For Immediate Release: June 18, 1997
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 - 654 -4989



Livermore's Building
Department Hornored Again with
State's ACES Award



For the second consecutive year, the City of Livermore's 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 Commissioner Michal (spelled correctly) C. Moore to Roy Anderson, Senior Building Inspector, at the Livermore City Council Meeting on Monday, June 23, at 7:00 p.m.

"Livermore's Building Department continues to demonstrate a great sense of teamwork and a strong, positive attitude towards California's energy efficiency building standards," Commissioner Moore stated. "By successfully encouraging the use of less energy in both commercial and residential buildings, the Department and its staff is helping to lower utility bills. In the long run, that means more money stays in their community, helping to bolster Livermore's economy."

Out of more than 500 building departments throughout California, the City of Livermore was one of only 14 jurisdictions selected for this year's ACES Award, prompting Moore to compliment the Building Department for its thorough performance. "Their comprehensive plan check and inspection procedures have made their compliance efforts extremely successful. In addition, Jeanne Chaffin and Patricia Fitzgerald, the Department's counter staff, make a special effort to explain the standards and their importance to homeowners, builders, and, quite often, appliance suppliers," he said. "Livermore's Building Department staff are thorough, competent and hard working when it comes to enforcing energy efficiency standards."

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 the City of Livermore are helping to protect California's energy future," said Moore.



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