New Release from the California Energy Commission

For Immediate Release: March 2, 1996
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 - 654 - 4989

20 Building Departments Selected For 'ACES' Awards

The California Energy Commission honored 20 city and county building departments for their outstanding efforts to enforce the state’s energy-efficient building standards in the first-ever ACES award ceremony held at the Annual Business Meeting of the California Building Officials (CALBO) in the City of Industry.

Energy Commissioner David Rohy presented the awards at the 34th Anniversary Reception and Dinner held on March 1.

Explaining that ACES stands for “Assuring Compliance with the Energy Standards," Rohy said that the award-winning jurisdictions were selected from more than 500 building departments throughout California. "The Energy Commission developed ACES to salute conscientious building officials who creatively encourage the efficient use of energy in their communities," he said.

Chosen for the awards were the Building Departments in the cities of: Indian Wells, Livermore, Rocklin and Visalia; Building Divisions in Lompoc, Palm Springs and Redding; Building Inspection Divisions of Milpitas and the County of Sacramento; the Community Development Departments in the cities of Irvine and Novato; and the Building and Safety Departments of La Quinta and Santa Paula.

Also selected were the Public Works Department for the City of Benicia; the Department of Building and Housing, Chula Vista; the Department of Public Works for the County of Los Angeles; Riverside County’s Building and Safety Department; Planning and Development in the County of Santa Barbara; the City of Simi Valley’s Building and Safety Division; and Building Inspection Services for the City of Ukiah.

"Innovative jurisdictions like these are helping to protect California’s energy future,” said Rohy. "By supporting energy efficiency in new residential and commercial construction, they have improved construction methods and encouraged the development of new products. As a result, today’s buildings are more energy efficient and more comfortable than older ones."

Since energy efficiency building regulations went into effect in 1978, the Energy Commission estimates that Californians have reduced their utility bills by at least $10.6 billion. The Commission predicts that by the year 2000, residents of the state will save an additional $11 billion in energy costs.

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