Our good friend Bob Raymer, California Building Industry Association’s State Technical Director made an appearance on national news this week to talk about the new state solar mandate. This is definitely worth the two minutes to watch!

Click here to watch the video.

Here is more information about the mandate:

The State of California, through the state’s Energy Commission, adopted a first in the nation policy that requires solar energy systems for all new homes.  Starting in 2020, the building energy efficiency standards, are meant to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an amount equivalent to taking 115,000 fossil fuel cars off the road

The commission believes the regulation will increase the cost of a home by a minimum of $9,500 but will save $19,000 in reduced utility bills over a 30-year period.

“With this adoption, the California Energy Commission has struck a fair balance between reducing greenhouse gas emissions while simultaneously limiting increased construction costs,” said California Building Industry Association CEO and President Dan Dunmoyer. “We thank the Commissioners and their staff for working with the building industry during the past 18 months and adopting a set of cost-effective standards that ensures homebuyers will recoup their money over the life of the dwelling.”

The Commission has indicated that the next round of energy regulations will focus primarily on the non-residential sector.  So, your building is next!

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