Install 100% LED Lighting to Secure the Maximum CMFNH Incentive

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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…
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Generate a Delta Energy Design Rating Using CBECC-RES or EnergyPro

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The 2017 CMFNH program uses the Delta Energy Design Rating, or Delta EDR, which is based on the California Energy Commission’s Energy Design Rating, to determine project eligibility and incentives. Delta EDR, which uses Title 24 modeling rules for its calculations, is the difference between the project’s Standard Efficiency EDR and the Proposed Efficiency EDR. In other words, the Delta EDR compares a home’s energy use to what that same home’s energy use would be if built to the prescriptive path. The CMFNH team has put together a Delta EDR fact sheet, which further explains Delta EDR is, how you can generate your rating using CBECC-RES and EnergyPro to determine whether your project will achieve the minimum Delta EDR score for program eligibility. Click here to view the Generation of Delta…
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What’s in an Application Package?

What’s in an Application Package?

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The California Multifamily New Homes (CMFNH) program only requires a few things in order to submit your project for eligibility review. Once your project is past schematic design, the CMFNH team can help determine if your project is a candidate for the program. If your project is near the drywall installation phase, contact a CMFNH representative as soon as possible. Per program policy, projects that have drywall installed are no longer eligible. A complete application package consists of: Application Energy Model(s) Energy Model CF-1R(s) or PERF-1C(s) Architectural Plan Set PG&E Will Serve Letter or Application for Service Developer Survey (contact your CMFNH representative)
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CMFNH Provides Multifamily Projects with Energy Efficiency Incentives

CMFNH Provides Multifamily Projects with Energy Efficiency Incentives

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The California Multifamily New Homes program promotes and facilitates energy-efficient design in newly constructed low-rise and high-rise multifamily housing. This is done through free design assistance, cash incentives, program coordination, and educational opportunities for all participants. For a quick overview of the program timeline and incentives available, please reference this resource for the 2017 program. CMFNH 2017 Fact Sheet
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Interested in the Design Charrette incentive?

Interested in the Design Charrette incentive?

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The CMFNH program has a $5,000 incentive available that goes directly to the developer. All enrolling projects are eligible to take advantage of this incentive by hosting a meeting with a CMFNH team member and specific members of the project team. During this meeting, the energy efficiency of a project is discussed. The purpose of the charrette is to facilitate project round tables and bring the project team members together from multiple disciplines to discuss project goals and encourage the achievement of deeper energy savings.  If the project is participating in any other energy efficiency programs, representatives from those programs should also join the meeting. The below criteria will qualify a project to receive this incentive: Discuss and formalize the energy efficiency strategies of the building Project team members in…
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May 17th And 18th: WISE High Performance Attics And Walls Training

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Join the WISE team on May 17th in Clovis (Fresno area), and May 18thin San Ramon (East Bay) to learn about different products and techniques that you can use to comply with California’s current Title 24 standards, focusing on high-performance walls and attics. High Performance Walls and Attics are requirements in California’s 2016 Building Energy Efficiency Standards, creating challenges for the state’s homebuilding industry. Funded by the California Energy Commission’s Electric Program Incentive Charge (EPIC) Program, the Workforce Instruction for Standards and Efficiency (WISE) is a training and education program designed to support the transition of California’s new residential buildings towards High Performance Attic (HPA) and High Performance Wall (HPW) construction practices. Builders and installation contractors are invited to come learn about different products and techniques that can be used…
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2017 CMFNH Program Orientation

2017 CMFNH Program Orientation

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Join the California Multifamily New Homes staff for the 2017 California Multifamily New Homes (CMFNH) program webinar. The 2017 program launches later this week, and TRC has updated the program to help builders prepare for crucial changes to California's 2019 energy code. (more…)
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The New CMFNH Eligibility Metric

The New CMFNH Eligibility Metric

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Learn about the Delta Energy Design Rating, the new eligibility metric for the California Multifamily New Homes program. The Delta EDR is the difference between the ‘Standard Design EDR’ and the ‘Proposed Design EDR’. The current versions of CBECC-Res and EnergyPro generate multiple versions of the EDR. Below is a list of the five EDRs currently available. The minimum requirement for entry in to the program is a Delta EDR score of 3 for all climate zones (CZ 1-16). The Delta EDR compares a home’s energy use to what that same home’s energy use would be if built to the prescriptive path. For an equitable entry across all climate zones, the Delta EDR also allows bonus performance embedded “Point Kickers” that can add to the Delta EDR points for incentive calculation.…
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