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


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

Kelly Seeger, MSc, LC, IES, LEED AP (co-presenter)
Technical Policy Director

Kelly is Technical Policy Director for Signify where she leads building codes and standards activities for North America, advising company business groups, market teams, and researchers on implications for products and systems from pre-development through installation.

She is active in North American energy code and building standards development and is involved with key organizations relevant to building efficiency, green building standards & codes, energy rating and benchmarking, and smart building.  She leads the Outcome-based Code Initiative for the California Energy Alliance (CEA), a broad stakeholder group committed to smart, sustainable energy use within the built environment and is active in code development for Title 24.  She also serves as Lighting Subcommittee Chair of ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1, the national model energy code for commercial buildings.

Kelly has worked in lighting and energy efficiency in the U.S. for nearly twenty years; her experience includes lighting design and application, strategic planning, voice of customer and market analysis, presentation and training, and energy efficiency & transformative market consulting.

She holds M.S. Lighting and B.S. Building Sciences degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York.  She is Lighting Certified by the NCQLP, a LEED Accredited Professional, and is Past President of the New York City Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America.