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For purposes of this Chapter 20, the following terms shall have the following meanings:
“Annual Energy Benchmark Summary” means a report to the Department of Environment summarizing the annual energy performance of a whole building for purposes of verifying compliance with this chapter, tracking improvement, motivating improved energy performance, targeting incentives and resources, and enabling comparison to similar facilities.
“Building” means a Nonresidential Building or a Residential Building, as these terms are defined in this Chapter 20.
“Building Owner” means a person, as defined by California Public Resources Code Section 25116 or any successor legislation, possessing title to the building. For buildings owned or primarily occupied by City departments, the department or entity responsible for annual greenhouse gas emissions reporting for the building under Section 904 of this Code may act as the “building owner” for purposes of this Chapter.
“Building Characteristics” means basic descriptive information and reasonable estimates of factors affecting energy use in the building, including but not limited to building type and space attributes as defined by the benchmarking tool(s).
“Director” means the Director of the Department of the Environment, or his or her designee.
“Energy” means electricity, natural gas, steam, heating oil, or other product sold by a utility to a customer of a nonresidential building, or renewable on-site electricity generation, for purposes of providing heat, cooling, lighting, water heating, or for powering or fueling other end-uses in the building and related facilities.
“Energy efficiency audit” means a systematic evaluation to identify modifications and improvements to building equipment and systems which utilize energy, meeting or exceeding the Procedures for Commercial Building Energy Audits published by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-conditioning Engineers Inc. (ASHRAE), or similar comprehensive whole-building evaluation, as determined by the Director, or, in the case of municipal buildings, as determined by the General Manager of the Public Utilities Commission.
“Energy Professional” means an individual qualified to perform energy efficiency audits required by this Chapter, as further detailed in Section 2002(c) of this Chapter.
“ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager” means the US Environmental Protection Agency’s online tool for managing building data, used to create a US EPA Energy Performance Rating.
“ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager Energy Performance Rating” means the US Environmental Protection Agency’s 1-to-100 building energy efficiency measurement, normalized for a building’s characteristics, operations, and weather, according to methods established by US EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager.
“Gross Floor Area” or “Area” means the total number of square feet measured between the principal exterior surfaces of enclosing fixed walls.
“kBTU” means kilo (thousand) British thermal units, a common unit of energy measurement utilized to convert and combine other common energy measurements such as kilowatt hours of electricity, therms of natural gas, and pounds of steam.
“Level I Audit” means a brief on-site survey of a building which identifies and provides cost analysis for low-cost and no-cost energy saving measures, and lists potential capital improvements, meeting the Level I standard of Procedures for Commercial Building Energy Audits published by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-conditioning Engineers Inc. (ASHRAE)
“Level II Audit” means a detailed on-site survey and energy analysis which identifies and provides savings and cost analysis of all practical measures and meets the Level II standard of Procedures for Commercial Building Energy Audits published by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-conditioning Engineers Inc. (ASHRAE).
“Net Present Value” means the value in today’s dollars of all future costs and benefits from an investment, after compensating for the effects of interest.
“Nonresidential Building” means a facility composed of occupancy type(s) other than residential — including type A, B, E, I-1, I-2, I-3, M, R1, and S, as defined by California Building Code Title 24 Section 302 (2016) as amended — where a gross area of 10,000 square feet or more is heated or cooled in its interior.
“Residential Building” means a facility composed of residential occupancy type(s) — including type R-2, R-2.1, R-3, R-3.1, and R-4 as defined by California Building Code Title 24 Section 302 (2016) as amended where a gross area of 50,000 square feet or more is heated or cooled in its interior.
“Retro-Commissioning Measures” mean non-capital work such as repairs, maintenance, adjustments, changes to controls or related software, or operational improvements that optimize a building’s energy performance and that have been identified by a systematic process of investigating and analyzing the performance of a building’s equipment and systems that impact energy consumption.
“Retrofit Measures” mean capital alterations of building systems involving the installation of energy efficiency technologies that reduce energy consumption and improve the efficiency of such systems.
“Simple Payback” means the number of years it takes for the projected annual energy savings to pay back the amount invested in the energy efficiency measure, as determined by dividing the investment by the annual energy savings.
“System” means a building assembly made up of various components that serve a specific function, including but not limited to exterior walls, windows, doors, roofs, ceilings, floors, lighting, piping, ductwork, insulation, HVAC system equipment or components, electrical appliances and plumbing appliances.
“Tenant” means a person, as defined by California Public Resources Code 25116 or any successor legislation, who leases space in a building.