For Immediate Release: May 28, 1997
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 - 654 -4989



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



The City of Pittsburg's Building Division 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 Robert A. Laurie to John P. Little, Chief Building Official, at the Pittsburg City Council Meeting on Monday evening, June 2, 1997.

"Pittsburg's Building Division demonstrates a strong, positive attitude towards California's energy efficiency building standards," Laurie stated. "In the past year, they have initiated changes in their plan check and field inspection procedures that have made their compliance efforts extremely successful. The result has been significant energy savings."

From more than 500 building departments throughout California, Pittsburg was one of only 14 jurisdictions selected for an ACES Award, leading Laurie to compliment the Division for its thorough performance. "John Little and his staff are thorough, competent and hard working when it comes to enforcing energy efficiency standards in both commercial and residential buildings. That means that, in the long run, more money stays in their community, helping to bolster Pittsburg's economy.

Pete Guisasola, President of the California Building Officials, added his congratulations to the ACES Award-winning jurisdictions. "Winners of this year's ACES Award represent outstanding building departments that work with builders to make consumer protection a priority. Their dedication helps to ensure quality construction and makes today's buildings increasingly energy-efficient and comfortable."

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 the City of Pittsburg are helping to protect California's energy future," said Laurie.



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