Upcoming No-Cost Building Energy Code Training Opportunities

Looking for resources to get up to speed on Title 24 energy code? No-cost trainings for building inspectors, plan examiners, contractors, and energy consultants are available through Energy Code Ace, funded through the California Codes and Standards Program – which has to-date trained over 3,500 local government and building professionals. Energy Code Ace has upcoming trainings…

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…

Save the Date: 2016 Building EE Standards Presentation at East Bay ICC Meeting, April 12th

The CEC will be sharing a high-level “What’s New For the 2016 Energy Standards” presentation at the International Code Council East Bay Chapter Meeting on April 12th. The meeting will be held at The Englander in San Leandro. CEC presentations and trainings, and trainings held by Energy Code Ace are two valuable resources for California local…

CEC’s March/April Blueprint Newsletter in Review

The CEC’s Blueprint Newsletter for March and April is out! The Newsletter covers everything from demand responsive controls and commissioning to small duct high-velocity HVAC systems, to upcoming free trainings. This is a great (more…)

ASHRAE Spring Courses: Course List and Registration Open (through March 18th)

ASHRAE’s Spring 2016 course list is now available on ASHRAE’s website. Course topics range from building commissioning best practices, to responsible implementation of air recovery (a very cost-effective way to reduce conditioning needs), to combined heat and power (CHP), and, for the first time, a course on using variable refrigerant flow (VRF). For those not…

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…

Santa Barbara County’s Smart Build Santa Barbara (SB2) Program

To support energy efficiency in community projects, the County of Santa Barbara runs the innovative Smart Build Santa Barbara (SB2) program (formerly known as the IBRP), to provide complimentary energy efficiency expertise from community leaders during the (more…)

CEC New Lighting Standards Estimated to Save $4 Billion in Energy Costs

As of Wednesday 1/27, the CEC has adopted new lighting standards for small diameter directional lamps – often used in home track lighting. Per the CEC’s blog: “The adopted standards will save consumers money in electricity and bulb replacement costs. For a $4 investment in the more efficient small-diameter directional lamps, the Energy Commission estimates…

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…

California Energy Efficiency and Solar Permits on the Rise

Reported in GreenHomeBuilder Magazine, California’s energy-related permits are being tracked by the Construction Industry Research Board (CIRB), who is noticing an update in solar and efficient HVAC residential permits. An excerpt is available below: The most recent reported month of June 2015 revealed a total of 9,823 solar permits issued in California, a 14.15 percent increase…

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…
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