Builders Get a Reprieve until 2010 on California’s Tougher New Building Efficiency Standards

by Robin Yeager on 07/06/2009

in Energy Efficiency, Green Building

The California Energy Commission has pushed back the date for Title 24’s 2008 Energy Efficiency Standards, Parts 1 and 6, to take effect.  The new standards will be effective on January 1, 2010 instead of August 1st, 2009.  The CEC cited delays in completing the compliance software as the reason for the extension.

Under the stringent new codes, the energy efficiency of new construction is expected to increase 10-20% above current standards.  With the implementation of Title 24’s amendments, which also apply to retrofits and renovations, California will continue to lead the nation as the new codes are more than 20% ahead of national standards.

Flex Your Power, California’s energy efficiency marketing and outreach campaign, quoted Fred Bell of the Building Industry Association as estimating that homes built under the new codes could save owners $200 to $600 per year on energy bills.

For more info, see the CEC’s site. For questions about Title 24, contact the CEC at or via its Energy Hotline, M-F 8am-Noon & 1-4:30 pm, at 916-654-5106 or 800-772-3300 in CA.


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