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Energy-efficient homes can be more comfortable, cost less to operate, and have higher resale value than their 'standard' counterparts. Today there are a wealth of new materials, skilled professionals, and analytic techniques to help new and existing homeowners in California and across the country green their homes and enjoy the benefits.


  • Design Guidelines: Skylighting Guidelines
    February 24, 2014
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    Design Guidelines: Skylighting Guidelines

    The Skylighting Guidelines, 2nd edition, were prepared to help designers optimize the use of skylights in commercial and industrial buildings. Many of the lighting principles covered here are also applicable to residential buildings. They describe opportunities for high quality lighting design and explain how to integrate skylights with the design of other building elements. They show how to estimate the potential energy savings and cost savings. Finally, they help designers avoid mistakes that could reduce the value of a skylight design.

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  • Trigger Sheet: Nonresidential Interior Lighting Alterations
    November 22, 2013
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    Trigger Sheets: This handy trigger sheet summarizes sections of Title 24, Part 6 energy code that are triggered based on project scope.  The sections indicated on these trigger sheets can help identify energy code requirements for your project.

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  • Trigger Sheet: Nonresidential Exterior Lighting
    November 22, 2013
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    Trigger Sheets: This handy trigger sheet summarizes sections of Title 24, Part 6 energy code that are triggered based on project scope.  The sections indicated on these trigger sheets can help identify energy code requirements for your project.

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  • Triggers: Residential HVAC Changeouts
    November 22, 2013
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    Trigger Sheets: This handy trigger sheet summarizes sections of Title 24, Part 6 energy code that are triggered based on project scope.  The sections indicated on these trigger sheets can help identify energy code requirements for your project.

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  • Fact Sheet: Residential Lighting
    November 22, 2013
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    Fact Sheets:  Download this fact sheet to read a summary of key requirements, definitions and resources that are useful to implement Title 24, Part 6 energy code.

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  • Fact Sheet: Residential Fenestration
    November 22, 2013
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    Fact Sheets:  Download this fact sheet to read a summary of key requirements, definitions and resources that are useful to implement Title 24, Part 6 energy code.

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  • Fact Sheet: Residential Cool Roofs
    November 22, 2013
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    Fact Sheets:  Download this fact sheet to read a summary of key requirements, definitions and resources that are useful to implement Title 24, Part 6 energy code.

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  • Fact Sheet: Nonresidential Cool Roofs
    November 22, 2013
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    Fact Sheets:  Download this fact sheet to read a summary of key requirements, definitions and resources that are useful to implement Title 24, Part 6 energy code.

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  • Design Brief: Central DHW Systems in Multifamily Buildings
    January 5, 2010
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    Domestic water heating (DHW) accounts for a significant share of multifamily building energy use, especially in California's coastal towns. While each new construction project will have a different ratio of energy end uses, one can look at the existing building stock to get an idea of how much is attributable to DHW systems. According to the Department of Energy's Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS), DHW accounted for around 32% of overall energy use for existing multifamily units in the late 1990's.

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  • Design Guidelines: EDR Multifamily Design Guide for Energy Efficiency
    November 19, 2009
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    Design Guidelines: EDR Multifamily Design Guide for Energy Efficiency

    The Multifamily Design Guide For Energy Efficiency provides a summary of resources, methods, and tools to assist the design community in building more energy efficient multifamily buildings, which are increasingly popular in California.

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  • Case Studies: An Energy Efficient Multifamily Development
    September 21, 2009
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    Historically, multifamily residential housing developments had few incentives or disincentives to incorporate high efficiency design features and appliances into their projects.

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  • Design Brief: High-Performance New Homes
    June 12, 2009
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    Interest is growing throughout California and the United States in new homes designed to provide comfortable living environments with lower energy consumption and operating costs.

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ABC Green Home Project

Green Home Builder Magazine

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The "Affordable, Buildable, Certified" (ABC) Green Home is a zero-net-energy (ZNE) demonstration home under construction in Irvine, CA.

Builders Challenge Guide to 40% Energy Savings in Hot-Dry Climates

US Dept. of Energy - Building America

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This guide (Vol. 9) describes measures builders can use to construct homes that save 40% beyond energy code in Hot-Dry and Mixed-Dry Climates.

Title 24 Residential Lighting Design Guide

California Lighting Technology Center

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Best practices and lighting designs to help builders compy with California's 2008 Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency Standards.

Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing (MASH) - Simi Valley

Southern California Edison

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Mulifamily Affordable Solar Housing in Simi Valley has lowered their energy uasge and costs and therefore have lowered the energy bills to those who live there.

Mulifamily Affordable Solar Housing (MASH) - Indian Wells

Southern California Edison

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Mulifamily Affordable Solar Housing - Indian Wells has lowered their energy uasge and costs and therefore have lowered the energy bills to those who live there.

Mulifamily Affordable Solar Housing (MASH) - Lancaster

Southern California Edison

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Mulifamily Affordable Solar Housing - Lancaster has lowered their energy uasge and costs and therefore have lowered the energy bills to those who live there.

Hybrid Ground Source Heat Pump Installations

Energy Center of Wisconsin

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This study examined the environmental and economic performance of three hybrid ground source heat pump installations.

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