For immediate release: July 18, 2000
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City of Chino Hills Building Department
Honored for Efficient Energy Use

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

The ACES Award will be presented by Valerie Hall, the Energy Commission's Manager for Building Efficiency Standards, at the Chino Hills City Council Meeting on Tuesday, July 25, 2000, at 7:00 p.m. Representing the City will be Steve Patterson, the City's Chief Building Official; Winston Ward, Assistant Community Development Director; Keith Pryor, Senior Inspector; and Frank Williams of the Building Industry Association, Baldy View Chapter.

"The Chino Hills' Building Department demonstrates a strong, positive attitude towards California's energy efficiency building standards," Hall explained. "With a reputation as a high-quality enforcement agency, it encourages innovative ways to improve energy efficiency."

As an example, Hall noted that Chino Hills worked with the Building Industry Association to develop a simplified, "one-stop" process that emphasizes inspection for energy compliance as much as other code components such as framing, electrical and plumbing. "By working cooperatively with builders, the department reduces the need for additional site visits, saving everyone money while allowing for more thorough energy compliance inspections," said Hall. "Chino Hills' extensive training programs, comprehensive plan checks and coordinated inspection procedures produce designs that not only comply with the standards, but use less energy and are more comfortable."

ACES stands for "Assuring Compliance with the Energy Standards." From more than 500 building departments throughout California, the City of Chino Hills was one of only 11 jurisdictions selected for a 1999 ACES Award.

David Martinez, 1999 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."

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 1975. 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 Chino Hills are helping to protect California's energy future," said Hall.

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