Get answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ) about Title 24

Changes to building energy codes are described in the Building Standards Code, which is often called Title 24. These changes became effective July 1, 2014, and may affect both residential and business customers.

Learn how Title 24 may affect PG&E customers

Expand the following sections to get answers to frequently asked questions about Title 24.

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 the following benefits:

  • 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 at times to allow for incorporation of new energy-efficiency advancements and methods.

Updates to Title 24, Part 6 could result in changes to rebates our customers may receive. These changes could affect any future energy-efficiency projects.

For residents, efficiency improvements for windows, envelope insulation and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system testing could result in modification to available rebates.

For businesses, efficiency improvements for lighting controls, windows, HVAC equipment and building commissioning could result in modification to available rebates.

If you plan to apply for rebates with PG&E, consider the following information:

  • Some rebates might not be available or could change with the next update in 2017.
  • Compliance may require a permit and a licensed contractor.

To learn more about rebate modifications, contact:

You can take advantage of modifications to rebates in any of the following ways:

  • Contact PG&E
    • Contact your PG&E rep or call our Business Customer Service Center at 1-800-468-4743. Residential customers may call the Residential Customer Service Center at 1-800-933-9555.

Learn how Title 24 may affect building professionals

Expand the following sections to get answers to frequently asked questions about Title 24 from a building professional viewpoint.

The California Building Standards Commission created Title 24 in 1978. Title 24 strives to:

  • Ensure that building construction and system design and installation achieve higher energy efficiency.
  • Preserve environmental quality.
  • Create minimum energy-efficiency levels for new residential and nonresidential buildings. The higher the efficiency level in a building’s design, the greater the energy savings.

These standards are updated by the California Energy Commission (CEC) to include new energy-efficiency methods. The next set of changes is scheduled to be released in 2017. You can find changes to Title 24 requirements in Part 6 of the California Building Standards Code.

Title 24, Part 6 is designed to improve energy efficiency, which can result in the following benefits:

  • Lower energy costs
  • Reliable delivery of services
  • Increased comfort
  • Improved interior environment

Title 24, Part 6 changes may impact projects that include the following types of products:

  • Lighting
  • Refrigeration
  • Boiler and water-heating systems
  • Chiller, air conditioning and compressed air systems
  • HVAC controls, sensors and economizers
  • Computer rooms and data centers

Access the following resources for more information on customized projects:

For additional information about Title 24, Part 6, building professionals can access the following resources:

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Residential customers may call our Residential Customer Service Center at 1-800-933-9555.