Tag: Energy Rater

 

Congratulations to Matt G.

HERS Rater

Matt G. is a newer addition to the DuctTesters team.  Matt joined DuctTesters with a Physical and Biological Science Degree from the College of the Canyons. While attending College, Matt was a member of the “Hands on Earth Club”  and held a strong passion to learn more about sustainability and energy-efficiency. His ambition to grow and educate himself further led him to DuctTesters. Matt joined the team as a HERS Rater Apprentice and shadowed Certified HERS Raters in the field for a few months learning the ins and outs of compliance, efficiency and quality assurance. This hands-on understanding of the building energy code compliance helped Matt with his training to become an official Certified HERS Rater. Matt recently took the CalCERTS training and certification courses and is an official Certified New Residential Construction and Alterations HERS Rater. We are proud of Matt and his dedication to our company.

Congratulations Matt!

 

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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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Understanding HERS Verification Sampling


The real number of sampled versus inspected homes cannot be pre-determined by simply dividing.  Sampling protocol criteria as set forth by the California Energy Commission (CEC) must be followed.  Sampling protocol requires to first conduct a HERS verification of one of every single plan type and option variation (based on square footage), then set those aside as the modeled plans. Then the HERS verification continues to inspect production homes to make sure there are not any recurring non-compliance issues. Once it is determined that the trades are installing according to the energy codes without recurring issues, then the spot-checking (aka sampling protocol) begins.

The CEC gives HERS Raters two options: Open Groups (1 in 5) and Closed Groups (1 in 7).

  • Open group sampling is performed in batches of 5 to process and provide documents as each home nears permit sign off. Basically, documents are processed and provided for each home that has CF2R trade forms completed without having to wait for the other homes in that group.
  • Closed group sampling is performed in batches of 7, however no documents for any of those 7 homes can be processed until all CF2R trade forms are uploaded to the registry by the subcontractors. Basically, the HERS Verification gets held up and cannot provide CF3R documents on any homes in that group until all 7 houses have CF2R trade forms completed. Then the entire group of 7 at one time is processed and provided.

In situations where there may be issues, DuctTesters always works with the subcontractor trades to help educate them of the energy codes and testing requirements. DuctTesters does not and can not make changes or adjustments, however DuctTesters will work with the trades to help them trouble shoot and learn moving forward.

The DuctTesters team of Certified Energy Analysts and Certified Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Raters are dedicated to quality work that ensures that the energy features proposed on paper are what actually gets installed during the construction process. Behind the scenes is a friendly office staff that supports it all and is eager to please each client.  The office staff handles all the paperwork, also attends industry training, sends out accurate bid proposals with no hidden costs, and can handle the industry jargon and tough questions.

**Please note this is DuctTesters interpretation. It is the responsibility of anyone utilizing this information to ensure that it is in compliance with the CEC and CA Title 24 Standards.**

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