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High-performance Attics and Walls Training

High-performance Attics and Walls Training

Training
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.
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June 2019 Training Opportunities

June 2019 Training Opportunities

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PG&E Energy Center Training PG&E’s Pacific Energy Center provides professional training, a robust tool-lending library, on-demand courses, and real-time access to industry experts, all at no cost. Following are upcoming training opportunities that CMFNH participants may find of interest (click the class description to learn more). To see a complete list of upcoming training courses, click here. Class Date Location Electric Heat Pumps for Domestic Space and Water HeatingJune 20San Jose Optimizing Residential HVAC System PerformanceJune 25San Francisco Optimizing Residential HVAC System PerformanceJune 25 Webinar Advanced Framing for Energy and Resource EfficiencyJuly 23 Stockton Energy Code Ace Training The California Statewide Codes and Standards Program developed and provides Energy Code Ace to offer free energy code training, tools, and resources for those who need to understand and meet the requirements…
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Quality Insulation Inspection

Quality Insulation Inspection

Tech Tip, Uncategorized
The California Energy Commission (CEC) has set a standard insulation installation in a home. This standard, called Quality Insulation Installation (QII), requires that insulated framing areas resist thermal bridging of the assembly separating a conditioned space from an unconditioned space. For more general information on QII, please follow this link. Low-rise CMFNH projects that follow QII installation procedures and employ a HERS rater to verify the installation are eligible for a $45 per-unit incentive kicker. Why QII? The Insulation Institute conducted a survey of more than 100 of the nation’s top production builders to identify the 5 most common insulation install flaws. The study also asked builders to identify their biggest challenges in working with insulation contractors. Most responses pointed toward use of incorrect materials and improper installation. The top five…
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CABEC Webinar – What’s New for Multifamily Ventilation in 2019

CABEC Webinar – What’s New for Multifamily Ventilation in 2019

Training, Uncategorized
The upcoming 2019 Energy Code brings big changes to ventilation requirements for multifamily projects. This brown bag webinar will review new ventilation code requirements and explore the different pathways to demonstrate compliance. Join the California Association of Building Energy Consultants (CABEC) as they review the 5 most common multifamily ventilation schemes to see how they stack up against the new code requirements including software modeling techniques. In the end, attendees will acquire a strategy to approach multifamily ventilation with their design teams for the 2019 energy code. When: Wednesday, March 20 Time: 12:30 - 1:30 pm To Register: follow this link
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Residential New Construction – Carbon-free Technology Alternatives for Cooktops and Fireplaces

Residential New Construction – Carbon-free Technology Alternatives for Cooktops and Fireplaces

Training
TRC will host an hour long webinar in support of PG&E’s residential new construction programs including the California Advanced Homes Program (CAHP), California Multifamily New Construction (CMFNH), Advanced Energy Rebuild (AER) and Enhanced CAHP. In the webinar, we will discuss California’s aggressive goals moving towards a 100% carbon-free grid by 2045. In addition to discussing the new legislation, the session will discuss alternative technologies for traditional fossil fuel cooktops and fireplaces and their associated benefits. When: Tuesday, January 29th, 2019 | 11:00 - 12:00 PM To Register: Click here
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The Energy Design Rating, a New Title 24 Compliance Metric for 2019

The Energy Design Rating, a New Title 24 Compliance Metric for 2019

Training
Join TRC Solutions Matt Christie for a California Association of Building Energy Consultants (CABEC) brown bag webinar on January 16th. The 2019 Title 24 Energy Code brings with it a number of exciting and challenging changes – but one often overlooked change is an entirely new way to demonstrate compliance with the code. The new Energy Design Rating (EDR) is an energy use index, similar to RESNET’s HERS index, but based on Title 24’s systems and structures. Get your home’s EDR below the code standard EDR and you’re good to build. This brown bag will dive deep into the basis and formulation of this new metric and how it compares to the familiar, but now eliminated, compliance percent. We’ll also discuss how the EDR handles California’s new solar mandate and…
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CABEC’s Associate Energy Analyst Accreditation

CABEC’s Associate Energy Analyst Accreditation

Tech Tip, Training, Uncategorized
The California Association of Energy Consultants (CABEC) has a new accreditation available, the Associate Energy Analyst (AEA). This accreditation is targeted to professionals who work closely with the California Building Energy Efficiency Standards as they gain the work experience or energy modeling expertise needed to become full Certified Energy Analysts (CEAs). This would include, but not be limited to candidates new to the energy industry, California Energy Commission staff, utility staff, Building Officials, Architects, Engineers, Manufacturers and similar. As with the CEA certification, there will be separate AEA accreditation for the residential and nonresidential energy standards. The AEA provides professional recognition for passing the multiple choice portion of the rigorous CEA exams without the modeling exam or requirements for CEU’s or direct work experience. The AEA program has been designed…
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Join the City of Fremont and CMFNH for a Workshop

Join the City of Fremont and CMFNH for a Workshop

Events, Training, Uncategorized
The City of Fremont and Pacific Gas and Electric Company's (PG&E) California Multifamily New Homes Program (CMFNH) invite developers, builders, contractors, architects, energy consultants, and asset managers to join us for a community workshop. Attendees will learn how CMFNH helps builders cost-effectively develop high-performance buildings by providing cash incentives, technical assistance, and design charrette coordination to participants. The workshop will also discuss how California's 2019 building code update will affect the industry. When: Friday, January 25th 12:30 - 2:00 pm Where: City of Fremont Development Services Center 39550 Liberty Street Fremont, CA 94537 To register, click here
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Testing the 2019 Code Software

Testing the 2019 Code Software

Tech Tip, Uncategorized
The 2019-Code goes into effect January 1, 2020 -  just around the corner considering construction timelines. CMFNH and CABEC strongly encourage all energy consultants to test out the 2019-Code beta software (also called research versions) before the code change. Testing will help gain familiarity with software and the new code, test how certain building designs fair, and surface bugs, errors, and missing features to inform the development team ahead of final release. For residential buildings, the new code includes: More stringent wall insulation values, including QII in the reference baseline A new baseline for electric water heating The Energy Design rating - a brand new method of code compliance that requires a user adhere to both an Efficiency-EDR and a Final-EDR simultaneously (see CMFNH’s EDR Fact Sheet here for more…
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