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Notice of Staff Workshops
2008 Building Energy Efficiency Standards

Updated 6/5/2007

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California Energy Commission staff will conduct two workshops to present the proposed revisions to 2008 Building Energy Efficiency Standards for Residential and Nonresidential Buildings (Standards) (California Code of Regulations, Title 24, Part 6) and to obtain public comments. The workshops will be held:

10 a.m.
901 P Street
Hearing Room 102A
Sacramento, California 95814
(Wheelchair accessible)


FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2007
10 a.m.
1516 Ninth Street
First Floor, Hearing Room A
Sacramento, CA 95814
(Wheelchair accessible)

Audio from the June 15, 2007 meeting only will be broadcast over the Internet.
For details, please go to:

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 these workshops, staff and project contractors will present the draft of the proposed 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:

Wednesday, June 13

  • Revisions to the Residential Standards and ACM Calculations for:

    • Refrigerant Charge, Charge Indicator Display, and TXVs
    • Fan Watt Draw and Airflow
    • Indoor Air Quality Ventilation
    • New Solar Homes Partnership

  • Nonresidential Fault Detection and Diagnostics for Air Handling Units, Variable Air Volume (VAV) Boxes, and Rooftop Air Conditioners

  • Nonresidential Lighting Acceptance Requirements

  • Nonresidential Overall Envelope

  • Nonresidential Insulation Requirements

  • Nonresidential Cool Roof Requirements

  • Residential Cool Roof Requirements

Friday, June 15

  • Revisions to residential Alternate Calculation Method (ACM) Manuals

  • Revisions to nonresidential Alternate Calculation Method (ACM) Manuals

  • Revisions to Reference Appendices (RA)


The Energy Commission updates the Building Energy Efficiency Standards periodically. This is the sixth 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, and expect to adopt the updated Standards in early 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 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

The Energy Commission encourages comments by electronic mail before the workshops. Those submitting comments by electronic mail should provide them on letterhead in either Microsoft Word or Portable Document Format (PDF) to [cgekas@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

Chris Gekas
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS 37
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's Office 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 Chris Gekas, at (916) 654-8435, by e-mail at [cgekas@energy.state.ca.us], or Mazi Shirakh, Senior Mechanical Engineer, at (916) 654-3839, by e-mail at [mshirakh@energy.state.ca.us].

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

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