California Legislature

Jim Battin


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                CONTACT: KIM ESTOCK
May 6, 1996                                               (619) 568-0408

La Quinta Building and Safety Department
Honored With State's ACES Award

PALM DESERT -- Assemblyman Jim Battin (R - LA Quinta) announced that the Building and Safety Department of the city of La Quinta 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 to Tom Hartung, Director of Building and Safety, at the La Quinta City Council Meeting Tuesday afternoon, May 7.

"The La Quinta Building and Safety Department demonstrates a strong, positive attitude towards California's energy efficiency building standards," Assemblyman Battin explained. "The Department works well with local builders, building healthy relationships that encourage the use of less energy in commercial and residential buildings. Lower utility bills means that more money stays in our community, helping to bolster the local economy."

1995 was the first year of the ACES Award program. From more than 500 building departments throughout California, La Quinta was one of only 20 jurisdictions selected for an award, leading Energy Commissioner Rohy to compliment the Building and Safety Department for its thorough performance. "The La Quinta Building Department maintains a great attitude about enforcing the energy efficiency standards, and we have received positive feedback from consultants and others about the department's effectiveness," he said. "Its plan checks are meticulously performed, and its staff of building inspectors are well- trained and knowledgeable."

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.

"La Quinta's success both encourages and motivates me as I work on my own bill that lowers utility rates for the Coachella Valley," Battin stated. "Conservation is important to the 80th Assembly District, and La Quinta's direction and leadership provides a great example for projects of this nature."

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