Advancing the Interior Design Profession in California
The Interior Design Coalition of California (IDCC) continues its initiative to improve the business environment for consumers and interior designers. Along with IDCC, ASID views the past several weeks of deliberation with the California Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee as critical initial steps in educating legislators on the issues with the current law. We are pleased with IDCC’s accomplishments as they seek to ensure drawings submitted by qualified interior designers in California will be universally accepted by building officials in the State. We will continue to work with IDCC to seek solutions to this ongoing issue, and look forward to working with California legislators to find a satisfactory solution.
“The State of California requires a ‘sunset review process’ for many professional Boards,” explained IDCC President Suzanne Zurinaga, “giving the California State Legislature the opportunity to regularly evaluate what works in the law and what does not. The Certified Interior Designer (CID) law has served as an essential stepping stone for the interior design profession in the State. However, due in large part to the inconsistent acceptance of CID stamps by local building officials, it is time for improvement. There are several different options for how to accomplish this, and we will consider them all.”
IDCC, ASID, and other stakeholders will all continue to work closely with the State to strengthen consumer protections, foster competitive markets and increase business opportunities for all interior designers in California.
Learn more by visiting the IDCC website: http://idc-ca.org
IDCC Legislation Press Release
The Interior Design Coalition of California continues its initiative to improve the business environment for consumers and interior designers. We view the past several weeks of deliberation with the California Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee as critical initial steps in educating legislators on the issues with the current law. We are pleased with our accomplishments and are engaged in moving our legislative goals specifically, seeking to ensure drawings submitted by qualified interior designers in California will be universally accepted by building officials in the State. We will continue to seek solutions to this ongoing issue, and look forward to working with our legislators to find a satisfactory solution.
“The State of California requires a ‘sunset review process’ for many professional Boards,” explained IDCC President Suzanne Zurinaga, “giving the California State Legislature the opportunity to regularly evaluate what works in the law and what does not. The Certified Interior Designer (CID) law has served as an essential steppingstone for the interior design profession in the State. However, due in large part to the inconsistent acceptance of CID stamps by local building officials, it is time for improvement. There are several different options for how to accomplish this, and we will consider them all.”
The Interior Design Coalition of California (IDCC), and its stakeholders will all continue to work closely with the State to strengthen consumer protections, foster competitive markets and increase business opportunities for all interior designers in California.
Learn more by visiting the IDCC website: http://idc-ca.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=90b68bd71e70a69a076d6be6e&id=a2309a14ac&e=fb9305e962
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IDCC (Interior Design Coalition of California)
The mission of IDCC is to represent the Interior Design Profession in California and ensure that
the regulatory process accurately reflects their goals and protect the health, safety and welfare of
the public through education and political action while maintaining the resources to fulfill our
Vision Statement: Ensure that the Interior Design Profession is recognized as affecting the
health, safety and welfare of the public in the State of California and that interior designers are
recognized as industry professionals.
Mission Statement: To represent the Interior Design Profession in California and ensure that the
regulatory process accurately reflects their goals and protect the health, safety and welfare of the
public through education and political action while maintaining the resources to fulfill our mission.
Goal: To secure the future of the profession of interior design by implementing our vision and
mission statements through leadership in legislation for consumer protection.
IDCC is supported by membership dues, donations from individuals, donations from local ASID
chapters, grants from ASID, and “in-kind” contributions.
To learn more about IDCC, visit their web site at www.idc-ca.org.
CLCID (California Legislative Coalition for Interior Design)
- To serve as the primary coalition in the State of California to represent the entire interiordesign professionl We support inclusivety among all interior design professionals, regardless of specialty;
- To promote activities that strengthen and support new and existing interior design educational programs and qualifications;
- To align with qualifying exams that test competency and knowledge of California Building Codes as it pertains to interior design;
- To distribute information about interior designers or decorators who cause harm to the public by not complying with codes, ethics or good business practices;
- To support the Code of Ethics of the California Council for Interior Design Certification (CCIDC) to assure professionalism of interior designers and to protect the consumer.
