The 2022 Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Energy Code) will improve upon the 2019 Energy Code for new construction of, and additions and alterations to, residential and nonresidential buildings. Workshops will be held to present revisions and obtain public comment. Proposed standards will be adopted in 2021 with an effective date of January 1, 2023. The California Energy Commission (CEC) updates the standards every three years.
The CEC is preparing an Environmental Impact Report (or EIR) for the proposed 2022 update to the Energy Code.
- Notice of Preparation
- Public Scoping Meeting - Environmental Impact Report for the Proposed 2022 Update to the Building Energy Efficiency Standards
Public comments on the Notice of Preparation (NOP) can be submitted until Monday, April 19, 2021. Agencies can submit comments until 30 days after receipt of the NOP. Comments can be submitted using the link under the Public Comments box on the right. The complete docket for the environmental analysis conducted by the CEC, along with all received public comments, can be found at Docket Log (21-BSTD-02).
The CEC uses a public process and a rulemaking to adopt changes to the Energy Code contained in the California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 24, Part 6, and associated administrative regulations in Part 1 (collectively considered the Energy Code). The updated standards will be proposed for adoption in 2021 with an effective date of January 1, 2023.
The CEC has recently published a pre-rulemaking draft of the Express Terms for 2022. The Notice of Availability, as well as the Express Terms files, are linked to below:
- Notice of Availability
- Draft 2022 Energy Code Express Terms
- Draft 2022 Reference Appendices Express Terms
- Draft 2022 ACM Approval Manual Express Terms
Public comments can be submitted for consideration ahead of the formal rulemaking period until March 9, 2021. Instructions and deadlines for submitting public commentary are stated in the Notice of Availability.
See public participation section below for more information.
The CEC encourages public participation in its proceedings.
To participate in the rulemaking, you can attend the workshops and provide verbal comments to the record. Written comments can be submitted to the rulemaking docket. Instructions for submitting comments can be found on workshop notices.
The public can propose an energy efficiency measure for consideration in current or future Energy Code updates. To document the proposed measure and cost-effectiveness, use the Building Energy Efficiency Measure Proposal Template. Samples of past proposals are available in the 2019 Energy Code docket or by request.
The Public Advisor's Office can help anyone with questions about the proceedings.
Sign up for the Building Standards list serve to keep up to date about ongoing activities.
The investor-owned utilities hold stakeholder meetings to discuss their sponsored measure proposals. The CEC does not run those meetings, and participation in them is not required to participate in the CEC proceeding.
The CEC has opened Docket 19-BSTD-03 for pre-rulemaking comments on proposed 2022 Energy Code measures. The CEC has also opened Docket 19-BSTD-04 for pre-rulemaking comments on changes to the 2022 Energy Code compliance metric.