California Energy Commission Releases New Standards
The California Energy Commission has released the new Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Standards), which took effect January 1, 2010. The California Energy Commission develops the Standards to provide Californians with an adequate, reasonably-priced, and environmentally-sound supply of energy. Standards implementation enhances California’s energy policy that identifies energy efficiency as the resource of first choice in meeting the state’s energy need.
The Standards for residential and nonresidential buildings were developed in response to a legislative mandate to reduce California’s energy consumption. Periodic updates allow consideration and possible incorporation of new energy efficiency technologies and methods.
The 2008 Building Energy Efficiency Standards for Residential and Nonresidential Buildings document is required for compliance and enforcement of the new Standards, which supersede the 2005 Standards. All 2008 documents are available on the Energy Commission’s Website at http://www.energy.ca.gov/title24/
Partner Engineering and Science, Inc. Launches New Firm
Partner Engineering and Science, Inc. has entered into a joint venture to launch Los Angeles-based Partner Energy, which is an advisory firm designed to assist commercial building owners and users make smart decisions regarding energy efficiency and compliance with laws and regulations regarding energy and GHG emissions. Tony Liou, former executive with a real estate private equity firm, is head of Partner Energy. The new firm offers services such as identifying achievable and cost-effective energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals, conducting energy audits and performing detailed engineering of the energy efficiency measures.
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