News and Updates

Invoice Requirements

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Invoice Requirements

Participating Contractors are required to supply an itemized invoice that includes all measures being claimed for all projects submitted to the Energy Upgrade California® Home Upgrade Program. Invoices should be marked "paid in full" or show a zero balance, or state that the project is being financed by a third-party lender. If the project is being financed, the name of the lending institution must also be provided.

The project cost should include only measures eligible for incentives in the Home Upgrade Program. If your invoice also includes other measures/costs not eligible for incentives in the program, please include a subtotal of the Home Upgrade-related costs on the invoice. The subtotal should not include: costs of diagnostic testing, clean-up costs, preparation costs, permitting and other project costs not associated with an incentive. 

Click the sample invoice image at right to view a full-size PDF. If you have any questions, please contact your account management team. 

Reminder: Technical Training on June 6!

Please join us on June 6 for our last training session until Fall! We will cover the new BPI Healthy Homes Evaluator certification and how it benefits your business and your customers, mechanical ventilation updates, Community Choice Aggregators, safety issues and use of the NOUC/NFIR documents, modeling issues and more! BPI CEUs are available!

May 1 Program Updates

Monday, May 1, 2017

Program: 
SCE/SoCalGas
Category: 
Training
Date: 
Monday, May 1, 2017
Description: 

May 1 Program Updates

Thank you to all Southern California Edison (SCE)/SoCalGas® Participating Contractors who attended the April 18 Hands-On Blower Door and Duct Test Training.
We hope you learned valuable information about different ways to use the blower door and duct tests to help you accurately assess the needs of your customers homes. Be sure to check out the training section below for information on our upcoming Project Processing and Technical Training sessions!

 Please reach out to your Account Management Team with any questions on the topics below. 

 

 

 

SCE/SoCalGas Program Updates

Update: Snugg Pro Window Venting Feature

Recently, Snugg Pro released Version 5.5, which includes the new option to select a checkbox for Window Venting. Selecting Yes tells the software that the homeowner periodically opens windows instead of operating the HVAC system to cool or heat the home.

Advanced Home Upgrade projects with Snugg Pro, reserved on or after May 1, 2017, must use these settings for Window Venting:

All Advanced Home Upgrade Default Values projects, and Advanced Home Upgrade Custom Values projects that do not use the utility bill calibration feature, must check Yes for the Window Venting option.

Advanced Home Upgrade Custom Values projects that submit utility bill data to calibrate the model should check Yes for the Window Venting option if the homeowner opens the windows at times as opposed to operating the HVAC system, or check No for the Window Venting option if the homeowner keeps the windows closed and operates the HVAC system for all heating and cooling needs.

The Window Venting Option checkbox is available in the Window section of the Input screen, and the Upgrade Window section of the Refine screen. Select the same condition on both the Input and Refine screens. If the Window Venting option is not consistent within the model, it will result in inaccurate modeled energy savings.

SoCalGas Updates

Please note that the update listed for the SCE/SoCalGas program above also applies to the SoCalGas only program.

QC Corner

Documenting and Reporting Health and Safety Issues:  NOUC vs. NFIR

Health and safety issues identified on a project can be broken down into two separate classifications. No matter what the classification is, it is the responsibility of both the Participating Contractor, third-party auditor and the QC vendor to notify the homeowner when health and safety issues are identified. In many cases, a health and safety issue has existed in the home for several years without ever causing damage to the home or negatively affecting the occupants' health. Other health and safety issues can be relativity new or caused by the Participating Contractor as part of the scope of work. The Program has two separate forms used to communicate the two classifications of health and safety issues:

Notice of Field Identified Recommendations (NFIR)

The NFIR is designed to record existing health and safety issues that are not associated with the scope of work and do not require remediation:

  1. Existing exhaust ventilation is not continuously connected/ducted to exhaust outdoors and attic insulation and/or building air sealing are not part of the SOW and post-retrofit building air leakage
    is ≥ .35 ACH.
  2. Existing insulation is in contact with a non-IC rated HPD(s) and no immediate hazard is present and attic insulation is not part of the SOW.
  3. Existing appliance vents stack(s) or chimney(s) is/are in contact with combustible material other than insulation installed in the SOW and no immediate hazard is present.

Notice of Unsatisfactory Conditions (NOUC)

The NOUC is designed to record health and safety issues that are not relevant to the NFIR

NOUC health and safety issues are defined in the Processing Guidelines and may result in recommendations for correction or require mitigation. NOUC health and safety issues may or may not be associated with the scope of work.

If the Participating Contractor, third-party auditor and/or the QC energy field technician (EFT) discovers any health and safety issues at the home, it is their responsibility to notify the homeowner or their designated representative of the issue utilizing the required NFIR and/or NOUC forms. This requirement must be followed whether the issue was caused by the Participating Contractor as part of the scope of work or was an existing condition.

Once completed by the auditor or the QC EFT, both forms identify the property address as well as the homeowner's name, the Participating Contractor and/or the inspector. There is space on each form to record each condition that is causing a health and safety issue, as well as a place for the homeowner or their designated representative to sign, indicating that they have been informed of the health and safety issue(s).

Based on the condition identified at the home, it is possible that completion of both an NFIR and a NOUC will be required. Both documents will need to be signed by the homeowner or their designated representative and uploaded to VisionDSM.

When a third-party auditor conducts the inspection for the Participating Contractor and a health and safety issue is identified, the auditor must complete the appropriate form, have it signed by the homeowner or their designated representative, and supply a copy of the form to the contractor for upload to VisionDSM. Depending on the health and safety issue identified, the Participating Contractor may need to return to the home and mitigate the issue.

Below are six scenarios to help you understand when the forms should be used. 

