For immediate release: May 30, 1997
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La Quinta's Building and Safety Department
Honored with a Second ACES Award

For the second consecutive year, the City of La Quinta's Building and Safety 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 to Tom Hartung, Director of Building and Safety, by Energy Commission Vice Chair David A. Rohy, at the La Quinta City Council Meeting at 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 3, 1997.

"In a harsh desert climate, using energy efficiently is extremely important. Fortunately, La Quinta's Building and Safety Department demonstrates a strong, positive attitude towards California's energy efficiency building standards," said Commissioner Rohy. "Tom Hartung, Mark Harold and the rest of the staff work with the private sector to find workable solutions to local energy problems. They have developed and implemented comprehensive programs to enforce the building code. As a result, they have successfully reduced energy use in both commercial and residential buildings, while improving occupant comfort and lowering utility bills."

From more than 500 building departments throughout California, La Quinta was one of only 14 jurisdictions selected for this year's ACES Award, leading Rohy to compliment the Building and Safety Department for its thorough performance. "Over the years, the Department has worked with builders and other local jurisdictions in the Coachella Valley to encourage energy efficiency. Tom Hartung is currently working with the Energy Commission to develop a plan to improve the efficiency of La Quinta's residential duct systems." he said. "The staff is to be commended for its sense of teamwork, strict adherence to all code requirements, and for conducting comprehensive plan check reviews and thorough inspections during construction."

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.

"Conscientious jurisdictions like La Quinta's are helping to protect California's energy future," said Rohy.


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