California to require ‘solar ready roofs’ on new commercial buildings

CA Energy CommissionAccording to the San Jose Mercury News, the California Energy Commission has approved new energy efficiency standards for new residential and commercial buildings. The new standards, which would take effect Jan. 1, 2014, will require new commercial buildings to have solar-ready roofs, as well as so-called high-performance windows and lights controlled by sensors.

The new standards were backed by environmentalists, major utilities and the California Building Industry Association.