For Immediate Release: February 20, 1997
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 - 654 - 4989

14 Building Departments Selected for Latest ACES Awards

The California Energy Commission selected 14 city and county building departments to receive 1996 ACES Awards for their outstanding efforts to enforce the state's energy-efficient building standards.

Winners were announced by Energy Commissioner Michal C. Moore at the annual business meeting of the California Building Officials (CALBO) in Sacramento on February 20.

Explaining that ACES stands for "Assuring Compliance with the Energy Standards," Moore said that the award-winning jurisdictions were selected from more than 500 building departments throughout California.

"The Energy Commission developed the award a year ago to honor conscientious building officials who creatively encourage the efficient use of energy in their communities," he said.

Chosen for this year's awards were the Building Divisions of the cities of Madera, Morgan Hill, and Pittsburg; Building Departments for Nevada County and the city of Livermore; the Building and Housing Department of the city of Chula Vista; Community Development Departments in the cities of Dinuba and Irvine; Building and Safety Divisions in the cities of Merced and Simi Valley; the Building and Safety Department in the city of La Quinta; the County of Tuolumne's Department of Building and Safety; the Division of Building and Safety for Ventura County; and the Building Inspection Department in Yuba City.

Five of the jurisdictions -- Chula Vista, Irvine, La Quinta, Livermore and Simi Valley -- also received ACES Awards last year, when 20 building departments received the honor.

"Thanks to innovative, dedicated building departments like these 14, California consumers have enjoyed tremendous reductions in their energy bills," said Moore. He explained that a three-bedroom California home -- if built before 1977 and never improved -- can cost a homeowner as much as $2,700 a year to heat and cool.

"Heating and cooling bills for the same 1700-square-foot house, built to today's energy standards, should be about $700 a year -- a cost savings of nearly 75 percent," said Moore.

Official presentation of the ACES Awards will be made to building departments later in the year before local city councils and county boards of supervisors meetings.

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