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2018 Program Design Charrette Update

2018 Program Design Charrette Update

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The CMFNH team has updated the design charrette policy. All projects at the design or construction phase are eligible to receive a $1,500 incentive for participating in a design charrette. An extra $3,500 incentive is available to projects that implement any of the efficiency measures suggested during the meeting for a total of $5,000. For the full write up, please read below. An early design charrette to review the energy efficiency goals of a project is eligible to receive either a $1,500 or $5,000 incentive (paid to the developer). The $1,500 incentive is available for any CMFNH enrolled project that participates in a program hosted design charrette. An extra $3,500 (total of $5,000) incentive is available for a project that makes any of the program-approved efficiency changes suggested during the…
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PG&E Energy Center Training: High Performance Building Training

PG&E Energy Center Training: High Performance Building Training

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The Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s Pacific Energy Center will host a special series of training offerings to support high-performance residential rebuilding in the North Bay. All classes will be held at the North Coast Builders Exchange, located at 1030 Apollo Way, Santa Rosa, CA 95407. Registration is open now. Integrated Design and Construction: Rebuilding for Comfort, Efficiency, and Affordability This five-part series provides a holistic approach to high performance residential building. It is appropriate for homeowners and builders. While each session stands on its own, we encourage you to attend all or as many as possible. Subject Time (click to register and learn more) Design Thinking for Zero Net Energy April 27, 2018 12 pm to 4 pm Advanced Framing Saves Energy, Material and Labor May 4, 2018 12…
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THE CONSTRUCTION LABOR SHORTAGE AND ITS IMPACT ON DEVELOPERS

THE CONSTRUCTION LABOR SHORTAGE AND ITS IMPACT ON DEVELOPERS

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The California Advanced Homes Program (CAHP) and California Multifamily New Homes Program (CMFNH) have heard from participants about the increasing difficulty they experience finding laborers in today’s workforce. Recently, Builder Online posted an article about this issue. Robert Dietz of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) commented that the labor shortage “has been the top business challenge for the last three years, and will likely continue to be so.” Between 2011 and 2016, the number of builders who reported that the cost and availability of labor was a significant issue increased from 13 to 78 percent. CNBC also published an article about the potential acute crisis headed our way for apartment developers. Multifamily construction is currently at a 40-year high, with luxury apartment buildings accounting for 75-80 percent of the new supply. According…
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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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Congress Retroactively Extends Temporary Tax Break for 2017 Real Estate

Congress Retroactively Extends Temporary Tax Break for 2017 Real Estate

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The 45L tax credit for energy efficient homes has been retroactively extended by the federal government. This is a $2,000 federal tax credit that all developers of energy efficient new homes and low-rise multifamily units may be eligible for. Builders are able to claim homes on 2017 tax filings, or amend tax files as far back as 2014. In order to receive the tax break, you must: Show compliance using an approved software platform. In California, EnergyPro 4.8 is the approved software version. This version has a module that was custom built to handle these tax credits. It is distributed and owned by CHEERS Demonstrate 50% improvement in heating and cooling loads over 2006 IECC, and at least 10% improvement from the envelope (all homes enrolled in CAHP should qualify)…
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CMFNH Affordable Housing Project Survives Wildfires

CMFNH Affordable Housing Project Survives Wildfires

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The PG&E California Multifamily New Homes (CMFNH) program strives to support affordable housing projects to ensure tenants will have lower utility bills and experience a more comfortable living environment. Affordable Housing Finance recently featured MidPen Housing Corporation's project, Fetters Apartments, in an online article highlighting the project's grand opening just three months after escaping devastation during some of the worst wildfires in state history. While the property did evacuate residents, all returned to their homes after the fires. Sonoma County, California is an area with a high need for affordable housing, and 90% of the applicants for the complex all worked in the area. Fetters Apartments is the first phase of a master development, and enrolled in CMFNH at modeled savings 18.5% better than 2013 Title 24 code. The project has…
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2016 Standards CEA Exams Coming Up

2016 Standards CEA Exams Coming Up

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The California Association of Building Energy Consultants (CABEC) has announced two upcoming CEA exams in February, 2018. Exams offered this month include the Residential or Non-Residential: 2016 full exam (ACM + multiple choice), multiple choice only, ACM only, and re-certifications. In order to participate in the California Multifamily New Homes Program under the 2016 code, energy consultants must hold a 2016 Standards certification. Northern California: Thursday, February 22nd, 2018 7:30 - 5:00 pm PG&E Pacific Energy Center 851 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 Southern California: Monday, February 26th, 2018 7:30 - 5:00 pm SoCalGas Energy Resource Center 9240 Firestone Blvd, Downey, CA 90241 For more information on cost and to register, follow this link.
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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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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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