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California Building Climate Zone Areas

map showing climate zones in Calif.

Climate Zone Search App

The Energy Commission has developed the below app to quickly and accurately show addresses and locations in relation to the geographic meets and bounds that determine California’s climate regions. We invite builders and building officials to use this app to determine the climate zones applicable to building projects.

Climate Zone Area Maps:
(Updated November 2017)

California Building Climate Zone Areas (Acrobat PDF)

California Building Climate Zone Areas (Google Earth KMZ)
Google Earth is required to open KMZ files. It can be downloaded for free at:

Download a Zip File of the GIS data

List of Climate Zone Areas by ZIP Code:
(Updated )

Climate Zones by ZIPcode List (Acrobat PDF)

Climate Zones by ZIPcode List (MS Excel)

Climate Zone Weather Data:

California Weather Data

For more information regarding the climate zone map, please refer to the Title 24 Standards or contact the Title 24 Energy Efficiency Standards Hotline at:

800-772-3300 (toll free in California)

Please Note:

The numbers used in the climate zone map don't have a title or legend. The California climate zones shown in this map are not the same as what we commonly call climate areas such as "desert" or "alpine" climates. The climate zones are based on energy use, temperature, weather and other factors.

This is explained in the Title 24 energy efficiency standards glossary section:

"The Energy Commission established 16 climate zones that represent a geographic area for which an energy budget is established. These energy budgets are the basis for the standards...." "(An) energy budget is the maximum amount of energy that a building, or portion of a building...can be designed to consume per year."

"The Energy Commission originally developed weather data for each climate zone by using unmodified (but error-screened) data for a representative city and weather year (representative months from various years). The Energy Commission analyzed weather data from weather stations selected for (1) reliability of data, (2) currency of data, (3) proximity to population centers, and (4) non-duplication of stations within a climate zone.

"Using this information, they created representative temperature data for each zone. The remainder of the weather data for each zone is still that of the representative city." The representative city for each climate zone (CZ) is:

CZ 1: Arcata
CZ 2: Santa Rosa
CZ 3: Oakland
CZ 4: San Jose-Reid
CZ 5: Santa Maria
CZ 6: Torrance
CZ 7: San Diego-Lindbergh
CZ 8: Fullerton
CZ 9: Burbank-Glendale
CZ10: Riverside
CZ11: Red Bluff
CZ12: Sacramento
CZ13: Fresno
CZ14: Palmdale
CZ15: Palm Spring-Intl
CZ16: Blue Canyon

The original detailed survey definitions of the 16 Climate Zones are found in the 1995 publication, "California Climate Zone Descriptions for New Buildings."
(PDF file, 178 pages, 9.7 MB)