In the move TO CUT ENERGY use in homes by more than 50%, the California Energy Commission adopted building standards to require solar photovoltaic systems starting in 2020. California, a leader in environmental regulatory efforts will be the first in the country to require solar, reducing the greenhouse emissions by an amount equivalent to 115,000 fossil fuel cars off of the road. The 2019 Building Energy Efficiency Standards will be effective on January 1, 2020.
This will focus on four main areas, including smart residential photovoltaic systems, updated thermal envelope standards (preventing heat transfer from the interior to the exterior and vice versa), residential and nonresidential ventilation requirements, and nonresidential lighting requirements. Under the new standards, nonresidential buildings will use around 30% less energy due mainly to lighting upgrades. For residential homeowners, the standards will add about $40 to an average monthly payment, but save roughly $80 on monthly heating, cooling and lighting.
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