For immediate release: July 2, 1997
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Madera's Building Division
Honored with State's ACES Award



The City of Madera's Building 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 by Commissioner Michal (spelled correctly) C. Moore to Building Official Larry McClintock at the Madera City Council Meeting on Wednesday, July 2, at 6:30 p.m.

"Although the City of Madera's Building Division is small in size, it looms large in terms of its support for the energy efficiency standards," said Commissioner Moore. "By encouraging the use of less energy in both commercial and residential buildings, the Division is successfully helping to lower local utility bills. In the long run, that means more money stays in the community, helping to bolster Madera's economy."

Out of more than 500 building departments throughout California, the City of Madera was one of only 14 jurisdictions selected for an ACES Award, prompting Moore to compliment the Building Division for its thorough performance. "The Building Division demonstrates a great sense of teamwork, and Larry McClintock believes strongly in training. He has hosted numerous training sessions for his staff and for those in surrounding jurisdictions. His conscientious attitude about the standards has been passed down to his staff who, in turn, pass the benefits of their knowledge on to the public. Plans Examiner Mark Meyers has worked with local builders, energy consultants and product distributors to develop ways to expedite and simplify the compliance process, a definite plus for those involved in building projects."

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



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