The ACES award, which stands for "Assuring Compliance with the Energy Standards," will be presented to Kenneth G. Larsen, Chief Building Official, by Energy Commissioner Michal Moore. [Note: spelling is correct.]
"From initial plan check to final sign off at the construction site, Chula Vista's building department has conscientiously promoted the energy efficiency codes over the years," Moore explained.
This is the first year for the ACES awards. From more than 500 building departments throughout California, Chula Vista was one of only 20 jurisdictions selected for the honor. Commissioner Moore complimented the Department of Building and Housing for "establishing an effective training program for its own inspectors and helping teach other enforcement personnel about California's energy standards. That's why the Energy Commission selected Chula Vista as one of the first to receive this award."
Bob Raymer, Technical Director of the California Building Industry Association, added his congratulations to the ACES award-winning jurisdictions. "Effective building departments help California builders in their quest for quality construction. By fostering consistency and a sense of teamwork, these jurisdictions work with builders to make today's buildings 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 $11.4 billion. The Commission predicts that by the year 2011, residents of the state will save an additional $43 billion in energy costs.
"Innovative jurisdictions like Chula Vista are helping to protect California's energy future," agreed Moore.
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