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

Yuba City's Building
Department Honored with
State's ACES Award

The Yuba City Building Inspection Department 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 (spelled correctly) C. Moore to Robert Stoddard, Chief Building Inspector, at the Yuba City's City Council Meeting on Tuesday evening, June 3, 1997.

"Yuba City's Building Inspection Department demonstrates a strong, positive attitude towards California's energy efficiency building standards," Commissioner Moore stated. "Even before there were standards, Robert Stoddard made energy efficiency a top priority, making sure that all builders in his jurisdiction recognized the importance of energy efficient construction. That policy continues today, and training sessions and meetings are held on a regular basis to make sure that his staff and other are kept up-to-date and well-informed on the standards."

From more than 500 building departments throughout California, Yuba City was one of only 14 jurisdictions selected for an ACES award, leading Moore to compliment the Department for its thorough performance. "By successfully encouraging the use of less energy in both commercial and residential buildings, they are helping to lower utility bills. In the long run, that means more money stays in their community, helping to bolster the city'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 Yuba City are helping to protect California's energy future," said Moore.

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