Blog   |   Oct 29th, 2013 Changes Ahead for Energy Efficiency in California Buildings

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.

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Matthew Christie

Matthew Christie

Matthew Christie is a TRC Project Manager with expertise in energy efficiency and energy use reduction for the built environment using a whole-building approach. He has program management and technical experience in program design; program implementation; energy modeling and simulation; home performance energy audits; data and process analysis; and heat transfer and fluid dynamics. Matthew is Vice Chair of the California Association of Building Energy Consultants (CABEC) and a Certified Energy Plans Examiner (CEPE) for residential buildings. He holds a B.A. in Physics and Mathematics from Skidmore College and an M.S. in Engineering and Energy Technologies from Dartmouth College. Contact Matthew at