For immediate release: October 3, 2000
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Riverside County Building Department
honored for efficient energy use

At this morning's Board of Supervisors Meeting, the Riverside County Planning and Building Department was awarded an ACES Award from the California Energy Commission for creatively encouraging the efficient use of energy.

The ACES Award was presented to Thomas Ingram, Director of Building and Safety Inspector, at the meeting in Riverside Tuesday morning, October 3, 2000, at 9:00 a.m.

"Riverside County's Planning and 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 presented the award. "From initial plan check to final sign off at the construction site, Thomas Ingram and the Riverside County staff take great pride in their efforts to promote energy awareness."

Eash noted that Riverside County 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 Californians are increasingly aware of electricity rates, the department's attention to efficiency will provide reduced costs and increased comfort for the citizens of Riverside County."

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

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