Funded by the California Energy Commission, Workforce Instructions for Standards and Efficiency (WISE) is a training and education program designed to support the transition of new residential buildings toward high performance attics and walls. These building approaches often introduce new construction practices, like 2x6 walls, and associated challenges, like sequencing. (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…)
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.