Title 24 is an important part of the California Code of Regulations. It addresses energy efficiency in both residential and non-residential buildings. It is also called the California Energy Code, and it’s designed to reduce California’s energy consumption. These building standards are an important part of our state’s future. Before you can get a building permit from the city or county, you must verify the design of the building is in compliance with Title 24. This can be achieved without sacrificing your design dreams!
There are two ways to comply with Title 24 – the Prescriptive Method and the Performance Method. Both reports require information about energy efficiency, but we believe the Performance Method is the method of choice.
The Prescriptive Method is often viewed as the simpler choice to comply with Title 24, but it is also less flexible and each component must meet prescribed minimum energy requirements. This can lead to more work and higher costs.
The Performance Method requires more effort to be compliant but offers more flexibility and is more accurate, and can ultimately save you construction costs. The minimum level of energy efficiency necessary for compliance is calculated through a specialized software program. We recommend this method for new homes and additions.
If you have questions about Title 24 compliance, don’t hesitate to ask! We are here to help.