As the result of Title 24 compliance and efforts from many others, Research by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) estimates that due to continuously improving building energy codes, homes and businesses in the U.S. will gain approximately $126 Billion in energy savings between 2012 and 2040, which is equivalent to around 841 million tons of avoided CO2 emissions.
That’s a major accomplishment toward mitigating the CO2 impact on climate with Californians leading the way by doing our part. Title 24 has guided energy planning in California since 1978 and has served as a leading light for national and global efficiency initiatives. Title 24 is updated every three years to stay current with rapidly evolving developments in efficiency technology.
There is enormous potential to save both energy and money, which is still a vastly underutilized strategy for curbing global emissions.
One of the California Energy Commission’s Title 24 compliance goals is to achieve Zero Net Energy (ZNE)for all new commercial construction by 2030. ZNE means an “energy efficient building that produces as much clean renewable energy as it consumes over the course of a year, when accounted for at the energy generation source.”Perhaps the simplest metric to use is that a building has an energy utility bill of $0 over the course of a year. Another way to understand this is for a building to generate or produce as much energy as it uses or consumes over a year. The energy should be from a clean, renewable source.
In addition to 100% of new construction, the goal of Title 24 is for 50% of commercial buildings will be retrofit to ZNE by 2030.
For both new construction and renovation, the design and construction phases are the primary opportunity to minimize the expenses associated with Title 24 compliance while maximizing the long-term savings generated through efficiency. Minimizing these expenses begins with a design that has construction and materials in mind along with the lifetime operation of the building systems. K2D provides affordable market price solutions across the full spectrum including Title 24 compliance and energy analysis for electrical, HVAC, plumbing, solar, and mechanical. Key considerations include (but are not limited to) energy savings, reliability,meeting demand, comfort, and overall economics. Title 24 compliance should combine new energy standards with full functionality, ease of operation, and comfort.
K2D provides specific solutions to your project challenges. Our MEP consultants are highly trained and experienced. We work closely with architects and owners to provide successful coordination of building systems. K2D provides the best design solutions that are cost-effective today and well into the future. Today’s facilities must be built to last many decades with the foresight to ensure a maximum lifecycle.
Our collaborative and multi-disciplinary style brings diverse technical expertise to your specific project. Regardless of size or complexity, we bring one essential constant to every project: the personal touch that your project deserves.