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SB-48 Building performance standards.

Sen. Josh Becker

Existing law authorizes the California Energy Commission (CEC) to prescribe, by regulation, energy efficiency standards, including appliance efficiency standards, to reduce the wasteful, uneconomic, inefficient, or unnecessary consumption of energy, including to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) associated with electricity generation and the timing of an appliance’s use, as specified. This bill would provide that it is the intent of the Legislature to enact subsequent legislation to create building performance standards for improvements in energy efficiency and reductions in the emissions of GHGs in large buildings, including measures to ensure that making the necessary investments to improve these buildings will improve equity and avoid displacement or increased energy burdens, especially in disadvantaged communities.

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