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Own the Code: CA Title 24 and Getting Involved with the Process
Tuesday June 11, 5:30-8:30 pm Pacific Energy Center, 851 Howard St, San Francisco, CA

 It’s well known that California often leads the nation in implementing codes and standards for energy efficiency and environmental benefits. We have a history of regulatory successes that have reduced pollution, improved products, and saved huge amounts of energy and water. Title 24 has had a significant impact on reducing energy use for lighting (we have pretty much achieved practical limits for energy efficiency in lighting) and for effecting the market adoption of LEDs. But the regulatory process is not perfect – mistakes are made, and codes and standards are living documents meant to be constantly updated and improved. In order to achieve compliance and meet the goals of reducing energy use, improving product quality, and creating a better, healthier built environment, the regulatory process requires active and evenly distributed participation from a wide range of stakeholders – manufacturers, industry associations, designers and specifiers, and building owners and operators. As we’re caught up in the day-to-day business of building, we forget that we share ownership of the government process that makes regulations and codes and can take an active part in it. Energy codes impact everyone’s business.

 This talk will present an update on the current state of California’s Title 24 and planned efforts to improve the code; explain the regulatory process and timelines for commenting on the upcoming 2022 T24; demonstrate how codes and standards impact your business directly and indirectly; and show you how you can get more involved in shaping and improving the code. The talk will also cover the following issues:

·         The business of compliance – simulations, forms, permitting, construction, inspection, training, and updates.

·         The heavy cost and bureaucracy of writing codes, code changes, and ongoing compliance.

·         Should codes be prescriptive or outcome-based?

·         Should we have less frequent changes, and be more technology-neutral?

·         How can building industry professionals positively impact energy codes?

·         Can the codes be easier to understand, and make it easier to design, build, and inspect buildings?


·         John Martin, Co-Chair, California Energy Alliance

·         James Benya, Principal, Benya Burnett Consultancy

·         Susan Larson, CEO, 90+ Lighting

·         David Wilds Patton, Owner & Principal, David Wilds Patton Lighting Design
Clifton Stanley Lemon, CEO, Clifton Lemon Associates, President IES San Francisco Section, Moderator

·         Kelly Cunningham, Senior Customer Care Program Manager, Codes and Standards, Pacific Gas & Electric

5:30- 6:00           Networking
6:00- 6:15            Introductions
6:15- 7:00            Brief presentations on current joint efforts with IES/CEA/IALD, T24 2022 update process: what’s most important, where we are now, where we’re going, and what we can do about it
7:00- 8:00           Moderated panel discussion with prepared topics and audience discussion

$10 IES, ASID, IIDA, or AIA members
$15 Non IES, ASID, IIDA, or AIA members
$5 Emerging Professionals & Students
More Info: Clifton Stanley Lemon, Yao-Jung Wen
cl@cliftonlemon.com  415 254 7056

 Learning Objectives
1. Describe the basic process of writing and updating California energy code and how stakeholders contribute

2. Identify areas where energy codes need to be improved with feedback from specific stakeholders

3. Explore ways in which individuals and organizations can positively impact codes

4. Analyze the implications of improved codes for improving the built environment