Shaping and Molding Energy Policy in California: Be an influencer not a reactor


Tuesday, February 28th | 11:00AM - 1:00PM | Zoom

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Energy codes, standards and policy are often viewed by manufacturers, specifiers, and builders as necessary evils, factors that get in the way of executing building projects. Few of us realize the essential nature of the regulatory function of government - policy and regulations drive markets. California’s Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24, Part 6) have undergone one of the most significant updates in many years for the current 2022 code cycle and will look to incorporate additional decarbonization strategies in the 2025 cycle.

This panel will explain the 2022 Title 24 changes and updates, and how they impact the building industry today. We will demonstrate the mechanisms behind evolving better codes and standards; provide an overview of what factors to consider when planning products and projects; and discuss the building sector’s role in grid modernization and decarbonization.



Josh Dean


Josh Dean is Executive Director of the California Energy Alliance (CEA). He took his post as Executive Director in September, 2020 and brings over a decade of experience in the sustainability, construction, and real estate industries. In this role, Josh is responsible for day-to-day management, leadership, and oversight of CEA initiatives. He also has extensive experience working with government agencies, businesses, and NGOs to deliver energy projects, evolution of codes & standards, and education around sustainability strategies. He earned a Master of Science in Energy Policy and Climate from Johns Hopkins University where his thesis work was focused on Developing a Policy Framework for an Outcome-Based Energy Code in California.




John Busch


John Busch has held a variety of positions over his 30+ year career including: electrical designer, design build estimator, project manager, field applications engineer, and even holds a C-10 Electrical Contractors license in the State of California. These positions have shaped his skills to evaluate electrical design challenges with a solutions-oriented perspective. He currently serves as the Regional Sales Manager – Southwest, for the Energy Management Controls and Automation Group of Leviton Manufacturing. John also teaches classes on the California Title 24 Energy Efficiency Standards, LEED, lighting controls, the Big 3 Energy Codes (ASHRAE 90.1, IECC, and Title 24), measurement and verification metering or successful power management, and other energy management related topics. John also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the California Energy Alliance (CEA) also serves as the Chair of the CEA Codes Standards Improvement Committee.


Charles Knuffke


Charles Knuffke is the Systems Evangelist for Legrand’s Wattstopper product line, focusing primarily on advancing the company’s Digital Lighting Management (DLM) products. For 35+ years Charles has been an educator on controls, working in the field with engineers, contractors, distributors, and building owners to design, install, and start up lighting control solutions for most types of commercial and industrial project. Applications have run the gamut from simple standalone occupancy sensors in a space to networked lighting control systems for multi-building campuses. In addition, Charles has spent thousands of hours working with facility engineers ensuring that they understand their building’s systems and are using them to their fullest capabilities.

Acting as an ombudsman for his customers, Charles has attended uncounted California Energy Commission meetings concerning the development of the various Title 24 Energy Codes to provide real world commentary to the policy makers. He also presents regularly on the code’s lighting requirements to individuals and firms throughout the state.

Additionally, Charles is the current Chairperson for the Lighting Controls Association – the industry’s education leader on Lighting Controls.






February 28, 2023 at 11:00am - 1pm

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