You need a professional for this one. And you have to complete the process for submittal, so get yourself registered with Cal-Certs and just do it. Ours cost us about $3K and because it’s a requirement for the city building submittal set, we reluctantly shelled it out. Between trying to figure out the most efficient windows and doors to fit our budget and maintaining the look we wanted, it was a royal pain in the rear.
What the heck is Title 24? Who looks at it and who cares?
The California Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency Standards are designed to ensure new and existing buildings achieve energy efficiency and preserve outdoor and indoor environmental quality. These measures (Title 24, Part 6) are listed in the California
Code of Regulations. The California Energy Commission is responsible for adopting, implementing and updating building energy efficiency. Local city and county enforcement agencies have the authority to verify compliance with applicable building codes, including energy efficiency.
I guarantee I will never stand in my future house and think about how efficiently my house performs on the Title 24 level, but gosh darn I’m going to enjoy all the natural lights that filters through every single window I have designed and paid for! Especially the gigantic, double story storefront windows in our living room and the sliding glass doors that flank the front of our house. Because let me tell you, we had to fight for every single one! In California beginning January of 2017, the Title 24 energy efficiency requirements increased by 30%. (Per our Energy Engineer)
So yea, Title 24. It’s a big deal. I highly recommend submitting your windows and doors to a certified engineer early in the process of putting the building set together because you don’t want to be like me, waiting around for it to be the last thing to be added to the building submittal set. Tick-Tock. Tick-Tock. I think it set us back a full 2 months.
Kinda annoyed at myself…