California Energy Commission Approves 2013 Energy Efficiency Standards
July 2, 2012
Many thanks to Garret D. Murai, a partner at Wendel Rosen, for this guest post. Garret is also author of the California Construction bLawg. The infographs below can be found on the California Energy Commission website in the “News” sidebar.]
The California Energy Commission has unanimously approved a range of energy efficiency standards for residential and commercial buildings to be included in the 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24) which will take effect January 1, 2014.
Building Energy Efficiency Standards — Residential
Highlights of the 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards for residential buildings include:
- Solar-ready roofs. Roofs will need to provide space for photovoltaic solar or solar thermal energy panels.
- Hot water pipe insulation. Hot water piping will need to be insulated to keep water at higher temperature.
- Verification of air conditioner installation. Air conditioners will need to be verified by an independent contractor to verify proper installation and efficiency.
Building Energy Efficiency Standards — Nonresidential
Highlights of the 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards for non-residential buildings include:
- Solar-ready roofs. See residential above.
- Intelligent lighting controls. Sensor-based lighting controls, which adjust output based on available daylight, will be required for light fixtures near windows
- Efficient process equipment. More efficient refrigeration equipment will be required for supermarkets, computer data centers, and commercial kitchens.
Further information on the 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards, as well as larger graphics, can be found on the State’s webite.