For immediate release: June 1, 2000
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Escalon's Building Department
Honored for Efficient Energy Use

The City of Escalon's Building Department will receive an ACES Award from the California Energy Commission for creatively encouraging the efficient use of energy.

Energy Commissioner Robert Pernell will present the award to Thom Clark, City Manager/Building Official of the City of Escalon Building and Planning Department, and J.D. Hightower, City Planner, at a city council meeting on Monday, June 5, 2000, at 7:30 p.m., at 1855 Coley Avenue in Escalon.

"Escalon's Building Department demonstrates a strong, positive attitude towards California's energy efficiency building standards," said Pernell. "The Energy Commission is particularly pleased how the Department works cooperatively with city planners to ensure that all new residential subdivisions include energy efficient designs in their plans."

As an example of the Department's forward thinking, Pernell cited the Farinelli Ranch development, where all homes were required to exceed California's energy efficiency standards requirements by 10 percent. To achieve this goal, the City required builders to install sunscreens, as well as water heaters and air conditioning units with higher efficiency than required by the Energy Standards. Neighborhoods were laid out with a north-south orientation of homes to reduce solar heat gain. Shade trees were also required on the east and west sides of the houses, to further reduce heat gain and cut air conditioning costs.

"These requirements will now be applied to all new subdivisions in Escalon," noted Pernell. "By coordinating energy efficient design with careful enforcement of the energy standards, the City is cutting energy bills while providing improved added comfort for its residents."

ACES stands for "Assuring Compliance with the Energy Standards." From more than 500 building departments throughout California, the City of Escalon was one of only eleven jurisdictions selected for an 1999 ACES Award.

David Martinez, 1999 President of the California Building Officials, added his congratulations to the ACES Award winners. "These 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."

In today's dollars, the Energy Commission estimates that Californians reduced their utility bills by $79 billion since energy efficiency building regulations went into effect in 1978. In 1998 alone, energy savings from the State's building standards totaled $1.4 billion and equaled the output of seven 700-megawatt power plants.

"Conscientious jurisdictions like the City of Escalon are helping to protect California's energy future," said Pernell.

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