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Case Study: 860 on the Wye

Case Study: 860 on the Wye

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Located in San Luis Obispo, California, the 860 on the Wye community included development of 20 units between 2 buildings. All units are all-electric, affordable housing for veterans. The project incorporates many environmentally sensitive design elements, including infill- and transit-oriented development, energy-efficient design, reduced indoor and outdoor water use, durable and sustainable materials use, improved indoor air quality, and a focus on community. The Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo established energy efficiency as a priority, and aimed to make the project all-electric, with renewables offsetting 100 percent of operational electricity use. In actuality, the project includes a 5kW photovoltaic system that provides 97 percent of predicted dwelling unit energy, and has a modeled energy use is that is 71 percent better than Title 24 standard baseline. Incentives from CMFNH…
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Smart-Home Technology in Multifamily

Smart-Home Technology in Multifamily

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As home-automation technology advances, so will apartment residents expectations on what should be provided in their next home. The Multifamily Executive predicts that smart-home products like learning thermostats, digitally managed door locks, and other technology will be must-haves, regardless of their location or asset type. There are benefits and challenges to this new technology that developers and future property managers should take into account. One of the most valuable smart-home products is a Nest thermostat. This makes living space more comfortable and convenient while providing attractive utility savings to residents. To read more, follow this link.
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Rental Households are at an All-time High

Rental Households are at an All-time High

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As noted in a recent article by Pew Research Center, more households are headed by renters than any point since 1965, which means more people in the U.S. are renting now than over the last 50 years. With the high demand for rental homes comes the opportunity for expanding property value and curb appeal. The California Multifamily New Homes program helps developers build more energy efficient homes, creating a comfortable, affordable, and attractive living space for residents. With rental households at a high point, we are also seeing an increase in rental homes among some groups that have been less likely to rent in the past. Contact us today to hear more about how CMFNH can help position your property to meet this demand. To learn more about this changing…
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Program Update: Additional High-rise Kickers Now Available

Program Update: Additional High-rise Kickers Now Available

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The California Multifamily New Homes (CMFNH) program values feedback from our participants. We are now able to offer incentives for high-rise projects looking to take advantage of two of our kickers. The 100% LED Lighting kicker is available for both high-rise and low-rise projects. For low-rise projects, this kicker can increase your Delta EDR score, increasing your ability to qualify for the program and your incentives. For high-rise projects, an additional $15 per unit will be included in your incentive reservation. In order to qualify for this incentive, a project must have 100% hard-wired LED lighting on the project. Learn more about LED lighting here. High-rise and low-rise projects installing ENERGY STAR Tier II appliances are also eligible for an additional kicker. Similar to the 100% LED Lighting kicker, this…
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Webinar on Common Modeling Issues and Design Charrettes

Webinar on Common Modeling Issues and Design Charrettes

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Join the CMFNH team for a webinar on program specific energy modeling guidelines to learn more about non-residential spaces, advanced systems and how to achieve deeper savings with efficient modelling approaches. We will also go over the $5,000 design charrette incentive. Specific topics to be covered: Modeling non-residential spaces Mechanical systems for high-rise MF buildings and their impact on compliance DHW Solar fraction & CMFNH eligibility Additional design assistance   Click here to view the webinar recording Click here to view the slide deck
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California Association of Building Energy Consultants Conference

California Association of Building Energy Consultants Conference

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The CMFNH team hopes to see you at this years California Association of Building Energy Consultants (CABEC) conference in Palm Springs, CA from October 13th & 14th. 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. Additional sessions will be offered on Thursday, October 12th covering multifamily modeling, 2016 energy code updates, high performance design, SIPS tour, and CEA certification retest. CMFNH team members will be presenting on: ZNE Catch Me if You Can presented by Ritesh Nayyar Friday, October 13, 9:00 AM This session will discuss the evolution of the 2016 energy code, where the code will head for 2019, the changing definition of ZNE, and how we anticipate code…
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Install 100% LED Lighting to Secure the Maximum CMFNH Incentive

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

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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