This week the California Energy Commission voted unanimously to upgrade building energy standards for all new homes and commercial properties. The new standards are projected to reduce energy consumption by as much as 25%. The Sacramento Bee reports:
"These standards are the strongest in the nation [...] giving us the most efficient buildings in the nation," said Commissioner Karen Douglas. "The package that the commission approved is the greatest savings increment that the commission has ever achieved in a standards update in over 30 years."