We recently announced the launch of additional Title 24 Energy Code videos that help owners understand the basics of the new state Energy Code. We also updated our earlier videos so they reflect the most current information. They are the Program Overview, Lighting Controls, HVAC and Building Envelope.
"Stop Waffling Over the Delta Tunnels and Dig"
-- LA Times, October 7, 2017
At an informational hearing at The Metropolitan Water District Board of Directors last week, BOMA/GLA testified on the importance of supporting the California Water Fix Plan. Martha Cox-Nitikman, BOMA/GLA’s Vice President for Public Policy, stressed that commercial building owners have worked hard for 20 years to significantly reduce their water consumption. Even with those and other regional conservation efforts, water conveyed from the San Joaquin Delta is still an essential part of the economy of Southern California.
The California state legislature has approved Assembly Bill 797, which extends consumer incentives for solar thermal technologies, and the bill now heads to Governor Brown for signature. According to the California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA), the bill is part of the state’s ongoing efforts to reduce natural gas use, meet greenhouse-gas reduction goals, and support economic development.
Did you know that the California Energy Commission updates its list of training, videos and resources constantly? Make sure your property is using the most up-to-date codes and rules for energy management and compliance. Click here for a list of resources.
Recently, Lauren Faber O'Connor met with the BizFed Board of Directors, and reminded the group of the need for all segments of the community to take part in the implementation of the City of L.A. Sustainability pLAn. As the new Sustainability Officer, Ms. O'Connor highlighted the progress that has been made in each of the three major areas of focus: the environment, the economy, and equity. She noted the City has embarked on a four-year update (the pLAn began in 2015) which will fine-tune the strategies to accomplish the long-term goals. The update will be released in 2019.
At a recent meeting, BOMA/GLA and BizFed representatives had the opportunity to discuss the merits of the California Water Fix, which is a complicated proposal to maintain the current supply of water to Southern California from the San Joaquin Delta. The plan entails twin tunnels further upstream, along with measures to improve the levees and support native habitat.
Director Cordero was concerned that Los Angeles County might end up paying for more than their 26% share, but Tracy Hernandez, President of BizFed, assured her that each region must pay for their stated allocation.
The best just got better! The BOMA Energy Efficiency Program, or BEEP© now includes the addition of two new supplementary courses to help property professionals reach their sustainability goals.
As BOMA-GLA reported last year, as of January first 2017 CALRecycle rolled out new building codes that will affect every building in Los Angeles. The new code contains an updated construction and demolition recycling requirement, taking the minimum diversion rate from 50% up to 65%, something that should not be too concerning for most building owners and managers.
Historically the residual debris from Construction and Demolition facilities is ground up and used at landfills as “cover”. They spread this cover, called “fines”, over the working face of the landfill at night to manage the odor and keep the animals away. For 12 hours of usefulness recyclers are given diversion credit for this debris, even though at the end of 12 hours it is bulldozed into the trash where it becomes disposal. Many facilities take advantage of this loophole to increase their diversion rate, making them more attractive to haulers and contractors.
With the roll-out of the Los Angeles trash franchise there are still many questions about haulers, contracts, and pricing. While trying to figure out if you are going to have to pay an “Access charge” for the hauler to push a button, on a remote that you provide, to access your trash area or wondering if you will have to pay a distance fee for the hauler to bring your bins to the street, there is a lot of uncertainty.
LA City presents details on the Waste Hauling franchise that is currently rolling out in the Greater Los Angeles Area. Find out more details and take the Waste Assessment now at RecycLA.
The City of L.A. has begun implementation of the Existing Building Energy and Water Efficiency (EBEWE) ordinance passed last year, and owners have already started receiving letters to comply if their building is over 100,000 sf. The compliance deadline is July 1, 2017.
BOMA/GLA is a founding member of the Building Skills Partnership, an organization bringing together the SEIU-USWW and commercial real estate owners to foster workplace training for thousands of janitors around the state. Started over 10 years ago in Los Angeles by a handful of owners, the program now attracts hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants each year to train janitors for the new workplace. The recently-developed Green Janitor program adds value to building operations.
If you have HVAC equipment in your building, then you should tune into BOMA International’s free February 9th webinar on Refrigerant Regulation and Legislation. The hour-long webinar earns you CPD credits for your RPA or FMA. To learn more, click here.