Santa Barbara County Passes New Energy Efficiency Policy for Municipally Owned and Leased Facilities

Congratulations to Santa Barbara County, who has just passed a new “County of Santa Barbara Energy Efficiency Standards Policy for County Owned and Leased Facilities.” This comprehensive policy was passed by the Board of Supervisors on August 30th, and includes requirements for staff energy training, reporting of (more…)

New California Energy Commission Online Resource Center

The California Energy Commission (CEC)’s Efficiency Division’s Online Resource Center (ORC) is a central location for Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Energy Standards) educational resource materials. The ORC is now available at The ORC offers quick access to: 2013, 2016, and archived Energy Standards home pages (more…)

2013 Title 24, Part 6 Lighting Alterations Update: New energy code compliance option may reduce lighting controls requirements and project costs, effective immediately for all projects permitted before December 31, 2016

The California Energy Commission approved the use of an optional compliance pathway for use in non-residential lighting alterations that trigger Title 24, Part 6. This is in addition to the pre-existing two compliance pathways. This new option may (more…)

Capture the Power of Saving Water: Title 20 Regulations for Plumbing Fittings and Fixtures (and Energy Code Ace Resources to Help Your Community Comply)

  Did you know that in California, plumbing fittings and plumbing fixtures are regulated by recently updated standards that are more stringent than federal standards? In 2015, California’s Title 20 established water efficiency standards requiring lavatory faucets and (more…)