California Considering Changes to 2019 Energy Efficiency Standard

Originally published by: ASHRAEFebruary 5, 2018

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The California Energy Commission (CEC) proposes to adopt changes to the Building Energy Efficiency Standards contained in the California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 24, Part 6 (also known as the California Energy Code). The proposed amended standards are called the "2019 Building Energy Efficiency Standards" (Standards) and will go into effect on January 1, 2020

CEC has prepared this Notice of Proposed Action and an Initial Statement of Reasons regarding the need for the proposed revisions and has made available all the information upon which its proposal is based. CEC has also published the Express Terms (45-Day Language) of the proposed amendment language. View these documents from the Energy Commission website.

  • The 2019 Standards focus on three key areas: proposing new requirements for installation of solar photovoltaics for newly constructed low-rise residential buildings; updating current ventilation and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) requirements, including references to ASHRAE 62.1 and 62.2; and extending Title 24 Part 6 to apply to healthcare facilities. 
  • The 2019 standards also propose several smaller improvements in energy efficiency, such as efficiency standards for laboratory fume hoods, which are described in greater detail.
  • In addition to updating the Standards in Title 24 Parts 1 and 6, the Energy Commission is also proposing updates to the CALGreen energy efficiency provisions in Title 24, Part 11, in a separate, parallel rulemaking.

Read the documents below for more information on meeting and public hearing dates and how to submit comments:

Notice of Proposed Action Proposed Revisions to the California Building Energy Efficiency Standards

Subchapter 8 Low-Rise Residential Buildings - Performance AND Prescriptive Compliance Approaches