Title 24 Local Energy Ordinances
The state of California has established a process which allows local adoption of energy standards that are more stringent than the statewide Title 24 energy standards. This process allows local governments to:
- Adopt and enforce energy standards in advance of the statewide standards effective date
- Require additional energy conservation measures
- Set more stringent energy budgets
Local governments are required to apply to the Energy Commission for approval, documenting the supporting analysis for how the local government has determined that their proposed standards will save more energy than the current statewide Title 24 energy standards and the basis of the local government's determination that the local standards are cost-effective. Once the Energy Commission staff has verified that the local standards will require buildings to use no more energy than the current statewide standards the application is brought before the full Energy Commission for approval. Only those local ordinances that have been approved by the Energy Commission are legally enforceable.
For a list of cities and counties that have adopted their own energy ordinances that exceed the statewide Title 24 energy standards click on the link below.
(Excerpted from the CEC Title 24 Residential Compliance Manual)