California Building Standards Code, Title 24

Earlier this week Matthew posted about California’s stringent title 24 code parameters in his article titled “Cost Effective Residential Construction”, so I thought I would follow up on this topic and give some details regarding the California’s stringent title 24 code parameters also known as the California Building Standards Code.  This code was created in 1978 to reduce California‘s energy consumption.  These Standards are updated often to allow consideration and possible incorporation of new energy efficiency technologies and methods. 

California‘s building efficiency standards have saved more than $56 billion in electricity and natural gas costs since 1978. It is estimated the standards will save an additional $23 billion by 2013.

California Code of Regulations, Title 24, also known as the California Building Standards Code, is a compilation of three types of building standards from three different origins:

  • Building standards that have been adopted by state agencies without change from building standards contained in national model codes
  • Building standards that have been adopted and adapted from the national model code standards to meet California conditions
  • Building standards, authorized by the California legislature, that constitute extensive additions not covered by the model codes that have been adopted to address particular California concerns

Notwithstanding, the national model code standards adopted into Title 24 apply to all occupancies in California except for modifications adopted by state agencies and local governing bodies.

If you have questions about Title 24 please visit:

http://www.energy.ca.gov/title24/    

http://www.bsc.ca.gov/title_24/default.ht 

 

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