Title 24 | New Home Construction
California’s Title 24, is a set of energy efficiency standards originally established in 1978. Effective Jan. 1, 2017, this update provides a meaningful compliance credit for solar that will be used by many California home developers to meet zero energy requirements as defined by the California Energy Commission. The idea is to build homes that will produce a significant portion of the energy they consume, particularly during peak consumption hours, when energy is most valued. (Learn more by visiting the Net-Zero Energy Coalition website.)
New Efficiency Standards for Newly Constructed Homes
Under the new 2017 Title 24 regulations it’s estimated that at least half of all new single family homes built in the state will use solar. And after the 2020 regulations go into effect the majority of new single family homes will be solar-powered.
The high efficiency home is not just a trend that’s being driven by state leaders: Approximately 88 percent of home buyers say they want energy-saving features in a new construction home, according to a recent study from the National Association of Home Builders. According to the Wall Street Journal, “the quest for home utility bills of…zero” is on. And the trend isn’t just in California. Earlier this year Meritage Homes announced it will install high efficiency SunPower panels on hew homes it’s building in the Orlando area.California Title 24, solar home requirements, title 24, title 24 solar mandate