Code Crackers!

As most of us were waking up from our New Years Eve parties, the California Building Code was up bright and early ready for its new changes. As of January 1st, 2014, we have to follow the 2013 Edition of California Building Standards Codes. Since the code is issued on a triennial basis, everyone was using the 2010 California Building Code before the new changes. The new code updates are slightly more stringent in order to be on track for the major goal of being zero tnt energy by the year 2020 for residential and 2030 for all commercial. A Zero Net Energy building produces as much energy as it consumes in one year. This can easily be achieved by designing a building to the highest energy efficiency standards and then supplementing it with energy production on site (solar panels, wind turbines, hydro-electric, etc.).

Here is an updated list of the 12 part 2013 California Building Standards Code:

Part 1 Administrative Code
Part 2 California Building Code (CBC)
Part 2.5 California Residential Code (CRC)
Part 3 California Electrical Code (CEC)
Part 4 California Mechanical Code (CMC)
Part 5 California Plumbing Code (CPC)
Part 6 California Energy Code
Part 7 (Currently Vacant)
Part 8 California Historical Building Code
Part 9 California Fire Code (CFC)
Part 10 California Existing Building Code
Part 11 California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen)
Part 12 California Referenced Standards Code

As difficult and challenging building codes may be, they are crucial to the safety and well-being of the general public. Imagine a world where on a daily basis, you were uncertain if the ceiling was going to fall down, or if the stairs would collapse. Building codes provide everyone with a safe and level playing field that protects all building end users. This is why architects are so valuable in an ever changing world of new technologies, changing building codes, and an evolving environment. Architects, engineers, builders, and the like are at the forefront of these changes. We are committed to enhance the built environment around us, and to make our communities a better place to live in.

Lastly, I would like to end this post by introducing you to the Architecture 2030 Challenge. The 2030 challenge is like a pact that the industry’s leading professionals are making in order to reduce the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Reducing our emissions is the key to addressing our planet’s climate change. By the year 2030, our goal is to be carbon-neutral by emitting zero fossil fuel greenhouse gases to operate.

Here is a good example of a Net Zero Energy project in Georgia. To learn more, click the link below for the full article.


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