On September 29, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown singed an array of housing bills responding to the state’s overwhelming demand for new housing. A key goal of these bills is to speed project approval for developers by streamlining the review and permitting process and incentivizing cities to prioritize new construction. Source: Los Angeles Times
Starting October 30th, 2017, PG&E is hosting a five-day series of training classes covering the basics of building science at the CalCerts Training Center in Folsom. All classes are from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. This is a great opportunity for energy raters and auditors to learn new, or brush up, on vital skills. PG&E has designed the classes to be engaging and hands-on, using live building props inside the classroom and plenty of opportunities for hands-on practice. Class Date (click link to register) Description Building Envelope and Duct Testing Mon October 30, 2017 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Day 1 will cover basic building science and energy principles, and provide hands-on practice with blower doors and duct testers using the MI-BEST portable training unit. Air Flow Measures and…
The California investor owned utilities developed the CAHP Master Builder program to support early adoption of high performance walls and high performance attics before 2016 code implementation on January 1, 2017. With the help of the Master Builder program, De Young properties adopted high performance walls and high performance attics in all 39 homes of its Sierra Crest community. For more details on measure specifications and lessons learned, read the De Young Properties Master Builder case study here. To see how DeYoung created the Central Valley's first grid-connected zero net energy community, click here.
Join the CAHP team this October 12th – 14th at the California Association of Building Energy Consultants (CABEC) conference in Palm Springs. This year’s conference will feature two full days of sessions, split into three tracks: energy code application; integrated design and best practices; and zero net energy and innovation. CAHP team members will be presenting at the conference, including: Ritesh Nayyar will present ZNE catch me if you can Nic Dunfee will present on High performance windows Nic Dunfee will present on High performance attics - type B CAHP will be sponsoring the conference’s Friday night banquet, which is included in your conference registration. CAHP and the statewide investor-owned utilities (PG&E, Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas & Electric, and SoCal Gas) will recognize the energy consultant, HERS rater, and…
HOW DOES LED LIGHTING WORK? LED stands for light emitting diode. LED lighting products produce light approximately 90% more efficiently than incandescent light bulbs, and emit much less heat into the living space. How do they work? An electrical current passes through a microchip, which illuminates the tiny light sources we call LEDs and the result is visible light. LEDs produce a pleasing light that is easy on the eyes, similar to incandescent bulbs and much less harsh than compact fluorescent lighting (CFL). Read this article by ENERGY STAR® for an in-depth explanation of LED lighting technology. LEDs PROVIDE EXCELLENT COST SAVINGS LEDs provide significant energy savings versus traditional incandescent bulbs and decent increased savings versus CFLs. However, when considering LEDs versus CFLs, it is important to consider the expected…
The 2017 California Advanced Homes Program (CAHP) adopts the CEC’s new energy performance metric for determining project eligibility: the Delta Energy Design Rating, or Delta EDR. In order to determine whether your project will meet the entry level Delta EDR to enroll in the program, please follow the steps listed in the resource below. The CAHP team has put together an overview of what the Delta EDR is, and how you can generate your score using CBECC-RES and EnergyPro. Click here to view the Generation of Delta EDR guide
The 2017 California Advanced Homes Program fact sheet is your quickest way to learn about the program. This resource goes over the (free!) services provided by the program to our participants, how to determine if your project qualifies, what incentives are available, and how you can increase your incentives. Click here to view the 2017 program fact sheet.
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Important eligibility update for currently enrolled California Advanced Homes Program (CAHP) 2013 code projects! If you are planning to submit a program rollover or adjustment application under 2013 code, please submit your application as soon as possible. Any lots that show negative kWh or therm savings on a rollover or adjustment application received after June 15, 2017 will not be eligible for program incentives. (more…)
We are pleased to announce that the 2017 California Advanced Homes Program handbook is now accessible for all program participants. Please follow the link below to view the handbook and learn how to receive incentives for 2016 Title 24 Code projects in PG&E Service Territory. Information covered in the handbook includes: Program overview General requirements and eligibility Financial incentives Calculation instructions Terms and conditions 2017 CAHP Handbook