California Contractor Operations Affected by CALGreen Energy Provisions
By: Richard H. Glucksman and Jon A. Turigliatto
February 5, 2015
Energy provisions effective July 1, 2014, instead of January 1, 2014
There have been changes to California contractors whose operations are affected by residential and non-residential energy regulations or CALGreen energy provisions. Contractors are being alerted to the change in the effective date to the 2013 California Energy Code, 2013 California Administrative Code – Chapter 10, and certain energy provisions in the 2013 California Green Building Code (CALGreen).
The original effective date of January 1, 2014, for specific sections of the 2013 triennial edition of the California Building Standards Code, Title 24, has been changed to July 1, 2014.
The California Energy Commission (CEC) experienced unanticipated delays necessitating the CEC energy related provisions. The California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) approved the CEC action and issued Information Bulletin 13-07 on December 18, 2013, announcing the delayed effective date.
Contractors are encouraged to contact their local building enforcement agencies for assistance and/or clarification concerning the following summary of changes:
2013 California Energy Code, Part 6 – Effective July 1, 2014
The 2013 California Energy Code, Part 6, Title 24, California Code of Regulations, now goes into effect on July 1, 2014. Until July 1, 2014, the 2010 California Energy Code, Part 6 is the effective code. The 2010 California Energy Code will remain in effect until July 1, 2014.
2013 California Administrative Code, Chapter 10, Part 1 – Effective July 1, 2014
The 2013 California Administrative Code, Chapter 10, Part 1, Title 24, California Code of Regulations now goes into effect on July 1, 2014.
2013 CALGreen, Part 11
Only affected energy provisions of the 2013 CALGreen, Part 11, Title 24, California Code of Regulations is delayed until July 1, 2014. The specific energy provisions that will not be effective until July 1, 2014 are identified on the CBSC website.
Please note that all other parts and provisions of the 2013 California Building Standards Code became effective on January 1, 2014.
Application of Building Standards
California Health and Safety Code (HSC), Division 13, Part 2.5, Section 18938.5 states that only building standards approved by the CBSC, and that are effective at the local level at the time an application for a building permit is submitted, shall apply to the plans, specifications, and construction performed under that building permit. This section of law also provides for exceptions and should be carefully reviewed.