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Media Information Sources






ADVANCED BUILDING TECHNOLOGIES.  Website of Canada’s Natural Resources and Public Works agencies.  www.advancedbuildings.org/index.htm


DAYLIGHT DIVIDENDS, Lighting Research Center: www.lrc.rpi.edu/programs/daylighting/


ENERGY DESIGN RESOURCES.  Website sponsored by five California utilities.  www.energydesignresources.com/


NEW BUILDINGS INSTITUTE.  Building energy research & efficient design resources.  www.newbuildings.org/




BUILDING PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS ONLINE:  http://www.4specs.com/ and http://sweets.construction.com/  Both sites provide links to many building product manufacturers’ web sites.



w Cool Roof Rating Council: www.coolroofs.org/

w C.E.C. cool roof information page (including video): www.energyvideos.com/crs_MM.php?S=1&L=21&C=211&M1=450&M2=800

FENESTRATION (Efficient Windows Collaborative):  www.efficientwindows.org/

INSULATION, fiber type: Insulation Institute:  http://insulationinstitute.org/

LIGHTING (Lighting Research Center):  www.lrc.rpi.edu/




CONSUMER ENERGY CENTER:  www.consumerenergycenter.org/  (a C.E.C. sponsored website)

See additional C.E.C. websites under California Energy Commission, next box below.


ENERGY STAR PROGRAM: (888) STAR-YES  [(888)-782-7937] www.energystar.gov/  (sponsored by the DOE and EPA)



NCSEA provides education and support for solar energy development and use.  NCSEA is the local chapter of the American Solar Energy Society.


ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY NETWORK (EREN), Office of Building Technology, U.S. Department of Energy:  www.eere.energy.gov/


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CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION (C.E.C.)  www.energy.ca.gov       


C.E.C. TITLE 24 HOTLINE:  (800) 772-3300    Email: title24@energy.state.ca.us           

8am-Noon, 1pm-4:30pm weekdays.  CEC staff are available to answer questions on the energy code, solar system rebates, and mechanical and plumbing equipment certification.


2016 Title 24 Energy Standards Page:  http://www.energy.ca.gov/title24/2016standards/index.html  

The Standards page includes PDF versions of the Standards, the Nonresidential and Residential Compliance Manuals, Reference Appendices, and Home Energy Manual.


ENERGY UPGRADE CALIFORNIA (administered by the CEC and CPUC) www.energyupgradeca.org/en/  

Rebates for qualifying retrofits, including insulation, efficient windows, water heaters, space heating & cooling systems.


CALIFORNIA RENEWABLE ENERGY REBATES:  Renewable Energy Call Center www.energy.ca.gov/renewables/

(844) 217-4925, E-mail: renewable@energy.state.ca.us  


GO SOLAR, at www.gosolarcalifornia.ca.gov/ is run by the CEC and CPUC, and is focused almost exclusively on photovoltaic (solar electric) applications for existing and new residential and nonresidential buildings.


RENEWABLE SYSTEM REBATES:  Information for most types of systems is available at:  www.consumerenergycenter.org/


C.E.C. ONLINE VIDEOS:  www.energyvideos.com/

Videos to be viewed from your web browser.  Some of the topics include Fenestration, insulation, HVAC systems, and HERS. 


BUILDING ENERGY EFFICIENCY RESEARCH:  www.energy.ca.gov/research/buildings/index.html

Projects the C.E.C. has helped fund to further the goal of zero net energy buildings.


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PACIFIC GAS & ELECTRIC CO.  see also the Utility Rebate Programs section of the Efficiency Incentive Programs page of this website: click here


PG&E INTERNET WEB SITE ADDRESS:  www.pge.com/  For residential and nonresidential building efficiency programs, click "Save Energy & Money" in the left column of the PG&E homepage


PG&E NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS INCENTIVE PROGRAMS HOTLINE (for new buildings and retrofits):  (800) 468-4743.  Brochures and general information about the nonresidential energy efficiency incentive programs.


PG&E NEW NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS INCENTIVE PROGRAMS:  www.pge.com/mybusiness/energysavingsrebates/rebatesincentives/inc/index.shtml and www.savingsbydesign.com/   To identify a Savings By Design contact for your project, please contact the Savings by Design team at (415) 973-3803 or savingsbydesign@pge.com


PG&E NONRESIDENTIAL RETROFIT INCENTIVE PROGRAMS (for energy improvements to existing buildings):  www.pge.com/mybusiness/energysavingsrebates/rebatesincentives/ief/


CALIFORNIA MULTIFAMILY NEW HOMES (efficiency rebate program)
Administered for PG&E and the other investor-owned utilities (IOUs) by TRC Energy Services 
(866) 352-7457  http://cmfnh.com/


PG&E CALIFORNIA ADVANCED HOMES PROGRAM (CAHP)  http://cahp-pge.com/  (866) 352-7457


PG&E RESIDENTIAL APPLIANCE UPGRADE REBATES: www.pge.com/myhome/saveenergymoney/rebates/ (800) 933-9555


note: for other residential rebates, covering such items as windows and insulation, see the Energy Upgrade California program in the CEC section above.


