Wednesday, December 18, 2013

California Building Standards Commission Approves Revised Effective Date of 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards from January 1, 2014 to July 1, 2014

BOMA San Francisco Members:

At its December 18th business meeting, the California Building Standards Commission approved a request by the California Energy Commission (CEC) to revise the effective date of the 2013 building energy efficiency standards (Title 24) from January 1, 2014 to July 1, 2014.  Note that the CEC unanimously approved the revised July 1st effective date on December 11th.

Thank you to our BOMA California partners for this update and for their advocacy on behalf of BOMA members.

In a statement released on December 11th by the Energy Commission:
The California Energy Commission's 2013 Public Domain Compliance Software must be used to complete the performance compliance approach of the 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards. While the public domain software for the 2013 Standards meets the minimum requirements for new construction, it does not yet provide the full feature set needed for building alteration projects seeking building permits in early 2014. The new timeline also provides sufficient time for software training.
By law, the new energy efficiency building standards will apply to permit applications submitted to the local building department on or after July 1, 2014 (Health & Safety Code 18938.5).

Energy Commission’s Early Adopter Program Up and Running

The Energy Commission has established an early adopter program to assist those members of the industry who, for logistical or marketing purposes, would like to show compliance with the new regulations prior to July 1, 2014.

Specifically, the Energy Commission is offering assistance to early adopters of the 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards that are using the new certified residential compliance software programs (CBECC-Res or EnergyPro v6.0). Until a Home Energy Rating Service (HERS) Provider is approved by the Energy Commission, registered certificates of compliance (CF-1R’s) that are required by 2013 code will not be available. Unregistered residential certificates of compliance can be submitted to a building department now. However, for final permit, the unregistered CF-1R forms must be replaced with a HERS Provider registered CF-1R as soon as one or more HERS Providers are approved by the Energy Commission. It is anticipated that this will happen in early spring.

Until that time, for early adopter assistance from the Energy Commission, please contact Pedro Gomez, Manager at the Standards Implementation Office, at (916) 654-4045 or

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