For immediate release: June 5, 1997
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Ventura County's Division of Building and Safety
Honored with State's ACES Award

The County of Ventura's Division of Building and Safety 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 Building Official Jack Phillips by Energy Commissioner Michal (spelled correctly) C. Moore at the County of Ventura Board of Supervisors Meeting at 9 a.m., Tuesday, June 10, 1997, in Ventura.

"The Division of Building and Safety demonstrates a great sense of teamwork and a strong, positive attitude toward California's energy efficiency building standards," Moore stated. "Jack Phillips, G. D. Mayer, and the Graphics, Word Processing, and Counter staff have worked together to develop several easy-to-understand handouts that help the public to prepare compliance documents for residential construction. Their efforts have saved the public a minimum of $400 per project and made the compliance process easier and more effective."

From more than 500 building departments throughout California, the County of Ventura was one of only 14 jurisdictions selected for an ACES Award, leading Moore to compliment the Division for its performance. "Jack Phillips and his staff are thorough, competent and hard working about enforcing energy efficiency standards. Their efforts helps to keep more money in their communities, helping to bolster Ventura County'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.

"Conscientious jurisdictions like Ventura County are helping to protect California's energy future," said Moore.


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