Rebuilding better homes for Northern California wildfire survivors

“There are options for homeowners. Under the first option, homeowners receive a $7,500 incentive to exceed current energy efficiency standards by 20%, to install an electric vehicle charging station (equipment is provided free of charge) and design the roof for additional loads associated with solar panels. If they want to add solar combined with energy…

California is the first state to require solar panels on new homes. Here’s why Big Brother is on to something

“Should solar buying be simply mandated by a government bureaucracy without even a vote by our elected representatives in the Legislature? One additional very real concern: California is mired in a housing crisis. Buying a home already is unaffordable for far too many families. And now the state is going to add the cost of…

California utilities, solar developers advocate dialogue on new solar mandate

“Utilities are welcoming a historic rooftop solar building code in California, but urging caution with its implementation in order to protect non-solar customers. At the same time, utilities and solar developers are calling for a dialogue among stakeholders to effectively integrate additional rooftop solar into the grid.” Click here to read more from Utility Dive.

Why California rooftop solar requirement is not the right move for green energy

“The residential solar mandate for new homes approved by the state Energy Commission will make reaching California’s climate goals possibly more difficult and definitely more expensive. Such requirements are the most extreme tool for energy and environmental regulators, going beyond tax incentives, education programs and renewable standards for utilities. These mandates eliminate consumer choice and…

Title 24 compliance can achieve a balance of efficiency and expense in commercial projects

“Since the California Energy Commission was founded in 1974 and the building efficiency standards, known as Title 24, were first established in 1978, the state – through its increasingly robust efficiency and environmental requirements, mandates, and executive orders – has influenced policy worldwide and thereby the design and manufacture of lighting products available in nearly…

Free Calif. Energy Efficiency Standards Trainings for Building Inspectors

The nonresidential energy efficiency standards seminar will be held eight more times before the year’s end in the cities listed below. The training will provide plans examiners and building inspectors with the knowledge and skills needed to more quickly and effectively enforce the 2016 energy code for nonresidential projects. Upcoming dates and locations: Folsom, Nov…

Computer Rooms & Data Centers Title 24 Fact Sheet

The 2016 Building Energy Efficiency Standards apply to all space conditioning systems serving computer rooms. The Energy Standards define a computer room as: “A room within a building whose primary function is to house electronic equipment and that has a design equipment power density exceeding 20 watts/ft2 (215 watts/m²) of conditioned floor area.” When the…
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