Title 24 is the California building standards that regulate all buildings being constructed or significantly remodeled in California. Chapter 6 of the California building code governs energy codes and standards. Therefore, when building or remodeling a house you must provide a title 24 calculation. A professional mechanical or electrical engineer prints the title on your drawings in order to be submitted to the city. In other words, Title 24 is targeted to impose the California state’s energy policy on such issues as preventing energy loss in a building, developing renewable energy as well as preparing an energy emergency plan. Title 24 addresses energy use through numerous requirements such as:
These three general sections of title 24 cover all the responsibilities and criteria of the standards. These sections are:
Out of the three Title 24 parts, the mandatory requirements must be followed by all buildings, the remaining sections may vary depending on the building location as well as the type of the building. The main purposes of implementing these 3 parts may include:
There are plenty of beneficial impacts that have come from applying Title 24. The results may include:
Title 24 is composed of 12 “parts” which are:
This part sets forth state agency administrative processes and procedures, fees, definitions, and required duties. On top of all of that California Administrative Code identifies the procedural requirements to develop building standards which are also known as rulemaking.
This code is for commercial and certain residential buildings including offices, schools, hospitals as well as hotels
This part applies to detached one and two-family dwellings and townhouse not more than three stories in height and to accessory structures, with some exceptions
This code is based on NFPA National Electrical Code (National Fire Protection Association), with necessary California amendments.
Both are based on IAPMO Uniform Mechanical and Plumbing Codes (International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials), with necessary California amendments.
This part is unique to California, meaning that it is not based on a model code. This code was originally created in 1978 in response to a legislative mandate to reduce energy consumption in California.
There are presently no building standards in this part. It did previously contain elevator safety standards that are now mentioned in Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations.
This is a unique California building code that was developed in the late 1970s. Its aim is to save the state’s architectural heritage by recognizing the distinctive constrictions inherent in historical buildings. The Historical Building Code provides alternative methods to achieve reasonable levels of safety in historical buildings.
This code contains regulations consistent with nationally recognized and accepted practices for safeguarding life and property. It’s a fully integrated code based on the 2018 International Fire Code (IFC)
This Code is based on ICC’s Existing Building Code.
This is California’s signature, first-in-the-nation green building code that addresses mandatory and voluntary sustainable building practices.
In conclusion, Title 24 is a great standard that has helped and will continue to help the state of California with many issues such as lower energy bills, a healthier environment and of course a room for more opportunities and better ideas in order to introduce more advanced technologies. Thanks to this standard, California has lower energy consumption than the rest of the USA.