AB758 Comprehensive Energy Efficiency Program for Existing Buildings
AB758 (Chapter 470, Statutes of 2009) requires the Energy Commission to develop and implement a comprehensive program to achieve greater energy savings in the state of California’s existing residential and nonresidential building stock. The Energy Commission will conduct regulatory proceedings to establish the program, titled the “Comprehensive Energy Efficiency Program for Existing Residential and Nonresidential Buildings.” The program is to be comprised of a complimentary portfolio of techniques, applications, and practices, to achieve greater energy efficiency in existing residential and nonresidential structures, especially those structures that fall significantly below the efficiency required by the current California Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24, Part 6 of the California Code of Regulations). Proposed program strategies include:
- Energy assessments
- Building benchmarking
- Building energy use ratings and labels
- Cost-effective energy efficiency improvements
- Public and private sector energy efficiency financing
- Public outreach and education
- Green workforce training
The Energy Commission encourages public input and will solicit public participation during program development. More information on the rulemaking process, and how to participate, is available in the guide, How to Participate in the Rulemaking Process, published by the Office of Administrative Law.
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PROPOSED PROGRAM DELIVERY
The AB 758 program is envisioned to develop over three distinct and overlapping phases.
These phases include development of the workforce and industry infrastructure and the AB 758 Implementation Plan; transformation of the energy assessment,
retrofit and finance markets; and development of requirements for energy ratings and upgrades.
In developing and implementing the program, the Energy Commission will coordinate with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC),
and will consult with representatives of local governments, the construction, utility, finance, real estate, workforce development, small business and other industries.