Testing the 2019 Code Software

Testing the 2019 Code Software

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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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Three reasons California multifamily builders want to incorporate HPW before 2020

Three reasons California multifamily builders want to incorporate HPW before 2020

Tech Tip, Uncategorized
California’s current energy code, Title 24, establishes construction of high performance walls (HPW) as the base model in all new low-rise multifamily buildings. Many builders elect to build to the performance path, which allows for conventional walls if the builder installs other performance features, most often solar photovoltaics (PV). There are many factors for builders to assess when considering whether to incorporate HPW into new buildings now—including the fact that the 2019 version of Title 24 is just around the corner. Below are three reasons California builders want to incorporate HPW into multifamily new construction. Be Prepared for the 2019 Code On January 1, 2020—15 months away—2019 California building code will come into effect. The 2019 code not only requires more efficient energy measures, it also removes commonly used HPW…
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New Bonus Option Available!

New Bonus Option Available!

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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

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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

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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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Who is Renting and What Do They Care About?

Who is Renting and What Do They Care About?

Tech Tip, Uncategorized
California has one of the highest percentages of renters across the nation, and there is a new generation of renters encroaching on the rental market: Generation Z, those born from roughly 1995 – 2012 [1]. Generation Z is starting to replace millennials as the target demographic in the multifamily and student housing industry. Because this generation grew up in a world filled with social media, one great way to reach them is through influencer marketing. Because Generation Z spends an average of 26 hours on a mobile phone or laptop per week, marketing that is mobile-device friendly may have the best chance at making an impact [2]. While Generation Z is a noteworthy generation to focus on, other generations have a higher presence in the rental market than ever before.…
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Recent Software Updates Increase Eligibility and Incentives!

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Does your project have electric dryers and cooking? Recent software updates could improve your project’s eligibility or incentive for the California Advanced Homes Program and the California Multifamily New Homes Program. Single family and low-rise multifamily projects with electric dryers and electric cooking that previously did not qualify due to low Delta EDR scores, may now be eligible for the California Advanced Homes Program (CAHP) and California Multifamily New Homes (CMFNH) Program using the most current Title 24 Compliance software. The most current versions, namely, CBECC-Res 2016.3.0 (SP2) and Energy Pro 7.2.2, have updated the rulesets to include an electric baseline for appliances. This means that the software now allows for a direct comparison between fuel types. Read on to see examples of how the fuel selection impacts the EDR…
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