Energy Code Coach

As California moves toward zero net energy building standards for new construction and major renovations, state energy codes are becoming more complex, making compliance increasingly difficult for local building department staff to implement and enforce.

The Center for Sustainable Energy offers building departments a turnkey solution customized to each jurisdiction’s particular needs and procedures.

Why an Energy Code Coach?
The Energy Code Coach provides in-person expertise to local government building departments in an effort to efficiently implement new standards every three years and overcome widespread code compliance challenges. While the coach can be available to provide direct assistance to applicants, the coach’s ultimate goal is to equip staff with the knowledge and tools necessary to aid applicants in complying with the code.

What Does an Energy Code Coach Do?
The Energy Code Coach is an expert in Title 24, Parts 6 (Energy Code) and 11 (CALGreen), with knowledge in plan checking and inspections and experience working with building department staff. The coach spends one to two days per week at the building department, working collaboratively with plans examiners, counter techs, inspectors, planners and applicants. Better informed staff members are able to address applicant needs expeditiously.

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The value added as a result the Energy Code Coach shows in our reviewers’ and inspectors’ depth of understanding and facility with implementation of the Energy Code, energy efficiency measures and related documentation.

– Janice Kluth, AICP, City of Chula Vista

Benefits to your Building Department

  • Expert, in-person resource for code questions
  • Efficient implementation of new standards
  • Best practices and lessons learned
  • Tailored training and tools
  • Staff better prepared to enforce
  • Applicants better prepared to comply

Program at a Glance