CEA supported two initiatives for the 2019 update to California's Building Energy Efficiency Standards.
First, CEA proposed to reframe and simplify the lighting alterations code language to reflect a practical, easy-to-implement set of requirements that significantly reduce the current complexity of lighting alterations requirements contained in the 2016 Energy Standards.
Second, CEA worked to clarify requirements pertaining to Automated Demand Response.
These changes will increase energy savings for Californians and move California closer towards its Zero Net Energy goals.
California's Building Energy Efficiency Standards are updated every three years. The 2019 update is designed to improve the energy efficiency of regulated newly constructed residential and nonresidential buildings, building additions and building alterations. The 2019 Standards are scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2020. General information on the 2019 Standards is available from the California Energy Commission.