For Immediate Release After: June 4, 1998
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 654-4989

Millbrae's Building Division
Honored with State's ACES Award

The Millbrae Building Division is receiving 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 Millbrae Building Official Mark Matthews, Sr., by California Energy Commisioner Robert A. Laurie, at the Millbrae City Council Meeting on Tuesday, June 9, 1998, at 7 p.m.

"Making sure that builders and architects recognize the importance of energy efficient construction is one of the top priorities of Mark Matthews and his staff," said Laurie. "Millbrae frequently holds training sessions to keep division staff and others up-to-date and well-informed on the standards and current technologies. By successfully encouraging greater energy efficiency in both commercial and residential buildings, Millbrae's Building Division is helping to lower utility bills. That means more money stays in the Millbrae community, bolstering the local economy."

From more than 500 building departments throughout California, the City of Millbrae was one of only six jurisdictions selected in 1998 for an ACES Award, leading Laurie to compliment the Division for its thorough performance. "Their comprehensive plan check and inspection procedures have made their compliance efforts successful," he said. "The staff is thorough, competent and hard working when it comes to enforcing energy efficiency standards."

Dan Chudy, President of the California Building Officials, added his congratulations to the ACES Award-winning jurisdictions. "These winning building departments have demonstrated that a cooperative effort between the Energy Commission, the builders and the local building department can forge a unique alliance which results in energy savings that benefit all Californians."

Since energy efficiency building regulations went into effect in 1978, the Energy Commission estimates that Californians have reduced their utility bills by at least $15.8 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 Millbrae are helping to protect California's energy future," said Commissioner Laurie.

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For more information contact:
California Energy Commission
Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director

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