Requirements For New Builds: What You Need To Know


Requirements For New Builds: What You Need To Know

California is ahead of other US states in the adoption of solar energy, with more than 17% of total energy use attributed to solar power, in stark contrast to nationwide solar energy production, which currently accounts for only 4.7% of total energy consumption. However, the state still has a long way to go before reaching total renewable energy dependence, forsaking popular non-renewable resources such as natural gas. The California Energy Commission (CEC) states that 25% of greenhouse gases are produced by commercial and residential properties, indicating a need for grassroots-level action. Effective January 1, 2023, the Title 24 Building Standards Code has been revised to incorporate new requirements for residential and commercial buildings. 

What is Title 24 and How is it Updated?

Title 24 was implemented in 1978 to reduce energy wastage and preserve the environment, and it is updated every three years. During these updates, the California Energy Commission (CEC) deliberates on how the state’s energy goals can be met effectively, particularly in addressing the current climate crisis. In 2022, the CEC drew up and unanimously voted upon a new set of building codes that address construction materials, HVAC installations, water heaters, indoor and outdoor lighting, and solar energy, including energy storage. 

Title 24 Commercial Property Requirements

In line with the 2022 updates, it is now mandatory for all new commercial buildings to install a commercial solar system along with solar energy storage. This requirement ensures that businesses contribute to sustainability efforts by offsetting 100% of their solar energy consumption. The ultimate goal for commercial properties is to achieve net zero non-renewable energy consumption, paving the way for a greener future.

The following commercial property builds must comply with Title 24:

  • Grocery sellers;
  • High-rise multi-family properties;
  • Financial institutions;
  • Offices;
  • Unleased tenant spaces;
  • Schools;
  • Retailers;
  • Schools;
  • Warehouses;
  • Auditoriums;
  • Convention Centres;
  • Hotels and Motels;
  • Libraries;
  • Medical Service Offices;
  • Clinics;
  • Theatres.

Though businesses may wonder if going solar during construction will add to the upfront cost of going solar, it’s actually more cost-effective to go solar during construction rather than retrofit solar panels later. Installing solar panels alongside construction work also allows for a more efficient design, maximizing solar energy production without having to work around obstacles. The federal solar tax credit allows businesses to recover 30% of total installation cost, reducing the payback period significantly. 

The push towards total energy independence is actually a great opportunity for businesses. Energy inflation has driven utility prices to new heights, with no possibility of relief. By investing in solar energy, businesses can freeze their electricity bills for 25+ years. On top of that, mandatory battery storage also solves the hidden cost of power outages which cause tremendous and increasing losses each year. 

What Title 24 Means For Home Builders 

Home builders are likely well aware of California’s ongoing initiative to require the construction of solar-ready homes. However with new additions to this mandate, including system size requirements and mandatory battery backup. Similar to commercial buildings, the ultimate objective is for each home to achieve net zero consumption of non-renewable energy.

Tile 24 will not complicate sales for new home builders because interest in and demand for solar-ready homes is already at its peak. The added benefit of total energy independence from volatile energy inflation and an alarming rise in annual power outages has only further incentivized buyers. 

title 24 for home builders

Stay Up To Code With IE Construction

Installing solar panels can be daunting, but it does not have to be. We provide businesses and home builders with solar installations that utilize the best quality materials to maximize energy efficiency.

IE Construction simplifies financing by offering a range of solar loans. If your business is interested in investing in solar energy, we can assist you in financing your project as per your specific needs and budget. Our team of expert advisors is prepared to guide you toward making the optimal decision for your business while ensuring compliance with the requirements of Title 24. Our comprehensive services encompass rooftop solar installation, ground-mounted solar installation, and solar canopy installation. Let us help you harness the power of solar and drive your business toward a greener future. We are here to assist you in identifying the installation approach that best aligns with the new energy codes, ensuring compliance for your property.

IE Construction offers home builders hassle-free solar installation with top-quality materials, efficient designs, and an exceptional customer experience. We understand that managing the construction of a solar-ready home is complex, which is why our in-house certified professional installers work with your schedule so that there are no delays while complying with the Title 24 residential construction requirements. 

Ready to invest in solar energy and battery backup? 

Contact us today to discover how we can make purchasing and installing solar systems a seamless experience for you.

Related Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *