CEC Calls on WHPA Committee for Input on Existing Buildings Plan
Last year, the California Energy Commission (CEC) produced the Existing Building Energy Efficiency Action Plan to serve as a 10-year roadmap for boosting the efficiency of California’s existing buildings. The WHPA’s Existing Buildings Energy Efficiency Action Plan Committee (EBEE) assisted in the development of the Action Plan by reviewing it through an HVAC lens and identifying barriers and gaps, many of which were addressed in the final plan.
The CEC has been preparing an Action Plan update for 2017 and once again tapped the wealth of HVAC knowledge in the WHPA. Due to the complexity of the topics, it became clear after a few meetings that an in-person meeting of the minds would lead to the best input.
On July 19, 2016, the EBEE Charrette was attended by 19 veteran stakeholders from the EBEE Committee, IOUs, and CEC (see attendance). The constant theme was community engagement and how to support local government funding so that it gets down to regional levels, building departments, and staff.
The charrette was laser-focused on five sub-strategies in the Existing Buildings Action Plan
- 1.5.1 - Improve Clarity and Ease of Use
- 1.5.2 - Review Building Energy Efficiency Standards for Cost-Effectiveness
- 1.5.3 - Training and Communication
- 1.5.5 - Understand the Compliance Shortfall
- 3.3.1 - Priority Sectors, Systems, and Workforce Categories
After a lively day of discussion and deliberation, the group of industry veterans had documented their collective input on the pathways to implementation for the sub-strategies.
Bob Wiseman, IHACI Board of Directors Member and charrette attendee, thought it was a success. “It was a great opportunity to get some of the sharpest people in the industry together in a small room and really work on some difficult topics. I think it did a lot of good and will have an impact.”
It appeared to be valuable to the CEC’s Existing Building Unit, who included the resulting interim work product with their Action Plan update submission to Commissioner McAllister.
The CEC is expecting to hold a workshop on the draft update toward the end of October. The WHPA will pass along the details when that information is available.