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Energy Efficiency Regulations & Plan Review for School Construction

All Projects submitted to the Division of the State Architect (DSA) for plan review, including Relocatable Classrooms, must comply with DSA and California Energy Commission (CEC) requirements.

The California Energy Commission adopted the 2016 Building Energy Efficiency Standards on January 19, 2016, and the California Building Standards Commission approved the standards for publication. The effective date is January 1, 2017. The Division of the State Architect will be reviewing all applications for compliance to these standards. Applications for Pre-Check applications submitted on or after July 1, 2017 need to meet these 2016 Standards. Refer to 2016 Building Energy Efficiency Standards and related notices and publications at http://www.energy.ca.gov/title24/2016standards/.


For DSA Submittal Requirements:

All projects are required to submit one or both of the following forms:


For Pre-Check Submittals:



For any questions regarding the California Energy Code, please call California Energy Commission’s (CEC) hotline at (916) 654-5106 or (800) 772-3300. You can also email CEC with your inquiry at title24@energy.ca.gov.

Direct questions regarding the Pre-Check (PC) plan reviews to theresa.townsend@dgs.ca.gov of the DSA High Performance Section (HPS).