Tag: Green Building


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.





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


2016 Tax Credits You Should Know About

Single-Family, Multi-Family, Commercial, and Affordable “Builders, Developers, and Homeowners”: Below is a brief overview of some important tax credits/deductions you should know about for 2016. They are Section 45L: Builder Energy Efficient Home Federal Tax Credit, 25C: Nonbusiness Energy Property Credit, 25D: Residential Energy Efficient Property Credit, 179D: Commercial (and Multi-Family built under Commercial Code) Energy Efficient Deduction, 179 Equipment and/or Software Full Deductions, and LIHTC: Low Income Housing Tax Credit Minimum.  

45L: Builder Energy Efficient Home Federal Tax Credit. Builders and Developers, Single Family and Multi-Family (up to three stories), can collect $2,000 of tax credit for each new dwelling unit. Builders and Developers that exceed the heating and cooling 2006 IECC energy standards by 50% are eligible.  Most California builders and developers already qualify due to the CA Energy Efficient Standards already in place.  Find out more here: http://ducttesters.com/2015/12/collecttaxcredit/

25C: The Non-business Energy Property Credit. This is ideal for remodelers. Make home improvements using qualified energy efficient products and collect a 10% tax credit subject to a $500 lifetime cap.  Upgraded products include: exterior windows, exterior doors, adding insulation, and certain roofs (installation not included). There is also a credit (including installation) for select heating and air-conditioning systems, hot water heaters, biomass fuel stoves, and oil hot water heaters.  A stipulation to the $500 credit limitation is that only $200 may be used for windows, and all improvements must be made to the taxpayer’s primary residence. https://www.irs.gov/Credits-&-Deductions/Individuals/Nonbusiness-Energy-Property-Credit

25D: Residential Energy Efficient Property Credit. Install qualified energy efficient property of: solar panels, wind turbines, geothermal heat pumps and fuel cells…in new or existing homes, get 30% of the expenditures back in tax credit.  All must be placed in service on or before December 31, 2016. The credit for fuel cell expenditures made is limited to $500 for each one-half kilowatt of capacity of the property; the amounts of the other qualified expenditures eligible for the credit are not limited. https://www.irs.gov/Credits-&-Deductions/Individuals/Residential-Energy-Efficient-Property-Credit

179D: Commercial Buildings (and Multifamily built under Commercial Code) Energy Efficient Deduction.  Builders that surpass the minimum energy efficient standards in new construction and renovation receive a deduction.  The more energy efficient the building is, the larger the deduction the builder receives (up to $1.80 per square foot).  The energy efficiency elements evaluated in order to obtain this deduction are:  the building envelope, the HVAC system, and the lighting. The taxpayer must obtain a third party certification to verify the energy savings are legitimate.  This tax incentive, supports and rewards building owners who want to lower operating costs and increase operating profits. https://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Commercial-Property-Owners-and-Leaseholders-Qualify-for-Energy-Efficiency-Tax-Deduction

179: Equipment and/or Software Full Deductions instead of taking depreciation deductions.  This renewed section of the tax code allows businesses to deduct the FULL purchase price of qualifying equipment and/or software “new or used but new to the business” purchased or leased during the year – now up to $500,000 but capping out over time when the deductions reach $2,000,000.  A business can write off equipment through depreciation over a few years, Section 179 of the tax code allows businesses to deduct the full amount.   This tax incentive was created to encourage businesses to buy equipment/software and invest in themselves.  Under this section, there is also a renewed 50% bonus depreciation “for new equipment only” but the percentage will phase down to 40% in 2018 and to 30% in 2019.  The bonus depreciation is useful to businesses that spend more than $2,000,000 and businesses with a net loss who can also qualify and carry forward the loss. https://www.irs.gov/publications/p946/ch02.html

LIHTC:  Extension of Low Income Housing Tax Credit Minimum Set at 9%.  This renewed bill extends the minimum 9% low-income housing tax credit (for non-federally subsidized buildings) which is used for financing new construction and substantial rehabilitation.  Keeping the 9% minimum permanent for federal housing credit, it helps provide affordable housing developers more certainty for future project planning.  When the credit rates decline there is less equity available for the affordable developments. http://nahbnow.com/2015/12/omnibus-bill-huge-wins-for-affordable-housing/

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Section 45L, 25C, 25D, 179D, 179, and LIHTC.