  1.  At the pre-retrofit inspection, the auditor discovers a gas leak at the meter, and existing insulation is in contact with a non-IC rated HPD(s). What steps should be taken? Auditor to complete a NOUC for gas  leak, and an NFIR for the HPD, both forms to be signed by the homeowner or their designated representative, and uploaded to VisionDSM.
  2.  At the pre-retrofit inspection, the auditor discovers a charred ceiling joist next to the furnace vent. What steps should be taken? Auditor to complete a NOUC, form to be signed by the homeowner or their  designated representative, and uploaded to VisionDSM. The Participating Contractor is required to remediate the issue as part of the SOW.
  3.  The EFT discovers an HPD in contact with cellulose attic insulation installed by the contractor. What steps should be taken? EFT to fill out a NOUC form to be signed by the homeowner or their designated  representative, and uploaded to VisionDSM.
  4.  A third-party auditor performs a post-retrofit blower door test and the result is <70% of the BAS, building air-sealing was included in the SOW. What steps should be taken? The third-party auditor must fill  out the NOUC, have it signed by the homeowner or their designated representative and supply the form to the contractor. The contractor must upload the form to VisionDSM, and the contractor must  return to the home and mitigate the MV issue.
  5.  The EFT performs a post-retrofit blower door test the result is 71% of the BAS, building air-sealing was included in the SOW. What steps should be taken? EFT to fill out a NOUC, form to be signed by the  homeowner or their designated representative, and uploaded to VisionDSM.
  6.  A third-party auditor performs a post-retrofit blower door test and the result is >70% of the BAS, building air-sealing was not included in the SOW, and bath fans are not connected to exhaust outdoors.  What steps should be taken? Is the contractor required to connect the local ventilation to exhaust outdoors? The third-party auditor must fill out the NFIR, have it signed by the homeowner or their  designated representative and supply the form to the Participating Contractor. The Participating Contractor must upload the form to VisionDSM. In this case, vent connection to outdoors is  recommended, but not required.
 

Project Processing Training

Tuesday, May 16

8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

SoCalGas Energy Resource Center

9240 Firestone Blvd

Downey, CA 90241

Join the program team to master your processing skills for pre- and post-retrofit submissions, and learn how to prevent project issues and fix issues when they arise.

June Technical Training

Tuesday, June 6

8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

SoCalGas Energy Resource Center

9240 Firestone Blvd

Downey, CA 90241

Save the date! This Technical Training session will cover the new BPI Healthy Homes Evaluator certification and program updates, with more topics to be announced soon. BPI CEUs are available.

Certified Aquatic Equipment Installer (CAEI) Pool Pump Training

Are you interested in becoming certified to install variable speed pool pumps eligible for Advanced Home Upgrade or stand-alone utility incentives? Join The Foundation of Pool and Spa Industry Education (FPSIE) for a local training course and become an expert in pool pumps. This popular course fills up quickly so early registration is recommended. The first 20 registrants in each course receive a $199 scholarship from SCE off the course cost.

Thursday, May 11

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

University of Phoenix

1515 W 190th Street, Suite 200

Gardena, CA

Friday, June 23

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Comfort Inn

1590 University Ave

Riverside, CA

Contact Us: 855-355-6675 | Email Us(link sends e-mail) | Visit Our Website(link is external)

Energy Upgrade California® Home Upgrade provides assistance and incentives for home improvement projects that can reduce energy use and make homes more comfortable. This statewide program is managed locally by utilities and regional energy networks and directed by the California Public Utilities Commission in collaboration with the California Energy Commission. Funding comes from utility customers under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission. Incentives are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and are effective until the funding is expended or the program is discontinued. Terms and conditions apply. See program rules for details. Programs may be modified or terminated without prior notice. ©2017 Trademarks used with permission and are property of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

Hands-On Training Returns on April 18! Find a Registration Link Inside this Email!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

April 4 Program Updates

Greetings to all Participating Contractors! As we move into spring and approach the busy cooling season, we want to share a few quick reminders and training opportunities. Several members of the ICF, RHA and Program Management teams (and some Participating Contractors!) attended the Home Performance Coalition National Conference in Nashville, TN last month. Through several informative sessions, attendees learned about a variety of topics from Mechanical Ventilation to Healthy Home Environments. Program Mentor Judy Rachel presented at the conference, and will be teaching this month's hands-on technical training course for blower door and duct testing. Keep reading below for reminders and updates, and as always reach out to your Account Management team with any questions!

Please note: we are returning to a monthly newsletter format, with distribution around the first of each month. If any critical issues come up, we will send additional email updates. As a reminder, all newsletters and e-blasts are posted to the News and Updates section of the Contractor Website.

SCE/SoCalGas Program UpdatesFinalized/Closed Permit Submission

As a reminder, projects that include HVAC (this includes air conditioning, heat pumps, furnaces and all related fans/components) require a finalized/closed permit to be submitted before projects can receive final approval. To help your project move forward, you can post-retrofit submit your project in the WebApp with all the other documentation and provide the program with the closed permit later in the review process when you receive it. The permit is required before your project can receive final approval.

Reminder: Detailed Invoice Required on All Projects

Participating Contractors are required to supply a detailed invoice that includes all measures being claimed for projects submitted to the Energy Upgrade California Home Upgrade Program. Invoices should be marked "paid in full," show a zero balance owed, or state that the project is being financed by a third-party lender (please provide the name of the lending institution). The project cost should include only measures eligible for incentives in the Home Upgrade Program and their related costs. If your invoice also includes other measures/costs not eligible for incentives in the program, please include a subtotal of the Home Upgrade Program project cost on the invoice.

SoCalGas Updates

Customer Satisfaction: Top Performers in the SoCalGas Program

Customer Satisfaction is of critical importance to SoCalGas. We are pleased to recognize the three Participating Contractors who are tied for top Customer Satisfaction Survey score performance to date in 2017:  

  • Building Doctors
  • Home Performance Matters
  • SS Salazar Builders, Inc. 

Make sure you include the customer's email address for each project submitted to the program so your excellent work can be recognized, too!

Please note that the updates listed for the SCE/SoCalGas program above also apply to the SoCalGas only program.

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Hands-On Technical Training: Blower Door and Duct Blaster Basics and Beyond

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

8:30 A.M. to noon

Location: San Pedro

Join us for this Hands-On Technical Training Session! Basic setup of the blower door and the duct blaster will be covered. Moving beyond the basics - what other tests can be performed utilizing the blower door and duct blaster, such as the Half Nelson and the Air Handler Only tests. What does Duct Leakage to the Outside actually tell us and are we effectively and accurately measuring it? Is there more to the blower door than getting a CFM50 number and what does that number mean anyway? This training session will be tailored to the participants' needs. Bring your curiosity and questions to explore how these two pieces of diagnostic equipment can assist you in creating a comprehensive scope of work. Space is limited, so please be sure to register below if you'd like to attend! BPI BAs will earn CEUs

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March 15 Program Update

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Happy spring! As temperatures increase and business begins to pick up, we want to help ensure you are completing your projects accurately and in a timely manner. Be sure to check out our important reminders listed below and learn how to properly name your project files when uploading them to the WebApp or VisionDSM. If you have questions about anything noted in this update, please contact your Account Management team.

