EnergyCode ACE Webinar: Advanced Energy Rebuild Program, Introduction for Architects & CEAs

EnergyCode ACE Webinar: Advanced Energy Rebuild Program, Introduction for Architects & CEAs

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EnergyCode ACE has announced two upcoming sessions for their webinar covering the Advanced Energy Rebuild (AER) program. The webinar is designed to help architects and Certified Energy Analysts (CEAs) understand the essential considerations for successful participation in the AER program that Sonoma Clean Power, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District jointly offer to help homeowners affected by the October 2017 firestorms rebuild energy-efficient and sustainable homes. During the session, presenters Martyn Dodd and Ted Tiffany will cover the program requirements, explore alternatives for meeting those requirements, and open the floor for participants to share ideas, concerns, and questions with other architects and energy analysts. This course is geared towards architects and CEAs who anticipate working on residential new construction projects in Sonoma and…
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Recent Software Updates Increase Eligibility and Incentives!

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Does your project have electric dryers and cooking? Recent software updates could improve your project’s eligibility or incentive for the California Advanced Homes Program and the California Multifamily New Homes Program. Single family and low-rise multifamily projects with electric dryers and electric cooking that previously did not qualify due to low Delta EDR scores, may now be eligible for the California Advanced Homes Program (CAHP) and California Multifamily New Homes (CMFNH) Program using the most current Title 24 Compliance software. The most current versions, namely, CBECC-Res 2016.3.0 (SP2) and Energy Pro 7.2.2, have updated the rulesets to include an electric baseline for appliances. This means that the software now allows for a direct comparison between fuel types. Read on to see examples of how the fuel selection impacts the EDR…
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CEC 15-Day Language Released

CEC 15-Day Language Released

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The California Energy Commission has released 15-Day Language for the California Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24, Part 6). The deadline to submit comments is May 7th at 5:00 pm PST. To view the draft code language, follow this link.   To submit written comments, you may: 1. Submit comments online to the Dockets Unit 2. Send an email to the Dockets Unit Contact: docket@energy.ca.gov Subject line: 2019 Title 24, Part 6, Building Energy Efficiency Standards Rulemaking 3. Mail comments to the CEC California Energy Commission Docket Unit, MS-4 Re: Docket No 17-BSTD-02 1516 Ninth Street Sacramento, CA 95814        
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Program Bonus: DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes

Program Bonus: DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes

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The California Advanced Homes Program (CAHP) offers a bonus for homes enrolled in the Department of Energy (DOE) Zero Energy Ready Homes program. This program recognizes builders for leadership in increasing energy efficiency, improving indoor air quality, and making homes zero energy ready. DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes are verified by a qualified third-party and are at least 40 to 50 percent more energy efficient than a typical new home. To qualify for the DEO Zero Energy Ready Home program, homes must meet minimum requirements, be verified and field tested in accordance with HERS Standards by an approved verifier, and meet all applicable codes. Builders may meet the requirements of either the Performance Path or the Prescriptive Path to qualify a home. To learn more about the program benefits and…
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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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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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2017 Program Handbook Now Available!

2017 Program Handbook Now Available!

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We are pleased to announce that the 2017 California Advanced Homes Program handbook is now accessible for all program participants. Please follow the link below to view the handbook and learn how to receive incentives for 2016 Title 24 Code projects in PG&E Service Territory. Information covered in the handbook includes: Program overview General requirements and eligibility Financial incentives Calculation instructions Terms and conditions 2017 CAHP Handbook  
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