Given discussions at California Energy Commission (CEC) hearings and workshops over the past five months, the CEC is about to kick-off the biggest update of its standards in the 35-year history of that commission. Even though comparisons show the California Energy Efficiency Standards as being 50% more stringent than similar standards used at the national level, the CEC is proposing to increase the level of stringency for new commercial buildings in California by another 15%-20%.
While the new standards will not take effect until January of 2014, almost all development of the new standards will occur between now and June of 2011. The regulatory calendar released by the CEC is as follows:
- April-June 2011: CEC conducts pre-rulemaking workshops
- August 2011 – February of 2012: CEC formal rulemaking
- March 2012: CEC adopts new standards
- January 1, 2014: New standards take effect throughout the state
For more information see the CEC’s 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards information page.
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