SCE/SoCalGas Program Updates

 

One Year Cancellation Policy begins April 1

As previously announced, effective April 1, 2017, if a project has not been completed within a year from the project reservation date, the project is subject to cancellation by the program. Participating Contractors at risk of getting their projects cancelled will be notified well ahead of time so that they are able to take action to prevent this.

 

Post-Retrofit Submit All August 1 Program Rules Projects by March 31

Any projects that were reserved before January 1, 2017 currently fall under the August 1 Program Rules. To remain eligible for processing under those rules, your project must be post-retrofit submitted in the WebApp by March 31, 2017. Projects post-retrofit submitted April 1, 2017 or later will be processed under the 2017 Program Rules.

 

HVAC Permits

Per Senate Bill 1414 (SB 1414), proof of closed/finalized permit on HVAC retrofits with an air conditioner, heat pump or their related fans is required for all Advanced Home Upgrade and Home Upgrade projects. Upload this document with your other project documentation during post-retrofit submission. When submitting a project that does not include HVAC retrofits with an air conditioner, heat pump or their related fans, but does include a furnace retrofit, please remember to provide proof that a permit was pulled. Upload this document with your other project documentation during post-retrofit submission.

 

How to Name Your Project Files for the WebApp and VisionDSM

To ensure that there are no issues with accessing project files and streamline project reviews, please follow these simple guidelines:

1)      Do not use special characters in the file name (e.g., + = \ " < { & %); they can cause the file to not open correctly. If a space is needed to separate words in the file name, please use an underscore (_) or hyphen (-). You may use both upper and lowercase letters, but file names in VisionDSM will appear as all caps.

2)      Name your files descriptively so that reviewers and processors know which document it is before opening it - this helps speed up the review. Including the customer's last name or address in the file name can help you avoid uploading the wrong customer's file.

3)      Keep the energy model ID number in the file name when you download the HPXML file from the energy model.  You may rename the file from the default file name, but please keep the model job number/ID number in your new file name.

4)      Do not combine different documents into one file - your project may be sent back for missing information if a document was not found because it was included in the same file as another document.

 

Examples of helpful file names:

Smith-Incentive-App

123_Main_St_Preretrofit_BPI_Form

Jane_Doe_Paid_Invoice

JOHNSON-SCE-BILL

Snugg12345_audit_John_Smith_2017_02_17 (for HPXML file)

Retrofit_18617_Mary_Jones (for HPXML file)

 

SoCalGas Updates

Please note that the updates listed for the SCE/SoCalGas program above also apply to the SoCalGas only program.

 

Home Upgrade Learning Center

Participating Contractors and their staff have access to the online Home Upgrade Learning Center for a variety of free courses in building science and home performance as well as sales and marketing to increase their knowledge and grow their business. Visit the Home Upgrade Learning Center to view current available courses.

 

BPI GoldStar Seminars

BPI offers educational seminars throughout the year. Courses are presented via webinar, and provide an opportunity for contractors to earn BPI CEUs. These courses are FREE for BPI GoldStar contractors, and are offered at a fee of $50 for other contractors. Upcoming courses include How to Be Wildly Successful in Today's Economy and The Five-Pronged Approach to Successful Lead Generation for Home Performance Contractors. View all upcoming classes and learn more on the BPI GoldStar Contractor Webinars webpage.

 

Certified Aquatic Equipment Installer (CAEI) Pool Pump Training - SANTA BARBARA

Date: Friday, March 24, 2017

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: Lake Cachuma Recreation Area, 2225 Hwy 154, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Are you interested in becoming Utility Certified and participating in Variable Speed Pool Pump Rebates? Join The Foundation of Pool and Spa Industry Education (FPSIE) on March 24 for a training course and become an expert in Pool Pumps.

For more information and to register, click here.  

Watch upcoming newsletters for details on future SCE/SoCalGas Home Upgrade Program training courses!

 

March 7 Program Updates

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Thank you to all Participating Contractors who attended the Hands-On Mechanical Ventilation Training. We hope you were able to take away key practices and skills to help you assess ventilation systems in your customers' homes. Be sure to check out the training section below for information our upcoming BPI Building Analyst certification course! Please contact your Account Management team with any questions regarding the updates and topics below. 

 

SCE/SoCalGas Program Updates

Updates to Base Measures and Incentives

The SCE/SoCalGas program 2017 project submission requirements have been reevaluated and updated. For projects reserved on or after March 7, 2017:

Base Measure Required in All Projects

The program will no longer allow a second project for a home to be submitted without a base measure. All projects must be able to stand on their own merit, and must always include a minimum of at least one base measure.

No Additional Incentive for TSVs in Home Upgrade 

Effective immediately, Thermostatic Shut-off Valves (TSVs) and TSV/low-flow showerhead combinations are not eligible for incentives through the SCE/SoCalGas Home Upgrade program as individual measures. However, Participating Contractors who install these devices in addition to their minimum three qualifying measures can claim the additional energy savings in the Home Upgrade Incentive Calculator, which can help achieve the minimum of 10% energy savings requirement. Please be sure to use the updated Joint Home Upgrade Incentive Calculator v2.1, available for download in the Reference Materials section of the Contractor Website. 

Advanced Home Upgrade Custom Values Update: Test-In Images Submission Requirement

Participating Contractors are currently required to submit test-in blower door and duct test manometer images for Advanced Home Upgrade Custom Values projects. Participating Contractors are also already required to take pictures of pre-retrofit conditions, to be available to the Program if requested, but have not been required to upload them to every project. To allow reviewers to verify test-in values, for all Advanced Home Upgrade Custom Values projects reserved on or after March 7, 2017, Participating Contractors must submit test-in images that meet the following requirements:

  1. Test-in images of the following must be submitted to VisionDSM before the QA or QA/QC review can be performed: blower door manometer, duct test manometer, attic insulation, knee wall insulation, crawlspace insulation, water heaters, HVAC equipment (central furnaces and AC condensers, wall furnaces, floor furnaces, mini-splits, heat pumps, and PTACs), HVAC ducts and windows.

