Energy Code Ace First Annual Conference!

Energy Code Ace First Annual Conference!

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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

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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

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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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New Bonus Options Available!

New Bonus Options Available!

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The California Advanced Homes Program (CAHP) and California Multifamily New Homes (CMFNH) program provide EDR and cash bonuses for industry best-practice measures to reward builders and homeowners. These bonuses also help offset the incremental costs for these added measures. These new cash bonuses are model-able and are available for all 2016 code single-family and low-rise multifamily projects, as applicable. Quality Insulation Installation (QII): Single family and low-rise multifamily projects QII outlines a procedure to verify proper installation of insulation to maximize thermal benefit per methods detailed in the Residential Appendix RA3.5, and applies to floors, walls, roofs and ceilings. Claiming compliance credit for QII requires that a third-party HERS Rater verifies the integrity of the installed insulation. Reduced Building Air Leakage: Single family projects only Lower building air leakage yields…
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CAHP Webinar: 2019 Code and the Solar Requirement

CAHP Webinar: 2019 Code and the Solar Requirement

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The California Advanced Homes and California Multifamily New Homes Program teams up to provide you with a one hour presentation on the 2019 code and the prescriptive requirements for building envelope, HVAC (heating ventilation air conditioning), DHW (domestic hot water), and PV (photovoltaic).   When: Tuesday, September 11th 10:00 am - 11:00 am Register here
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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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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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Upcoming CEA Exams: May 2018

Upcoming CEA Exams: May 2018

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The California Association of Building Energy Consultants (CABEC) has scheduled the next round of 2016 Standards CEA exams. All types of CEA exams including both Residentail and Non-Residential exams and re-certifications will be offered in Northern and Southern California.     Southern California Wednesday, May 16, 2018 7:30am to 5pm SGD&E Energy Innovation Center 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92117 Northern California Monday, May 21, 2018 7:30am to 5pm PG&E Energy Training Center 3136 Boeing Way, Stockton, CA 95206 Click here to register online
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Home Energy Management Systems

Home Energy Management Systems

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CAHP program participants can earn a bonus incentive kicker for installing home energy management systems  (HEMS) in new homes. Read on to learn how to earn the kicker and how HEMS can add value to new homes. HEMS benefits HEMS allow for monitoring, measuring, and controlling multiple end uses including appliances, HVAC, hot water equipment, and plug loads throughout the home. Note, HEMS can refer to a standalone technology, such as a singular smart thermostat, or a suite of interconnected components, which are interoperable to enable either or both of the following methods. HEMS provide homeowners a high degree of control over energy use in the home, and allow homebuilders to market units as energy efficient/green. HEMS incentive kicker CAHP offers a point kicker for HEMS, allowing homes in inland…
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PG&E Energy Center Training: High Performance Building Training

PG&E Energy Center Training: High Performance Building Training

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The Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s Pacific Energy Center will host a special series of training offerings to support high performance residential rebuilding in the North Bay. All classes will be held at the North Coast Builders Exchange, located at 1030 Apollo Way, Santa Rosa, CA 95407. Registration is open now.   Integrated Design and Construction: Rebuilding for Comfort, Efficiency, and Affordability. This five-part series provides a holistic approach to high performance residential building. It is appropriate for homeowners and builders. While each session stands on its own, we encourage you to attend all or as many as possible. Subject Time (click to register and learn more)   Design Thinking for Zero Net Energy April 27, 2018 12 pm to 4 pm   Advanced Framing Saves Energy, Material and Labor…
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