2013 Residential Compliance Software Project

Welcome to the web page for the 2013 Residential Compliance Software Project. On this site, you can download the latest version of CBECC-Res 2013. This open-source software program was developed by the California Energy Commission for use in complying with the 2013 update to the Residential Building Energy Efficiency Standards. (For information about CBECC-Com, the nonresidential compliance software, go to http://bees.archenergy.com/index.html.)

This project is managed by Bruce Wilcox, PE. The California Energy Commission contract manager is Martha Brook. For information about California's Building Energy Efficiency Standards, please go to www.energy.ca.gov/title24/2013standards.

OPT-IN TO THE EMAIL LIST FOR CBECC-RES ANNOUNCEMENTS. If you would like to be notified when a new version of the residential compliance software is available, please email Jennifer Roberts.


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.

November 20, 2012 Energy Commission Workshop

11/21/12 update: Thank you to everyone who participated in the Energy Commission’s staff workshop on the Residential ACM Reference Manual. Please submit written comments to the Commission by December 12, 2012. For information on how to submit comments, please see the workshop notice. The draft documents, along with the workshop presentations, are posted below under “November 20, 2012 Energy Commission Workshop.”

July 17, 2012 PAC Meeting Documents
Older Project Documents