PG&E SMARTER ENERGY LINE:  (800) 933-9555   Access to basic PG&E program information.


PG&E PACIFIC ENERGY CENTER:  (415) 973-2277  851 Howard St., San Francisco  www.pge.com/pec/  The Pacific Energy Center showcases new energy-efficient building products, such as electrical lighting (luminaires, lamps, automatic control systems, etc.).  Advisors at the Center are available to provide information on current energy-efficient equipment and design. The Center contains a workshop area called “Toolbox” where designers can set up scale models of projects to measure such things as daylight and solar shading.  The Center also holds free seminars on energy-efficient design and the application of new technologies.  Open for self-guided tours 8 am- 5 pm weekdays (hours subject to change).


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CABEC runs the Certified Energy Analyst (CEA) professional certification program, which recognizes individuals who show a high aptitude for providing California building energy code compliance services.  There are both Residential and Nonresidential CEA certifications.  The CEA program is officially recognized by the California Energy Commission.  CABEC also administers the Certified Energy Plans Examiner (CEPE) program on behalf of the C.E.C.



(952) 881-1098    “EEBA promotes the awareness, education and development of energy efficient, environmentally responsible buildings and communities.“


LIGHTING RESEARCH CENTER:  www.lrc.rpi.edu/  (518) 687-7100 

“The Lighting Research Center (LRC) is part of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. We conduct research into energy efficiency, new products and technologies, lighting design, and human factors issues.”  LRC has done extensive research into daylighting design and automatic daylighting controls.  See link to the Daylight Dividend Program on the LRC home page.  They also offer a free email newsletter that alerts readers of new studies.


Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC):  www.nibs.org/?page=sbic  (202) 289-7800SBIC is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance the design, affordability, energy performance, and environmental soundness of residential, institutional, and commercial buildings nationwide.”  The SBIC used to be called the Passive Solar Industries Council.  They publish guidelines and modeling software to help steer designers and builders towards energy and resource conserving building designs.


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ENERGY STAR PROGRAM: (888) STAR-YES  [(888)-782-7937] www.energystar.gov/

Energy Star is the EPA’s (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) and DOE’s (U.S. Dept. of Energy) jointly-run program of certifying energy-efficient residential buildings and appliances.  (the Energy Star program does not apply to nonresidential buildings, but EPA and DOE are considering this for the future)


HOME ENERGY RATING SERVICE (HERS).  HERS is a 3rd party inspection program for ensuring that certain energy-related construction is installed and performing properly.  While the Title 24 energy code has in the past required certain measures to be HERS certified in order to meet prescriptive compliance, and provided efficiency credit for certain measures that receive HERS certification, the 2013 code for the first time mandates that certain measures be HERS certified (duct leakage and air quality powered ventilation systems).   The HERS system consists of Raters (those that do the inspections), and Providers (organizations that train and certify the raters, as well as manage participating project HERS compliance forms).  The following are the three California HERS Providers; they can provide you with lists of certified HERS raters:


w  CalCERTS (Cal. Certified Energy Rating & Testing Services):  (877) 437-7787  www.calcerts.com   

w  CHEERS (Consul Home Energy Efficiency Rating System):  (800) 424-3377  www.cheers.org   

w  USERA (U.S. Energy Raters Associations):  (888) 931-1116  www.usenergyraters.com/ 


NATIONAL FENESTRATION RATING COUNCIL (NFRC):  (301) 589-1776   www.nfrc.org/

info@nfrc.org   The NFRC is a nonprofit, public/private that provides consistent energy efficiency ratings on window, door and skylight products.  NFRC ratings always measure U-factor and SHGC for the entire fenestration product (i.e. glass, frame, spacer, and dividers if any).  NFRC ratings are an integral part of Title 24 compliance for both residential and nonresidential buildings.


UNITED STATES GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL (USGBC):  (800) 795-1747 www.usgbc.org/  “The U.S. Green Building Council is the nation's foremost coalition of leaders from across the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy places to live and work.”  USGBC administers the LEEDGreen Building Rating System (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design), for nonresidential and residential buildings.  For more information on LEED, click on the LEED link near the top left corner of USGBC’s home page. 






DIVISION OF THE STATE ARCHITECT (DSA) – energy regulations and programs for public schools.  The “sustainability” page www.dgs.ca.gov/dsa/Programs/progSustainability.aspx includes links for several energy programs.



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EnergyStar (EPA & DOE) website EEM page:  www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=mortgages.energy_efficient_mortgages

This page includes links to such related sites as HUD and FHA


HUD/ EEM PROGRAM:  http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/housing/sfh/eem/energy-r



http://www.resnet.us/ratings/mortgages/default.htm  Includes links to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FHA and VA EEM information.  RESNET establishes energy efficiency rating systems used by the mortgage industry.





ARCHITECTURAL RECORD:  http://www.architecturalrecord.com/  at the search window, type in “green buildings” or related topics


BUILDING GREEN:  www.buildinggreen.com/


GREEN BUILDING ADVISOR:  http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/



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