Energy Code Development
Energy Code Development Services
Since 1983, ConSol has supported the building industry through every triennial California Energy Code development cycle. Our clients include industry heavyweights such as the California Building Industry Association (CBIA) and the California Business Properties Association (CBPA), which represent the largest residential and commercial builders and developers in California.
The 2022 Energy Code (Title 24, Part 6) update cycle is well under way and is expected to result in more substantial impacts on the nonresidential high-rise and commercial building industries than previous updates. Stakeholders and regulators have proposed aggressive energy efficiency and decarbonization measures to meet California’s challenging greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. As these proposals move in the code adoption process, ConSol will work with its clients and with the State throughout the process to ensure our clients are informed and engaged, and that the State fully understands any concerns that may arise.
The California Energy Commission’s code adoption process is a thorough process that encourages stakeholder input. The investor-owned utilities (IOU)-funded Statewide Codes and Standards Enhancement (CASE) Team develops and presents their recommendations (CASE Reports) for new Energy Code requirements to the California Energy Commission (CEC). Industry, trade associations, energy consultants, and HERS Raters also propose code recommendations and give feedback to proposals during CEC pre-rulemaking workshops and hearings. The CEC is responsible for evaluating new code proposals and may revise or reject them based on the evidence presented and comments received.
ConSol is effective because we are trusted by both the building industry and regulators to serve as an independent evaluator and moderator. For example, during the 2016 cycle, new rules were proposed that required residential builders to adopt costly, “high-performance” attics and walls. ConSol was able to minimize these impacts by encouraging reasonable, cost-effective performance requirements and assisting in the development of a residential “solar trade-off” option. The solar offset option encouraged the incorporation of rooftop solar to avoid more expensive energy efficiency options. The 2016 solar trade-off also allowed the market to transition to builder-offered solar generation and solar system leases, or power purchase agreements. The solar trade-off option was used by more than 50% of all residential buildings permitted from January 1st, 2017 to January 1st, 2020.
Energy Code changes can have significant financial and operational impacts on builders and manufacturers. ConSol’s active representation can help to ensure adopted code changes are truly cost-effective, practical, and implementable. Don’t wait for new rules to be approved and then react; be proactive and let ConSol ensure the new rules have taken your industry’s needs into consideration.