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.
2019 California Energy Code
On January 1, 2020—four short months away—the 2019 California building code will come into effect. The 2019 code not only requires more energy efficiency from building materials, equipment, and appliances—it also eliminates commonly used performance tradeoffs such as quality insulation installation (QII) and solar photovoltaics.
When the 2019 code kicks in, utility energy efficiency programs may limit, decrease, or phase out such incentives, or prioritize funds for specific energy measures.
If you have a project that is submitting a permit application in this year (under the 2016 code), contact CMFNH today to take advantage of incentives while they last.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s CMFNH program is ending its current cycle, and the program will completely close this December.
Currently, CMFNH has incentives available to fund more projects, but will stop accepting applications in early November or when incentives run out, whichever comes first. Now is the time to act to ensure participation in the 2016 code program and take advantage of the following incentives.
Incentives for developers:
- Up to $500 per unit in energy performance incentives, plus more for specific high performance energy features
- Up to $10,000 per project for HERS rater (high-rise projects only)
- Up to $10,000 per project for energy consultants
If you are interested in participating in CMFNH this year, it is imperative that you reach out to us immediately so that we can secure incentives for your project(s).
Please contact your CMFNH outreach representative or Yolanda Beesemyer at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will work with you to secure incentives for your project before they run out.