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California's Title 24 Pushes the Boundary of Occupier Energy Use and Control

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For those outside of the Golden State, California has passed one of the most stringent commercial energy control laws in the country.  Effective July 1, 2014, all major occupier fit-outs will require lights that use less power, adjust to daylight by dimming, and turn off when areas are not occupied.  Along with sensor-based electrical outlets, other areas of building operations are also impacted.

The potential energy savings for commercial buildings could be an additional 30% according to the California Energy Commission. 

The future of building operations is changing rapidly and the question remains, how will your firm or building adapt to these new laws?  How will the costs be allocated?  Who will benefit from the energy savings? 

Our industry has made great strides in making buildings run efficiently.  With these new standards that allow for energy conservation on an occupier-by-occupier, and in some respects, desk-by-desk basis, we just took a bold step forward.


By: Meade Boutwell

LEED® AP O&M | Senior Vice President, CBRE

Meade Boutwell, LEED AP O&M, is a senior vice president for CBRE and a 29-year veteran in the industry. During the course of his career, Mr. Boutwell has sold, leased or subleased more than 9 million feet of commercial space in San Francisco. 

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