Title 24 Compliance for 2020 and Beyond

Title 24 Compliance for 2020 and Beyond (California’s Commitment to Green Building and Energy Efficiency)

As of Jan. 1, 2020 the changes to Title 24, Part 6 (that were codified in 2019) took effect. Changes apply to all building projects now submitting for a building permit.Virtually no construction is exempt. The changes include energy and water efficiency requirements along with indoor air quality for:

  • Newly constructed buildings.
  • Additions to existing buildings.
  • Alterations to existing buildings.
  • New residential requirements.

a result of title
24 compliance
, businesses and homeowners alike are
saving money in both the short and long term. Short term, the savings come from
reduced monthly energy costs. Long term, comes from avoiding taxes and
surcharges to build new energy plants as well as remaining a world leader in
controlling climate change.

California Energy Commission proudly proclaims,

state’s Building Energy Efficiency Standards have saved Californians billions
of dollars in reduced electricity bills. They conserve nonrenewable resources,
such as natural gas, and ensure renewable resources are extended as far as
possible so power plants do not need to be built.”

key goals are that renewable energy provides 60% of electricity by 2030. Also,
that 100% of energy be sourced from zero-carbon sources by 2045, the same year
the entire state of California intends to be carbon neutral.

Title 24 Compliance – Highlights for Solar Power and Lighting Solutions 

new significant title
24 compliancerequirements for residential
are the introduction
of photovoltaic into the prescriptive package, improvements for attics, walls, waterheating,
and lighting.

required are solar photovoltaic
for all new homes (also known as solar power). As a
result, a solar panel system must be integrated with your PGE service. State
studies show the average cost at about $9,500 for new construction or about $40
per month when amortized over a 30-year mortgage. The expected benefit is a $19,000
savings in energy and maintenance costs over the same 30 years.

related to residential, the standards encourage demand-responsive technologies
including battery storage and heat pump water heaters. They will also improve
the building’s thermal envelope through high-performance attics, walls, and

the first time, the title
24 compliance
standards have been established for
newly constructed healthcare facilities. Included are hospitals, nursing homes,
assisted living
, and more. Although there are a number of code exemptions,
healthcare facilities are now covered and require an energy-efficient design.

on the non-residential side,
lighting standards are one of the biggest changes. Key non-residential lighting
changes are:

  • Maximum use
    of LED technology.
  • Lighting
    power density (LPD) requirements are now based entirely on LED, not
  • Controls on
    existing building lighting alterations are more stringent.
  • Demand response controls and demand management requirements are now consolidated.
  • All restrooms
    must install occupancy sensor controls.

are only a few highlighted changes that are now in effect.

Title 24 Compliance Pays Best When You Work With Experts 

K2D specializes in residential and commercial Title 24 Energy Calculation Services to builders, designers, architects, and homeowners. Achieving compliance requires a depth of knowledge that comes with years of experience. We understand that the code is complex but title 24 compliance  ultimately improves building performance and saves owners money.

new requirements are mandatory – and when done right, these are worth every
dollar spent in terms of improved building functionality, comfort, and energy
cost savings for years to come. It is in the best interest new and existing
building owners/managers to consult with efficiency experts such as K2D in
order to ensure compliance and maximum return on investment.

at K2D provide solutions for apartment buildings, office and multiple-tenant

facilities, schools, hospitals, and government buildings such as courthouses.

further information or to schedule a consultation please contact K2D a MEP Firm at 310.935.3773 or visit to learn more.

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