RE: Title 24 Energy Efficiency Standards
California Building Officials (CALBO) is a statewide association representing over 500 members dedicated to promoting public health and safety in the built environment. Representatives from CALBO have worked with the Energy Commission for over 30 years and have actively participated in every update of the efficiency standards adopted by the Commission.
As we enter the development phase of the next set of standards (2013 California Energy Code), we would like to raise several issues of concern to those who are charged with overseeing the enforcement of the standards throughout California’s 500+ local jurisdictions. As a backdrop to these comment, please understand that the enduring economic downturn has severely affected the resources available to local jurisdictions. Building departments throughout the state have seen their staffs substantially reduced or even eliminated. It is doubtful that this situation will show significant improvement in the near future. Yet it is the desire of local building departments to effectively enforce the provisions of the California Building Standards Codes, including those provisions related to energy efficiency.
We hope, as the Commission moves forward, that the following comments can help create a better set of standards for California. Standards that are easier to understand, interpret, and apply in the field, will mean better enforcement and thus greater energy efficiency.