NKBA, IFDA and IDS California Chapters; independent Interior Designers; individual members of ASID, IIDA, NKBA, IFDA, IDS; students, educators, the interior design industry, and allies support CLCID.
To learn more about CLCID, visit their web site at www.CLCID.org
Legislative Updates: Excerpts from CLCID’s Direct Link!
There are MANY REGULATIONS that have gone (January 1st) and will be going into affect this year. Be aware, Be knowledgeable know how these Regulations will affect your design and the implementation of your Design.
The statutory changes and mandates will impact California consumers, households, retailers, and manufacturers, and arise from the following Legislative measures:
Title-24 Energy Code Summary of Changes-Effective 1-1-10
Changes to the residential standards:
The U-factor and SHGC (Solar Heat Gain Coefficient) requirements have been increased. The base-line, standard window required for compliance with most prescriptive packages is dual pane/vinyl window with Low-E, spectrally selective coating. Standard dual pane/metal framing windows even with a thermally broken gasket isolating the glazing from the framing will not comply with the new standards.
The new Title-24 residential lighting requirements divide the home into three distinct zones that are treated very differently. The first zone is the kitchen. The kitchen lighting requirements retain the same compliance formula as in the 2005 standards known as the 50% rule. 50% of the total kitchen lighting watts must be high efficacy (compact fluorescent, LED, Linear fluorescent). The balance of the kitchen lighting can be low-efficacy. However there is now a new provision for lighting that is internal to the cabinets for illuminating the inside of the cabinet up to 20 watts of low or high efficacy lighting power per linear foot of illuminated cabinet. These fixtures internal to the cabinets can be low efficacy if desired with no penalty.
The second zone includes all the bathrooms, garages, laundry rooms, and utility rooms which must have either high efficacy fixtures or they must have vacancy sensors installed that control the low efficacy fixtures. Note that these must be vacancy sensors, not occupancy sensors. A vacancy sensor is a variation of an occupancy sensor however instead of automatically turning on with someone enters a room you must manually operate the switch to turn the lights on. Then after you leave the room the sensor detects that the room is vacant and will automatically turn the lights off. The logic behind this manual-on function is that often you may want to quickly enter into a bathroom that is well-lit during the daytime to simply wash your hands or retrieve some toiletries and not need to turn on the lights at all, thus saving energy. If you need the light switched on then you have that option but the sensor won’t turn them on for you but will turn them off automatically after you leave.
The third zone includes all the hallways, dining rooms, family rooms, home office, and bedrooms. These rooms have the most lenient requirements as they must have either high efficacy lighting or low efficacy fixtures controlled by a vacancy sensor or be controlled by a dimmer. The dimmer option allows the most cost effective way to comply while providing the most flexibility and options in allowable fixtures.
New indoor ventilation requirements mandate that all low-rise residential buildings must have a whole house ventilation system that provides a calculated minimum amount of outdoor air by using either a continuously running bathroom fan or a supply or return air ventilation thru a central HVAC system. The minimum ventilation volume must be a minimum of 1 cfm for each 100 sq. ft. of floor area plus 7.5 cfm for each occupant. The number of occupants is determined by multiplying the number of bedrooms and then adding one. For example a 3 bedroom, 1,800 square foot townhouse would require 48 cfm of continuous ventilation.
New HVAC systems must prescriptively comply with new refrigerant charge, proper airflow, and fan watt draw verification inspections performed by certified HERS raters. Duct testing is another HERS verification inspection that was an optional compliance credit in the 2005 standards but now is a standard prescriptive requirement in the 2008 standards. In addition for the first time the new standards will track the time of energy use in the compliance algorithms. A home that experiences its greatest energy use and solar load during peak electrical cost periods will be severely penalized in the new energy code and find it very difficult to comply. Homes that are use strategies to shift energy use to off-peak hours will realize large credits in the compliance calculations that can be used to offset other design priorities such as larger windows or a challenging on-site building orientation.
