Title 24 Frequently Asked Questions

Whether you are a resident or business in California, you may be directly affected by upcoming changes to building energy codes from upgrades to Title 24, Part 6 going into effect July 1st, 2014.

For PG&E Customers

Building energy codes help to ensure that building construction and installations achieve a minimum level of energy efficiency for both residential and nonresidential buildings.

Increased energy efficiency results in:
  • Lower Energy Costs
  • Reliable Delivery of Services
  • Increased Comfort
  • Improved Environment


‘Title 24’ is the specific building energy code standard in California.

Building energy code standards are updated periodically to allow for incorporation of new energy efficiency advancements and methods.

Changes to Title 24, Part 6 may result in modifications to rebates received from PG&E, affecting energy efficiency projects in the future.

For Residents – efficiency improvements for windows, envelope insulation and HVAC system testing may see modifications to available rebates.

For Businesses – efficiency improvements for lighting controls, windows, HVAC equipment and building commissioning may see modification to available rebates.

If you plan on applying for rebates with PG&E, consider the following:
  • New building energy codes from changes to Title 24, Part 6 go into effect July 1st, 2014.
  • Some rebates may not be available or may change after this date.
  • Compliance may require a permit and licensed contractor.


To learn more, reach out to an Energy Efficiency Specialist, Trade Professional, or PG&E representative.

There are a several ways to take advantage of modifications to rebates:

For Professionals

The California Building Standards Code, often referred to as ‘Title 24’, was created by the California Building Standards Commission in 1978. The Standards are updated periodically by the California Energy Commission to allow consideration for and possible incorporation of new energy efficiency technologies and methods.

The goal of Title 24 is to ensure that building construction, system design and installation achieve energy efficiency and preserve outdoor and indoor environmental quality. The Standards establish a minimum level of building energy efficiency for both residential and nonresidential buildings. A building can be designed to a higher efficiency level, resulting in additional energy savings.

2013 version changes to Title 24 requirements occur in ‘Part 6’ of the California Building Standards Code. Title 24, Part 6 refers specifically to Energy Efficiency Standards for Residential and Nonresidential Buildings.

The most significant efficiency improvements to the residential Standards are proposed for windows, envelope insulation and HVAC system testing. The most significant efficiency improvements to the nonresidential Standards are proposed for lighting controls, windows, unitary HVAC equipment and building commissioning.

The new 2013 version of Title 24, Part 6 leads to increased energy efficiency, resulting in:
  • Lower Energy Costs
  • Reliable Delivery of Services
  • Increased Comfort
  • Improved Environment

Beginning July 1st, 2014, the new 2013 California Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24, Part 6) will go into effect.

Title 24 sets the guidelines for building design, operations and efficiency throughout the state of California. the 2013 version changes to Title 24, Part 6 will result in modifications to rebates customers can receive from PG&E, which may affect energy efficiency projects in the future.

Rebates
The following rebate levels will be discontinued/changed July 1st, 2014 due to Title 24, Part 6 upgrades:
ProductRebate/Unit MeasureTitle 24 Impact
Lighting Controls/Occupancy Sensors $5-$50/sensor Discontinue
Bi-Level Stairwell/Hall/Garage Fixtures $15/fixture Discontinue
Linear Fluorescent High Bays $20-$150/fixture Change
High-performance Linear Fluorescent Fixtures $17.50-$20/fixture Discontinue
Small Water Boiler for Space Heating $0.25/MBtu/h Discontinue
High-performance Dual-pane Windows $0.75/sq.ft. Discontinue
More information on rebate modifications here:


Customized Projects

Some customized projects with products in the following categories may be impacted by changes to Title 24, Part 6:
  • Lighting
  • Refrigeration
  • Boiler & Water Heating Systems
  • Chiller, Air Conditioning and Compressed Air Systems
  • HVAC Controls, Sensors & Economizers
  • Computer Rooms & Data Centers


More information on customized projects here:
PG&E customers can pursue energy efficiency upgrades through deemed rebates (streamlined approvals for pre-approved products) or customized retrofits (on-site visits and site specific engineering calculations for projects not covered by deemed rebates).

Applying for deemed rebates impacted by Title 24, Part 6:
  • Impacted products must be installed and invoiced prior to 7/1/14 to receive current rebates.
  • Applications for impacted products must be submitted prior to 8/1/14.
  • Apply for an eRebate online; or
  • Download and mail in a rebate application.

Applying for customized retrofits impacted by Title 24, Part 6:
  • Applications received prior to 6/1/14 evaluated relative to current building energy code baseline.
  • Applications received on or after 6/1/14 evaluated relative to new building energy code baseline.
  • Applications using current building energy code baselines can install after 7/1/14, but PG&E may request proof that the customer has a valid permit under the old code. If proof-of-permit cannot be provided, savings will be re-calculated using updated code.
  • Learn more about applying for customized retrofit projects.

Applying for New Construction rebates impacted by Title 24, Part 6:
  • Following are the Savings By Design (SBD)/Customized New Construction program eligibility requirements for all projects submitted on or after July 1, 2014.
  • For all New Construction Whole Building Approach (SBD and Customized New Construction Hybrid) projects to be eligible for review under 2008 T-24, project:
    1. Must have been submitted for permit under the 2008 T-24 code and provide permit documentation in support of 2008 code status during project commitment.
    2. Must have documentation substantially complete, ready for Technical Review and be submitted to the Project Office by November 1, 2014.
    3. Must have a fully executed Owner Agreement and/or Design Team Agreement (approved & signed by all parties) by December 31, 2014.
    4. Given that large new construction projects have long/iterative design and permitting time scales, any projects that need an extension for providing commitment documentation should submit a written request and receive a written acknowledgement from the Program Manager granting the extension.
  • Projects that do not meet the criteria mentioned above, will either be reviewed under the 2013 T-24 code (even if the project is permitted under the 2008 T-24 code) or reviewed under the Systems Approach only. For all other Savings By Design (Systems Approach and Simplified Approach) projects to be eligible for review under the 2008 T-24 code, project:
    1. Must have been submitted for permit under the 2008 T-24 code and provide permit documentation in support of 2008 code status during project commitment.
    2. Must have documentation substantially complete, ready for Technical Review and be submitted to the Project Office by November 1, 2014.
    3. Must have a fully executed Owner Agreement and/or Design Team Agreement (approved & signed by all parties) by December 31, 2014.
  • For a full description of what qualifies as an SBD project, please refer to the SBD participant Handbook available at pge.com/savingsbydesign.
 

Quick Tips on Title 24, Part 6

    • Changes go into effect July 1st, 2014.
    • Results in increased energy efficiency.
    • Modifications, mainly, to select lighting and HVAC rebates.
    • To learn more, reach out to a professional for help or call PG&E.

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