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Residential High Performance Walls

Residential Envelope

Codes and Standards Enhancement (CASE) Report

The Statewide CASE Team is requesting feedback on the 2019 Title 24, Part 6 Draft CASE Reports. The CASE Report presents pertinent information that supports the code change proposal. Please email feedback to You may also submit written comments to the Energy Commission. See the agenda for Energy Commission pre-rulemaking workshop (available here) for instructions on how to submit comments to the Energy Commission’s docket.

Draft CASE Report: Residential High Performance Walls

Measure Description

The proposed residential high performance walls measure would increase the prescriptive performance of the residential envelope in certain climates, which would reduce the amount of heat transfer through walls and subsequently reduce heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) loads. This prescriptive measure would apply to single-family new construction and additions. Specifically, the proposed measure would reduce the prescriptive wall U-factor from 0.051 to 0.043 in Climate Zones 1 and 11 through 16. While the proposed measure was also found to be cost-effective for low-rise multifamily buildings in Climate Zones 11, 15 and 16, because of unique challenges experienced in multifamily construction this building type has been excluded from the proposal. This code change would modify existing code language and would not create any new sections of code.

Request for Feedback

The Statewide Utility Team encourages participation in the CASE Report development process through the submission of data—both primary sources and references to existing data. We are requesting data on areas such as energy savings, costs, market impacts, industry practices, barriers to code compliance, etc. from stakeholders. The data will inform the energy savings estimates, cost-effectiveness analysis, compliance and enforcement, and market impacts that will be presented in CASE Reports.

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California Statewide Utility Codes and Standards Program

This program is funded by California utility customers and administered by Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas and Electric Company, Southern California Gas Company, Sacramento Municipal District, and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power in preparation for the California Energy Commission’s Codes and Standards Buildings Advocacy.