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2016 Energy Code Field Awareness

We would like to bring to our builder and subcontractor’s attention some issues that could occur in the field regarding HERS Verification.  The 2016 Energy Code has implemented more and/or tighter regulations when it comes to compliance.  Subcontractors need to pay even more attention to the detail of the field installation team.  Here are a few suggested items you may want to address with your team:

  • Air Flow Testing: Subcontractors may have issues passing which sometimes is because of the zone system not being adjusted properly. Please make sure your team is pre-testing.
  • Refrigeration Charge (RCM): Make sure the subcontractors are testing the system prior to the third-party inspectors coming out to verify.
  • Equipment Installation: Make sure the correct equipment is being installed in the correct units and matches the CF1R per plan type.
  • High Quality Insulation Installation: It is becoming common for projects under the 2016 Code to now have a QII verification on the project’s mandatory compliance. The installation must have no voids or gaps and fill the cavity side-to-side, top-to-bottom, and front-to-back. The inspection requires two site visits from the HERS Verification company. One verification is prior to drywall (rough stage) and the other is near final (during all the other verification measures).  Please make sure your team is calling us out prior to drywall and following the QII checklist.
  • Signing off on the CF Forms: DuctTesters is a hands-on Energy Consulting Company. We work with, help, train, and follow up with the subcontractors filling out and signing off on the paperwork.  Installers are responsible for 100% (each and every home) of respective CF2R documents. There are some areas where trades cross over and issues arise as to who will sign off for what.  Please note that a builder can always sign off if there are subcontractors refusing to comply.  There are items such as a whole house fan where one company supplies it and another installs it. There are also areas where QII crosses into drywall and/or framing.  Please try to address items prior to work starting by holding a pre-construction meeting and/or list subcontractor cross over area items in scopes of work. The forms in the mandatory provider database sometimes only allow one company to sign off on the install.  Here are some suggestions of who should sign what form:

Below will have both CF2R & CF3R to complete and sign off:

Subcontractor Responsible HERS Measure Form
HVAC MECH 01
HVAC Duct Leakage MECH 20a
HVAC Air Flow MECH 23
HVAC Fan Watt MECH 22
HVAC or Electrician Indoor Air Quality MECH 27
HVAC Refrigerant Verification MECH 25
HVAC EER MECH 26
HVAC SEER MECH 26
HVAC Low Leakage Air Handler (LLAH) MECH 20c
Insulation Quality Insulation Inspection (QII) ENV 21, 22, 23

 

Below will only have CF2R to complete and sign off:

Subcontractor Responsible Form
Window ENV 01
Insulation ENV 02, 03
Roofer / Framer

(for attic eave vents & radiant barrier)

ENV 04
Plumbing PLB 02
Electrician or Lighting LGT 01

Builders back charge subcontractors for not passing HERS inspections the first time which requires a HERS Verification return trip to pass the second time.  It also can hold up a builder’s project to reschedule the subcontractor to fix the mistake and to reschedule the HERS Verification return trip.  HERS Inspections are contracted with the builder under sampling protocol. Although we spot check, we process sample groups and provide CF3R documents for each and every home. Our hands are tied if non-compliance is not resolved and/or if installer CF2R documents are not completed.

CF1R:  Certificate of Compliance (Permit Application)

  • The Project’s Energy Code Design Requirements / Permit Application
  • Provided with Plans or Equipment Schedule
  • Submitted to Building Department for Permit
  • Must be Signed by All Parties Responsible for Building Design & Registered with Approved HERS Provider
  • Submitted to Enforcement Agency

CF2R:  Certificate of Installation (Installation & Installer Inspection)

  • Construction and Installer Verification Testing
  • Forms Signed and Submitted by Installing Subcontractor or Builder During Construction Verifying Installations and Installation Testing
  • Posted at Building Site
  • Reviewed by Building Inspector
  • Mandatory Measures Found within these Forms

CF3R:  Certificate of Verification – HERS (HERS Verification)

  • The Third-Party Verification (HERS) Sign Off After All of the Above Are Completed
  • Verification Provided by a Certified HERS Rater
  • Field Inspections

We know everyone takes pride in their work and we are here to conduct “QUALITY ENERGY CONSULTING WITH THE TESTING TO PROVE IT.”  We are part of your team and are here to help you get the job done right.

Below are free materials to help your team:

***DuctTesters put together “the above suggestions”.  Please note that DuctTesters is not an attorney nor responsible for verbiage written in outside company scopes of work and/or contracts.  Please consult with your company’s attorney and/or contract/scope writer.  Above is merely suggested and in no way pointing out one or any current companies doing anything wrong.

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Title 24 Part 11: CalGreen Standards

Title 24 Part 11 is the CalGreen Code. CalGreen is the California Green Building Standards Code that has mandatory and voluntary measures. The new updated 2016 CalGreen code began January 1, 2017. The CalGreen Code applies to ALL newly constructed residential and non-residential buildings: low-rise, high-rise, and hotels/motels. The code was established to reduce construction waste, make buildings more efficient in the use of materials and energy and reduce environmental impact during and after construction. Here is a direct link to the entire code: https://codes.iccsafe.org/public/document/details/toc/657. Below is the easy to view residential CalGreen checklist as images or click here for this checklist as a pdf.

 

 

 

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U.S. EPA Thanks DuctTesters Again for ENERGY STAR Homes

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) thanked DuctTesters for contributing 14 ENERGY STAR certified homes in 2016 and for the continued commitment in energy-efficient new homes.  DuctTesters is once again proud to be an ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Partner in 2017, helping homebuyers experience the peace of mind, quality, comfort, and value that comes with living in an Energy Star certified home.  ENERGY STAR is a joint voluntary program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy that helps businesses and individuals save energy and fight climate change through energy efficient products, homes, and buildings.

In order to earn the ENERGY STAR label on a new home, a certified third-party organization (such as DuctTesters) must verify the home’s energy efficiency against the label’s mandatory minimum compliance requirements. If you are interested in certifying and/or obtaining an ENERGY STAR Certified Home, feel free to contact DuctTesters or see the National Program Requirements.

Certified Energy Star Partner

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