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  • Archive for March 26th, 2015

    Mar 26

    WATER WATER WATER!!!

    Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    Yesterday Governor Brown and Legislative Leaders announced a $1 Billion “Emergency Drought Package.”

    According to the Governor’s office, “The legislation includes more than $1 billion for local drought relief and infrastructure projects to make the state’s water infrastructure more resilient to extreme weather events.  The package accelerates $128 million in expenditures from the Governor’s budget to provide direct assistance to workers and communities impacted by drought and to implement the Water Action Plan. It also includes $272 million in Proposition 1 Water Bond funding for safe drinking water and water recycling and accelerates $660 million from the Proposition 1e for flood protection in urban and rural areas.”

    Governor Brown has called on all Californians to reduce their water use by 20 percent and prevent water waste. Visit SaveOurWater.com to find out how everyone can do their part and Drought.CA.Gov to learn more about how California is dealing with the effects of the drought.

    We praise the Governor and Legislative leaders for acknowledging the problem that we have been concerned about for years.  For more than a decade we have been speaking with policymakers about the need to address the lack of new storage and conveyance in a generation, and complicated environmental laws that make even the smallest infrastructure extremely difficult and expensive to undertake.

    In praising the plan, Assembly Minority leader Kristen Olsen also remarked, “this is a Band-Aid.  This is a temporary small step toward fixing a monumental problem.”

    Mar 26

    LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE – INDUSTRYWIDE MEETING

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    Our industry-wide Legislative Committee Meeting is just TWO WEEKS away on April 2, in Century City.  Thank you to those who have already registered and or provided input on legislation.  Those of you who have yet to register, it’s not too late, simply

    CLICK HERE to REGISTER!  Meeting materials will be provided upon RSVP.

    PLEASE NOTE:  Even if you can’t attend the meeting, we would like your input on legislation.  Let us know if you want the full list to review.

     

    Mar 26

    ENERGY CODE UPDATE – CEC APRIL 10 HEARING

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    Although the new CA Energy Code – commonly referred to as Title 24 Standards – just came online earlier this year, the state is already about to adopt an updated standard.

    On April 10 the Energy Commission is hosting a public hearing regarding the 2013 Energy Code Standards and we would like your feedback about policy and cost concerns to carry forward to this hearing.

    A number of CBPA members have let us know that the lighting control issue is having a major impact on costs and complexity of Tenant Improvements.  This issue has been discussed at length at several board meetings, and we have used anecdotal information to work with staff and commissioners to get the item on the agenda for review.  However, we still need some actual examples that we can use to advocate changes to the regulation.  These examples can be used sans company name.  If you can provide assistance on this issue please let us know.

    Below is an article on the lighting control issue that can give you some additional background.  Below that is the CEC notice of hearing.

    Businesses Are in the Dark About New Lighting Regulations

    CEC Hearing regarding 2013 Energy Code

    The last update (those you started feeling in January) was the greatest increase in stringency (27%) since the beginning of the California energy code.  The proposed 2016 Standards are following with increase in stringency from significant changes for control requirements.

    Many members have expressed the concern that such large increases in energy code stringency require changes that are not proven construction practices.  We have expressed strong reservations to changes in construction and/or management practice that are not market proven, accepted in the building code, and vetted for their intended use by the building and inspection trades.

    Additionally, we are asking for more specific economic impact analysis on the changes being proposed.  Statute requires agencies proposing changes to building standards for commercial buildings to include the estimated cost of compliance.  We believe that a realistic cost-benefit analysis is essential in helping Commissioners make decisions.

    Mar 26

    EXISTING BUILDING ENERGY EFFICIENCY

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    CBPA has lead an industrywide effort to review and analyze the “45-Day Language” – official proposed changes by the California Energy Commission — to Title 24, Part 6 (CA Energy Code) released last month.

    ICSC, the NAIOP California Council, and BOMA California’s Board of Directors banded together to raise funds and identify industry experts to review the proposal.

    We identified 201 revisions that will have some impact commercial real estate.

    ·         111 of these are considered to have little or no impact.

    ·         59 of the changes are moderate with little or no cost impact.

    ·         29 are considered significant with a moderate cost impact.

    ·         Finally, 2 proposals are considered critical with major cost and operational impacts.

    You can read the CBPA letter submitted on behalf of industry Clicking here.

    And if you want to help review the entire list of concerns, please contact us ASAP.

    You can real Here are the Notices of Proposed Action for the 2016 revisions to the Title 24 Part 6 Building Energy Efficiency Standards, and separately for the voluntary provisions in Title 24 Part 11, can be found here:  Proposed 2016 California Energy Efficiency Standards 

    Mar 26

    GRANT FUNDING OPPORTUNTY FOR EXISTING BUILDING ENERGY EFFICIENCY

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    Numerous policies have identified the need for significant energy efficiency improvements to new and existing buildings to achieve the state’s energy goals.  As the housing and broader construction markets continue to improve, significant energy savings could be missed if new and existing buildings are not built, updated, or retrofitted with the best available technologies, techniques, and practices.

    According to the state, much of the skilled labor workforce may not be not trained in the proper installation, operation, and maintenance of these energy efficiency advancements.  This could lead to unrealized energy savings and expense due to improper installation and maintenance; or building developers and others responsible for the design, development, and management of buildings may decide to forgo these energy efficiency advancements because savings and benefits are unrealized.

    In order to address workforce needs, the CEC is has Grant Funding Opportunity GFO-15-302 – Investing in California Communities through Building Energy Efficiency Workforce Development.  Of interest to commercial companies is “Group 2:  Workforce training for installing advanced energy efficiency measures in existing buildings (residential/commercial/multifamily) in disadvantaged communities as defined by Senate Bill (SB) 535.”

    Grant applications are due by May 5th.  The CEC is hosting a “Pre-Application Workshop” in Sacramento on April 1.

    Click here for more information.

    Mar 26

    CA SUPREME COURT ISSUES KEY CEQA DECISION​

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    The California Supreme Court ruled this week that evidence that a project may have a significant effect on the environment does not, in and of itself, preclude the use of a categorical exemption under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

    The March 2 decision is a significant victory for the development community and ensures that lead agencies can continue to rely on categorical exemptions, even when the exempt projects may have a significant impact on the environment

    Click here for more details on the issue from our friends at the CalChamber.