Builders could soon be forced to deal with California’s desire to be the green capital of the world. A state public utilities commissioner and a judge have issued a proposal for new statewide energy-efficiency measures.
The plan includes “zero net energy” standards. Zero energy means buildings use no more energy over the course of a year than they produce through solar power or other technology. The standards would be required for new residential construction projects starting in 2020 and commercial construction starting in 2030.
The proposal will be discussed by the Public Utilities Commission on Oct. 18. It will also discuss reshaping the heating, air conditioning and ventilation industries.