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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Energy Code Coach

Program at a Glance

Program Goals

Build capacity for energy code compliance among building department staff and applicants

CSE's Role

Energy code consulting


Key Partners

City of Chula Vista, City of San Diego

State Policies Supported

California zero net energy goals, Title 24 – Parts 6 & 11

Impact Statement

Better educated and trained building department staff and applicants