California, the Green New Deal, and Title 24 Compliance
Title 24 compliance is also well-known as CALGreen. In California, the spirit of the Green New Deal has been alive for many years. Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti, described his 2019 decision to cancel plans for three new gas-fired power plants as “the Green New Deal, not in concept, not in the future, but now.”
Helping Build a Greener Tomorrow, Today
CALGreen is documented in Title 24, Part 11, of the California Code of Regulations. The primary goal is to address building construction in these five areas:
- Planning and design
- Energy efficiency
- Water efficiency and conservation
- Material conservation and resource efficiency
- Environmental quality
Title 24 compliance is required for all new construction and modifications (including retail, manufacturing, and other commercial uses). Part 11 explains requirements for newly constructed residential structures, as well as additions and alterations to existing residential buildings:
- Hotels, motels, lodging houses
- Apartment houses, condominiums
- One and two-family dwellings, townhouses, factory-built housing
- Dormitories, shelters for homeless persons, congregate residences, employee housing
- Other types of dwellings containing sleeping accommodations with or without common toilets or cooking facilities
If you have concerns or questions about Title 24 compliance, we have solutions for builders, designers, architects, and homeowners.
California Title 24 Compliance is More Energy-Efficient Than Other States
A 2019 Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) report determined that if the rest of the nation had made energy efficiency improvements as quickly as California has between 1975 and 2016, US greenhouse gases would be almost 25 percent lower today. Importantly, Title 24 compliance has NOT come at the expense of economic growth. Instead, it’s been a huge factor in California’s economic boom. Over the past 40 years, the population and economy have grown faster than anywhere else in the US.
California’s commitment to reaching 100 percent clean energy by 2045 inspired the Green New Deal. Without an official federal policy, many local governments and even institutions have started stepping up. Some promote the slogan “Green New Deal” and others are more subtle about what they call it. Every bit counts towards the Green New Deal’s goal of “meeting 100[%] of the power demand in the United States through clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources.” EQ Research tracts all 50 states progress for anticipated, proposed, and enacted 100% clean or renewable electricity targets. At least 20 states have adopted or are considering related targets and 100 cities have done so.
K2D is not about nibbling at the edges when it comes to Title 24 compliance. Our approach is comprehensive, from which have shown that system-mapping identifies the system’s greatest available leverage. What our approach brings is insightful participation, skilled facilitation, and forward thinking. Full system thinking flows across:
- Title 24 Compliance & Energy Analysis
- Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Services
- Commissioning Services
- Facilities System Design
- Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
- Solar Engineering and Design Services
K2D MEP consultant services are ready to handle any new construction, renovation, infrastructure, assessment, and/or technical study project that you have. For further information or to schedule a consultation please contact K2D at 310.935.3773 or visit www.K2D.com to learn more.