As we wait for the economy to restart, California’s energy policies progress; and architects need to be ready to make energy efficiency commonplace in their practices
Fremont, CA (Vocus/PRWEB) July 07, 2011
The American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC), State Agency Liaison Committee recently named Bay Area green architect Paul Welschmeyer as its first Liaison to the California Energy Commission (CEC). The CEC is in the process of making updates to building energy efficiency standards, and the new code will take effect in 2013. In his role, Welschmeyer will focus on tracking the CEC’s rulemaking for the 2013 code cycle and the potential impacts it will have on the architectural community, and work to strengthen and maintain relationships with members and staff of the CEC and other associated organizations and activities.
“As we wait for the economy to restart, California’s energy policies progress; and architects need to be ready to make energy efficiency commonplace in their practices,” explained Welschmeyer.
The California Energy Commission is the state's primary energy policy and planning agency. Among the commission’s responsibilities are promoting energy efficiency by setting the state's appliance and building efficiency standards and working with local government to enforce those standards. The CEC updates California building codes approximately every three years, and is due to issue new standards in 2013. The 2013 energy regulations will be intended to increase conservation beyond the 2008 energy code by 15% to 25%.
“These updates to the energy code will be game changing,” Welschmeyer said.
The AIACC Liaison role was created to help the architectural community prepare for the increased energy efficiency standards, and to open a channel of communication between the architectural community and the CEC. Duties include monitoring CEC development of 2013 energy standards and energy rating systems for both residential and non-residential buildings.
As Liaison, Welschmeyer will monitor and participate in CEC programs, activities and policy decisions affecting the built environment and the AIACC’s efforts to advance its sustainability-related policies and objectives. He will also monitor the interaction between the CEC and the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) in regards to green building and energy efficiency.
Welschmeyer will also monitor the activities of other entities related to energy policy in California, including: Energy Upgrade California (EUC) and its efforts to include the architectural profession in improving the efficiency of California’s existing housing stock, and activities of the California Association of Building Energy Consultants (CABEC) with the CEC regarding professional entitlements of a Certified Energy Analyst (CEA).
Welschmeyer is uniquely qualified for this role because of his strong background in green architectural practices. His firm, Paul Welschmeyer Architects, offers energy consulting for residential structures, including HERS II rating, LEED for Homes certification, and Green Point rating.
For more information about the new AIACC Liaison position or any of Paul Welschmeyer Architects’ other services, call them at (510) 606-9137 or visit them on the web at pwarchitects-sf.com.
About Paul Welschmeyer Architects
Paul Welschmeyer Architects is a small San Francisco Bay Area architectural firm that was founded in 1991 and specializes in three core areas of architectural design services: Residential, Architectural Interiors, and Adaptive Reuse & Historic Works; all of which incorporate energy efficient/green building strategies, ranging from voluntary efforts to jurisdictional requirements. The breadth and diversity of the practice is supported by 28 years of experience serving the full spectrum of clientele, from corporations to individual homeowners. They serve all communities in the San Francisco Bay Area.