2022 Data Registry Requirements Manual: for the 2022 Building Energy Efficiency Standards
June 10, 2022
Energy Efficiency (400)
Building Energy Efficiency Standards
Haider Alhabibi, Michael Shewmaker
Public Resources Code section 25402 was enacted in 1975 as part of the enabling legislation establishing the California Energy Commission (CEC) and its mandates. This section requires the CEC to adopt, implement, and periodically update the Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Energy Code) for residential and nonresidential buildings. Accordingly, the CEC has adopted and periodically updated the Energy Code to ensure that building construction, system design, and installation meet energy efficiency and other state climate goals. The CEC adopted the 2022 Energy Code on August 11, 2021, and the California Building Standards Commission approved the 2022 Energy Code on December 14, 2021.
Public Resources Code section 25402.1(e) requires the CEC to certify an energy conservation manual no later than 180 days after the California Building Standards Commission approves the Energy Code, in order to assist designers, builders, and contractors of residential and nonresidential buildings to comply with the updated Energy Code. The energy conservation manual can be used to demonstrate compliance with Energy Code requirements during the design, construction or installation, and field verification phases. Unlike the Energy Code, the energy conservation manual is not an adopted regulation, but instead certified by the CEC to provide guidance to the building industry.
The Data Registry Requirements Manual is one portion of the energy conservation manual, and its intent is to give a data registry provider a clear detailed description of how to comply with the Energy Code and Reference Joint Appendix 7. This Data Registry Requirements Manual provides additional detailed information and explanations regarding the functional and technical aspects of the requirements given in Joint Appendix 7. This manual is intended as a resource for data registry providers to aid in the design and implementation of software procedures and user interface features for their data registries that meet the requirements of Joint Appendix 7.