Announcing Triple-Pane Windows The California Advanced Homes Program (CAHP) announces incentives for an exciting new measure—thin-glass, triple-pane windows. Triple-pane windows fit in the same window openings as double-pane windows, are significantly more energy efficient than standard windows, and reduce the energy needed to maintain a comfortable temperature inside the home. (more…)
CAHP/CMFNH implementer TRC recently conducted a training session on high performance attics and walls for the Workforce Instructions for Standards and Efficiency (www.wisewarehouse.org). The training focuses on updates to California's energy efficiency building code (Title 24) pertaining to high-performance attics and walls in new construction. To view the training on YouTube, click here.
PG&E Energy Center Training PG&E’s Pacific Energy Center provides professional training, a robust tool-lending library, on-demand courses, and real-time access to industry experts, all at no cost. Following are upcoming training opportunities that CAHP participants may find of interest (click the class description to learn more). (more…)
The Good Haus project, located in Nevada City, took advantage of the California Advanced Homes Program to offset the additional costs of implementing aggressive energy efficiency measures. The project performed 54.5 percent better than similar homes built using the prescriptive 2016 California energy code, Title 24, and it achieved an outstanding delta EDR of 13. (more…)
When it comes to heating and cooling homes or creating domestic hot water in Northern California—which features a mild, Mediterranean-type climate—heat pumps are a great alternative to air conditioners (AC), furnaces, or boilers. Heat pumps provide exceptional efficiency, can help enhance safety and indoor air quality, and offer builders an opportunity to secure up-front cost savings when building new homes. (more…)
Jarrod and Judi Holmes’ Santa Rosa home was affected by the October 2017 Northern California wildfires. By enrolling in Advanced Energy Rebuild (AER), they received $7,500 in incentives towards installing energy efficient equipment including ENERGY STAR® appliances, high-performance windows, and a whole house fan. As a result, their completed home features energy savings 30 percent better than a standard, code-compliant home. (more…)
De Young Properties’ EnVision project leveraged California Advanced Homes Program incentives to offset the additional costs of building a zero-energy community. The project incorporated smart technologies including cutting-edge home automation and monitoring, which helped homes achieve modeled energy savings of 28 percent lower than homes built to current building code. (more…)
Last fall, the California State Assembly passed a suite of bills that seek to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote new technologies, and decrease energy use in California’s existing and new building stock. The most prominent of these bills, SB 100, commits California to 100 percent renewable energy by 2045. This article provides a high-level overview of these bills and how they may affect California builders. (more…)