Please review the Advanced Home Upgrade Photo Documentation table, available for download in the Reference Materials section of the Contractor Website, for details on what images need to be captured along with examples of the images.

2. Images for wall insulation are only required when the Participating Contractor is claiming a test-in wall insulation value different from the vintage default R-value for wall insulation.

3. When submitting images of equipment, please include an in-focus, legible image of the data plate and an overall image of the actual equipment.

4. All images must include an in-camera date-stamp from the day the test-in inspection was performed.

5. For homes with an existing heat pump HVAC or heat pump DHW system, provide verification that the equipment is a heat pump system.

6. If a hazardous condition prevents blower door and duct testing, submission of manometer images will not be required and default values for building air leakage and duct leakage will be used in the test-in energy model.

If images are not submitted, the reviewer will make a collaborative QC call to request the missing images. If the contractor is not able to supply images, the project will not be processed.

 

SoCalGas Updates

Advanced Home Upgrade 50% Project Cost Incentive Cap

Effective for SoCalGas Advanced Home Upgrade projects reserved beginning March 7, 2017, project incentives will be now be capped at a maximum of 50% of the project cost. Please be sure to use the updated Advanced Home upgrade Incentive Calculator v7.2, available for download in the Reference Materials section of the Contractor Website. 

Please note that the Advanced Home Upgrade Custom Values test-in photo requirements noted in the SCE/SoCalGas program above also apply to the SoCalGas program. The program continues to require a base measure in all projects and continues to offer additional energy savings in the Home Upgrade Incentive Calculator for installation of a TSV or TSV/low-flow showerhead combination. 

 

QC Corner

The following topics were presented during the 2017 Program Year Kick-Off event. These new guidelines went into effect on February 7, 2017. Full details are available in Technical Training section of the presentation slides (available for download on the Contractor Website - select the Past Training Presentations tab under SCE/SoCalGas Program Documents), and in the forthcoming updated Inspection Guidelines.

Red Work Zone (RWZ)

The California Mechanical Code (CMC) states that a 36-inch clearance between the gas pressure regulator and a possible ignition source is required. A Participating Contractor's work could be in compliance with the CMC, yet out of compliance with the Home Upgrade program. A project may pass city inspection, but possibly fail the Program's RWZ requirements. Please remember that the Program is the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). Program guidelines take precedence over the CMC.

The program's definition of RWZ has now been changed to better align with the CMC. The RWZ is now defined as the area within a three-foot radius measured from the opening of the gas pressure regulator vent's centerline. Please refer to the new RWZ illustration to be sure proper distance is maintained for all equipment installed, repaired or modified as part of the scope of work (SOW).

  • Objects prohibited from the RWZ include gas and electric appliances and central AC condensing units. This does not apply to conduit and low voltage wires, in their intended modes of use or operation.
  • No combustion-air vents or operable windows may be installed as part of the project's SOW within the area designated as the RWZ.
  • Existing conditions encroaching within the RWZ will require a recommendation for correction. A Notice of Unsatisfactory Condition (from the QC inspector) or a Notice of Field Identified Recommendation (from the Participating Contractor) must be issued. Conditions created within the RWZ as part of the SOW will require correction before the issuance of an incentive.

Any project that is currently in Appeal status for a RWZ issue based on the old RWZ guidelines will now fall under the new RWZ guidelines.

 

Gas Leakage Testing

The following is a new procedure for unconfined gas meter sets, outdoor appliances and associated piping that are not part of the scope of work, and/or have no direct effect on the living space:

  • The auditor shall use olfactory testing (smell test). Please note that persons not sensitive to the odorant in natural gas must use an electronic detector on all accessible meter sets, gas lines, line valves, gas control valves, pilot lines, joints and fittings.  
  • If a gas odor is present or the homeowner has reported a gas odor, an electronic leak detector must be used to identify the leak(s). Once the leak has been identified, a leak detection solution must be applied to confirm the leak.
  • The homeowner must be prompted to contact SoCalGas to repair any gas leaks at the meter or associated piping.

The following procedure has not changed for gas meter sets, appliances and associated piping that may have a direct effect on the living space and appliances that are part of the SOW:

  • The auditor must use an electronic leak detector at one inch per second to identify any leaks at the meter sets, gas lines, line valves, gas control valves, pilot lines, joints and fittings where applicable. If leaks are detected, they must be confirmed with a leak detection solution.
  • If a gas leak is identified on the customer's side of the meter and you are certified to repair the leak (C-4, C-20, or C-36 license required), you may do so. Retest for gas leaks after the repair is made and inform the homeowner of the repair. If you are not certified to make the repair, isolate the leak if possible, retest to ensure the leak has been isolated and inform the homeowner to call SoCalGas.
  • Have the homeowner contact SoCalGas to repair any gas leaks at the meter or associated piping.
  • If a catastrophic gas leak is present, immediately evacuate the home and call SoCalGas from outside!

Partner with other Participating Contractors to Grow Your Business!

Are you looking to expand your business by offering your services for hire to other professionals?

The Contractor Partnerships page helps connect Participating Contractors/Raters looking to hire others for installation of specific measures, testing and project processing with Participating Contractors/Raters offering these services - a win-win opportunity for both companies.

If you would like to be included on this list, please take our short survey to indicate which services you would like to offer. 

 

BPI Building Analyst Training

Monday, March 13 through Saturday, March 18

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Classroom Training location: Hampton Inn by Hilton, 10900 Yamaha Way, Cypress, CA 90630

Field Training Test Home will be located in Mission Viejo.

Are you or a member of your staff looking to become BPI BA certified? Participating Contractors with a BPI BA on staff are eligible to offer Advanced Home Upgrade projects to their customers for larger incentives and deeper energy savings. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for the classroom instruction days as well as breakfast on the written exam day. The written exam will be given on Thursday morning, and individual field exams will be scheduled Thursday and Friday (and potentially Saturday depending on the number of candidates enrolled).

February 16 Program Updates

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Thank you to all of the Participating Contractors who attended the Project Processing Training event on January 31 and the 2017 Program Year Kick-off event on February 7! We hope you gained valuable knowledge and skills to put to use this upcoming year. Please visit the Program Resources, Past Training Presentations section of the Southern California Edison (SCE)/SoCalGas® Contractor Website to find copies of the presentation slides. 

