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Title 24 Brings Energy Efficiency, Higher Tenant Improvement Costs

Starting July 1, 2014, the City of San Diego will be adopting and enforcing California’s new 2013 Title 24 energy code requirements. This code change will affect electrical, lighting and HVAC costs on all tenant improvement projects.

Electrically, more devices and circuits will be needed. These devices will be required to be connected to a time clock that turns the outlets on and off similar to the way current lighting control panels work.

Lighting will be affected by new, more energy efficient light fixture requirements including a reduction in allowable watts per square foot, which will most likely require more expensive LED fixtures. The new code will also require that new, more advanced lighting controls and daylight sensors be installed.

HVAC will be impacted by the increased complexity of controls and more stringent requirements for outside air.

With all of these impacts, plan for an additional $3.00/sf to $6.00/sf in costs for your 2014 tenant improvement projects.

Hughes Marino’s industry leading Construction Management team has unmatched expertise in every type of commercial building project from tenant improvements to ground-up build-to-suits. With decades of experience in California and beyond, our project managers, engineers and LEED APs offer practical insights for the construction management professional.

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