Energy: Efficiency and Renewables

In the United States, buildings account for 70% of electricity consumption; in California our homes account for 31% of overall energy use. Energy efficiency and renewable energy are critical to the long-term viability of our built environment.Installation of Solar Panels on the Chinatown Library

Under Chapter 13C of the San Francisco Building Code, all new buildings are required to be designed to outperform California’s stringent energy code (Title 24 Part 6) by at least 15%. Advanced technologies such as triple-paned windows and lighting controls are helpful, though it’s equally important to support craftsmanship and occupant comfort with sound practices like Quality Insulation Installation and third party inspections. When energy efficiency is built-in, proper maintenance ensures long-term savings; adding renewable energy to a highly efficient building can minimize or even eliminate energy costs.

Additional Information for Energy: Efficiency and Renewables

The Green Building Ordinance
San Francisco Building Code 13C integrates energy efficiency and renewables requirements in California's Green Building Standards (CALGreen) with stricter local requirements.