QII and the 2019 Code: What You Need to Know Now

QII and the 2019 Code: What You Need to Know Now

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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). To meet QII, insulated framing areas need to resist thermal bridging of the assembly separating a conditioned space from an unconditioned space. For more general information on QII, please follow this link. The Codes and Standards Enhancement (CASE) initiative is proposing to include QII in the 2019 Title 24 code as a prescriptive requirement for all climate zones, except low-rise multifamily buildings in Climate Zone 7. Per the California Statewide Utility Codes and Standards Program, under the 2013 and 2016 code a compliance credit is awarded for installations that perform QII. The Standard Design assumes that builders are not performing QII. Wall insulation values are…
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CAHP Webinar: The Future of High Performance Windows and the California Energy Code

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With the California residential energy code moving toward a goal of all residential new construction achieving net zero energy, we must squeeze all the savings possible from buildings. Higher performance glazing may be one key to increasing the envelope efficiency necessary for achieving these goals. The majority of the windows sold today are still double-pane with Low-E glazing with only 2 – 3% being triple pane.  Has the time come for the next big jump in window efficiency? Are manufacturers prepared to produce high efficiency triple pane windows? What are the builder’s concerns with transitioning to triple pane windows, and are they reasonable? This panel will address all these issues and more. Panelists: Nic Dunfee - TRC Energy Services Robert Heart - Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory Brad Begin - Alpen Windows…
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PG&E Building Science Training

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Starting October 30th, 2017, PG&E is hosting a five-day series of training classes covering the basics of building science at the CalCerts Training Center in Folsom. All classes are from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. This is a great opportunity for energy raters and auditors to learn new, or brush up, on vital skills. PG&E has designed the classes to be engaging and hands-on, using live building props inside the classroom and plenty of opportunities for hands-on practice.   Class Date (click link to register) Description Building Envelope and Duct Testing Mon October 30, 2017 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Day 1 will cover basic building science and energy principles, and provide hands-on practice with blower doors and duct testers using the MI-BEST portable training unit. Air Flow Measures and…
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Case Study: Achieving Success with High Performance Attics and High Performance Walls

Case Study: Achieving Success with High Performance Attics and High Performance Walls

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The California investor owned utilities developed the CAHP Master Builder program to support early adoption of high performance walls and high performance attics before 2016 code implementation on January 1, 2017. With the help of the Master Builder program, De Young properties adopted high performance walls and high performance attics in all 39 homes of its Sierra Crest community. For more details on measure specifications and lessons learned, read the De Young Properties Master Builder case study here. To see how DeYoung created the Central Valley's first grid-connected zero net energy community, click here.
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Join CAHP at CABEC

Join CAHP at CABEC

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Join the CAHP team this October 12th – 14th at the California Association of Building Energy Consultants (CABEC) conference in Palm Springs. This year’s conference will feature two full days of sessions, split into three tracks: energy code application; integrated design and best practices; and zero net energy and innovation. CAHP team members will be presenting at the conference, including: Ritesh Nayyar will present ZNE catch me if you can Nic Dunfee will present on High performance windows Nic Dunfee will present on High performance attics - type B CAHP will be sponsoring the conference’s Friday night banquet, which is included in your conference registration. CAHP and the statewide investor-owned utilities (PG&E, Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas & Electric, and SoCal Gas) will recognize the energy consultant, HERS rater, and…
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Install 100% LED Lighting to Secure the Maximum CAHP Incentive

Install 100% LED Lighting to Secure the Maximum CAHP Incentive

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HOW DOES LED LIGHTING WORK? LED stands for light emitting diode. LED lighting products produce light approximately 90% more efficiently than incandescent light bulbs, and emit much less heat into the living space. How do they work? An electrical current passes through a microchip, which illuminates the tiny light sources we call LEDs and the result is visible light. LEDs produce a pleasing light that is easy on the eyes, similar to incandescent bulbs and much less harsh than compact fluorescent lighting (CFL). Read this article by ENERGY STAR® for an in-depth explanation of LED lighting technology. LEDs PROVIDE EXCELLENT COST SAVINGS LEDs provide significant energy savings versus traditional incandescent bulbs and decent increased savings versus CFLs. However, when considering LEDs versus CFLs, it is important to consider the expected…
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How to Generate Your Delta Energy Design Rating

How to Generate Your Delta Energy Design Rating

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The 2017 California Advanced Homes Program (CAHP) adopts the CEC’s new energy performance metric for determining project eligibility: the Delta Energy Design Rating, or Delta EDR. In order to determine whether your project will meet the entry level Delta EDR to enroll in the program, please follow the steps listed in the resource below. The CAHP team has put together an overview of what the Delta EDR is, and how you can generate your score using CBECC-RES and EnergyPro. Click here to view the Generation of Delta EDR guide
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Looking for a Handy CAHP Resource?

Looking for a Handy CAHP Resource?

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The 2017 California Advanced Homes Program fact sheet is your quickest way to learn about the program. This resource goes over the (free!) services provided by the program to our participants, how to determine if your project qualifies, what incentives are available, and how you can increase your incentives. Click here to view the 2017 program fact sheet.  
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CAHP Program Survey

CAHP Program Survey

Training, Uncategorized
Take the CAHP Survey Today! The CAHP team wants your input on topics for resources like one-on-one trainings, blog posts, case studies, and educational webinars. This quick, eight-question survey asks you to rank topics from 1-10, based on how interesting and relevant they are to you, 10 being the most interesting & relevant. Click here to share your feedback and help the CAHP team create more robust training and educational material, tailored to the needs of program participants. The survey will close on 6/14/2017.    
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