What Does the California Title 24 Code Entail?

The California Energy Code, known as The Energy Efficiency Standards for Residential and Nonresidential Buildings, is California Title 24  Code of Regulations.  While Title 24 initially appears to focus on energy consumption and efficiency in the Golden State, it actually has an important role in ensuring the health, safety, and general welfare of citizens here.

As such, Title 24 entails strict compliance with the rules and regulations regarding new construction, additions, and alterations on residential and non-residential buildings.  It is, in fact, part of the California Building Standards Code implemented on a state-wide basis and maintained by the California Building Standards Commission.

The provisions of the law are designed to reduce the state’s overall energy consumption, a successful endeavor in many respects.  The Golden State has saved $74 billion since the code’s implementation in 1978; the code was in response to the 1970s oil crisis wherein the state wanted to reduce dependency on oil imports by becoming energy efficient.

While Title 24 has several requirements for new construction, additions, and alterations in residential and non-residential structures, the main proof of compliance is the Title 4 energy report.  The process of applying for and getting approval from the concerned government agency for the report can be expedited by a third party provider like NRG Compliance.

The Title 24 energy report must be applied for in the following cases:

•      Residential new construction

•      Residential additions and remodels

•      Commercial new construction, additions and alterations

•      Commercial mechanical jobs (HVAC)

•      Commercial lighting projects

•      Heating and cooling load calculations

Blueprints, drawings, and other documentary evidence are required for submission regarding the report.  Be sure to coordinate with the third party provider to ensure faster compliance with the process, which means faster completion and lesser hassles with the project.

The importance of coordinating with a third party provider on the Title 24 energy report takes on new meaning when the methods forcompliance are considered.  Builders and owners have two options incompliance, namely:

•      Prescriptive package.  This is the simplest approach since the individual components of the proposed structure must meet the prescribed minimum energy requirements.  (Tip: Use the package when applying for additions and alterations, not for new construction)

•      Performance package.  This the most flexible and accurate method because of the use of approved computer methods recommended by the Energy Commission.

Ask the professionals of NRG Compliance about the suitability of either method in your case.

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