For Immediate Release: July 15, 1998
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 654-4989



San Diego's Building Inspection Department
Honored with States ACES Award



The City of San Diego's Building Inspection 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 to Chief Building Official Peter Lopez, and Art Buxbaum, Assistant Deputy Director, Field Services. Presentation will be made by the Energy Commission's Vice Chair David A. Rohy at the San Diego City Council meeting on Monday, July 20, 1998, at 2:00 p.m.

"San Diego's Building Inspection Department demonstrates a strong, positive attitude towards California's energy efficiency building standards," Rohy stated. "By successfully encouraging the use of less energy in both commercial and residential buildings, they are helping to lower utility bills. In the long run, that means more money stays in their community, helping to bolster the City's economy."

From more than 500 building departments throughout California, the City of San Diego was one of only six jurisdictions selected for an ACES Award, leading Rohy to compliment the Department for its performance. "Throughout the years, they have recognized the importance of continued training to keep up-to-date on current technologies and the most recent energy requirements," he said. "They are thorough, competent and hard working when it comes to enforcing energy efficiency standards, and in conveying the energy concerns of San Diego's residents to Energy Commission staff."

Dan Chudy, 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 $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 San Diego are helping to protect California's energy future," said Rohy.

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