Outcome-Based Energy Codes: California Begins Advancing a New Path toward Grid Optimization and Decarbonization

Abstract

California’s Building Energy Efficiency Standards have been an integral part of the state’s energy efficiency landscape, contributing to a stable energy-efficient supply-demand contour that helped California weather market disruptions and changing load profiles. These standards have also been extremely influential in the development of other energy efficiency code frameworks. Now, these standards are evolving to become more active in achieving the state’s climate and decarbonization goals as well as contribute to a smarter, more integrated electricity grid. Through the development of outcome-based codes that rely on real-time energy budgets instead of connected load metrics or modeling, building and design professionals have more flexibility to adopt technologies and solutions that meet functional and aesthetic goals.

Presented By

Cori Jackson (co-presenter)
Program Director
CLTC, University of CA - Davis

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