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Notice of Staff Workshops
2008 Building Energy Efficiency Standards


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

10 a.m.
10 a.m.
1516 Ninth Street
First Floor, Hearing Room A
Sacramento, California 95814
(Wheelchair Accessible)

Audio from this meeting will be broadcast over the Internet.
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This notice, the workshop agenda, and other related documents will be posted to the project website, www.energy.ca.gov/title24/2008standards. 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.


At this workshop, staff and project contractors will present the draft of the marked up changes to the Standards that were made in response to comments and suggestions received by the Energy Commission.

The workshop agenda will be posted on the Energy Commission's website. Following are the topics that will be presented on each of the workshop days:

Monday, February 26

Section 101   Definitions (Lighting Related)
Section 119   Mandatory Requirements for Lighting Control Devices
Section 130   Lighting Controls and Equipment
Section 131   Lighting Controls That Shall be Installed (Nonresidential Indoor Lighting)
Section 132   Outdoor Lighting Controls
Section 133   Sign Lighting Controls
Section 146   Requirements for (Nonresidential) Indoor Lighting
Section 147   Requirements for Outdoor Lighting
Section 148   Requirements for Signs
Section 149   (b)(1)(H) Alterations, Prescriptive (Lighting Nonresidential)
Section 150   (k) Residential Lighting

Tuesday, February 27

Section 100   Scope
Section 101   Definitions and Rules of Construction (Other than lighting)
Section 110   Systems and Equipment - General
Section 112   Mandatory Requirements for Programmable Communicating Thermostats
Section 113   Mandatory Requirements for Service Water-Heating Systems
Section 114   Mandatory Requirements for Pool and Spa Heating Systems and Equipment
Section 116   Mandatory Requirements for Fenestration Products
Section 118   Mandatory Requirements for Insulation
Section 121   Requirements for Ventilation
Section 122   Required Controls for Space-Conditioning Systems
Section 125   Required Nonresidential Mechanical System Acceptance
Section 126   Mandatory Requirements for Refrigerated Warehouses
Section 144   Prescriptive Requirements for Space Conditioning Systems
Section 145   Prescriptive Requirements for Service Water Heating Systems
Section 150   Residential Mandatory Features and Devices Other Than Lighting
Section 151   Residential Performance and Prescriptive Compliance Approaches
Section 152   Residential Additions and Alterations
Ref. NA6      Alternate Default Fenestration Thermal Properties
Ref. NA7      Acceptance Requirements for Mechanical and Fenestration Equipment


The Energy Commission updates the Building Energy Efficiency Standards periodically. This is the fifth 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 early 2008.

California energy policy places high priority on substantial updating of the Standards in 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 has pursued these objectives by developing Building Energy Efficiency Standards improvement proposals for several "key topic areas," which have been highlighted at previous workshops. Priority has been 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 continues to 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 all workshop topics are due by 5 p.m. on February 23, 2007. 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 [gflamm@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 the original and 10 copies of the comments to:

Gary Flamm
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 questions, please contact Mazi Shirakh, Senior Mechanical Engineer, at
(916) 654-3839, by e-mail at [mshirakh@energy.state.ca.us] or Gary Flamm, at
(916) 654-2817, by e-mail at [gflamm@energy.state.ca.us].

Date: February 14, 2007
Mail Lists: 50, 52, 53 and 480

Note: California Energy Commission's formal name is State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission.

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