News and Updates

RTS Memo 118 - Participating Rater. In order to promote the participation of HERS II raters in the EUC Program, the program has added a rater pathway to become listed as participating raters and submit projects.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Per RTS Program Memo 118, in order to promote the participation of HERS II raters in the EUC Program the program has added a rater pathway to become listed as participating raters and submit projects. Provided the rater meets all program participation requirements, the rater will get there company listed on the statewide website as a participating contractor.

Witness QC Available to All Contractors. All Contractors will now be able to request a Witnness QC inspection for all post-retrofit inspections. A task has been added to allow contractors to notify the QC vendor of their intent to schedule a witness QC.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

All contractors will now be able to request a Witness QC inspection for all post-retrofit inspections. A task has been added to allow contractors to notify the QC vendor of their intent to schedule a witness QC and the QC vendor will coordinate with the contractor in Vision. The contractor is expected to supply all testing equipment and conduct all tests under the supervision of the QC vendor. This will avoid the need for a seperate QC inspection and help avoid appeals.

RHA Memo 515.1 - Desktop Safety Review. Projects not selected for QC inspection still require a review to assess any immediate safety issues in the home.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Per RHA Program Memo 515.1, projects not selected for QC inspection still require a review to assess any immediate safety issues in the home. In order to better communicate the issues with the contractor and customers, a new procedure titled Desktop Safety Review replaced the QA review procedures for non-selected projects. This process informs and places all liability on the contractor for correcting all required safety issues due to the fact the QC vendor will not be able to verify the accuracy of submitted documents.

Advanced Path QA Process

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

SCE implimented a Desktop Safety Review process for projects not undergoing an on-site post-verification. This Desktop Safety Review would look at the Combustion Safety Test and building airflow requirements.

100% CAZ and Mechanical Ventilation Review. Regardless of selection for QC inspection, every project will conduct a QA safety review to determine if the CAZ and Mechanical Ventilation data meets all program safety minimum requirements.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Regardless of selection for QC inspection, every project will conduct a QA safety review to determine if the CAZ and Mechanical Ventilation data meets all program safety minimum requirements. Should a discrepency arise the project must enter the appeal process.

Reduced QA Review

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Program Mangement decided to remove the post-retrofit RFI process to reduce cycle time and program costs. The QA procedure is revised to establish a hierarchy of documents to resolve conflicting data. Should a discrepency arise during a QA review, the reviewer will first use values from the supporting documentation. If the data is not available, the reviewer will next use the QA Energy Pro Model. If the data is not present, the reviewer will use the QA Vision input.

Implemented a reimbursible fee at BPI BA training classes

Friday, October 5, 2012

SCE implimented a policy to refund the contractor the non-subsidized amount (excluding BPI fees) of their BPI Building Analyst training cost after they successfully complete five projects in the program within the first year completing the BPI BA training.

Processing Changes for LA County Push: In order to expedite processing timelines for contractors to meet the LA County Deadline of 9/28/2012, 4 processing adjustments were made.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

In order to expedite processing timelines for contractors to meet the LA County Deadline of 9/28/2012, processing adjustments were made as follows:

  1. Verification of Valid utility accounts and previous participation will occur during or after the QC pre-inspection.
  2. On-site preverication selection will occur immediately after submission using a autonomous selection program.
  3. Past performance in the program will impact the percentage of jobs selected for pre-verification.
  4. Contractor can choose to accept default values for duct blaster and blower door tests for homes regardless of the presence of hazardous conditions.

RHA Memo 513 - Elimination of Appeal Conference Calls. Appeal conference calls have been removed as an option for contractors with a project in "Eligible for Appeal" status

Monday, September 17, 2012

Per RHA Memo 513, appeal conference calls have been removed as an option for contractors with a project in "Eligible for Appeal" status. This action was taken in order to avoid increased cycle time and inefficiency. Contractors will now use the Vision DSM system to submit their inquires and supply supporting documentation.

RHA Memo 512 - Adhearing to Default Blower Door and Duct Test Values. The QC third party vendor, RHA, will not perform blower door and duct tests when the contractor reports default values in their pre-retrofit submission.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Per RHA Memo 512, the QC third party vendor, RHA, will not perform blower door and duct tests when the contractor reports default values in their pre-retrofit submission. Instead, RHA will assume default values when submitting their inspection report. Eliminating additional tests in this situation will decrease cycle time, increase cost effectiveness, and lower burden on the homeowners.

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