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Notice of Staff Workshop
2008 Building Energy Efficiency Standards


California Energy Commission staff will conduct a workshop for presentation of potential revisions to Building Energy Efficiency Standards for Residential and Nonresidential Buildings (Standards) (California Code of Regulations, Title 24, Part 6) and to obtain public suggestions and comment for the 2008 Standards.

TUESDAY, MARCH 28, 2006
10 a.m.
Bonderson Building
901 P Street
First Floor, Hearing Room 102-A
Sacramento, CA 95814
(Wheelchair accessible)

This notice, the workshop agenda, and other related documents will be posted to the project website, www.energy.ca.gov/title24/2008standards/prerulemaking/documents/. Please check the website for additional information. Interested persons may sign up on a list server at that website to receive email updates about the 2008 Standards.

Purpose

At this workshop, staff and project contractors will discuss potential changes to the standards related to specific topics. Workshop participants will have opportunities to ask questions about this information and to make comments and suggestions.


Potential changes that are tentatively planned for discussion:

  • Attic Modeling
  • Furnace fan energy use modeling
  • Residential ventilation base case modeling with continuously running exhaust fan
  • Slab edge heat loss calculations and its relationship to outdoor temperature and ground temperature
  • Revisions to the standard 1,761 square foot residential prototype

Background

The Energy Commission updates the Building Energy Efficiency Standards on a three-year cycle. This is the third in a series of workshops to obtain public input through which potential revisions to the Standards are identified and discussed. At the end of this series of workshops, the Energy Commission will conduct a formal rulemaking proceeding, expecting to adopt the updated Standards in 2007. The Standards are expected to go into effect in the latter part of 2008.

California energy policy places high priority on substantial updating of the Standards in the 2008 and subsequent update cycles. Please see information about California policy goals and objectives at: http://www.energy.ca.gov/title24/2008standards/background.html

The Energy Commission will pursue these objectives by developing Building Energy Efficiency Standards improvement proposals for several "key topic areas," which will be highlighted at the workshops. Priority will be placed on proposals resulting from the Energy Commission Public Interest Energy Research program, the Codes and Standards Enhancement Initiatives of the electric and gas utilities' statewide Codes and Standards program, and proposals developed by the Energy Commission's Buildings and Appliances Office and its technical consultant contract. In addition to proposals for major revisions to the Building Energy Efficiency Standards, the Energy Commission will consider suggestions and comments related to improvement of the effectiveness or clarity of the Standards and associated documents (including the Alternative Calculation Method Approval Manuals and the Joint Appendices).

Written Comments

Written comments on the workshop topics must be submitted by 5 p.m. on March 21, 2006. The Energy Commission encourages comments by electronic mail. Those submitting comments by electronic mail should provide them on letterhead in either Microsoft Word or Portable Document Format (PDF) to rverma@energy.state.ca.us. Please include "2008 Building Energy Efficiency Standards [suggestions] or [comments]" in the subject line and first paragraph of your comments. Interested persons may also send comments by postal mail. Please hand deliver or mail an original and 10 copies of the comments to:

Ram Verma
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS 25
Sacramento, CA 95814-5512

Please include your name, organization, and contact information.

Participants may also deliver the original and 10 copies of the comments at the beginning of the workshop. All written materials related to this workshop will become part of the public record.

Public Participation

The Energy Commission's Public Adviser, Margret J. Kim, provides the public assistance in participating in Energy Commission activities. If you want information on how to participate in this forum, please contact the Public Adviser's Office at (916) 654-4489 or toll free at (800) 822-6228, by FAX at (916) 654-4493, or by e-mail at pao@energy.state.ca.us. If you have a disability and require assistance to participate, please contact Lou Quiroz at (916) 654-5146 at least five days in advance.

Please direct all news media inquiries to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director, at (916) 654-4989.

For technical questions on the subject matter, please contact Mazi Shirakh, Senior Mechanical Engineer, (916) 654-3839 or by e-mail at mshirakh@energy.state.ca.us.



Date on line: March 14, 2006




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