SCE/SoCalGas Program Updates

Reminder: Post-Retrofit Submit All August 1 Program Rules Projects by March 31!

Any projects that were reserved before January 1, 2017 currently fall under the August 1 Program Rules. To remain eligible for processing under those rules, your project must be post-retrofit submitted in the WebApp by March 31, 2017. Projects post-retrofit submitted April 1, 2017 or later will be processed under the 2017 Program Rules.

Moisture Issues Reminder:

Due to the rainy weather and increased humidity we have experienced recently in Southern California, it is especially important to look for black organic matter (BOM)/mold in homes due to leaky roofs, broken pipes, crawlspace seepage, poor ventilation in bathrooms and other areas, etc.

SoCalGas Updates

Please note that the updates listed for the SCE/SoCalGas program above also apply to the SoCalGas-only program. If you have any questions, please contact your Account Management team.

QC Corner

The following areas are just some of the topics presented during the Technical Training at the 2017 Program Year Kick Off event. More of these topics will be in the next newsletter. The complete presentation slides are available on the Contractor Website under Program Resources, Past Training Presentations .

Gas Appliance Ambient Testing Procedure: Proper Test Locations

It is important to use the correct test locations when taking ambient carbon monoxide (CO) readings for gas furnaces, water heaters, and fireplaces. For forced air furnaces, test appliance ambient CO levels in the supply register closest to the FAU. For wall furnaces, test appliance ambient CO levels just above the heat exchanger on both sides of the draft hood inlet, or in the air flow of the built-in circulating fan if present. For floor furnaces, test appliance ambient CO by placing the probe six inches above the top of the appliance. For gas storage water heaters, test appliance ambient CO by placing the probe six inches above the water heater and inducer unit if applicable. For indoor direct vent gas tankless water heaters, test appliance ambient CO levels six inches above the top of the water heater. For gas fireplaces, measure just outside the fireplace directly above the unit.

Gas Log-Sets and Vermiculite

Vermiculite is a platy mineral that expands when heated. It is used in various building materials, including gas log sets to imitate the look and feel of glowing embers and ash beneath the logs.

                   

A vast majority of the vermiculite used in the U.S. through the mid-1990s came from a mine contaminated with asbestos. Per BPI technical standards if vermiculite is suspected, the contractor must have the material inspected to determine if asbestos is present. This requirement must be followed before diagnostic testing (blower door, duct test, WCD testing) takes place. Numerous labs in the area are certified to perform this testing; contact your Account Manager if you need help locating a lab.

Reminder: R-8 Insulation Credit and Effective R-Value for Buried Ducts

For projects reserved on or after February 15, 2017, Participating Contractors may completely bury R-6 ducts to receive credit for R-8 ducts. This is applicable for projects participating in both Home Upgrade and Advanced Home Upgrade. To claim an effective R-Value above R-8 credit for buried ducts in Advanced Home Upgrade (Snugg Pro and Optimiser models only) additional requirements including HERS certification and Quality Insulation Installation (QII) requirements must also be met. A buried duct diagram is not required. For full details, see the February 1, 2017 newsletter available in the Updates tab of the Contractor Website.

Please contact your Account Management team if you have any questions.

Marketing Updates

Statewide Branding and Website Update

The statewide Energy Upgrade California brand is under new management in 2017. During this transition period, please continue to follow the current Energy Upgrade California Home Upgrade brand guidelines. Submit any co-branded materials to your Account Manager for review. Currently, the new management team is updating the statewide website, with a tentative relaunch date of Earth Day 2017 (April 22).

Review your Listing on the Contractor Website

Please take the time to review your current partnership listing on the Contractor Website Find a Contractor page. As noted above, the statewide website is currently under redevelopment, and the contractor listing is not active. This means that customers looking for a Participating Contractor will be directed to the SCE/SoCalGas Find a Contractor page. Review your listing in detail, and share any updates with your Account Manager. 

Join us for a Hands-On Mechanical Ventilation class in Murrieta on February 21 from 8:30 a.m. - noon.  Space is limited, so please contact your Account Manager for more information if you'd like to attend!  BPI BAs will earn CEUs.

February 1 Program Updates

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Don't forget to register for the Southern California Edison (SCE) and SoCalGas® Energy Upgrade California® Home Upgrade 2017 Program Year Kick-Off event scheduled for next Tuesday, February 7! Get updated on the 2017 program, new marketing materials, and a chance to win great tools! More details and the link to register are listed below.

SCE/SoCalGas Program Updates

One Year Cancellation Policy

In order to ensure that ineligible projects do not tie up reserved incentive funds, the program is now instituting a one year project cancellation policy. Effective April 1, 2017, if a project has not been completed within a year from the project reservation date, the project is subject to cancellation by the program. Participating Contractors at risk of getting their projects cancelled will be notified well ahead of time so that they are able to take action to prevent this. Please contact your Account Manager if you have any questions or concerns about any at-risk projects.  

Buried Duct Insulation Credit

For projects reserved on or after February 15, 2017 to claim R-8 duct insulation credit when duct sleeve insulation is less than R-8, the following requirements must be met:

  1. Ducts must have a minimum insulation sleeve value of R-6 prior to being buried, and be completely buried in loose fill fiberglass or loose fill cellulose insulation, to claim credit for a duct insulation value of R-8.
  2. Ducts must be covered by loose fill insulation to a level that is consistent throughout the entire attic area. Credit may not be taken for duct insulation when the surrounding attic insulation is lower than the top of the ducts and insulation is mounded over the area of the ducts. This requirement applies only to supply ducts, not to return ducts.
  3. Participating Contractors must submit an insulation certificate (or include a line on the current insulation certificate for wall, attic or floor insulation) to indicate the duct sleeve R-Value of the buried duct.
  4. A buried duct diagram is not required.

