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Codes Corner

CBIA represents California home builders on the development, adoption and implementation of our state building standards. Whether it’s energy efficiency, renewable energy, water conservation, fire safety or disabled accessibility standards, these issues have a profound impact on the homebuilding industry.

CBIA’s “Codes Corner” is designed as an area where details on these and other code-related issues will be available, and updates on pending regulations will be addressed. The following are some of the important documents in this area.

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Energy Commission Adopts Solar Mandate for 2020

As expected, the California Energy Commission voted 5-0 on May 9th to adopt the new energy standards that will take effect in 2020. This adoption includes a modest increase to the efficiency measures of the home but also includes the nation’s first mandate for a residential rooftop solar component.

The 2019 Residential Energy Efficiency Standards (effective 1/1/20)


Electric Utility Rates: Time-of-Use Rates are Coming in 2019

Throughout 2019, electric utilities in California will be switching over to a new rate structure with “Time of Use” being the default rate for consumers. While electric utility ratepayers will have the opportunity to chose from a variety of different rate structures, if none are chosen, the ratepayer will (with few exceptions) be automatically moved to the Time-of-Use (TOU) rate structure. Simply put, a TOU rate will charge significantly more for electricity used during the hot afternoon and evening hours of the summer months than, for example, during the early morning hours of the day. For a summary of the TOU plans for the major electric utilities, please kick on the appropriate link below (coming soon):

  • Sacramento Municipal Utility District
  • Los Angeles Water & Power
  • Pacific Gas & Electric
  • Southern California Edison
  • San Diego Gas & Electric

California’s Residential Green Building Standards & Checklist

The Department of Housing & Community Development has put together a 10-page checklist covering the mandatory minimum green building standards for new single-family homes and apartments. These standards took effect on 1/1/17. For access to the checklist, click here.

For access to the complete set of California’s Green Building Standards (CCR Title 24, Part 11), click here.

State Fire Marshal Wildland-Urban Interface Fire Safety Building Standards

Coming soon

State Fire Marshal Issues Bulletin Aimed at Reducing Sprinkler Costs

The State Fire Marshal has issued an Information Bulletin designed to help reduce compliance costs associated with the residential sprinkler mandate that took effect on 1/1/11.

Innovative Products Forum

Coming soon

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