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For Immediate Release: May 20, 1996
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 - 654 - 4989

Redding's Building Division Honored
With State's ACES Award

The Building Division of the City of Redding 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 Wayne Gungl, Interim Building Official, and Don White, Plan Checker, at the Redding City Council Meeting Tuesday evening, May 21.

"The Redding Building Division demonstrates a great sense of teamwork and a strong, positive attitude towards California's energy efficiency building standards," Commissioner Moore explained. "The Department provides good customer service, working well with local builders. Don White gives critical notes to the Division's inspectors during initial plan checks, and the staff works together to see that energy efficiency is achieved. We have received much positive feedback from consultants and other about the department's effectiveness."

1995 was the first year of the ACES Award program. Redding was one of only 20 jurisdictions selected for the award from more than 500 building departments throughout California.

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 Redding are helping to protect California's energy future," said Moore.

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