Residential New Construction – Carbon-free Technology Alternatives for Cooktops and Fireplaces

Residential New Construction – Carbon-free Technology Alternatives for Cooktops and Fireplaces

Training
TRC will host an hour long webinar in support of PG&E’s residential new construction programs including the California Advanced Homes Program (CAHP), California Multifamily New Construction (CMFNH), Advanced Energy Rebuild (AER) and Enhanced CAHP. In the webinar, we will discuss California’s aggressive goals moving towards a 100% carbon-free grid by 2045. In addition to discussing the new legislation, the session will discuss alternative technologies for traditional fossil fuel cooktops and fireplaces and their associated benefits. When: Tuesday, January 29th, 2019 | 11:00 - 12:00 PM To Register: Click here
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The Energy Design Rating, a New Title 24 Compliance Metric for 2019

The Energy Design Rating, a New Title 24 Compliance Metric for 2019

Training
Join TRC Solutions Matt Christie for a California Association of Building Energy Consultants (CABEC) brown bag webinar on January 16th. The 2019 Title 24 Energy Code brings with it a number of exciting and challenging changes – but one often overlooked change is an entirely new way to demonstrate compliance with the code. The new Energy Design Rating (EDR) is an energy use index, similar to RESNET’s HERS index, but based on Title 24’s systems and structures. Get your home’s EDR below the code standard EDR and you’re good to build. This brown bag will dive deep into the basis and formulation of this new metric and how it compares to the familiar, but now eliminated, compliance percent. We’ll also discuss how the EDR handles California’s new solar mandate and…
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CABEC’s Associate Energy Analyst Accreditation

CABEC’s Associate Energy Analyst Accreditation

Tech Tip, Training, Uncategorized
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…
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Join the City of Fremont and CMFNH for a Workshop

Join the City of Fremont and CMFNH for a Workshop

Events, Training, Uncategorized
The City of Fremont and Pacific Gas and Electric Company's (PG&E) California Multifamily New Homes Program (CMFNH) invite developers, builders, contractors, architects, energy consultants, and asset managers to join us for a community workshop. Attendees will learn how CMFNH helps builders cost-effectively develop high-performance buildings by providing cash incentives, technical assistance, and design charrette coordination to participants. The workshop will also discuss how California's 2019 building code update will affect the industry. When: Friday, January 25th 12:30 - 2:00 pm Where: City of Fremont Development Services Center 39550 Liberty Street Fremont, CA 94537 To register, click here
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Testing the 2019 Code Software

Testing the 2019 Code Software

Tech Tip, Uncategorized
The 2019-Code goes into effect January 1, 2020 -  just around the corner considering construction timelines. CMFNH and CABEC strongly encourage all energy consultants to test out the 2019-Code beta software (also called research versions) before the code change. Testing will help gain familiarity with software and the new code, test how certain building designs fair, and surface bugs, errors, and missing features to inform the development team ahead of final release. For residential buildings, the new code includes: More stringent wall insulation values, including QII in the reference baseline A new baseline for electric water heating The Energy Design rating - a brand new method of code compliance that requires a user adhere to both an Efficiency-EDR and a Final-EDR simultaneously (see CMFNH’s EDR Fact Sheet here for more…
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2019 Code Energy Design Rating Fact Sheet

2019 Code Energy Design Rating Fact Sheet

Tech Tip, Uncategorized
The 2019 residential energy code (2019-Code) will use a new energy efficiency metric to gauge code compliance: the Energy Design Rating (EDR) will replace compliance percent for low-rise multifamily buildings. Each metric accomplishes a similar task – determining if a proposed-building uses less energy than a prescriptive-building of the same size and in the same climate zone. The difference between compliance percent and EDR is simply the mathematical construct used behind the scenes in the modeling software and the inclusion of all energy end uses within EDR. CMFNH participants may be familiar with the EDR already as it’s being used for low-rise program compliance with the 2016-Code program. For the full write up, please follow this link.
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New Bonus Option Available!

New Bonus Option Available!

Tech Tip, Uncategorized
The California Advanced Homes Program (CAHP) and California Multifamily New Homes (CMFNH) program provide EDR and cash bonuses for industry best-practice measures to reward builders and homeowners. These bonuses also help offset the incremental costs for these added measures. This new cash bonus is model-able and available for all 2016 code single-family and low-rise multifamily projects, as applicable. Quality Insulation Installation (QII): Single family and low-rise multifamily projects QII outlines a procedure to verify proper installation of insulation to maximize thermal benefit per methods detailed in the Residential Appendix RA3.5, and applies to floors, walls, roofs and ceilings. Claiming compliance credit for QII requires that a third-party HERS Rater verifies the integrity of the installed insulation. The incentive dollars available for this bonus kicker are $45 per multifamily unit, and…
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CMFNH Webinar: 2019 Code and the Solar Requirement

CMFNH Webinar: 2019 Code and the Solar Requirement

Training, Uncategorized
The California Advanced Homes and California Multifamily New Homes Program teams up to provide you with a one hour presentation on the 2019 code and the prescriptive requirements for building envelope, HVAC (heating ventilation air conditioning), DHW (domestic hot water), and PV (photovoltaic).   When: Tuesday, September 11th 10:00 am - 11:00 am Register here
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CMFNH Affordable Housing Project Helps Veterans

CMFNH Affordable Housing Project Helps Veterans

Featured Project, Uncategorized
The California Multifamily New Homes (CMFNH) program enrolled the Tabora Gardens project in Antioch, CA in 2016. The project recently completed, and was featured on Housing Finance for its dedication to affordable housing for seniors and veterans. Project developer Satellite Affordable Housing Associates (SAHA) worked to receive funding from a variety of sources. It is now the first project built utilizing the state's Veteran Housing and Homelessness Prevention Program. Tabora Gardens is an 85 unit project, and already has 34 units occupied by veterans. Tenants at Tabora Gardens earn between 20% and 50% of the area median income. SAHA's mission is to provide qualify affordable homes and services that empower people and strengthen neighborhoods. Through enrollment in CMFNH, tenants can enjoy the benefits of an energy efficient home. Projects that…
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