Policy Guide

Good practice package for buildings in United States (California)

Title Status Description
Policy roadmap and targets for Ultra-Low-Energy Buildings Implemented

Climate Change Scoping Plan and Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan Updated 2011

Energy agencies Implemented

Buildings and Appliances Office in the California Energy Commission More a co-ordinating role; setting of MEPS and outreach

Energy efficiency funds not implemented


Energy saving obligations for energy companies Implemented

Public Goods Charge collected and used by energy companies under regulatory oversight; budget for California Energy Commission Has been in place since the 1980ies

Government agencies and budget Implemented

2009: CEC received $314.5 million under ARRA for developing and administering energy-related projects and rebate programmes

Removal/reform of subsidies to end-user energy prices and on energy supply Planned

Greenhouse gas emissions cap and trade programme planned for 2012/2013

Minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) Implemented

Minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) for buildings

Mandatory energy performance certificates & equipment labels Implemented

There are the Energy Star label for new homes and appliances labels All of these were introduced by the federal government of the USA

Energy advice & assistance during design and construction Implemented

Savings by Design programme for new non-residential buildings

Energy audits & advice & assistance during retrofit not implemented


Provision of information Implemented

E.g., Pacific Energy Centre as a part of the PG&E. (no state-wide network structure)

Financial Incentives for ULEB and deep retrofits Implemented

Utility energy efficiency programmes for new and existing buildings; some state-funded programmes Most important policy instrument in California for energy efficiency in buildings, together with the MEPS

Financing Implemented

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programme A multi-state programme (24 states of the USA)

Education & training Implemented

Integral part of MEPS implementation

Funding for research, development and demonstration (RD&D) projects Implemented

Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) programme

Public sector programmes Implemented

Green Buildings Initiative for state-owned buildings Save 20% between 2004 and 2015


  • Aydin, Vera (Lead author)
  • Xia, Chun (Author)
  • Thomas, Stefan (Reviewer)
  • Kiyar, Dagmar (Reviewer)
  • Andritzky, Paul (Author)

