31 May '18, 5pm

What the media missed in its coverage of California's energy code changes

Mandatory solar panels are not the biggest deal here. When the California Energy Commission announces its new building energy efficiency standards, the big news everywhere was the requirement for solar photovoltaic systems on every new house. In our coverage I noted: Almost everybody is so excited about the solar, but I am more excited about the efficiency improvements. A lot of people are still burning gas for heat, and solar panels don't change that. Going net zero electricity is very different than going net zero carbon, which is much easier to do if you make houses radically more efficient. Architect and Passive House expert Bronwyn Barry goes into much greater detail in Media Misses the Meat of California's Energy Code Announcement where she notes that this is "a remarkable sea-change." She notes the mention of "demand responsive technologies including battery storage...

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