To standardize calculations and to provide a basis for presenting the prescriptive
requirements, the Energy Commission has established a set of standard climate data for
each of the 16 climate zones. The climate zone definitions and data are the same for both the low-riseresidential and the nonresidential standards.
Beginning with the 2013 Energy Standards, ZIP code boundaries have been used to define
climate zone boundaries; under these rules, a given ZIP code is always located entirely
within a single climate zone.
Go to the link below to find out your Climate Zone based on zip code.
(Excerpted from CEC Title-24 Part 6 Residential Compliance Manual)