January 1, 2017, was the effective date for California’s 2016 Building Energy Efficiency Standards. The Energy Standards (Title 24, Part 6 of the California Code) or “Title 24” which they are sometimes referred to, apply to newly constructed buildings and additions, or alterations to existing buildings. The Energy Commission provides publications, tools, training, and a Hotline to help energy-efficient building projects comply with the new Energy Standards.

Their Online Resource Center (ORC) is supposed to be a “one-stop shop” for the building community and code enforcement agencies. It is a central location for Energy Standards compliance information, with quick access to:

–The 2016 Energy Standards, Residential and Nonresidential Compliance Manuals and forms, and Reference Appendices.

–Blueprint newsletters.

–Checklists, fact sheets, trigger sheets, worksheets, and guides.

–Energy Code AceTM resources.

–Training opportunities.

As well, the Energy Commission offers topic-specific resources and web links, including:

–Acceptance testing.

–Approved software.

–Climate zones.


–Covered processes.

–Envelope (includes cool roof and solar-ready).

–Home Energy Rating System (HERS).

–Heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC).


–Water heating.

Hotline staff is available to answer questions at and open for phone calls from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. –  4:30 p.m. Monday–Friday.  Click here to access the Energy Commission’s Online Resource Center.

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