Outcome-Based Energy Code Survey
The California Energy Alliance (CEA) is the leading advocacy organization for California’s energy stakeholders. CEA unites representatives from a broad range of organizations committed to smart, sustainable energy use within the built environment. The CEA actively participates in the development and implementation of pragmatic, environmentally and economically sound building energy standards and other initiatives.

CEA continues to seek out opportunities to drive meaningful, innovative policy improvements that support California’s strategic energy and environmental goals including grid integration and decarbonization. The CEA believes that development and implementation of an outcome-based energy code (OBC) represents one such opportunity for the "nonresidential market".

OBC incorporates compliance strategies which measure the actual energy usage of a building over a period of time. The term "outcome-based" refers to the fact that compliance is linked with the actual energy outcomes for a building, and energy usage must be measured post-occupancy for a period of time. This alternative compliance pathway for "nonresidential" is additionally summed up in the Figure 1 below which is compared to the current Title 24, Part 6 compliance pathways - Prescriptive and Performance.
Figure 1: Comparison of Energy Code Compliance Pathways (Source: National Institute of Building Sciences and New Buildings Institute - "Implementing an Outcome-Based Compliance Path in Energy Codes: Guidance for Cities")
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