ASSEMBLYWOMAN, FORTY-NINTH DISTRICT
For Immediate Release: Contact: Claudia Chandler
May 3, 1996 (916) 654-4989
Los Angeles County Building and Safety Division
Honored With State's ACES Award
Assemblywoman Diane Martinez announced that Los Angeles County's Building
and Safety Division 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 A. Rohy at the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday,
May 7, at 9:30 a.m.
"The Los Angeles County Building and Safety Division is responsible
for checking the compliance of construction in a large part of Southern
California," explained Assemblywoman Martinez. "The Division
constantly searches for ways to streamline the process while continuing
to support energy efficiency standards. By effectively promoting less energy
use in commercial and residential buildings, it helps to cut utility costs
and improve the environment throughout our widespread community."
1995 was the first year of the ACES Award program. From more
than 500 building departments throughout California, Los Angeles County
was one of only 20 jurisdictions selected for an award.
Commissioner Rohy complimented the Building and Safety Division for "its
well trained staff with a strong, positive attitude towards the energy efficiency
building standards." He singled out the Division for "performing
thorough plan checks, maintaining a staff of well-trained and knowledgeable
building inspectors, and encouraging teamwork by all of its employees."
At Tuesday morning's Board of Supervisor's meeting, the award will be presented
to Los Angeles County Building Official John Kelly; Fady Mattar, Assistant
Superintendent of Buildings; and the plan review staff of Rajesh Patel,
Carlos Clayton, Madjid Hashemi, Ram Raj and Kaveh Razavi.
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
"Innovative jurisdictions like Los Angeles County are helping to protect
California's energy future," said Rohy.
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