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Public Resources Code - PRC

DIVISION 15. ENERGY CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT [25000 - 25990]

  ( Division 15 added by Stats. 1974, Ch. 276. )

CHAPTER 5.9. Energy Systems [25487 - 25498]

  ( Chapter 5.9 added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 773. )

ARTICLE 1. Definitions [25487 - 25498]
  ( Article 1 added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 773. )

25487.
  

Unless the context otherwise requires, the definitions in this article govern the construction of this chapter.

(Added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 773.)

25488.
  

“Title 24 Standards” refers to the nonresidential building standards developed by the commission.

(Added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 773.)

25488.5.
  

“Building standard” means a building standard as defined in Section 18909 of the Health and Safety Code which is adopted by the commission.

(Added by Stats. 1979, Ch. 1152.)

25489.
  

“Lifecycle cost” means an estimate of the total cost of acquisition, operation, maintenance, and construction of any energy system within or related to a structure over the design life of the structure. “Life cycle cost” includes, but is not limited to, the cost of fuel, materials, machinery, ancillary devices, labor, service, replacement, and repairs.

(Added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 773.)

25491.
  

“Governmental agency” means any public agency, including any agency of the state, each county, city, district, association of governments, and joint power agency.

(Added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 773.)

25492.
  

“Structure” means any building which has more than 10,000 square feet of floor area and which has a heating, cooling, water heating, or lighting system which is designed to provide lighting and space conditioning more than 1,000 hours per year.

(Added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 773.)

25493.
  

On or after January 1, 1979, no governmental agency shall commence construction on any new structure unless the new structure complies with Title 24 Standards.

(Added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 773.)

25493.5.
  

On and after January 1, 1980, no governmental agency shall commence construction on any new structure unless the new structure complies with all applicable building standards, as defined in Section 25488.5 and published in the State Building Standards Code.

(Added by Stats. 1979, Ch. 1152.)

25494.
  

Not later than July 31, 1978, the commission shall prepare a manual outlining a methodology by which governmental agencies and the general public may at their option compare the lifecycle costs of various building design alternatives. This manual will provide the information and procedures necessary to evaluate a building’s lifecycle costs in the microclimate and utility service area where it is to be built.

(Added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 773.)

25495.
  

No later than July 31, 1978, the commission shall develop design guidelines for new construction which include energy conserving options, including, but not limited to, the use of daylighting, heating ventilation and air conditioning economizer cycles, natural ventilation, building envelope solar heat gain control mechanisms, and alternative energy systems such as solar energy for space heating and water heating and load management strategies. These guidelines and the cost analysis done pursuant to Section 25494 may be considered by government agencies at their option for ultimate selection of a building design in the competitive bidding process.

(Added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 773.)

25496.
  

No later than July 1, 1978, the commission shall develop and make available to government agencies and the general public to be utilized at their option lighting standards for existing buildings. These standards shall address, but not be limited to, task and general area lighting levels, light switching and control mechanisms, and lighting energy budgets. The commission may provide advice and recommendations to the public or any governmental agency as to the standards.

(Added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 773.)

25498.
  

In addition to any other requirements applicable to such structure, no new state-owned structure shall be constructed which is not equipped with a supplementary solar water heating system, unless such structure is specifically exempted from this requirement by the State Architect for reasons of economic or physical infeasibility.

(Added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 773.)

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