Category: Tax Credit Administrative

Opportunities for Builders, Developers, Architects, and/or Property Owners to earn tax credits. One current program applies to Single Family and/or Multi-Family units up to 3 stories including: Single Family Residence(s), Tract or Production Home(s), Residential Condominium(s), Apartment Building(s), Assisted Living Residence(s), Affordable Housing, Rehabilitation, Substantial Reconstruction, Student Housing. You can collect for 2016 and retroactive for 2015 – 2013 (as long as you did not already collect). Tax credit can be claimed retroactively for up to three years. Builders and/or Developers must have tax basis in the home or dwellings to claim the credit.


Prepared for the 2016 Energy Code Changes?

2016 Energy Code


The 2016 Energy Code Standards are here. On January 1, 2017, all projects getting permitted on or after this date will be required to meet the 2016 Energy Code Standard.  If you live in Northern California and are not quite sure what this means, you will want to attend this free upcoming workshop for Builders, Product Manufacturers and Consultants.  The discussion covers high performance walls and attics in relation to complying with the 2016 Energy Standards. This is an event you will not want to miss!

Why should you attend?

  1. For the first time hear the California Energy Division’s vision for the 2019 standard updates. Will there be more stringent attic standards? What is the future of the PV Credit?
  2. See products and methodologies that can be used to comply with the 2016 standards and beyond Have your questions answered by experts and the Energy Commission staff so your company is best prepared to succeed in this next code cycles.

When is the Forum?

  • August 24th and 25th
    8:00 – 4:30

Where is the Forum?

  • August 24th– Clovis – Emergency Operations Center room at the Police/Fire HQ at 1233 Fifth Street
  • August 25th – San Ramon – San Ramon Valley Conference Center 3301 Crow Canyon Road, Room A203

This free seminar is hosted by CONSOL, WISE, and the California Housing Foundation (CHF).  You need to RSVP.  Please see the flyer as a PDF or JPG here.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

FAQ for Builders | Architects | Developers.

We have developed a double-sided informational handout covering most of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Builders, Developers, and Architects have.  Some of the questions are:

  • Who/What is DuctTesters?
  • What Would I Use DuctTesters for?
  • What if I do not need DuctTesters for All of their Services?
  • What is Third Party Testing?
  • What Energy Code Year Is My Project?
  • I am overwhelmed with the Title 24 Energy Code Standards Information. What is Title 24?  Why is it Different on All my Projects and Plans?
  • Got Any Tips for Writing Title 24 Subcontractor’s Scopes of Work?


Energy Consultants and Energy Raters - DuctTesters FAQ   What to ask an Energy Consultant or Energy Rater



What is coming for Title 24 – 2016 Residential Energy Standards Code?

2016 Energy Code - DuctTesters

Title 24 Energy Code Standards are MANDATED for every residential project built, making a minimum energy efficient code all buildings must abide to, in order to get a final permit.  You are hearing more about the energy code because: it becomes more stringent every three years, third party testers are now required to ensure compliance is met, and building inspectors are enforcing it.  About every three years, the energy code standards change in an effort to get every new building to eventually become net zero (building produces as much energy as it uses making the building self-sustainable) or as close as  possible.  The government’s goal is that all new residential buildings will be net zero ready in 2020 and all new commercial buildings in 2030. This is also why some  products you installed in one development a year ago, may not qualify to be installed in next year’s project.  Every building and every project are different, the code allows for some items to have a tradeoff in order to meet compliance, different climate zones dictate and prompt different energy efficient compliance minimums, and building orientation all could have an effect on a project’s energy calculations.

2016 Energy Standard Code will officially go in to effect for projects permitted on or after January 1, 2017.

New for the 2016 Residential Energy Standards…


  • All Occupant Sensing controllers have max timer of 20 minutes
  • All Installed luminaires shall be high efficacy Table 150.0 A
  • Count of Blank Electrical boxes more than 5 ft. above floor limited to amount of bedrooms. Must Controlled by dimmer of Vacancy sensor.
  • Recessed Lights cannot have screw based lamps.
  • All Recessed Lighting, LED GU-24 socket, and any screw based lamps still need to be High Efficacy, but must a CEC certified product AND controlled by Dimmer or Vacancy Sensor (Except hallways and closets >70sf for controls)
  • Bathrooms, Garages, Laundry, Utility Rooms at least 1 light is controlled by Vacancy Sensors

2016 Energy Code Compliance Lighting Standards



  • Option A: Insulation above deck (R8 No Air Space or R6 with air space) AND R38 at Ceiling and Radiant Barrier
  • Option B: Insulation below deck (R18 No Air Space or R13 with Air Space) AND R38 at Ceiling and NO Radiant Barrier
  • Option C: R38 at Ceiling and Radiant Barrier and Ducts In conditioned Space.


  • Being compared to a U-Factor of 0.050 (no option without rigid foam meets this)


  • Duct Leakage reduced to 5% (from 6%)
  • Duct Insulation increased to R8 with HPA OR R6 with Option C Attic
  • Liquid Line Filter Drier installed if Manufacturer’s instructions call for it.


  • Option 1: Tankless water heater with 200kBtu
  • Option 2: Storage Tank with 105kBtu AND QII Insulation AND Compact Hot Water Design OR All Hot water Pipe Insulation



2016 Building Energy Efficiency Standards FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS by the CEC

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