Category: Home Energy Audit

A certified home energy technician (also referred to as an: auditor, assessor, inspector, analyst, rater) comes to your home to review all of the energy components inside and outside of your dwelling unit. The technician conducts a detailed examine using home performance technology, software, and diagnostic tools. The technician will look at your insulation, heating and air conditioning systems, windows, doors, duct work, lighting, appliances, furnace, water heater, holes where electrical lines pass through and more. Tests and inspections are conducted to find out where your home could be more energy efficient. The auditor reviews all of the ways energy escapes your home then gives you a customized comprehensive energy report with details, recommendations of any items that should be fixed, suggested upgrades, estimated costs, and projected savings. A home energy auditor should not be tied to the same company that would install or purchase the materials you need to improve your home.

 

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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Earn 1 LU AIA CEC | 2016 Energy Code Compliance Workshop

AIA San Francisco

DuctTesters will be presenting the 2016 Building Energy Code Standards at the AIA San Francisco Lunch and Learn on Wednesday, May 24, 2017.  This workshop will allow AIA Members to earn 1 LU Continuing Education Credit. The Lunch and Learn will be held in San Francisco from 12:00pm – 1:00pm. Attendees will receive a tri-fold informative handout and will be able to obtain the PowerPoint presentation.

Dave Hegarty, President of DuctTesters, will be discussing the new 2016 Energy Code Standards.  He will cover the following information:

  • The difference between: Mandatory, Performance, and Prescriptive Measures
  • Time Dependent Valuation (TDV)
  • High Efficacy Lighting
  • High Performance Walls (HPW)
  • High Performance Attics (HPA)
  • PV/Solar Credit
  • Hot Water Heater Changes
  • A basic understanding of some of the Energy Points/Costs, etc. 

This is an informative event that you will not want to miss.  If you would like to attend this event, please visit the AIA SF event page for more details: http://www.aiasf.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=952960&group=

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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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