CAHP – ZNE: 2017 Program

This just in:  THE 2017 California Advanced Home Program (CAHP) – ZNE (Zero Net Energy) – 2017 Program Update.  For launch January 1, 2017.  For single family homes permitted to the 2016 Code Program details as of 10/27/2016, subject to change.  The California Advanced Homes Program (CAHP) encourages best practices in energy-efficiency, green building and sustainability by offering financial incentives.

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DuctTesters to speak at BIS Show 2016 on Wednesday, November 9

2016 Building Industry ShowThe Building Industry Show (BIS) of Southern California is almost here.  The BIS Show will be held on November 9, 2016 and November 10, 2016 at the Riverside Convention Center.  The building trade show attracts a number of builders, general contractors, architects, suppliers, subcontractors, consultants and other industry related businesses from Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura Counties.  The BIS Show provides networking opportunities, current industry issues and discussions, product information and educational opportunities.   

The BIS Show is going on 27 years and this year it brings a new element to the show.  There will be insightful Pop-Up education presentations included with all attendee’s BIS Show Passes.  DuctTesters, Inc. is proud to announce that they will be presenting at “The New Title 24 Requirements And How It Will Impact You in 2017” pop-up education held on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 1:00pm. 

Dave Hegarty, President of DuctTesters, will be presenting with John Morton, Senior Project Manager of CONSOL and WISE. 

DuctTesters is an energy consulting company covering all of your Title 24 Energy Code Design Compliance, HERS Verification, HVAC Mechanical Engineering Plans, Federal Energy Tax Credits, and other certified third-party verification (Solar, ENERGYSTAR, GreenPoint Rated, LEED, CAHP, TCAC, Home Energy Audits, etc).  The company completed over 2,000 projects ranging from custom/production/owner residential homes to multi-family/commercial/affordable projects.  DuctTesters covers the entire state of California and select areas of Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado.

Dave Hegarty has been performing duct tests, energy consulting and Title 24 expertise since 1998.  He officially founded DuctTesters, Inc. in 2004.  Dave is licensed and certified by CalCERTS, CHEERS, BPI, LEED, HERS, HERS II, GreenPoint Rated, NGBS, and Thermographer.  Dave’s certifications include: 2016, 2013 & 2008 Residential and Non Residential New Construction, Residential and Non Residential Alterations, Whole House Rater, RCA 2, RCA 1, EnergyStar, EEM, undefined, and Photovoltaic (Solar Electric).  In 2013, Dave won GreenPoint Rater of the Year.

Dave began his energy consulting career active in the RCP Program (Residential Contractors Program) and continued further by obtaining CHEERS (California Home Energy Efficiency Rating Services) Certifications. A few years later, he began participating and training with the CBPCA’s (California Building Performance Contractors Association).  Dave has trained and taught Title 24, HERS, and Energy Consulting classes for contractors, developers, municipalities, and other jurisdictions. His deep passion for learning about building compliance and energy efficiency really shows when he guides others to understanding and meeting/exceeding compliance.

Prior to DuctTesters, he was manager of a HVAC contractor, including management of the sales and the installation crews.  Dave worked with wholesale equipment suppliers and manufacturers. He has a strong passion for professional energy consulting, quality testing, and building compliance.  He takes pride in helping others interested in understanding their contribution and how it fits into the larger picture, now and for the future. Dave is continuously active in a number of Building and Energy Associations and Organizations, staying up to date and knowledgeable about ongoing and future regulations, rebates, products, and technology.  Dave will be focusing on the 2016 Energy Code changes, options, and cost-effective measures of the upcoming Energy Code Standards for this Pop-Up presentation.

CONSOL Energy Inc. is a Pittsburgh-based energy producer, and one of the largest independent natural gas exploration, development and production companies, with operations centered in the major shale formations of the Appalachian basin. The company deploys an organic growth strategy focused on developing its substantial resource base. As of December 31, 2015, CONSOL Energy had 5.6 trillion cubic feet equivalent of proved natural gas reserves.

WISE stands for Workforce Instructions for Standards and Efficiency.  It is a training and education program designed to support the transition of California new residential building toward High Performance Attic (HPA) and High Performance Wall (HPW) construction practices.

