Getting Out of Hot Water: Reducing Gas Consumption in Existing Large Commercial Buildings


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Energy Commission
Document Title
Getting Out of Hot Water: Reducing Gas Consumption in Existing Large Commercial Buildings
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The proposed project will demonstrate, evaluate, and scale packages of non-proprietary low-cost software control and other measures to substantially reduce natural gas consumption in large commercial buildings. This will include measures to ensure that higher cost items (i.e. end-of-life boiler replacements) are performed as energy- and cost-efficiently as possible. The project will target three main areas of energy waste in natural gas-fired boiler-fed hot water systems: unnecessary demand for space heating, hot water distribution losses, and poor boiler operational efficiency.

Contact Information

Bradley Meister
Agency Name
California Energy Commission
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Agency Name
Regents of the University of California, Berkeley Campus
Contact Types
Project Applicant


South San Francisco
San Mateo
Other Location Info
455 E Grand Ave

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, §15301; Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, §15306
Reasons for Exemption
This project fits within Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, sect. 15301 because it involves minor construction and equipment installation at an existing facility, with no expansion of capacity. This installation is at an existing, developed urban site on land that is not environmentally sensitive. No historic resources or buildings will be affected. Noise and odors will not be generated by these installations in excess of existing permitted amounts. The installation will not increase traffic to the sites. The installation will not require permits for air, water, conditional use, building expansion, hazardous waste, or rezoning. In addition, this project fits within Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, sect. 15306 because it involves basic data collection which will not result in a serious or major disturbance to an environmental resource.


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