To claim buried duct effective R-Values greater than R-8 (as shown in Table 14 on Page 41 of the 2016 Residential Alternative Calculation Method Reference Manual) the following requirements must be met:

  1. Attic insulation must be certified by a HERS rater for Verified Quality Insulation Installation (QII). All applicable documentation (CF2R/3R-MCH-29 [buried ducts] and ENV-21, -22 and -23 [QII]) must be submitted to VisionDSM. A buried duct diagram is not required.
  2. Ducts must have a minimum insulation sleeve value of R-6 prior to being buried to claim buried duct effective R-Values from Table 14.
  3. Duct runs must be positioned to rest on the ceiling gypsum or be no more than 3.5" from the ceiling gypsum.
  4. Attic insulation must be a minimum of R-30 blown-in (loose fill fiberglass or loose fill cellulose) insulation (or a minimum of R-38 if claiming the attic insulation measure).
  5. Credit will be given for buried ducts on the ceiling only in areas where the ceiling is level and there is at least 6" of space between the outer jacket of the installed duct and the roof sheathing above.
  6. Ducts deeply buried in lowered areas of the ceiling and covered by at least 3.5" of insulation above the top of the duct insulation jacket may claim effective insulation of R-25 for fiberglass insulation and R-31 for cellulose insulation.

Reminder: Always Keep a Visual Record of Your Work!

Contractors are required to document various aspects of their projects. Date-stamped images of all pre-retrofit building details that affect the energy consumption of a home must be captured for all projects. Images are to be kept on file with the Participating Contractor until the project has been closed out. Images to be captured include but are not limited to: AC condensers, furnaces, heat pumps, ductwork, water heaters, insulation levels (attic, wall, crawlspace), attics, walls, knee walls, crawlspaces, windows and doors. Having these photos on file can help eliminate delays with processing should the need for verification arise.

Reminder: Test-In Manometer Images Requirement for Advanced Home Upgrade Custom Values projects

AHU Custom Values projects reserved on or after October 15, 2016 require that date-stamped images of test-in blower door and duct test manometers be submitted via the WebApp during the post-retrofit submittal process. If a hazardous condition prohibits blower door and duct testing at test-in, contractors will not be required to submit manometer images. These situations will allow vintage default values to be used in place of actual test results.

If you have any questions, please contact your Account Management team.

SoCalGas Updates

Please note that the updates listed for the SCE/SoCalGas program above also apply to the SoCalGas-only program. If you have any questions, please contact your Account Management team.

Historic Building Energy Efficiency Program (HBEEP)

Do you have customers in the SoCalGas/municipal territory with homes built in 1940 or earlier?  These homes have special historic characteristics to preserve, but can still greatly benefit from energy-saving upgrades, especially whole building air sealing and insulation measures. Participating Contractors who become HBEEP contractors offer upgrades to these customers that maintain the historic nature of the home, and incentives at 100% of the calculated amount.

If you would like more information on how to become an HBEEP contractor, please contact your Account Manager.

2017 Program Year Kick-off Event

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

 

SoCalGas Energy Resource Center

9240 Firestone Blvd

Downey, CA 90241

 

Join the Home Upgrade program team for the 2017 Program Year Kick-Off Event! Specific topics that will be covered include:

  • Testing by Measure review
  • New Info Sheets, Incentive Application Forms and Incentive Calculators
  • Best practices
  • Marketing materials and co-branding
  • SB 1414
  • SoCalGas Historic Building Energy Efficiency Program
  • Buried ductwork greater than R-8, appliance ambient testing and more!

All attendees will receive a bag with updated program materials, a presentation flash drive and more! In addition, we will give a $200 gift certificate to TruTech Tools to one lucky winner. Breakfast will be provided and BPI CEUs are available.

January 18 Program Updates

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

To help get back into the swing of things for 2017, the Southern California Edison (SCE)/SoCalGas® Energy Upgrade California® Home Upgrade team has scheduled training courses for you and your staff. Please be sure to join us on January 31 for the first Project Processing training of the year, and don't miss out on the 2017 Program Year Kick-Off event on February 7! Both sessions will highlight the 2017 Program Changes as well as other updates! More information about both of these training courses is noted below.

SCE/SoCalGas Program Updates

 

Updated 2017 Documentation and Tools

The SCE/SoCalGas program has updated all documentation and systems to reflect the updated changes for 2017. Updated documents are now available on the Contractor Website under Program Resources. Please be sure to cease using old versions of documents, and inform your staff about the updates. PLEASE NOTE: the 2017 documents listed below must be used in all projects going forward:

  • Incentive Application v10 for SCE/SoCalGas
  • Testing by Measure document (for SCE/SoCalGas program Home Upgrade projects)
  • BPI BA Testing Form (for use in both programs)
  • Combustion Appliance Ambient Form (for use in both programs)
  • Home Upgrade Incentive Calculator v2 (for the Joint SCE/SoCalGas program)
  • Advanced Home Upgrade Calculator v7 (for use in both programs)
  • Home Energy Efficiency Assessment Forms (for use in both programs, Home Upgrade projects)
  • QC Tools Calculator (for use in both programs)

 

QC Tools Calculator Update: Mechanical Ventilation Certification

Do you have a project that requires mechanical ventilation? The new QC Tools Calculator has been updated to include a checkbox in the Air Sealing and Mechanical Ventilation calculator that you must check off to certify that you have installed the required mechanical ventilation for the home. Be sure to upload this new version for projects requiring mechanical ventilation when post-retrofit submitting your project.

 

Calculator Download Tip

When downloading and opening the program calculators, please be sure to select "Enable Editing" and "Enable Content" to ensure accuracy of the calculated values.  

 

Testing by Measure Update

The Testing by Measure protocol used in the SoCalGas program for Home Upgrade projects is now also offered in the SCE/SoCalGas program!

Under Testing by Measure, pre-retrofit diagnostic testing is no longer required, but is still highly recommended to help offer the best upgrade recommendations to your customers and identify issues that may need to be addressed during construction.

Post-retrofit diagnostic testing requirements are now determined by the measures installed, and are listed in the SCE/SoCalGas Testing by Measure chart available for download from the Contractor Website under Program Documents.

 

Important Reminders

Senate Bill 1414 (SB1414) Proof of Permit Closure

Proof of closed permit on HVAC retrofits with an air conditioner, heat pump or their related fans is required for all Advanced Home Upgrade and Home Upgrade projects post-retrofit submitted on or after January 1, 2017.  Upload this document with your other project documentation during post-retrofit submission.

