For Immediate Release: May 29, 1997
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 - 654 -4989

Nevada County's Building
Department Honored with
State's ACES Award

The Nevada County Building 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 C. Moore to Clint McKinley, acting Building Official, at the Nevada County Board of Supervisors Meeting in Nevada City on Tuesday morning, June 3, 1997.

"The Nevada County Building Department demonstrates a strong, positive attitude towards California's energy efficiency building standards," Moore said. "This staff of well-trained professionals has participated in a number of innovative energy projects unique to their region. One example is the use of water from a subterranean mine shaft, piped to the surface and circulated through chillers as part of cooling system for a large industrial complex," he said.

From more than 500 building departments throughout California, Nevada County was one of only 14 jurisdictions selected for an ACES Award, leading Moore to compliment the Building Department for its thorough performance. "The Department does an outstanding job of training. It is to be commended for the way it works with builders, designers, and building owners as part of its ongoing commitment to energy efficiency."

Pete Guisasola, President of the California Building Officials, added his congratulations to the ACES Award-winning jurisdiction. "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 and conscientious jurisdictions like Nevada County are helping to protect California's energy future," said Moore.

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