New HERS measures have been introduced requiring third-party, independent verification such as airtight air handler boxes, high efficient furnace fans, refrigerant charge indicator displays (CID) and correctly sizing the air conditioner, all new for 2008. These HERS measures are Title-24 credits that can be traded-off for other more flexibility in other areas of the home or can also be used to bring the project into compliance with state and utility incentive programs that provide financial rewards for exceeding the basic Title-24 requirements.
For the first time Title-24 compliance documentation must be electronically uploaded to a database registry which can be accessed by building department officials to verify compliance. This will begin in August for tract homes required multiple orientation submittal and HERS measures but will expand to all projects requiring HERS measures in October. Overall the new 2008 Title-24 Building Energy Standards are roughly 20% more restrictive than the previous 2005 standards they replace.
A good summary of Title 24 residential lighting can be found at: http://cltc.ucdavis.edu/images/documents/presentations/20091207_title24_presentation.pdf.
California EPA Regulation: Lead Based Paint Rules for Remodelers Effective April, 2010
Beginning April 22, 2010, the EPA’s rules regarding lead renovation, repair and painting in the remodeling of homes where lead-based paint may be present will go into effect. Under the rules, contractors performing work that disturbs lead-based paint in housing, childcare facilities and schools built before 1978 must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. Those practices include posting warning signs for occupants and visitors; using disposable plastic drop cloths; cleaning the work area with HEPA vacuuming and wet washing. Most importantly, the rules require that contractors be certified in lead removal through a training course. The full rule and brochures for consumers and renovators can be downloaded from the EPA’s Web site.
California EPA Regulations: Lead in Lighting AB 1109
Reduces certain toxic materials, such as mercury and lead, in lighting products. Assembly Bill 1109, Huffman. Energy resources: lighting efficiency: hazardous waste; the California Lighting Efficiency and Toxics Reduction Act. Requires lighting manufacturers to provide certifications to retailers that their products do not exceed European Union limits for cadmium, lead, mercury, or hexavalent chromium. Under the measure, manufacturers may list the certification on packaging. http://leginfo.ca.gov/pub/07-08/bill/asm/ab_1101-1150/ab_1109_bill_20071012_chaptered.html
California EPA Regulations: Lead in Plumbing SB 1334 and SB 1395 to ensure water used for cooking and drinking is free from lead transferred from pipes, plumbing fittings, and fixtures.
Senate Bill 1334, Calderon. Drinking water: pipes and fittings: lead content Requires all pipes, plumbing fitting or fixtures, or flux to be certified by an independent American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited third party for compliance with lead standards. Requires the certification to include testing materials in accordance with DTSC protocols for implementing the lead standards compliance testing and evaluation program outlined in SB 1395 (see next item).
Senate Bill 1395, Corbett. Lead plumbing: monitoring and compliance testing. Allows DTSC to annually select up to 75 drinking water plumbing fittings and fixtures for testing to determine compliance with the lead plumbing provisions in SB 1334. DTSC is required to post the findings on its Web site and to provide a report to the California Department of Public Health.
Bill Introduced To Limit Formaldehyde in Furniture
A bill has been introduced in the Senate to reduce indoor emissions of formaldehyde, a chemical used in adhesives found in domestic and imported composite wood products. The standard for formaldehyde proposed in the bill would apply to particleboard, plywood and medium-density fiberboard, all commonly used materials in household furniture and could potentially cause a slight increase in furniture prices for consumers. Under the proposed legislation, composite wood products sold in the U.S. would have to meet formaldehyde-emission standards of about 0.09 parts per million by January 2012, matching standards recently adopted by California.
California Establishes Energy-Efficient Standard for Televisions
The California Energy Commission has adopted standards under which no TV with a screen size less than 58 inches may be sold in the state after 2011 unless it meets limits on energy consumption. The standard tightens further in 2013. (Larger screens were left for future examination.) Sets sold in California under the standard would consume 33% less electricity in 2011 and 49% less in 2013 than the average set sold today, according to the commission. The standard replaces a rule that only considered energy use when sets were in standby mode.