Advanced Energy Rebuild Napa Workshop

Advanced Energy Rebuild Napa Workshop

Training, Uncategorized
Napa County and Marin Clean Energy (MCE) are hosting a workshop to inform local residents of an opportunity to receive rebates for energy savings improvements when rebuilding a home after the 2017 wildfires. Through the Advanced Energy Rebuild Napa program, qualified homeowners are eligible for up to $12,540 in rebates. This initiative is an enhancement of PG&E's long-standing California Advanced Homes Program. Attend the workshop to receive: General program informationA step-by-step guide on how to apply to the program, work with contractors, and receive your rebatesRecommendations on energy efficiency and electrification technologiesInformation on the benefits of heat pumps Space is limited. To register, follow this link. For additional information on the Advanced Energy Rebuild Napa program, visit MCECleanEnergy.org/rebuildnapa.Contact MCE with questions at energysavings@mcecleanenergy.org or (415) 464-6033.
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Residential New Construction – Carbon-free Technology Alternatives for Cooktops and Fireplaces

Residential New Construction – Carbon-free Technology Alternatives for Cooktops and Fireplaces

Training
TRC will host an hour long webinar in support of PG&E’s residential new construction programs including the California Advanced Homes Program (CAHP), California Multifamily New Construction (CMFNH), Advanced Energy Rebuild (AER) and Enhanced CAHP. In the webinar, we will discuss California’s aggressive goals moving towards a 100% carbon-free grid by 2045. In addition to discussing the new legislation, the session will discuss alternative technologies for traditional fossil fuel cooktops and fireplaces and their associated benefits. When: Tuesday, January 29th, 2019 | 11:00 - 12:00 PMTo Register: Click here
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The Energy Design Rating, a New Title 24 Compliance Metric for 2019

The Energy Design Rating, a New Title 24 Compliance Metric for 2019

Training
Join TRC Solutions Matt Christie for a California Association of Building Energy Consultants (CABEC) brown bag webinar on January 16th. The 2019 Title 24 Energy Code brings with it a number of exciting and challenging changes – but one often overlooked change is an entirely new way to demonstrate compliance with the code. The new Energy Design Rating (EDR) is an energy use index, similar to RESNET’s HERS index, but based on Title 24’s systems and structures. Get your home’s EDR below the code standard EDR and you’re good to build. This brown bag will dive deep into the basis and formulation of this new metric and how it compares to the familiar, but now eliminated, compliance percent. We’ll also discuss how the EDR handles California’s new solar mandate and…
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CABEC’s Associate Energy Analyst Accreditation

CABEC’s Associate Energy Analyst Accreditation

Tech Tip, Training, Uncategorized
The California Association of Energy Consultants (CABEC) has a new accreditation available, the Associate Energy Analyst (AEA). This accreditation is targeted to professionals who work closely with the California Building Energy Efficiency Standards as they gain the work experience or energy modeling expertise needed to become full Certified Energy Analysts (CEAs). This would include, but not be limited to candidates new to the energy industry, California Energy Commission staff, utility staff, Building Officials, Architects, Engineers, Manufacturers and similar. As with the CEA certification, there will be separate AEA accreditation for the residential and nonresidential energy standards. The AEA provides professional recognition for passing the multiple choice portion of the rigorous CEA exams without the modeling exam or requirements for CEU’s or direct work experience. The AEA program has been designed…
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Upcoming Heat Pump Training and Networking Event

Training
More and more homeowners are installing heat pumps for their space and water heating needs. This event will include a short training on heat pump fundamentals, information on energy efficiency and heat pump rebate programs, and scheduled networking time to meet other contractors and building professionals working with this technology. The heat pump training will cover all aspects of heat pumps for both water heating and space heating. Topics will include the fundamentals of the technology, site analysis, system design, cost factors, and comparing heat pumps with renewable energy systems. Instructor: Steve Easley Steve Easley is an internationally recognized construction consultant specializing in solving building related problems and education building industry professionals. His work focuses on increasing quality construction, sustainability, and reducing costly mistakes that lead to construction defects and callbacks.…
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Energy Code Ace First Annual Conference!

Energy Code Ace First Annual Conference!

Training, Uncategorized
Want to learn how to make energy code compliance faster, easier, and more accurate? Register for the Energy Code ACE first annual conference. When: Thursday, November 15, 2018 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Where: SoCalGas Energy Resource Center 9240 Firestone Blvd Downey, CA 90241 Cost: Free Breakfast, lunch, and afternoon refreshments will be provided Topics include: Highlights of 2019 Title 24 Part 6 Code Changes Code Compliance Resources Hands-on Practical Scenarios for New Construction and Additions/Alterations: Residential Nonresidential Lighting & Electrical Nonresidential Mechanical Multifamily Register now! Click here and scroll to Energy Code ACE Conference Find out more via the Agenda
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2019-Code Energy Design Rating Fact Sheet

2019-Code Energy Design Rating Fact Sheet

Tech Tip, Uncategorized
The 2019 residential energy code (2019-Code) will use a new energy efficiency metric to gauge code compliance: the Energy Design Rating (EDR) will replace compliance percent. Each metric accomplishes a similar task – determining if a proposed-home uses less energy than a prescriptive-home of the same size and in the same climate zone. The difference between compliance percent and EDR is simply the mathematical construct used behind the scenes in the modeling software and the inclusion of all energy end uses within EDR. CAHP participants may be familiar with the EDR already as it’s being used for program compliance with the 2016-Code program. Calculations for the EDR are currently available in CBECC-Res 2016 and EnergyPro 7. Instructions to activate and surface the EDR calculations can be found here. And Delta-EDR,…
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Testing the 2019-Code Software

Testing the 2019-Code Software

Tech Tip, Uncategorized
The 2019-Code goes into effect January 1, 2020 -  just around the corner considering construction timelines. CAHP and CABEC strongly encourage all energy consultants to test out the 2019-Code beta software (also called research versions) before the code change. Testing will help gain familiarity with software and the new code, test how certain building designs fair, and surface bugs, errors, and missing features to inform the development team ahead of final release. For residential buildings, the new code includes: More stringent wall and attic insulation values, including QII in the reference baseline A new baseline for electric water heating The Energy Design rating - a brand new method of code compliance that requires a user adhere to both an Efficiency-EDR and a Final-EDR simultaneously (see CAHP’s EDR Fact Sheet for…
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Three Reasons Builders Should Incorporate High Performance Attics and Walls Now

Three Reasons Builders Should Incorporate High Performance Attics and Walls Now

Tech Tip
While California’s 2016 building code mandates construction of high performance attics (HPA) and high performance walls (HPW) in all new single family homes, many builders elect to build to the performance path, which allows for conventional attics and walls if the builder installs other above code measures, most often solar photovoltaics (PV). However, there are many factors for builders to assess when considering whether to incorporate these design features into new homes now—including the fact that the 2019 code is just around the corner. Below are three reasons California builders should start incorporating HPA and HPW into new homes now. Be Prepared for 2019 Code On January 1, 2020—a short 15 months away—2019 California building code will come into effect. 2019 code not only requires more efficient energy measures (including…
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