Tag: Title 24 Energy Code

 

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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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

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What is High Quality Insulation Installation (QII)?

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has set a standard for the way insulation should be installed in a home called High Quality Insulation Installation (QII).  In order to meet QII, insulated framing areas need to resist thermal bridging of the assembly separating conditioned from unconditioned space.  This visual inspection is conducted by a “third party” called a certified HERS Rater.  The HERS Rater (HERS Verifier or HERS Verification) confirms the insulation was installed almost perfectly, allowing the home to perform per the insulation manufacturer’s specifications.  In addition, the HERS rater verifies that compliance meets or exceeds the project’s Title 24 Design or the CF-1R. QII verification almost always requires two visits to conduct full verification.  The first visit is usually held at rough stage (before drywall) and the other is held after.

A few of the items inspected for QII include:

  • the insulation holds the proper R-value and type listed
  • there are no gaps or voids between the framing or insulation
  • there is no insulation compression where restricted from achieving full thickness
  • pipes and wires are in cavities where insulation occurs and are covered with non-compressed insulation in front and back
  • an air barrier is installed at all exposed faces of batt, loose fill, and SPF insulation
  • electrical boxes are carefully cut out in the insulation in order to provide a tight fit with no gaps or holes
  • and more. Review the entire checklist here:  CEC: Quality Insulation Installation (QII) – Insulation Installation Checklist.

If your Title 24 Design or CF-1R requires QII, be sure to contact DuctTesters (a HERS rater) at the beginning of the project. If you do not know what compliance is required for your project, also feel free to contact us.  We can put a proposal together and help you from the beginning through the end of your project.  DuctTesters has a team of certified HERS raters covering the entire state of CA and select areas of NV, NM, CO and AZ. 

**Please note this is DuctTesters interpretation of QII. 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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