News Release

For Immediate Release: April 12, 1996
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 - 654 - 4989

Milpitas' Building Inspection Division
Honored With State's ACES Award

The Building Inspection Division of the City of Milpitas will receive an ACES Award from the California Energy Commission for creatively encouraging the efficient use of energy.

The ACES award, which stands for "Assuring Compliance with the Energy Standards," will be presented by Energy Commissioner Michal Moore to Edgar F. Rodriguez, Milpitas' Chief Building Official, at the Milpitas City Council Meeting Tuesday, April 16.

"The Milpitas Building Inspection Division can be proud of its strong, positive attitude towards California's energy efficiency building standards," Energy Commissioner Moore explained. "By encouraging the use of less energy in commercial and residential buildings, the city helps to cut utility costs, keeping more money in their community."

1995 was the first year of the ACES Award program. From more than 500 building departments throughout California, Milpitas was one of only 20 jurisdictions selected for an award. Moore complimented the Building Inspection Division for "performing thorough plan checks, maintaining a staff of well-trained and knowledgeable building inspectors, and encouraging teamwork by all of its employees."

Other Bay area jurisdictions honored include the Building Department in the City of Livermore, the Community Development Department in Novato, and the Public Works Department for the City of Benicia.

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 Milpitas are helping to protect California's energy future," agreed Moore.

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