Southern California Gas (SCG) has a long history of delivering energy efficiency programs. Traditionally, these programs have targeted upgrades for specific building measures, natural gas end uses, and energy as a siloed resource. SCG sought to broaden its sustainability impact—and sought a new program design that would reflect the utilities’ expanded objectives through an integrated approach.
TRC developed a pilot program to support commercial building energy and resource efficiency and recommend key long-term program strategies for SCG. The program offered whole-building solutions for new construction and retrofit projects, and solutions were aimed at both electric and gas energy savings as well as building sustainability, water-efficient site landscapes and occupant comfort.
The program was the result of careful analysis of past SCG programs and other effective industry sustainability programs—with a design that captures the best features and lessons learned.
TRC developed a whitepaper, providing comprehensive info needed for SCG to implement the program as a permanent part of its portfolio within the next efficiency regulatory cycle. Finally, TRC provided design assistance per the program parameters to a sample of local buildings as demonstration of the potential program impact and to glean best practices.
TRC’s program recommendations offer SCG an innovative path to deep, holistic efficiency and sustainability results across its commercial segment through a streamlined offering. Building owners and managers across Southern California can take advantage of the program to gain high performance building—saving energy and associated costs and improving their resident/tenant’s comfort.