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Federal Energy Tax Credits ARE BACK!!!!

45L Federal Energy Tax Credit Information

Today, February 9, 2018, Congress passed the “Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018” This budget act includes Section 45L Credit for Energy-Efficient New Homes. New Homes sold or leased can qualify for $2,000 per home of tax credit.  The construction of the new homes must meet or exceed the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code plus supplements. Many California builders qualify because the California’s Energy Code Compliance exceeds the IECC’s 2006 Code. Many of our NV clients also qualify. We can collect retroactive up to three years back (2014 – 2017).  In order to qualify, a builder needs to have a tax basis in the home to claim the credit.

For no charge, we can review your projects from 2014 – 2017 finished (sold or leased units) to let you know if you qualify. One unit in a project may qualify and/or all the units. Should a unit or units qualify for the Federal Energy Tax Credit (FETC), we will then send you a proposal to process the FETC and send you a certificate number.

If you are not one of our current Title 24 clients, we can definitely still help you. We will need the following:

  • Architectural plans
  • Addresses
  • You will need to have the Title 24 Company you used for your project share the files with us in the HERS Provider Database
  • You will need to have the Title 24 Company send us the .BLD or .XML files

Please contact our office at our toll free number 866-950-1191. View or download the pdf with DuctTesters 45L FAQ

NAHB also posted more details about Energy Tax Credits: http://nahbnow.com/2018/02/energy-and-home-owner-tax-credits-included-in-budget-accord/

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2019 Energy Code (2019 T24 P6)

The 2019 Energy Code 45-Day Draft Language is Now Available on the Energy Commission’s website at: 

 

 

If you have any Comments and/or would like to be heard, now is the time.  Send comments to the public Docket at: 

 

 

“The California Energy Commission has opened a public process and rulemaking proceeding to adopt changes to the Building Energy Efficiency Standards contained in the California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 24, Part 6 (also known as the California Energy Code), and associated administrative regulations in Part 1 (collectively referred to here as the Standards). The updated standards will be proposed for adoption in 2018 with an effective date of January 1, 2020. Previously open Docket 2016-BSTD-06 for the 2019 Time Dependent Valuation (TDV) of Energy, and Docket 2017-BSTD-01 for pre-rulemaking comments on proposed 2019 Standards measures, are closed. Separate Rulemaking Dockets have been opened for the 2019 Standards (2017-BSTD-02) and the 2019 CALGreen (2017-BSTD-03) updates.

The California Energy Commission staff will conduct workshops to present potential revisions to the Standards and obtain public suggestions and comment. The scope, time, and date of these workshops will be publicly noticed. Go to the public participation page for more information.” – This quote is from the CA Energy Commission Website: 

http://www.energy.ca.gov/title24/2019standards/rulemaking/

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Congrats to Mike Lehr!

certified calgreen examiner

Congratulations to DuctTesters team member Mike Lehr.  On January 9, 2018, Mike passed the CT – CalGreen Inspector/Plans Examiner Exam. The International Code Council (ICC) and California Building Officials (CALBO) offers CalGreen Certification Exams in order to validate the competency of inspectors and plan reviews on their understanding and ability to implement provisions of CalGreen. This exam covers the 2016 California Green Building Standards Code, Title 24.  Mike successfully passed this exam.

Mike has been overseeing client’s green and sustainable verification programs. In addition to passing the CT – CalGreen Inspector/Plans Examiner exam, he is also certified BPI Building Analyst for Single and Multi-Family, USGBC LEED for Homes, GreenPoint Rated for New Home/Existing Home/Single and Multi-Family, Green Building Professional, CABEC Energy Plan Examiner – Residential and Non-Residential, EPA Refrigerant Technician – Universal, NGBS Green Verifier, and a CalCERTS, ConSol, and US Energy Raters Association HERS Rater and HERS II. His HERS rating includes disciplines in: whole house, residential, (alt., new), non-residential (alt., new), EnergyStar, EEM, Solar, Residential (new) Solar, and Alterations. 

Mike performs building energy consulting and third party HERS Compliance, HERS Whole House Energy Ratings, Utility Energy Program and National Green Program verification in California. In addition, he holds a General Building Contractor’s License and has over thirty years of prior experience in the building industry working for two different air conditioning companies and for a CA Title 24 energy consulting firm.

DuctTesters is proud of Mike Lehr for continuing to grow and enhance his certifications. Congrats Mike!

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