For immediate release: June 9, 1997
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 - 654-4989



IQ+ Program Wins Irvine's Community Development
Department a Second ACES Award



For the second consecutive year, the City of Irvine's Community Development 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 Sheri Vander Dussen, Community Development Director, at the Irvine City Council Meeting on Tuesday afternoon, June 10, 1997.

"Through the development of an innovative program called Irvine Quality Plus (IQ+), the Community Development Department is working to improve the efficiency and installation of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in new homes being built in their city," Moore said. "The Department has long shown a strong, positive attitude toward California's energy efficiency building standards. Now, with the new IQ+ program, Director Vander Dussen, former Director Bob Johnson, Building Official Bob Storchheim, and staff members Shawn Thompson and Eric Tolles have created a model for achieving energy efficiency throughout the rest of the state."

Nearly 30 percent of the energy used in the average California home goes to heating and cooling, and Irvine's program helps to insure that residential ductwork is properly designed and installed. "By preventing leaks, Irvine is insuring that new houses are more energy efficient, saving homeowners money on their energy bills while making their homes more comfortable," said Moore.

From more than 500 building departments throughout California, Irvine was one of only 14 jurisdictions selected for a 1996 ACES Award, leading Moore to compliment the Department for its thorough performance. "For years, the Community Development Department has provided the public with information bulletins that explain energy conservation measures. It held energy efficiency briefings for architects, developers and home builders to show them how to comply with the regulations, and its plan check and inspection procedures, along with its comprehensive quality control program, made its compliance efforts extremely successful. IQ+ is just one more way that the Community Development Department promotes energy conservation in Irvine's buildings."

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 Irvine are helping to protect California's energy future," said Moore.



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