Tag: Energy Efficient

 

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.

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Sustainability and Future Development

Sustainability and Future Development in CA

The Building Industry Association of Southern California’s Los Angeles / Ventura Chapter is holding a: Connecting the Dots: Sustainability and Future Development Event. The Event is going to be held on Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 2:30pm to 8:30pm.  This is not your ordinary type of event.

The afternoon will begin with key note speaker: Hasan Ikhrata who is the Executive Director of SCAG.

Here is a list of panels with the names of the panelists:

Sustainable Future: How Do We Get There?

  • Gary Gero, Chief Sustainability Officer of Los Angeles County
  • Lauren Faber O’Conner, Deputy Chief Sustainability of City of Los Angeles
  • Adel Hagekhalil, Assistant Director of LA Sanitation District
  • MODERATOR: Mike Lewis, President of Lewis and Associates

Net Zero and the Drought: What’s in Our Near Future?

  • Demetri Polyzos, Senior Engineer of the Metropolitan Water District Water Resources Management Group
  • Scott Slater, CEO of Cadiz, Inc.
  • Gary Smith, Principal Analyst of Chief Executive Office of Los Angeles County.
  • MODERATOR: Charlie Wilson, CEO of Southern California Water Committee

Net Zero: The Future of Energy & Development.  

  • Randall Higa, Program Manager of Codes and Standards for Southern California Edison (SCE)
  • Susan Kristjansson, Market Strategy and Codes Standards Manager at SoCalGas
  • Laird Sanders, Regional Sales Manager of Sonnen
  • MODERATOR: Dave Hegarty, President and Founder, DuctTesters, Inc.

The event will finish up with networking from 6:00pm to 8:30pm.  If you would like to attend this event, please visit here: https://biasc-la-ventura.silkstart.com/events/connecting-the-dots-sustainability-the-future-of-development.

 

 

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PG&E Release 2017 CAHP Program (Builder Incentive Program)

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) released the 2017 California Advanced Homes Program (CAHP).  This program was developed to give builder’s incentives for energy efficient new homes. The program now focuses on the Energy Design Rating (EDR) which is compiled in the 2016 Title 24 Part 6 Energy Calculations which are completed by a Certified Energy Analyst (CEA).  That number is used to configure the CAHP EDR.  The closer the home’s EDR is to zero, the more incentives the builder receives. To qualify the minimum CAHP EDR for the climate zone – 48 for coastal homes and 44 for inland homes. There are also now certain energy efficiency measures that are eligible for additional incentive kickers (per home) to lower your EDR too. Other good news…the 2017 program now allows per plan to qualify and not entire projects!

Watch the webinar here for more information or call us: DuctTesters (Certified Energy Analysts) for more information: 

or visit: http://cahp-pge.com/resource/handbook/

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