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Communications Department
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Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 06/30/2014
Subject :

City Outlines Enforcement Requirements for 2013 Title 24 Energy Code
Contact : Peter Pirnejad, Development Services Director    (650) 329-2349
Palo Alto, CA – The City of Palo Alto today outlined the enforcement requirements for the 2013 California Energy Code and related portions of the California Green Building Standards Code that go into effect on July 1, 2014. 

For information about the effective date changes to the California Building Standards Code, see the Building Standards Commission Bulletin 13-07. To review the changes from the 2008 standards, see the Summary of Major Changes from 2008.

Palo Alto has a history of requiring energy compliance beyond state minimum standards, working with its Green Building Advisory Group (GBAG) to ensure the City remains on the forefront of sustainable development.  The City adopted an ordinance in November 2013 to require 15 percent beyond code minimum for the 2008 Energy Code, a rigorous requirement that has been essentially adopted as the baseline in the 2013 state standards.

Staff is currently working with the California Energy Commission (CEC) to certify these local amendments, which will require CEC approval of significant software changes to demonstrate performance compliance.  Until the City's energy-related amendments are certified by the CEC, the city will not require compliance beyond the minimum 2013 energy standards for permits issued beginning July 1, 2014.   All other aspects of the City's Green Building Ordinance will remain in effect.

"The GBAG is committed to ensuring Palo Alto maintains its leadership position in green building development," said Development Services Director Peter Pirnejad. "We will continue to enforce the non-energy portions of our Green Building code while we set out to establish a new reach goal for minimum energy efficiency."

Requirements specific to Palo Alto are spelled out in a temporary enforcement policy that was established following a change in the effective date to July 1 for required software to be used to demonstrate performance compliance.  Residential projects will not be required to achieve the additional energy savings that are normally a pre-requisite to be Green Point Rated, but will only need to comply with the 2013 standards set by the CEC. In addition, projects will not be required to submit a Green Point Rated certificate after construction.  Non-residential projects will be required to meet minimum energy requirements defined in the 2013 California Energy Code.  The California Green Building Code Tier 1 and Tier 2 energy savings beyond code minimum, found under section A5.203, will not be required.