The Construction Labor Shortage and Its Impact on Developers

The Construction Labor Shortage and Its Impact on Developers

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The California Advanced Homes Program (CAHP) and California Multifamily New Homes Program (CMFNH) have heard from participants about the increasing difficulty they experience finding laborers in today's workforce. Recently, Builder Online posted an article about this issue. Robert Dietz of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) commented that the labor shortage "has been the top business challenge for the last three years, and will likely continue to be so." Between 2011 and 2016, the number of builders who reported that the cost and availability of labor was a significant issue increased from 13 to 78 percent. CNBC also published an article about the potential acute crisis headed our way for apartment developers. Multifamily construction is currently at a 40-year high, with luxury apartment buildings accounting for 75-80 percent of…
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Congress Retroactively Extends Temporary Tax Break for 2017 Real Estate

Congress Retroactively Extends Temporary Tax Break for 2017 Real Estate

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The 45L tax credit for energy efficient homes has been retroactively extended by the federal government. This is a $2,000 federal tax credit that all developers of energy efficient new homes and low-rise multifamily units may be eligible for. Builders are able to claim homes on 2017 tax filings, or amend tax files as far back as 2014. In order to receive the tax break, you must: Show compliance using an approved software platform. In California, EnergyPro 4.8 is the approved software version. This version has a module that was custom built to handle these tax credits. It is distributed and owned by CHEERS Demonstrate 50% improvement in heating and cooling loads over 2006 IECC, and at least 10% improvement from the envelope (all homes enrolled in CAHP should qualify)…
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2016 Standards CEA Exams Scheduled for February

2016 Standards CEA Exams Scheduled for February

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The California Association of Building Energy Consultants (CABEC) has announced two upcoming CEA exams in February, 2018. Exams offered this month include the Residential or Non-Residential: 2016 full exam (ACM + multiple choice), multiple choice only, ACM only, and re-certifications. In order to participate in the California Advanced Homes Program under the 2016 code, energy consultants must hold a 2016 Standards certification. Northern California: Thursday, February 22nd, 2018 7:30 – 5:00 pm PG&E Pacific Energy Center 851 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 Southern California: Monday, February 26th, 2018 7:30 – 5:00 pm SoCalGas Energy Resource Center 9240 Firestone Blvd, Downey, CA 90241 For more information on cost and to register, follow this link.
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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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CAHP Webinar – ZNE: Catch Me if You Can

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Watch the CAHP team discuss the big bold energy efficiency strategies for the state and the legislative changes that are happening to support zero net energy. The webinar also discussed the 2019 code and the prescriptive requirements for building envelope, HVAC, DHW and PV. Click here to view the webinar Click here to view the slide deck
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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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CAHP Webinar: The Future of High Performance Windows and the California Energy Code

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

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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