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CABEC Webinar: Energy Code for Accessory Dwelling Units

CABEC Webinar: Energy Code for Accessory Dwelling Units

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The California Association of Building Energy Consultants (CABEC) is hosting a webinar on the energy code standards for accessory dwelling units (ADUs). ADUs are becoming a desirable way to address the housing shortage in California. Because of this, the Advanced Energy Rebuild program will allow detached, in-law units with separate mechanical systems to receive full incentives. Date: Wednesday, June 20th, 2018 Time: 12:30 - 1:30 pm Location: GoToWebinar To register, please follow this link.  
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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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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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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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