For immediate release: October 3, 2000
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City of Carlsbad Building Department
honored for efficient energy use

Today the City of Carlsbad 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 to Pat Kelly, Principal Building Inspector, at the Carlsbad City Council Meeting on Tuesday, October 3, 2000, at 6:00 p.m.

"Carlsbad's Building Department demonstrates a strong, positive attitude towards California's energy efficiency building standards," said John Eash, the Sacramento-based Energy Specialist from the Commission's Energy Efficiency Division who will present the award. "From initial plan check to final sign off at the construction site, Pat Kelly and the Carlsbad staff take great pride in their efforts to promote energy awareness."

Eash noted that Carlsbad is working with the building industry to develop a generic, voluntary energy efficiency program.

"The department works cooperatively with builders, encouraging them to exceed California's energy efficiency standards by 20 percent to 30 percent. In return for their assistance, builders enjoy benefits such as faster plan-checks and field inspections," said Eash. "At a time when many residents of San Diego County are aware of higher electricity rates, the department's attention to efficiency will provide reduced costs and increased comfort for the citizens of Carlsbad."

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

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