For Immediate Release                        Contact: John Thiess
April 15, 1996                                       805-522-2920

Simi Valley's Building Division
Honored With State's ACES Award

Senator Cathie Wright announced that the Building Division of the city of Simi Valley 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 David Rohy to Gaddis Farmer, Simi Valley's Building Official, at the Simi Valley City Council Meeting on April 22.

"Simi Valley can be proud of its strong, positive attitude towards California's energy efficiency building standards," Senator Wright explained. "The well-trained and knowledgeable staff of the Building Division insures that commercial and residential buildings in Simi Valley use less energy, resulting in lower utility bills."

1995 was the first year of the ACES Award program. From more than 500 building departments throughout California, Simi Valley was one of only 20 jurisdictions selected for an award. Energy Commissioner Rohy complimented the Building Division for "encouraging training in energy efficiency and fostering a spirit of teamwork by all of its employees."

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 Simi Valley are helping to protect California's energy future," said Rohy.

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