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…)
Workforce Instructions for Standards and Efficiency Survey Title 24 of the California building code dictates energy efficiency construction requirements. The current code promotes high performance envelopes, which includes high performance attics and high performance walls, as a way to meet such requirements. (more…)
The Rivero family recently completed their custom home in Berkeley, California with the help of the California Advanced Homes Program (CAHP). By incorporating advanced energy saving measures into virtually every aspect of design, the home secured $4,950 in CAHP incentives. (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.