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

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

The Building Division of the City of Visalia 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 Ross Deter, the Energy Commission's Deputy Director for Energy Efficiency, to Ben Owens, Visalia's Chief Building Official at the Visalia City Council meeting Monday evening, July 15.

"Visalia's Building Division demonstrates a strong, positive attitude towards California's energy efficiency building standards," Deter explained. "Early on, Ben Owens formed a Citizen's Energy Committee to develop a rating system for local homes," he said. "The system became a selling tool for realtors and helped to make the public aware of the energy-saving benefits of insulation, weather-stripping and efficient appliances. In a sense, Ben began enforcing the state's energy standards before they were actually written in 1978. "

1995 was the first year of the ACES Award program. From more than 500 building departments throughout California, Visalia 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," he said.

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 Visalia are helping to protect California's energy future," said Deter.

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