ACCEPTANCE TESTING COULD INCREASE COSTS

 

A coalition of union groups are pushing an agenda item at the CA Energy Commission that could have an impact on the costs and complications for tenant improvements.  We are asking that members of our industry assist us in reviewing the proposals and provide input.

According to CEC materials, “Acceptance Tests” ensure code compliance and promote optimization of efficiency and performance for nonresidential buildings. They serve to determine whether specific building components, equipment, systems, and interfaces between systems conform to criteria set forth in the 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards.  However, there are significant questions on whether the costs and added complications and time delays inherent in layering on more paperwork and inspections, is feasible or would even produce any value added or significant energy savings.

The Energy Commission is holding a staff workshop on this issue February 29th in Sacramento.  Click here for more information about “acceptance testing” and please provide any feedback you may have.

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