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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Drain Water Heat Recovery and Why You Should Consider It

Drain Water Heat Recovery and Why You Should Consider It

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The California Multifamily New Homes program offers incentive bonuses to projects installing certain energy efficiency measures. There are two types of bonuses: point bonuses and cash bonuses. Point bonuses increase the Delta EDR for non-modelable features, add incentives for high-rise projects, and could help a low-rise project gain entry into the program. Cash bonuses are modeled features, which implicitly effect the Delta EDR for low-rise projects, and also earn the developer an additional cash bonus. One of the bonuses in the program is the drain-water heat recovery bonus option. Drain-water heat recovery captures the heat that goes down the drain with used water and helps save approximately 350 billion kWh of electricity each year in the US according to the US Department of Energy. These systems can recover heat from…
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