AB 802 – California’s Existing Building Benchmarking Law

AB 802 – California’s Existing Building Benchmarking Law

The State of California has made several efforts to increase energy efficiency, and Assembly Bill 802 is only one of them. Through this bill, the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission has implemented a benchmarking and disclosure program for...

California Commissioning Requirements for Non-Residential Spaces

Does my project need commissioning? This is a typical question that VCA Green's clients have in their preliminary design phase. The following is a summary about when commissioning is required by the Energy Code and the list of documents the design team needs to...

When Is HERS Testing Required?

For multifamily projects built in the state of California, one of the typical compliance measures that most developers will encounter at some point is HERS testing. The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) is a set of protocols devised by the California Energy Commission...

Cost-effectiveness through Domestic Hot Water Efficiency

With the ever increasing constraints to meet energy requirements dictated by the code, achieving profitability may sometimes seem an elusive and daunting task, especially when the variables to sort through are numerous and unfamiliar (as is usually the case with...

Performance vs. Prescriptive Modeling

Over the past few code cycles, the Building Energy Efficiency Standards have doubled in size. In addition to gains in energy efficiency, there has been an increase in complexity. This complexity gives way to opportunity and options for compliance. The Prescriptive...

3 Critical Questions for Energy Code Compliance

The California Energy Code is just as important as any other part of Title 24, and during design and construction, small mistakes can add up to sizable costs in the development and lifespan of a building. Starting with preliminary energy modeling and ending with...