College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Mark Montoya, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


California released the first Building Efficiency Standards, or Energy Code, in 1976 and has updated them every three years. These standards aim at limiting the amount of energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by buildings in the state. California claims that these standards have saved consumers billions on utility bills, but there is limited information on the upfront impact the Efficiency Standards have had on new construction. This study sought to evaluate the impact that the 2022 California Building Energy Efficiency Standards had on new construction in San Luis Obispo County. Interviews were conducted with local specialty contractors in order provide quality data on some of the impacts the standards have had on construction as well as how the contractors track the Energy Code changes. Through the interviews it was concluded that contractors in the area don’t have the means to track specific cost and schedule associated with the Energy Code, but it was a general consensus that there would be a increase in cost and schedule of projects. It was also concluded that there was limited effect on the county due to the codes not having enough time to be implemented on the majority of new construction projects.