Home Energy Efficiency Assessments for Home Upgrade

All Joint Program Home Upgrade projects reserved on or after December 1, 2016 require submittal of a Home Energy Efficiency Assessment at post-retrofit. You may use the program-created document (available for download from the SCE/SoCalGas Program Documents, Project Processing Documents tab), or you may create your own custom report that captures this information and is pre-approved by your Account Manager. Advanced Home Upgrade projects can continue to use the modeling software's report or a custom report approved by your Account Manager.

If you have any questions about these program requirements, please contact your Account Management team.

 

SoCalGas Updates

 

Updated 2017 Documentation and Tools

The SoCalGas program has also updated all documentation and systems to reflect the updated changes for 2017. Updated documents are now available on the Contractor Website under Program Resources. Please be sure to cease using old versions of documents, and inform your staff about the updates. PLEASE NOTE: the 2017 documents listed below must be used in all projects going forward:

  • Incentive Application v10 for SoCalGas/LADWP
  • Incentive Application v10 for SoCalGas-only (other municipal electric utility)
  • BPI BA Testing Form (for use in both programs)
  • Combustion Appliance Ambient Form (for use in both programs)
  • Home Upgrade Incentive Calculator v2 (for the SoCalGas program)
  • Advanced Home Upgrade Calculator v7 (for use in both programs)
  • Home Energy Efficiency Assessment Forms (for use in both programs, Home Upgrade projects)
  • QC Tools Calculator (for use in both programs)

Please note that the SoCalGas Home Upgrade Calculator requires that you select an option from a dropdown list if the electric utility provider is Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) or another municipal electric provider, as well as whether the project will be a Historic Building Energy Efficiency Program (HBEEP) project. Selecting the appropriate responses will allow the Calculator to provide you with the correct incentive amount.

 

Healthy Home Evaluator (HHE) Certification

Through the Building Performance Institute (BPI), you may now receive the Healthy Home Evaluator (HHE) certification. This certification is designed to help those who work in home performance, weatherization and the healthy housing industries conduct assessment in homes that may contain conditions which would negatively affect the health and safety of the occupants. By obtaining this certification, BPI Building Analysts can add more value to their home performance assessment for customers. Learn more about HHE certification here

Project Processing Training

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

 

SoCalGas Energy Resource Center

9240 Firestone Blvd.

Downey, CA 90241

Join the program team to master your processing skills for pre- and post-retrofit submissions, learn about the new 2017 documentation and updated incentive calculators and how to prevent project issues and fix projects when they arise!

Register Here!

 

2017 Program Year Kick-off Event

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

 

SoCalGas Energy Resource Center

9240 Firestone Blvd

Downey, CA 90241

 

Join the program team for the 2017 Program Year Kick-Off! Specific topics that will be covered include:

  • Testing by Measure review
  • New Info Sheets, Incentive Application Forms and Incentive Calculators
  • Best practices
  • Marketing materials and co-branding
  • SB 1414 bill
  • SoCalGas Historic Building Energy Efficiency Program (HBEEP) 
  • Buried ductwork greater than R-8, appliance ambient testing and more!

Breakfast will be provided and BPI CEUS are available.

Register Here!

 

Upcoming Certified Aquatic Equipment Installer (CAEI) Training

Learn what tools are needed and how to test and install pool pumps with the Foundation for Pool and Spa Industry Education (FPSIE). This full-day presentation will provide you with all the information and certification you need to help your customers earn incentives for replacing their single-speed pool pumps with more efficient variable speed pumps. The CAEI certification is required for any Advanced Home Upgrade project that includes a pool pump. The course cost is $249.00 and registration is required (courses fill up quickly and early registrants may be eligible for $199 scholarship). Breakfast and lunch will be provided. The below two events are bilingual in English and Spanish. Register online at www.fpsie.org. For additional information, contact FPSIE at (916) 922-8895 or email info@fpsie.org.

Date: February 21, 2017

Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Wet'n'Wild Palm Springs - 1500 S Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs, CA 92264

 

Date: March 24, 2017

Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Lake Cachuma Recreation Area - 2225 Hwy 154, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

 

January 3 Program Updates

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Welcome back and Happy New Year! We hope you and your families enjoyed the holidays and were able to spend time with one another. As we look forward in 2017, we have many new and exciting things coming to the program! From updated program changes to new training courses we hope to continue to help your customers save money and energy and earn available incentives on eligible upgrades made to their home!

SCE/SoCalGas Program Updates

Thank you to all of the Participating Contractors who attended the Whole House Healthy Comfort Energy Sellutions event on December 8 with guest speaker Drew Cameron. We hope you learned valuable and innovative sales techniques and we look forward to seeing how you will implement them into your businesses. 

Energy Modeling Software Updates

Snugg Pro

Snugg Pro has recently integrated the Department of Energy's (DOE) Home Energy Score (HES). This new integration lets you obtain a Home Energy Score without ever leaving Snugg Pro.

Snugg Pro's Home Energy Score integration is available out of the box at no extra charge for users nationwide.  You will need a DOE assessor ID to get started. To learn how to obtain a DOE assessor ID, please visit the Better Buildings website.

CakeSystems

Effective immediately, the following program values are to be used in all CakeSystems energy models:

  • Clothes Washer/Washing Machine: Choose the "standard" option in the dropdown menu
  • Refrigerator type: Choose the "bottom freezer" option in the dropdown menu
  • Refrigerator Model Year: Choose the '93-'00 option in the dropdown menu

Note: When the program specifies required values all models are required to use these values. Please continue to follow program guidance on all other values unless otherwise noted. If incorrect values are submitted the corrected program values will be updated in the submitted energy model, which may have an effect on your estimated incentive. If you have any questions or are unsure of the guidance you have received from your modeling software vendor, please consult the Program Updates guidance here or check with your Account Management team to ensure you have used the correct values.

Updated 2017 Documentation and Tools

The program is currently updating all documentation and systems to reflect the updated changes for 2017 as quickly as possible. Please be advised that Participating Contractors are still responsible for adhering to the new requirements when submitting new projects.

The updated documents and tools we have completed are listed below and are now available on the Contractor Website under Program Documents for your use.

  • Testing by Measure document
  • BPI BA Certification Form (for use in both programs)
  • Combustion Appliance Ambient Form (for use in both programs)
  • Home Upgrade and Advanced Home Upgrade Calculators
  • Home Energy Efficiency Assessment Forms (for use in both programs, Home Upgrade projects)

If you have any questions about the new requirements, please contact your Account Management team.

