Related Links: California Energy Commission AOE Winner Selkowitz Drives Nation Toward Better Performing Buildings Berkeley Lab's Demand Response Research Center Revisions to California's Building Energy Efficiency Standards take effect on July 1 and contain new rules for building controls and commissioning.Changed for the first time since 2008, the 2013 standard requires the design team to complete a commissioning plan before building begins. This mandate is meant to support the development of holistic, performance-based approaches to energy-efficient design, says Eric Soladay, managing principal for Integral Group.A focus on performance-based design means more widespread use of energy modeling. "For instance, lighting and
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.