Tag: Energy Rater

 

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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U.S. EPA Thanks DuctTesters For 42 ENERGY STAR Homes

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) thanked DuctTesters for contributing 42 ENERGY STAR certified homes in 2015 and for the continued commitment in energy-efficient new homes.  DuctTesters is once again proud to be an ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Partner in 2016, 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 must verify the home’s energy efficiency against the label’s mandatory minimum compliance requirements. There are two paths to certify a home to earn the ENERGY STAR. The Prescriptive Path is based on a predefined package of improvements, while the Performance Path is based on a customized package of upgrades. The National Program Requirements define the core energy efficiency specifications for both the Prescriptive and Performance Paths. If you are interested in certifying and/or obtaining an ENERGY STAR home, feel free to contact us or see the National Program Requirements.

ENERGY STAR RATER IN CA, AZ and NV

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