John Morton has worked in the residential new construction industry since 2001. Prior to joining ConSol, he worked for a homebuilder managing all aspects of the homebuilding process from design development through construction. Most recently he ran the award-winning residential new construction programs for Southern California Edison. He is on the Board of Trustees at the California Homebuilding Foundation and Board of Directors for the Building Industry Association of Orange County.  John received his Bachelor of Science in Business from Devry University after being honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps.  John will be speaking about the upcoming code changes and opportunities to improve the workforce and field trades on new installation processes and products. 

Both Dave and John sit on the California Energy Commission’s (CEC) Code Compliance Planning Committee for the 2019 energy code.  The 2019 Code is the energy code standards to meet our 2020 Net Zero Energy goal for all new residential construction. Dave and John also plan to touch on what is coming in the future 2019 Energy Code Compliance.

Feel free to bring any energy code compliance questions to this event.  We look forward to seeing and meeting you at the BIS Show – Pop-Up on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 1pm.  DuctTesters is also always available to come to your office to give a private presentation on the upcoming code changes.  

Sign up to attend the BIS Show here: https://ww2.eventrebels.com/er/Registration/LinkPageTwo.jsp?ActivityID=17134


California Advanced Homes’ Master Builder Program

California Advanced Homes' Master Builder ProgramStarting January 1, 2017 the 2016 Building Energy Efficiency Standards go into effect.  The California Advanced Homes Program (CAHP) gives builders incentives to get an early start on building advanced homes.  The California Advanced Homes’ Master Builder Program has officially announced their program is now open to builders in the Southern California Edison and Southern California Gas Company service areas! This is a program that was adopted to give early advanced design and building practice adopters recognition, one-on-one support, and incentives of up to $30,000 for both high performance attics (HPA) and high performance walls (HPW) or $20,000 for HPA alone.  This is a limited and distinctive designation with the California Advanced Homes Program (CAHP) for first come, first served builders.   The required number of new single family homes being built in your project should be 15 or more, but if you have less, it does not hurt to ask.

More New Updates as of 4/1/16:  

  • Townhomes are now modeled as Single Family:
    • A recent announcement from the CEC helped clarify a longstanding modeling quirk and program confusion. The declaration impacts how townhome projects enroll in CAHP. The longstanding rule has been that CAHP-SF is for stand-alone structures and duplexes. Triplex, fourplex or larger are considered CAHP-MF. When CAHP-SF takes on a duplex, each unit must be modeled separately. When CAHP-MF takes on triplex or larger, the modeler can choose to go unit-by-unit or whole building, and would run the model as multi-family in either case.
    • The new decree from the CEC is that townhomes should be modeled as, and count as, single family occupancy and modeled unit-by-unit regardless of how many are connected in a row. It is believed that this is the more accurate way to model townhomes, even connected ones, and will result in more accurate savings claims from the models.
    • If you have townhome projects that are being built to 2013 Title 24 Standards that were previously modeled as MF but did not qualify for CAHP, you may want to consider modeling them as SF to see if they achieve the 84 CAHP entry score for all plans in all orientations.  If so, they would be glad to work with you to get the project enrolled.  As always, they will only be able to enroll units that have not been drywalled.
  • CAHP: LADWP/SoCalGas Modifications – these changes are only applicable to projects being built in the joint SoCalGas/LADWP service territory – effective 4/1/16
    • They have reduced the Multi-family High-rise (MFHR) CAHP Qualification to 10% Above Title 24 for projects in the joint SoCalGas/LADWP service territory. MFHR projects now qualify for CAHP when achieving 10% above 2013 Title 24 building code and will earn incentives of $150 per unit at this entry level. Projects achieving 30% or more above Title 24 will continue to qualify for $400 per unit.
    • CAHP LADWP/SoCalGas will now accept partial single-family and multi-family low-rise project enrollments for projects in the joint SoCalGas/LADWP service territory

*Previous rules required that all plans, in all orientations meet minimum CAHP qualification threshold or the entire project would be rejected. With this program enhancement, any plans in a project that are 100% compliant in all orientations can be enrolled; plans that are NOT compliant in any direction will not be included for enrollment in the project. They will only be able to enroll units that have not been dry walled.

**Again these MFHR changes and partial single-family and low-rise multi-family project enrollments (2a/2b above) only apply to those projects being constructed in the joint SoCalGas/LADWP service territory.  This change applies to lots/units permitted under the 2013 Title 24 Standards.

Here is a slideshow with more details:


To find out about eligibility and participation requirements, contact either Rick Blackshere, TRC Energy Services at rblackshere@trcsolutions.com or 213-213-9402 or Diane Ziemer at dziemer@semprautilities.com or 909-335-7790.

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