CBECC-Res Compliance Software Project

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CBECC-Res is a free computer program developed by the California Energy Commission for use in complying with the California Residential Building Energy Efficiency Standards. CBECC-Res 2013 is used in complying with the 2013 Standards which are in effect for building permits filed before January 1, 2017. CBECC-Res 2016 is used ONLY for complying with the 2016 Standards which will become mandatory for building permits filed after January 1, 2017. To download the latest version of CBECC-Res, see the Current Downloads section for each version of the Standards below. The CBECC-Res software project is managed by Bruce A. Wilcox, P.E. The California Energy Commission contract manager is Larry Froess.

2016 Standards


2013 Standards

For a list of all approved compliance programs for the 2013 Residential and Nonresidential Building Energy Efficiency Standards, go to www.energy.ca.gov/title24/2013standards/2013_computer_prog_list.html. For information about California's Building Energy Efficiency Standards, go to www.energy.ca.gov/title24/2013standards.

Recordings of the Energy Commission's recent training webinars on the 2013 California Building Energy Code Compliance software (CBECC-Res and CBECC-Com) are available on the Title 24 Training webpage. Scroll down to "2013 CBECC Software Training Webinars" and click on the links to access webinar recordings or the presentation slide decks. The training webinars are designed to help you learn how to use the software, and are intended to assist your business in preparing for the 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards. The webpage also lists other Title 24 training opportunities.



If you have questions about the software or run into a problem, there a number of resources where you can find help:

If you have a question that is not covered by one of these documents or if you think CBECC-Res is not operating correctly, send an email to CBECC-Res Support and we'll answer your question as soon as possible.

If you are reporting a CBECC-Res crash or error, please include as much of the following as possible (copy and paste this template into your email):

     CBECC-Res version (Help: About): CBECC-Res 2013-?? (???)
     Describe the error, using as much detail as possible.
     List the steps taken to produce the error, using as much detail as possible.
     2. etc.

If there is an error message, what is the message? If possible, take a screenshot of the error message and attach it to the email as a file.
Please attach your <ProjectName>.ribd file. This is the file you open and save from inside CBECC-Res. By default, this file is located in the C:\Users\<your username>\My Documents\CBECC-Res-2013-??\Projects directory.

If you are interested in using the CBECC Compliance Manager in third-party vendor compliance software tools, the documentation of the API is included in this software installation (see ...Data\Documents\CEC Compliance Manager (res) software docu v9.pdf). Also, if you need additional functionality beyond what is available, please let us know specifically what you need so that we can begin to prioritize our work going forward.