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For Immediate Release: May 15, 1996
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 - 654 - 4989

Riverside County's Building and Safety Department
Honored With State's ACES Award

The Building and Safety Department of Riverside County received 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," was presented by Energy Commissioner David A. Rohy to Thomas Ingram, Riverside County's Director of Building and Safety, at Tuesday's Riverside County Board of Supervisors Meeting.

"The Riverside County Building and Safety Department demonstrates a great sense of teamwork and a strong, positive attitude towards California's energy efficiency building standards," said Commissioner Rohy. "With a staff that is well trained and knowledgeable, the Department provides good customer service. Critical notes are given to its inspectors during initial plan checks, and the entire team works together to see that energy efficiency is achieved. That's why the Energy Commission has received such positive feedback from consultants and other about the department's effectiveness."

1995 was the first year of the ACES Award program. From more than 500 building departments throughout California, Riverside County was one of only 20 jurisdictions selected for an 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 Riverside County are helping to protect California's energy future," said Rohy.

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