Building Code Change and CMFNH Ending California multifamily builders and developers should take note of two significant changes on the horizon: the end of the California Multifamily New Homes (CMFNH) program and the start of the 2019 California building code, both of which will occur on January 1, 2020. (more…)
The California Multifamily New Homes (CMFNH) program announces incentives for an exciting new measure—thin-glass, triple-pane windows. These triple-pane windows fit in the same window openings as double-pane windows, are significantly more energy efficient than standard windows, and reduce energy spending necessary to maintain a comfortable temperature inside the home. (more…)
CAHP/CMFNH implementer TRC recently conducted a training session on high performance attics and walls for the Workforce Instructions for Standards and Efficiency (www.wisewarehouse.org). The training focuses on updates to California’s energy efficiency building code (Title 24) pertaining to high-performance attics and walls in new construction. To view the training on YouTube, click here.
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…