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.
‘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.
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.
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.
|Product||Rebate/Unit Measure||Title 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|