Category: Third Party Verification

HERS, HERS II, Solar, TCAC, Energy Star, LEED, Green Building, and More. A third party verifies the installation/work completed by the subcontractor/builder was done correctly. In your set of plans there should be sheets in the architectural, mechanical or stand alone titled: Title 24. Third party testing (by a HERS Rater) is required for every new project to ensure it meets the Title 24 Energy Code Minimum Standards. Requirements and tests will be listed such as: IAQ, Minimum Airflow, Verified EER/SEER, Duct Sealing, QII, etc.

 

Federal Energy Tax Credits ARE BACK!!!!

45L Federal Energy Tax Credit Information

Today, February 9, 2018, Congress passed the “Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018” This budget act includes Section 45L Credit for Energy-Efficient New Homes. New Homes sold or leased can qualify for $2,000 per home of tax credit.  The construction of the new homes must meet or exceed the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code plus supplements. Many California builders qualify because the California’s Energy Code Compliance exceeds the IECC’s 2006 Code. Many of our NV clients also qualify. We can collect retroactive up to three years back (2014 – 2017).  In order to qualify, a builder needs to have a tax basis in the home to claim the credit.

For no charge, we can review your projects from 2014 – 2017 finished (sold or leased units) to let you know if you qualify. One unit in a project may qualify and/or all the units. Should a unit or units qualify for the Federal Energy Tax Credit (FETC), we will then send you a proposal to process the FETC and send you a certificate number.

If you are not one of our current Title 24 clients, we can definitely still help you. We will need the following:

  • Architectural plans
  • Addresses
  • You will need to have the Title 24 Company you used for your project share the files with us in the HERS Provider Database
  • You will need to have the Title 24 Company send us the .BLD or .XML files

Please contact our office at our toll free number 866-950-1191. View or download the pdf with DuctTesters 45L FAQ

NAHB also posted more details about Energy Tax Credits: http://nahbnow.com/2018/02/energy-and-home-owner-tax-credits-included-in-budget-accord/

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Congrats to Mike Lehr!

certified calgreen examiner

Congratulations to DuctTesters team member Mike Lehr.  On January 9, 2018, Mike passed the CT – CalGreen Inspector/Plans Examiner Exam. The International Code Council (ICC) and California Building Officials (CALBO) offers CalGreen Certification Exams in order to validate the competency of inspectors and plan reviews on their understanding and ability to implement provisions of CalGreen. This exam covers the 2016 California Green Building Standards Code, Title 24.  Mike successfully passed this exam.

Mike has been overseeing client’s green and sustainable verification programs. In addition to passing the CT – CalGreen Inspector/Plans Examiner exam, he is also certified BPI Building Analyst for Single and Multi-Family, USGBC LEED for Homes, GreenPoint Rated for New Home/Existing Home/Single and Multi-Family, Green Building Professional, CABEC Energy Plan Examiner – Residential and Non-Residential, EPA Refrigerant Technician – Universal, NGBS Green Verifier, and a CalCERTS, ConSol, and US Energy Raters Association HERS Rater and HERS II. His HERS rating includes disciplines in: whole house, residential, (alt., new), non-residential (alt., new), EnergyStar, EEM, Solar, Residential (new) Solar, and Alterations. 

Mike performs building energy consulting and third party HERS Compliance, HERS Whole House Energy Ratings, Utility Energy Program and National Green Program verification in California. In addition, he holds a General Building Contractor’s License and has over thirty years of prior experience in the building industry working for two different air conditioning companies and for a CA Title 24 energy consulting firm.

DuctTesters is proud of Mike Lehr for continuing to grow and enhance his certifications. Congrats Mike!

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Over the Edge for Veterans – 2017

On Saturday, October 7th, Homes 4 Families (formerly Habitat for Humanity SFV / SCV) hosted an “OVER THE EDGE FOR VETERANS” fundraiser event. DuctTesters was a proud sponsor and sent two of their clients, Michael Hall from RSI Communities and Mark Mandernacht from Montage Development, rappelling down 25-stories in support of the event. The Los Angeles Police Department’s SWAT Team rappelled first. You will see a photo below of LA’s SWAT Team with Judi Maclean from Homes 4 Familes.  All the proceeds from this event go directly towards the construction of new homes and social services for low-income Veterans and their families.

“To date, Homes 4 Families has partnered with non-profits, government entities, and corporations to bring the outcome-proven Enriched Neighborhood® model to communities. Primarily with Habitat for Humanity San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valleys (SF/SCV) as builder, we have built over 144 homes in 5 Enriched Neighborhoods® in Northern Los Angeles County, are under construction on 80 homes for low-income veteran families, and are working with Habitat for Humanity Riverside to build 38 additional homes for low-income veterans.” – Homes 4 Families 

Over the Edge for Veteran’s Event has currently raised $142,061 of its $145,000 goal. Please help the fundraising effort by donating here: https://www.firstgiving.com/HabitatSFSCV/go-overthe-edge-for-veterans-2017 or Read More about Homes4Families: http://www.homes4families.org/.

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