Narrowing the Gap to Zero Net Energy Residential Construction

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Valerie Eacret for Zondits, February 9, 2015

The Proposed Revisions to the California Building Energy Efficiency Standards of the California Code of Regulations, Title 24, Part 1, Chapter 10, and Part 6 is about as dense of a read as its title is. That’s why Zondits is doing the digging for you. While the revisions for 2016 aren’t revolutionary, the reasons behind them are exciting.

According to the Initial Statement of Reasons for the revisions, “the proposed changes to the residential sections of the Standards… narrow the gap between current residential construction and what will be required in 2020 to ensure that all new residential construction is Zero Net Energy.” Although quantifying energy savings from code updates can be challenging, code updates that push buildings towards zero net energy will have a strong effect on transforming the market in California toward achieving these standards in residential construction.

It’s reassuring to see this in writing, especially when goals like these more frequently come in the form of vague pledges (too often set to be implemented after those making the commitments have left office). California’s commitment to achieving zero net energy in residential new construction within the next 5 years is good news. Let’s hope many other states follow suit.

Initial Statement of Reasons