For immediate release: June 13, 2000
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Stockton Building Department
Honored for Efficient Energy Use

The City of Stockton'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 Dale Himes, Deputy Director of the Building Department, and Nelson Fox, the Department's Energy Compliance Specialist, at a City Council meeting on Tuesday, June 13, 2000, at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 425 N. El Dorado Street, in Stockton.

"Stockton's Building Department demonstrates a strong, positive attitude towards California's energy efficiency building standards," Pernell said. "It has earned its reputation as a high quality enforcement agency, encouraging the use of less energy in both commercial and residential buildings."

As an example of the Department's forward thinking, Pernell noted a recent training class that Stockton hosted for Certified Energy Plans Examiners. "Classes were open not only for Stockton's own plan checkers and inspectors, but also for those from surrounding jurisdictions," he said. "Stockton's extensive staff training results in energy efficient designs that comply with the standards and cut energy bills, even as they provide improved comfort for the buildings' inhabitants."

ACES stands for "Assuring Compliance with the Energy Standards." From more than 500 building departments throughout California, the City of Stockton 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 Stockton are helping to protect California's energy future," said Pernell.

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