After 12 months of workshops and stakeholder meetings, the CEC has released draft language covering proposed amendments to California’s Energy Efficiency Standards. Over 400 pages of draft standards for residential buildings were made available to the public last week. These draft changes will be the focus of a 2-day public workshop on October 5th & 6th. From there, CEC staff will make some final tweaks before issuing formal, 45-day language in late-October. The current schedule has the CEC adopting the updated standards in spring of 2018. Once approved by the Building Standards Commission, these update provisions will apply to permit applications submitted to the building department on or after January 1, 2020. While the new standards will fall short of reaching the Administration’s goal of “full” zero net energy, there will be a modest solar component in each of California’s 16 climate zones. CBIA staff and consultants will be providing a detailed overview of the CEC’s proposal at the October 24th Governmental Affairs Committee meeting in Orange County.