Thursday, November 14, 2013

Updates in California with Title 24

spanginator; Flickr Creative CommonsThe state of California announced that it will begin implementing new building code revisions in the Spring of 2014. The revisions are called, "Title 24," and aim to improve the state's infrastructure and to continue to build sustainably. It will bring innovation to design and aim to make the buildings more energy efficient. One of the last phases includes solar panel installation. 

The purpose behind the update is to achieve Zero Net Energy (ZNE) classification. According to journalist Bill Roth, "in ZNE buildings, the annual energy consumption is equal to its annual production of renewable energy." Title 24 has two deadlines for all buildings to be considered ZNE: 2020 for all residential units and 2030 for all commercial buildings. This is a huge, positive step for construction and architecture in California.

To encourage businesses and builders to get started as soon as possible, CA Governor Jerry Brown has requested and entered into legislation that 50% of state-owned infrastructures reach ZNE by 2025.

Some highlights of Title 24 include:
  • Influence on Current CA Codes
  • Updated financial perks for participants
  • Controlling 120-volt plug-ins
  • Automatic lighting
  • Solar power initiatives 
  • Benefits for Californians 
Outlooks on Title 24 are positive. These new codes will put energy efficiency at the forefront of the goals. It shows how going green benefits everyone in the end. Although 2020 seems far away, there is much work to be done in order to achieve this undertaking. 

One resource available to those looking to get involved in the green building industry is GreenEDU's Solar Training. We provide accelerated training classes developed specifically for contractors, electricians, engineers, solar energy entrepreneurs and sales people. Our introductory courses are for anyone considering a career change in the growing solar industry. The advanced level courses are designed as turnkey solutions to help you succeed in today's rapidly growing green collar workforce. Based on NABCEP task analysis, our solar training programs are structured to help you break into the solar industry as quickly as possible.

We also offer many courses in Energy Efficiency. With training and certification courses that cover both the residential and corporate sectors, GreenEDU is your source for the highest quality energy efficiency and green jobs training. Most of the courses below even include an industry-acknowledged certification, so you will leave class as a certified professional. As Title 24 continues, these kinds of training courses will become another tool in the belt of green education.

Check out GreenEDU and look through the various courses we have to suit your every green training need.

You can review the updated standards provided by the state of California here.
For more information about the process, please visit the state's website.
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