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…)
Join the California Association of Building Energy Consultants (CABEC) and TRC's Matt Christie as he discusses heat pump technology on Wednesday, June 19th from 12:30 - 1:30 pm. Topics covered during the webinar include: Why heat pumps? Variable Capacity Heat Pumps (VCHP). What makes a good heat pump? Heat pump product testing. Proposed hot-dry climate HP quality specification. The importance of sizing, design, install, verification and operations. To register, click here
Starting July 1st, 2019, any lots submitted for the 2016 Title 24 code program that show negative kWh savings will not be eligible to enroll. Additionally, projects with lots that comply with the 2016 code program requirements must submit their letter of intent, if any, before July 31st, 2019 and a complete application package to TRC no later than October 1st, 2019. After this date, the program will no longer accept applications for projects permitting under the 2016 code. Incentive reservations are valid for up to 36 months from the date of utility acceptance.
The Hirsch family recently completed their all-electric home in Santa Rosa, CA with the help of the Advanced Energy Rebuild program. The home achieved a modeled compliance of 35.6% better than a standard code compliant home, and improved the energy design rating by 7. They also chose to take advantage of the solar and storage bonus, guaranteeing them a total incentive of $17,500. To view the Hirsch home's case study, click here.
The Lojowsky family recently completed an all-electric home in Redwood Valley, California. This project took advantage of the Advanced Energy Rebuild program to offset the additional costs of implementing aggressive energy efficiency measures. The project chose the All-Electric Home – Flexible Performance Path and demonstrated a modeled compliance of 35.3% better than a standard code compliant home, also improving their energy design rating by 7. To view the Lojowsky home's case study, 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). To see a complete list of upcoming training courses, click here. Class Time and Date Location Title 24 Proper Procedures for Charging Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps April 23, 2019 Stockton - Energy Training Center Balanced Ventilation for ZNE and High Performance Homes April 23, 2019 San Francisco - Pacific Energy Center Building Tune-ups in Buildings with a BAS April 23, 2019 Web Based Training Optimizing Residential HVAC System Performance April 24, 2019 Stockton - Energy Training Center Energy Code Ace Training…
The first home to enroll in and complete the Advanced Energy Rebuild program has been featured in a LinkedIn article by Micro Grid Development Group. Homeowner Barry Hirsch enrolled in the program taking advantage of the highest incentives available, and received $17,500. To read more about Barry's rebuild, please follow this link.
Napa County and Marin Clean Energy (MCE) are hosting a workshop to inform local residents of an opportunity to receive rebates for energy savings improvements when rebuilding a home after the 2017 wildfires. Through the Advanced Energy Rebuild Napa program, qualified homeowners are eligible for up to $12,540 in rebates. This initiative is an enhancement of PG&E's long-standing California Advanced Homes Program. Attend the workshop to receive: General program informationA step-by-step guide on how to apply to the program, work with contractors, and receive your rebatesRecommendations on energy efficiency and electrification technologiesInformation on the benefits of heat pumps Space is limited. To register, follow this link. For additional information on the Advanced Energy Rebuild Napa program, visit MCECleanEnergy.org/rebuildnapa.Contact MCE with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 464-6033.
The California Association of Energy Consultants (CABEC) has a new accreditation available, the Associate Energy Analyst (AEA). This accreditation is targeted to professionals who work closely with the California Building Energy Efficiency Standards as they gain the work experience or energy modeling expertise needed to become full Certified Energy Analysts (CEAs). This would include, but not be limited to candidates new to the energy industry, California Energy Commission staff, utility staff, Building Officials, Architects, Engineers, Manufacturers and similar. As with the CEA certification, there will be separate AEA accreditation for the residential and nonresidential energy standards. The AEA provides professional recognition for passing the multiple choice portion of the rigorous CEA exams without the modeling exam or requirements for CEU’s or direct work experience. The AEA program has been designed…
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