CIAG Mission Statement

Compliance with the California building standards requires a complex set of interactions between a wide variety of industries and professions. A major step forward in improving compliance involves a forum for relevant spokes in the compliance wheel to cooperatively explore potential solutions to today’s significant compliance issues, including what training is needed, how to best meet those training needs, and recognizing when training is not the best or sole solution. The Compliance Improvement Advisory Group can make a major contribution to identifying potential solutions to problems, and do so in a way that does not just shift the problem to another industry.

CIAG Background

The Investor-Owned Utilities recognize that Compliance with the California building standards requires a complex set of interactions between a variety of industries and professions. When the Energy Commission considers new requirements for the energy code, or designs strategies for code compliance, they need to know how various options might affect the people involved in the building and compliance process (i.e. Contractors, HERS Raters, Designers, Engineers, Architects, Building Inspectors, etc.).

The energy code and its documentation process are sometimes drafted without sufficient input from all of those who play a part in making sure the process works. This is also true as decisions are made about how best to train those required to comply with code and those who assist in documenting code compliance.

The Compliance Improvement Advisory Group (CIAG) supplies a “boots on the ground” perspective of current compliance issues and potential solutions. This is accomplished by identifying issues, exploring potential solutions and documenting them in the form of white papers. These white papers are then used by the Investor-Owned Utility Code and Standards Team in their efforts to improve energy savings delivered from the standards.

CIAG Purpose

A major step forward in improving compliance involves creating a forum for relevant spokes in the compliance wheel to cooperatively explore potential solutions to today’s significant compliance issues, including what training is needed, how to best meet those training needs, and recognizing when training is not the best or sole solution. This is why members of the Statewide IOUs’ Codes and Standards Team (C&S Team) proposed starting an Energy Code Compliance Improvement Advisory Group (CIAG). The CIAG includes members of more specialized advisory groups, such as the HVAC Compliance Alliance, and practitioners relevant to code compliance issues who are not currently part of any subgroup. To the extent that a particular compliance problem stems from inadequate communication between (a) manufacturers, (b) those specifying measures, (c) those modeling building performance, (d) those designing a form, (e) those completing the forms, (f) those installing a measure, (g) those inspecting it, and (h) those training on any of these elements, the CIAG can make a major contribution to fixing the problem, and do so in a way that does not just shift to the problem to another industry.

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