How Katerra is Building Smarter to Exceed New Residential Energy Codes

Geoffrey Yamasaki, BEMP, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Building Scientist


The 2019 update to California’s Energy Code requires greater than 50 percent improvement in residential housing energy efficiency, making it the most stringent building energy code in the country. California is leading the charge towards higher efficiency standards as the only state to increase standards from the 2018 IECC. The new code requires energy-efficient construction and building operations, but it also presents challenges to developers working to deliver financially viable housing.

How is Katerra Responding?

At Katerra, we’re applying thoughtful planning, building science best practices, and our unique end-to-end control of building design, manufacturing, construction, and operations to meet aggressive energy targets at a lower cost. Katerra is developing and curating all relevant building products – from HVAC to water heating and envelope systems – to maximize occupant comfort while driving down cost and energy use. 

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