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  • Archive for March 4th, 2011

    Mar 4

    ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAM AIMS TO CREATE CLEAN ENERGY JOBS

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    The California Energy Commission joined regional efforts to increase energy efficiency and encourage clean jobs with the statewide launch of Energy Upgrade California, the new energy efficiency program.

    Part of this comprehensive program is the integrated Web Portal, which provides easy to use tools and resources to property owners to help them improve their energy and water efficiency, save money and increase building comfort.

    Energy Upgrade California is an unprecedented collaboration between the California Energy Commission, the Public Utilities Commission, utilities, local governments, non-governmental organizations and the private sector to promote and finance energy efficiency and renewable energy projects for homes and businesses, reduce energy use and help train contractors and building professionals.

    The state hopes these efforts will spur construction-related jobs that lead to increased sales for local building suppliers and retailers. We hope they are correct.

    Mar 4

    REGULATORY REFORM THE FOCUS OF CAPITOL HEARINGS

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    Regulatory reform was the focus of two Capitol hearings over the past two weeks. Following a second hearing by the Little Hoover Commission, the Republican’s E3 Roundtable met to discuss ways to improve California’s regulatory review process. Several business groups provided a variety of suggestions on how the existing regulatory development process could be improved. Homebuilders made the point that most state agencies have an inherent conflict of interest when producing an economic impact analysis of their own regulations. In response, they stressed the need to have access to a “neutral” third-party within state government who could, on an as-needed basis, critique the impact analysis produced by a state agency.

    In addition, state agencies should be required to provide an “estimated cost of compliance” with all regulatory proposals, something that is rarely done even though all state agencies are require to determine if their regulatory proposal will have a significant impact on business and housing. It is anticipated that over three dozen bills will be introduced this year that will focus on various reform strategies.

    Mar 4

    STANDARDS COMMISSION TO CONDUCT ADVISORY COMMITTEE HEARINGS

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    The Building Standards Commission has set the dates for the next set of Code Advisory Committee Hearings. As required by industry sponsored legislation, all state amendments to the national codes must first go through one of BSC’s Advisory Committees prior to any action by the full commission.

    Code changes related to disabled accessibility issues will be heard on Wednesday, March 16. General building and fire safety issues will be heard on Thursday, March 24th and a full-day hearing to discuss green building amendments has been set for Tuesday, April 5th.

    The code-change amendments that will be discussed at these three hearings are being proposed by various state agencies and if approved, would take effect statewide on July 1, 2012.

    All of these advisory committee hearings will be conducted in Sacramento. As a result of CBIA-sponsored legislation in 2010, this will be the only interim-update to the state code before the next triennial edition takes effect in 2014. For access to all of these processes and proposals click here.