Energy Efficiency Standards California – Title 24 Part 6

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Building Energy Efficiency Standards


California Title 24 2016 Building Energy Efficiency Standards


The California Building Standards Commission created Title 24 in 1978 striving to ensure that building construction and system design and installation achieve higher energy efficiency, preserve environmental quality and create minimum energy-efficiency levels for new residential and nonresidential buildings. California’s Building Energy Efficiency Standards are updated on an approximately three-year cycle.
Most Recent are the 2016 Standards which will continue to improve upon the 2013 Standards for new construction of, and additions and alterations to, residential and nonresidential buildings.
The effective date of the 2016 Standards is January 1, 2017.
These new standards are designed to improve energy efficiency, which can result in the following benefits:

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

The 2016 update to the Building Energy Efficiency Standards focuses on several key areas to improve the energy efficiency of newly constructed buildings and additions and alterations to existing buildings. The most significant efficiency improvements to the residential Standards include improvements for attics, walls, water heating, and lighting. The most significant efficiency improvements to the nonresidential Standards include alignment with the ASHRAE 90.1 2013 national standards. New efficiency requirements for elevators and direct digital controls are included in the nonresidential Standards. The 2016 Standards also include changes made throughout all of its sections to improve the clarity, consistency, and readability of the regulatory language.

source : energy.ca.gov/title24/2016-standards/PDF


Are you building your new home in California? Then you’ll want to watch this video. It explains the coming changes to the 2016 California Building Energy Efficiency Standards. These updated standards affect all projects submitted for plan check after January 1, 2017.


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

For more information on identifying building energy code requirements under Title 24, Part 6, visit Energy Code Ace – Trigger Sheets

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