Corte Madera Adopts Climate Action Plan

Earlier this month, the Town of Corte Madera adopted and published its new Climate Action Plan, making Marin County a county where all cities and towns – and the County itself – have a climate action plan in place. (Click here for links to all of Marin County’s climate action plans.) The Plan reviews the Town’s greenhouse…

BayREN Report: Permitting Best Practices, Reach Code Case Study, Code Trainings, and More

BayREN’s Codes and Standards’s new 2015 Annual Report is out, and has a wealth of information – including best practices for local governments – on reach code adoption, improving building energy efficiency standard compliance, energy-focused ordinances, and more. Check out case studies of stakeholder engagement for energy code development in Santa Clara, and support offered…

Los Angeles in the Lead in NRDC 2015 Year-End Report on Cities Leading EE Nationally

The City of Los Angeles’s work to engage stakeholders in its energy and water efficiency ordinance planning is highlighted in the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC)’s 2015 year end report showcasing energy efficiency leaders across the country. Click here to learn more.

City of Piedmont Building Energy Savings Ordinance (BESO) Under Consideration

The City of Piedmont is considering adoption of a Building Energy Savings Ordinance (BESO) – or an ordinance that triggers the requirement of a residential energy assessment – as a customer-driven approach to achievement greenhouse gas reductions laid forth in its climate action plan. Piedmont’s consideration includes using the U.S. Department of Energy’s Home Energy Score as…

CSE Report: Energy Benchmarking and Transparency Best Practices and Case Studies

Prepared for the Port of San Diego, the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) has released a report, Energy Benchmarking and Transparency: A review of national best practices, California policies and energy efficiency opportunities for the San Diego Unified Port District. The report reviews state benchmarking policies (set and in the process of being set under AB 758…

From Outside the State: A Colorado BESO Case Study

In October 2015, the City of Boulder, Colorado adopted a new ordinance that modified existing voluntary programming to require that certain types of commercial, industrial, and City buildings conduct energy assessments, disclose building energy use, and take action if cost-effective energy upgrades were found through the assessments. Specifically, qualifying buildings will be required to do…

Presentation: Local Policies to Achieve Zero Net Energy Buildings

Presented by the Center for Sustainable Energy, Local Policies to Achieve ZNE Buildings (part 2) is a great resource to hear from cities and experts on programming that can help get local governments ready for zero net energy use in buildings. Speakers and more information listed below: This webinar focused on two strategies at the…

Palo Alto’s On Demand Green Building Compliance Trainings

Palo Alto has released an On-Demand set of green building compliance trainings: learn more in the City’s September 23rd press release here and below: Launch of On-Demand Video Trainings for the Green Building and Energy Reach Code Ordinances Palo Alto’s Development Services department has launched a series of on-demand trainings videos outlining the requirements found in…

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.

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…

Free Title 24, Part 6 Training for Plans Examiners and Building Inspectors!

Energy Code Ace is offering free hands-on courses that are designed to provide plans examiners and building inspectors with the knowledge and skills needed to more quickly and effectively enforce the 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards. All participants receive a comprehensive workbook and tools they can use on the job. All classes are held 8:30…

CEC’s Updated Climate Zone Map

The California Energy Commission’s Climate Zone Map is available on their website, here, and also below: The Climate Zone Map, and its implications on the cost-effectiveness of implementation, must be reviewed if a local government wishes to adopt local standards for energy efficiency beyond those set by Title 24 and have those standards approved and…

Voluntary Green Manual for Residential and Commercial Buildings released by CVAG/SCE Partnership

Through the Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG), the municipalities of Blythe, Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs, Indian Wells, Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians have worked together with Southern California Edison to develop climate action planning for energy efficiency policies and programs. This Green Building Manual was recently…
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