Title 24 Overview
Title 24 is a mandatory need for every building in California region. Though primarily focused on commercial buildings, the state has slowly but surely been moving into tighter controls on residential buildings as well. It is actually the 24th portion of CCR (California Code of Regulations).
The concept of Title 24 regulations began in the year 1978 and suggests that every building need to meet certain building standards for operative measures. Title 24 calculations determine the reduction in energy consumption and efficiency of electrical energy. Any new building or altered building needs to meet standards stated in Title 24 for energy efficiency.
The primary aim behind Title 24 California building codes was implemented to help regulate the energy crisis experienced in the state and to help our structures become more energy efficient. Prior to Title 24 regulations, California had an exorbitant amount of structures and buildings that were waisting and overusing electricity in order to cool and heat them throughout the year.
Title 24 focuses on the following four areas:
- Energy conservation
- Environment and sustainability
- Fire and life safety
- Accessibility of energy equipment
How Title 24 Affects the Roof
It is a common assumption to relate a Title 24 compliant roof with a cool roof. Cool roofs are highly reflective, highly emissive roofing materials for both residential roofing and commercial roofing that stay 50 to 60 degrees fahrenheit cooler than a normal roof under a hot summer sun.
Cool roofs can cut building owners’ energy costs substantially and because cool roofs gain less heat than normal roofs, they reduce the need for air conditioning throughout the year making a buildings ambient temperature more comfortable for the people inside.
Cool roof systems have other benefits too. For building owners they can cut roof maintenance costs and increase the life expectancy of the roof. And for our Los Angeles and Orange County communities in general, cool roofs can help to reduce the heat island effect that makes our cities hotter and produces unhealthy air quality. Don’t forget, your roof is he leading protector of your building, is in the sun the entire day and is quite possibly the single largest components of your structure to collect and transmit heat. The more reflective or emissive the material, the less energy that is required to cool your building.
Because cool roofing systems save both money and energy, in October of 2005 they became part of the requirements of California’s energy code, known as Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency Standards.
What Cool Roofs Look Like
Most cool roof materials for low-sloped roofs are white or another light color such as tan or sand. Because steep-sloped roofs are often visible from the ground, roofing material manufacturers have work diligently to develop popular colors other than white that still reflect or emit the sun’s energy, while being more aesthetically pleasing.
Cool roofs can now be found in a variety of materials as well, including IB Roof Systems single-ply membranes, GAF or CertainTeed’s modified torch systems, GAF’s composition shingles, Gaco roof coatings, Custom-Bilt metal roof systems and even Boral’s smog eating roof tiles.
Though the cost of a cool roof typically is a bit more expensive up front over a standard roofing system, remember this... Research has shown over many years now that the life expectancy of a cool roof system typically is longer, requires less maintenance and will save you money longterm on your energy costs all while helping to create a better environment for our local communities. Therefore, the lifecycle cost, or reserve study for a cool roof system typically far exceeds a normal roof.
How Chandler’s Roofing Can Help You
Chandler’s Roofing has been a leading member of the roofing community in Southern California for over 70 years. Recognized in 2011 as the Residential Roofing Contractor of the Year, we have also been a Master Elite Contractor with GAF for well over a decade, installing hundreds of cool roof rated shingle systems and cool modified torch roofs. Additionally, Chandler’s Roofing has installed over 500,000 square feet of cool roof rated IB Roof Systems, is a certified green roofer and a member of the US Green Building Council. Our project managers remain up to date and current on the local building code requirements and are the most educated and trained roofing professionals in Los Angeles and Orange County when it comes to manufacturers warranties and installation requirements. If you are confused in anyway with the Title 24 compliance requirements, or have questions about which cool roof system is best for your home or business, please do not hesitate to give us a call at (310) 831-7663, or email us at email@example.com.