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…

Resources for Plug Load Efficiency

According to California’s Existing Buildings Energy Efficiency Action Plan, plug-in equipment is expected to account for 69% of the growth in building electricity consumption by 2030. Plug load management and energy efficiency was also a topic of discussion in the recent California’s Clean Economy legislative hearing. Luckily, there are resources that can guide activities local governments…

CEC kicks off AB 865 EmPower California: Workshop 2/26

The CEC will be holding the first Empower California workshop on February 26th at 9am to kick off AB 865, also known as the EmPower California Act, which will boost job creation and business opportunities for minorities, women, LGBT and disabled veteran-owned businesses in the energy industry. Implementation will include establishing an outreach plan to increase participation of diverse…

CEC’s Blueprint Newsletter, Nov 2015-Feb 2016 Now Available

Issue 112 of the California Energy Commission’s Blueprint Newsletter is now available. In the issue: A change in Home Energy Rating System (HERS) providers; A new computer compliance software program; Funding for workforce training from the CEC’s Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) Program; Guidance on radiant barriers; and more! Click here to read the newsletter.  

Mark Your Calendars: Upcoming Title 24 Energy Code In-Person Trainings

Looking for training resources on California’s current 2013 energy code? Looking ahead to educate yourself on the coming 2016 code? Mark your calendars with the trainings available through Energy Code Ace, listed below. (For reference, the Energy Code Ace Web site is developed and provided by the California Statewide Codes & Standards Program, which offers…

SDG&E 2016 Energy Education & Training Catalog (Jan-Mar) Available – Plus, Lending Library

A catalog of trainings offered by SDG&E throughout the first quarter of this year is available on SDG&E’s website, here.  Trainings are offered in the following categories: Lighting Technologies Energy Management Strategies Building Envelope, Standards & Software HVAC Systems & Technologies Commercial & Industrial Technologies Food Service Renewables & Sustainability Home Performance Homeowner Workshops Trade…

ZNE Case Studies Available at New Buildings Institute: Features include San Francisco’s Exploratorium, San Diego offices, San Leandro ZNE Training Center

Looking to learn more about zero net energy (ZNE) best practices? The New Buildings Institute has released a number of case studies describing zero net energy retrofits and development from across the continent. California buildings are prominently featured, and include: San Francisco’s Exploratorium, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) building, offices on San Diego’s…

City of Beaumont Approves Final “Sustainable Beaumont” Climate Action Plan

Last week, Beaumont’s City Council approved the City’s Sustainable Beaumont Climate Action Plan. The Plan, prepared by Atkins and funded through the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), sets a number of goals, including: Provision of resources (education, training, audits, retrofits, and an Environmental Advocate) and working with regional groups and utilities to improve both…

Energy Roadmaps Completed for all SANDAG Cities, Implementation Underway

Through collaboration with the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and support from its local government partnership with SDG&E, the Cities of Solana Beach and Poway recently released their Energy Roadmaps. These Roadmaps serve as management plans that provide the Cities with a framework to identify ways to save energy in government operations and in 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…

PG&E Multi-Family Program Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) Video Course

Join the PG&E Multi-Family Program for an hour long webinar where they discuss modeling VRF systems: We will discuss the different types of VRF systems and how they are different. We will show how VRF systems are modeled and what to do when a property is looking at VRF systems as an energy efficient upgrade.  

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…
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