The fall newsletter from the California Association of Building Energy Consultants (CABEC) has arrived.
Each quarter, the newsletter serves members with up-to-date and reliable information about the California Title 24 Energy Standards and related building energy efficiency issues.
As Vice Chair of the CABEC Board, I’m proud to share our latest issue, which tackles some of the changes set to impact energy efficiency professionals in California: changes to energy codes; changes to modeling software; changes to utility programs; and changes to certification requirements.
In the article “Where did all the savings go?” I write about the shrinking pool of above-code energy use and the ability to achieve high code compliance without a lot of energy savings. Energy consultants will be challenged to find new ways to save energy beyond what building codes in California have already achieved. Targeted end-use measures and non-regulated load reduction are two places to start.
In “Modeling Changes in the 2013 Standards” my TRC colleague Farhad Farahmand takes a look at how the 2013 California Building Energy Efficiency Standards—set to take effect on January 1, 2014—affect building simulation designs and energy consumption. Farhad discusses the relevant changes impacting HVAC and lighting.
You can read these articles and more in the full newsletter.
As a building energy consultant what are your challenges in California, or in other states? Are you an efficiency program administrator with challenges or best practices in capturing savings in buildings? Please share your experiences and questions in the comments section below.