net Energy Facilities Resolution sets an interim target for 50% of new county-owned facilities beginning design after 2020 to be ZNE and requires that all new facilities and major renovations beginning design after 2025 will be ZNE. Learn more in this case study from the Center for Sustainable Energy,…

ZNE Roadmap: Zero Net Energy Buildings: How California’s Local Jurisdictions Can Lead the Way

Get guidance on the steps to zero net energy that your jurisdiction can utilize to find energy and cost savings and comply with coming state regulations in this Zero Net Energy Roadmap for Local Governments from the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE), prepared for the San Diego Regional Energy Partnership, last updated May 2015.

How Does a Roof Quality as Cool Roof?

Installation of a “cool roof” can be a great way to reflect sunlight rather than having a building absorb it, thereby reducing a building’s thermal load, saving energy, money, improving building comfort, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. To provide guidance on what it takes for a roof to be considered a cool roof, the CEC has…

New Navigation Tool Available for Title 24, Part 6

Feeling lost in Title 24, Part 6? Energy Code Ace’s new Navigator Ace™ tool can help you find your way! Energy Code Ace is pleased to announce the launch of its “Navigator Ace” tool which provides a step-by-step guide to the Title 24, Part 6, compliance process.  Laid out in an easy-to-follow flowchart, each step…

Zero Net Energy New Residential Action Plan Launch Workshop, June 9, Courtyard Room CPUC (and via webex)

Energy Division staff are hosting a workshop to launch the New Residential Zero Net Energy Action Plan on June 9, 2015 (9:30 am – 5 pm), in the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Courtyard Room.  The agenda is attached, along with webex and call-in information, repeated below.  We will post the final plan to the CPUC Energy Efficiency…

Notice of Hearing for Possible Adoption of 2016 Proposed Building Energy Efficiency Standards and Negative Declaration Based on the Initial Study; Availability and Opportunity for Comment on the 15-Day Language and Additional Documents Relied Upon

The California Energy Commission will conduct a hearing during its regularly scheduled May Business Meeting to consider adopting the proposed update to the Building Energy Efficiency Standards in the California Code of Regulations, Title 24, Part 6, the Appendices1 to Part 6, and the associated administrative regulations in Part 1 (collectively also known as the…
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