For immediate release: May 30, 1997
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Simi Valley's Building and Safety Division
Honored with State's ACES Award

For the second consecutive year, the City of Simi Valley's Building and Safety 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 to Gaddis Farmer, Deputy Director of Building and Safety, by Tom Tanton, Adviser to Energy Commission Vice Chair David A. Rohy, at the Simi Valley City Council Meeting on Monday evening, June 2, 1997.

"The City of Simi Valley's Building and Safety Division demonstrates a strong, positive attitude towards California's energy efficiency building standards," said Commissioner Rohy. "Gaddis Farmer and his staff 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, Simi Valley was one of only 14 jurisdictions selected for this year's ACES Award, leading Rohy to compliment the Building and Safety Division for its thorough performance. "Over the years, the Division has done an outstanding job of training the public and its own staff on the most effective ways to comply with the energy standards," he said. "The staff is to be commended for their 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. The Commission predicts that by the year 2011, residents of the state will save an additional $43 billion in energy costs.

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


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