Building Standards Commission delays new energy rates

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Dec. 30, 2013 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

At its December 18th Business Meeting, the California Building Standards Commission (BSC) approved a request by the California Energy Commission (CEC) to revise the effective date of the 2013 building energy efficiency standards from January 1, 2014 to July 1, 2014. This applies to residential and non-residential buildings.

Over the past few months, the CEC, industry and local government have come to realize that several of the key compliance tools and data registries would not be fully functional by January 1 and, lacking a delay, the transition to the new standards would be extremely difficult for some and impossible for others. The six-month delay will allow time to identify and resolve issues with the performance compliance tools and to get the data registries up and running

The CEC recognized this need in a statement released on December 11th:

While the public domain software for the 2013 Standards meets the minimum requirements for new construction, it does not yet provide the full feature set needed for building alteration projects seeking building permits in early 2014.

CMTA appreciates the CEC and BSC’s delay in order to ensure that the system will work well before the standards go into effect.

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