These energy standards were established in 1978 and are included in the California building code Title 24. The aim of the mandate was to reduce the amount of energy consumed in the state. Over the years, amendments have been made regarding the standards to ensure energy cost effectiveness. California is a large state, and a lot of energy is consumed in residential and commercial buildings. To ensure that energy is evenly distributed, the standards had to come in place. This is why laws such as Title 24 California code of regulations are so important.
According to research, it was reported that more than 40% of California’s energy was being wasted in residential areas. To reduce this wastage, the standards demanded use of energy-saving appliances and responsible use of electricity. The California Energy code determines the amount of energy required and efficient in every building. Along with Title 24 California, we encourage our clients to familiarize themselves with the appropriate standards.
The amount of energy depends on the size, purpose and location of the building. For more information, please see http://www.energy.ca.gov/2008publications/CEC-400-2008-001/CEC-400-2008-001-CMF.PDF