What part do codes and standards play in your projects?

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What part do codes and standards play in your projects?

What is Title 24, Part 6?

Title 24, Part 6 is a state regulation managed by the California Energy Commission to ensure that building construction and installations achieve a minimum level of energy efficiency for both residential and nonresidential buildings. The building energy standards are intended to form a baseline, which no project should go below, but offers plenty of opportunity to go beyond the basics and select a higher performing system.


To help ensure that the latest energy efficient technologies and construction techniques are used, the building energy standards are updated every three years. The most recent version took effect on January 1, 2017.


What does this mean for me?

It's important to understand the new standards so when planning for building upgrades, you know what changes are required and what is optional. For example, not all upgrades trigger the energy standards, but many do. Lighting retrofits that replace the entire fixture often need to follow the standards. But some retrofits that just add controls to assure all unnecessary lighting is turned off when not needed may not trigger additional requirements.


To help you navigate the energy standards, you may want to hire a contractor that knows about the energy codes and can help you make smart decisions.


Energy Code Ace trigger sheets:


Trigger Sheet: Nonresidential Interior Lighting Alterations 2016
Trigger Sheet: Nonresidential Small Commercial HVAC Alterations 2016


What are the benefits of planning projects that follow the energy code?


California’s Title 24, Part 6 standards consistently helps businesses stay in the forefront of energy efficiency. But the benefits of following code don’t stop there. Here are other ways that your business is bound to benefit:


  1. Keeps more money in your pocket – Effective energy management programs, such as building improvements and office equipment upgrades, help companies reap the financial benefits of energy efficiency. Lowering energy will help to lower your long-term costs, making your energy efficient priorities an investment with minimal risk and potentially large payback!
  2. Ensures safety – Compliance with energy codes means that buildings are designed, constructed, inspected and tested to meet a set of requirements to ensure occupancy by employees and customers is safe.
  3. Creates positive PR Implementing energy-efficient technologies and sharing the success sends a positive message to employees and customers that your business values sustainability practices and efficient use of resources.
  4. Lowers carbon footprint - Statewide gross savings from the Energy Standards realized between now and 2020 is approximately the equivalent to:
    Deferring the need to run a 500MW power plant for 16 years
    Removing 2.6 million cars from the road
  5. Increase comfort and improves environment – Often, new energy efficient technologies also provide benefits beyond lower energy bills, such as a more consistent and comfortable temperature in the building and higher quality, dimmable lighting. Optimal air and lighting conditions can improve workers’ concentration, focus, stress levels and overall productivity.

Resources


To find an experience and knowledgeable contractor that is the right fit for your energy-efficient project, please visit https://www.pge.com/en_US/business/save-energy-money/contractors-and-programs/find-trade-professional/find-trade-professional.page.


For more information on Title 24, including tools, training and resource guides, please visit:
http://energycodeace.com and http://www.energy.ca.gov/title24/orc/.