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In the course of any building design, which includes the construction or remodeling of commercial, residential, medical or industrial buildings in the state of California you will hear about "Title 24". Title 24 is the California Building Standards Code that has to do with every facet in building construction. The energy regulations that are in Title 24 mandate the standards in energy efficiency. In many cases when Title 24 is referenced to a majority of the time it is referred to Part 6 of this code. Part 6 of Title 24 is California's energy regulations for residential and nonresidential buildings. The use of energy in some measure depends on the climate conditions in the geographic are in the state. The Energy Commission has established 26 climate zones in the state of California that are used with non-residential and residential standards.

In 1978 California first initiated Title 24, which is also known as The Energy Efficiency Standards for Residential and Nonresidential Buildings. This was created by the California Building Standards Commission to reduce the consumption of energy in the state of California. Since then, Title 24 has helped Californians save more than $56 billion in electricity and natural gas costs, as well was reduced pollution and other detrimental impacts from the utilization of fossil fuels. Title 24 has truly become a cost-effective mandate by the state of California. When it comes to new energy efficiency methods and technologies, Title 24 keeps up to date in order to keep to the energy efficient standards as current as possible.


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In order to abide by the Title 24 Energy Standards there are two methods in which you are able to take, the prescriptive approach and the performance approach. The prescriptive approach is the simplest approach, which takes each and every component of the building that must meet a prescribed minimum energy requirement. This method is simple because an applicant only needs to show that the building follows each minimum and maximum level in the set of requirements included in the package. The prescriptive approach can be applied to a building design of a building envelope (insulation and fenestration), mechanical system, indoor lighting, outdoor lighting and service water heating. The performance approach is the most flexible and accurate way in calculating the use of energy, which is done by Energy Commission-approved computer methods. The computer software that is used in this method calculates and compares standard buildings with similar set entities, which follow the guidelines for Title 24. These fixed entities include designs, climate zones, occupancies, devices and construction materials. The computer software that is used automatically calculates the benefits of the energy for the space.

With both the perspective and performance approaches there are mandatory measures that are required. These measures require a minimum ceiling, wall and raised floor insulation, minimum HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning), water heating, equipment efficiencies, and other requirements as well. A large amount of these mandatory measures concern lightning control and other require minimum insulation levels and equipment efficiency.