References and further reading

  • American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) (2011): Hayes, Sara; Nadel, Steven; Kushler, Martin; York, Dan: Carrots for Utilities. Providing Financial Returns for Utility Investments in Energy Efficiency. January 2011. www.bigee.net/s/bdasg3 
  • American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE a) : State Energy Efficiency Policy Database, California Utility Policies: www.bigee.net/s/ty9515 
  • American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE b): California State-wide Multifamily Energy Efficiency Rebate Program. www.bigee.net/s/mj9djc 
  • American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE c): Utility Policies. www.bigee.net/s/f17y2d 
  • American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE d): State Energy Efficiency Policy Database, California Building Codes. www.bigee.net/s/n6fa98
  • American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE e): State Energy Efficiency Policy Database, California Financial Incentives. www.bigee.net/s/dnv1df 
  • American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE f): State Energy Efficiency Policy Database, California Lead by example initiatives. www.bigee.net/s/w73rep
  • California Advanced Home: Participant Handbook And Program Agreement For Single-Family And Multi-Family New Construction Projects. www.bigee.net/s/13mhzf 
  • California Association of Building Energy Consultants (CABEC): CEPE (Certified Energy Plans Examiner) General Information. www.bigee.net/s/rz5hdt 
  • California Energy Commission (CEC) (2008): 2008 Update. Energy Action Plan. February 2008. www.bigee.net/s/utrdf6 
  • California Energy Commission (CEC) (2010): ARRA funded energy program: invested in California's energy future. www.bigee.net/s/diimec 
  • California Energy Commission (2011): Public Interest Energy Report 2010 Annual Report, in: www.bigee.net/s/7fjnhr
  • California Energy Commission (CEC) (2011 a): Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan. January 2011 Update. www.bigee.net/s/38kmp3 
  • California Energy Commission (CEC a): Local Ordinances. Exceeding the 2008 Building Energy Efficiency Standards. www.bigee.net/s/95epm8 
  • California Energy Commission (CEC b): List of Approved Computer Programmes for the 2008 Building Energy Efficiency Standards. www.bigee.net/s/ugeysd 
  • California Energy Commission (CEC c): Energy Partnership program: www.bigee.net/s/dj45qv 
  • California Energy Commission (CEC d): Energy Efficiency Financing. www.bigee.net/s/kta24c 
  • California Energy Commission (CEC e): Green Building Initiative State of California Executive Order – S-20-04. www.bigee.net/s/it37ka 
  • California Energy Commission (CEC f): The Public Programs Office. www.bigee.net/s/i951g7 
  • California Energy Commission (CEC g): Research, Development, and Demonstration - Looking Toward the Future. www.bigee.net/s/5q2zjm
  • California Energy Commission (CEC h): Buildings End-Use Energy Efficiency Technology Demonstrations. www.bigee.net/s/1vig3x 
  • California Energy Commission (CEC i): Energy Innovations Small Grants - Electricity Research Program. www.bigee.net/s/sih3k3 
  • California Environmental Protection Agency – Air Resources Board (ARB) (2008): Climate Change Scoping Plan. A framework for change. December 2008. www.bigee.net/s/ib2une 
  • California Environmental Protection Agency – Air Resources Board (ARB): Cap-and-Trade Program. www.bigee.net/s/dz3y8j 
  • Center for Climate And Energy Solutions (C2ES) (2012): California Cap-and-Trade Program Summary. November 2012. www.bigee.net/s/izjbp8 
  • Center for Climate And Energy Solutions (C2ES): Clean Energy Workforce Training Program. www.bigee.net/s/mvtib8 
  • City of Berkeley: Residential Energy Conservation Ordinance (RECO). www.bigee.net/s/2zzzju 
  • Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) (2012): Green Building Action Plan for State Facilities. www.bigee.net/s/upd2m8 
  • Desmond, Joseph; Pfannenstiel, Jackalyne; Blevins, B.B.; Hall, Valerie; Pennington, Bill; Trenschel, Dale; Hussey, Elaine (2005): Commission Report: Options for Energy Efficiency in Existing Buildings. CEC-400-2005-039-CMF. December 2005. www.bigee.net/s/46kce6 
  • Energy Division (2011): CA Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan. Strategic Plan Progress Report. October 2011. www.bigee.net/s/96mj69 
  • Energy Upgrade California (EUC) (2011): Overview. www.bigee.net/s/mn2ub2 
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): State and Local Climate and Energy Program: www.bigee.net/s/2kqh9j
  • Flex Your Power (FY Power): About us. www.bigee.net/s/hbv6im 
  • Flex Your Power (FY Power a): Award Details. www.bigee.net/s/7z2nyr 
  • International Confederation of Energy Regulators (ICER) (2010): A Description of Current Regulatory Practices for the Promotion of Energy Efficiency.
  • Pacific Gas & Electric, et al.: Residential New Homes Programs-Exemplary Program-Energy Star New Homes Program. www.bigee.net/s/3pibeb
  • Pacific Energy Center (PCE): Welcome to the Energy Resource Center. www.bigee.net/s/ysb2wi 
  • Pacific Energy Center (PCE a): Welcome to the Pacific Energy Center. www.bigee.net/s/8vzv8b 
  • Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE): About Page. www.bigee.net/s/kbs28u 
  • San Diego Gas & Electric (SDGE): Energy Update California-getting started. www.bigee.net/s/3znqm9 
  • Savings By Design (2012): 2010-2012 Program Cycle Participant Handbook – Policies and Procedures – For Participation in the State-wide Savings By Design Program. www.bigee.net/s/9i5q3b
  • Stoops, John (2008): Residential New Construction (RNC) Programs – Impact Evaluation Volume I – California Investor-Owned Utilities’ Residential New Construction Program Evaluation for Program Years 2006-2008, KEMA Inc. www.bigee.net/s/sxccpj 
  • Stoops, John (2010): Codes and Standards – Programs Impact Evaluation- Volume III – California Investor Owned Utilities’ Codes and Standards Program Evaluation for Program Years 2006-2008, KEMA Inc.
  • Western Climate Initiative (WCI): The WCI Cap & Trade Program. www.bigee.net/s/rgnjyk
  • Further information:
  • California Energy Commission (CEC): Building Energy Efficiency Program. www.bigee.net/s/iqv8dz 
  • California Energy Commission (CEC): California Energy Commission’s Online Learning Center. www.bigee.net/s/86kv3q 
  • California Energy Commission (CEC): Non-residential Compliance Manual For California’s 2008 Building Energy efficiency Standards. www.bigee.net/s/6h746x 
  • California Energy Commission (CEC): Residential Compliance Manual For California’s 2008 Building Energy Efficiency Standards. www.bigee.net/s/jtvbui
  • California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) (2011): Consumer Programs. www.bigee.net/s/riv18d 
  • ZNE Stakeholders: Zero Net Energy – Action Plan: Commercial Building Sector 2010-2012. www.bigee.net/s/ep3tfe 

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