News Release

For Immediate Release: June 14, 1996
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 - 654 - 4989

Energy Efficiency Standards 'On Line' on the Internet

The California Energy Commission's Energy Efficiency Standards for Residential and Nonresidential Buildings (Title 24, Part 6 and excerpts from Part 1) may now be accessed through Access Energy, the Energy Commission's Internet site.

In an on-line Access Energy survey, Internet users indicated that the Energy Efficiency Standards is one of the documents they would most like to see on-line. Now that it is available, builders, energy consultants, engineers, enforcement agency personnel and other involved in the compliance process will have instant access to the most current Standards and other energy-related items on the Energy Commission's Homepage.

The on-line Standards have internal hyper-links. When anothersection is referenced in the text, pointing the mouse and clicking will bring up that other section. Title 24 is also linked to various portions of the Warren Alquist Act, which is already on line.

All new construction, whether converting a garage into living space or constructing a 10-story office complex, must meet the legal requirements spelled out in the Standards. Compliance with the Standards helps ensure comfort and energy affordability while providing environmental benefits.

Since energy efficiency building regulations went into effect in 1978, the Energy Commission estimates that Californians have reduced their utility costs by at least $11.4 billion. The Energy Commission predicts that by the year 2011, state residents will save an additional $43 billion in energy costs.

If you have questions, or would like additional information regarding the Energy Standards, call the Energy Commission Hotline at 1-800-772-3300, (toll free in California) or 9916) 654-5106 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - noon or 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

The Standards can be accessed at:

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