Featured Article: Charting a Course to Healthier, High-Performance Homes

On average people spend more than half of their time in their homes. The health and comfort of the home is something very important to people that they will be sure to spend time and effort on improving. Studies have shown that home performance upgrades have been linked to general health improvements as well as reduced asthma symptoms amongst homeowners who choose to make upgrades to their home. For more information on the benefits and improved lifestyle a home with home performance upgrades can provide, read more here.

SoCalGas Updates

Updated 2017 Documentation and Tools

The program is currently updating all documentation and systems to reflect the updated changes for 2017 as quickly as possible. Please be advised that Participating Contractors are still responsible for adhering to the new requirements when submitting new projects.

The updated documents and tools we have completed are listed below and are now available on the Contractor Website under Program Documents for your use.

  • Testing by Measure document
  • BPI BA Certification Form (for use in both programs)
  • Combustion Appliance Ambient Form (for use in both programs)
  • Home Upgrade Incentive Calculator (for the SoCalGas-only program) and Advanced Home Upgrade Calculator (for use in both programs)
  • Home Energy Efficiency Assessment Forms (for use in both programs, Home Upgrade projects)

2017 Program Year Kick-off Event

Tuesday, February 7, 2016

8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

SoCalGas Energy Resource Center

Save the date! The 2017 Program Year Kick-off event is right around the corner! Topics will include a Test-By-Measure overview and best practices, as well as buried duct work above R-8 procedures and more! Stay tuned for more details to come. Breakfast will be provided and BPI CEUs are available. 

Register Here!

December 16 Program Updates

Friday, December 16, 2016

A big thank you to everyone who attended the sixth annual Contractor Appreciation Night December 6 at Dave & Buster's Anaheim, and to all of our Participating Contractors and Raters - you've made 2016 a great year for the Southern California Edison (SCE)/SoCalGas® and SoCalGas Energy Upgrade California® Home Upgrade Program!

We're pleased to announce the 2016 Contractor Appreciation Night Award Winners - they've done an outstanding job in making energy savings, quality workmanship, and customer satisfaction top priorities in their projects.

The 2016 award winners in the SCE/SoCalGas Joint Program are:

The 2016 award winners in the SoCalGas Program are:

SCE/SoCalGas Program Updates

Important Project Submission Deadline Reminder: December 30!

Applicable to SCE/SoCalGas and SoCalGas/Municipal projects

December 30, 2016 will be the:

  • Last day to post-retrofit submit any project that was reserved prior to August 1 under the pre- August 1 Program Changes requirements
  • Last day to post-retrofit submit any EnergyPro project (must have been reserved by October 15)
  • Last day to reserve projects under the 2016 Program Requirements

2017 Program Changes: Upcoming Key Items

The 2017 Program Changes Quick Reference Guide and Program Changes FAQs for both the SCE/SoCalGas Joint Program and the SoCalGas-Only Program are now available on the Contractor Website under Program Documents.

Upcoming Key Items:

  • Updated Program Documentation (coming soon!)
    • Incentive Applications
    • Calculators for Advanced Home Upgrade and Home Upgrade by territory
    • Updated Advanced Home Upgrade and Home Upgrade Information Sheets
    • Updated Marketing Materials
    • Updated Manuals and Guides
  • WebApp Updates
  • The WebApp will track reservation and submission dates and will only show requirements based on those dates
  • All the approved modeling software vendors for Advanced Home Upgrade have been informed of the upcoming changes to incentive calculations. They are working to update these calculations in their software.
  • Until software vendor updates to incentive calculations are complete, please use the kWh, kW and therm existing and improved values and input them into Advanced Home Upgrade calculators. These calculators will be updated and will provide you an incentive estimation based on the new 2017 Program Changes.
  • Advanced Home Upgrade Incentive Calculations
  • Be sure to update your internal processes, marketing materials and appropriate staff of the new program requirements!
  • Minimize potential impacts and start selling now based on new program requirements and focus on closing existing projects.

Remember: If you have any questions or concerns, contact your Account Management team by phone or email!

2016 Requirements

Proof of pulled permit on HVAC retrofits for Advanced Home Upgrade and Home Upgrade projects.

2017 Requirements

Proof of closed permit on HVAC retrofits for all Advanced Home Upgrade and Home Upgrade projects post-retrofit submitted on or after January 1, 2017.

Proof of permit closure provided by the authority having jurisdiction (e.g. local permitting office or, in some instances, a copy of the closed permit already given to your customer) must include:

 a. Permit number

 b. Customer name and address

 c. Indication that the permit has been closed and/or final

Specific Measure(s) Affected:

Any Advanced Home Upgrade or Home Upgrade projects with:

  1. Central air conditioning including: air handlers with air conditioning; split and packaged units
  2. Heat pumps including: air handlers with heat pumps; air source, ground source, hybrid, etc.; split and package units
  3. Fans associated with central air conditioning or heat pumps

Senate Bill 1414: What does it mean for your projects?

Due to the recent passage of California Senate Bill 1414 into law, any project that includes installation of central air conditioning (split or packaged systems) or a heat pump and their related fans will require proof of permit closure in order to receive an incentive check in 2017. All pending projects currently in the system regardless of project submission date will require this documentation. It is recommended to begin uploading this documentation now to any projects containing these measures to avoid payment processing delays. If your project is submitted and needs permit documentation the program team will contact you to request proof of permit closure prior to approval of the project's incentive.

Update to Buried Ductwork Requirements for Advanced Home Upgrade projects:

Currently, projects with buried ductwork in Advanced Home Upgrade are capable of receiving energy savings for an effective R-Value greater than an R-8, and also require a duct diagram to be uploaded with the project. Effective immediately, projects with buried ductwork

will only receive credit for up to R-8 unless the CEC policy for Quality Installation of Insulation (QII) procedure is followed. Pages 40 & 41 of the 2016 Residential Alternative Calculation Method (ACM) Reference Manual explain in detail the requirements to receive energy savings for buried ductwork with a higher effective R-Value than R-8.

To help reduce barriers to Participating Contractors and customers, a duct diagram will no longer need to be provided for any project choosing to not follow the CEC policy and QII procedure, and will only receive credit for R-8. More information will be covered during the Program Kickoff Training in 2017. 

 

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