Category: Utility Program Incentives

The CAHP is designed for the performance-based approach for compliance. Compliance with the 2013 Title 24 Standards must be demonstrated through the performance method
utilizing approved California Energy Commission (CEC) compliance software. The documents must be created and signed by a Certified Energy Analyst (CEA)*. Compliance must be demonstrated for each building as a whole and may not group unrelated or detached buildings together.

 

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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California Energy Code Compliance Application

We would like you to know that there are FREE Title 24, Part 6 (Energy Code Compliance) Application Guides available to DOWNLOAD or you can order a hard copy to be mailed.  The Energy Code Compliance Application Manuals are for Non-Residential and Residential New Construction, Additions, and Renovation Projects. You can head directly to Energy Code Ace’s Website and Download the Electronic File and/or Order the Print Copy…or

Download the Application Guides as an Electronic File here from the Energy Code Ace Website links:

Residential HVAC and Plumbing: Electronic Copy Here

Residential Envelope and Solar Ready Areas: Electronic Copy Here

Residential Lighting: Electronic Copy Here 

Nonresidential Envelope and Solar Ready Areas: Electronic Copy Here

Nonresidential HVAC and Plumbing: Electronic Copy Here

Nonresidential Process Equipment and Systems: Electronic Copy Here

Nonresidential Lighting and Electrical Power Distribution: Electronic Copy Here 

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