FOR MORE THAN five decades, the Pacific Coast Builders Conference, or PCBC, has served as a networking venue for people in the home construction industry. At this year’s show, held in June in San Francisco, much of the talk concerned Title 24, the State of California’s Building Energy Efficiency Standards. The 2013 standards, which went into effect on July 1, 2014, mandate a 25 percent improvement in the energy efficiency of homes and a 30 percent improvement for nonresidential buildings, compared to 2008 version of the code. Sample changes include prescriptive standards for window U-factors and a required 250-square-foot “solar ready” zone on single-family roofs. Title 24 represents one of the strictest building code adopted by a state, and is a precursor to California’s adoption of a net-zero-energy code by 2020.
To that end—and in addition to the hundreds of booths showcasing major manufacturers and service providers—the exhibit floor included pavilions exploring breakthrough solutions in energy, smart home technologies, green products, water conservation and outdoor living—plus tutorials and “ask the expert” sessions on implementing these new advances. Green Builder staff were on hand to learn about companies and technologies that will help builders achieve the high standards of Title 24 in California, and beyond.