The California Energy Commission (CEC) recently approved energy efficiency standards for homes and commercial buildings, a move it sees reducing costs and improving comfort.
California’s Energy Commissioner praised the new standards, saying they will save energy for decades.
The 2013 Building Energy Standards, which take effect on January 1, 2014, are 25 percent more efficient than previous standards for residential construction and 30 percent more efficient for nonresidential construction.
Two improved measures impact the fenestration industry. First, more efficient windows will allow increased sunlight while decreasing heat gain in residences. Second, high performance windows, sensors, and controls will maximize daylighting in nonresidential buildings.