California's 2008 Building Efficiency Standards become effective January 1, 2010!

Blueprints published by the CEC is one of the best ways to stay on top of the Energy Standards and obtain clarifications!

The Efficiency and Renewable Energy Division's Blueprint is published on a regular basis to provide updates and clarifications regarding California's Title 24, Part 6 Building Energy Efficiency Standards for Residential and Nonresidential Buildings. The Blueprint reaches energy officials, builders, energy consultants, contractors and other professionals with a need to know about the Energy Standards. California's Energy Efficiency Standards and Appliance Efficiency Standards are considered to be the most leading-edge and stringent in the world. The Blueprint reaches approximately 4500 plus subscribers. It is now published online only.

http://www.energy.ca.gov/efficiency/blueprint/
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Some additional information via CEC...

• The 2008 Building Energy Efficiency Standards are effective January 1, 2010.
• The CEC has published a FACT SHEET [see attached below] that answers commonly asked questions related to which standards apply (the 2005 or the 2008) for master planned communities and what to do about expired permits.
• It is important that inspectors inspect the actual material and equipment to verify that the model numbers match those modeled and listed in the CF-6R forms/installation certificates. Inspectors should not rely on the HERS raters because the raters will not have the installation certificates.
• In order to observe the field verification and diagnostic testing performed by builders/subcontractors OR certified HERS raters, a jurisdiction can require the verification/testing be performed in conjunction with the enforcement agency’s required inspection.
• HERS raters and providers are to be considered special inspectors by the jurisdiction. Therefore, the raters and providers shall demonstrate competence to the satisfaction of the Building Official, for the visual inspections and testing they perform. Note: Raters and providers shall be independent agencies from the builder and subcontractor installing the energy efficient improvements.
• The CEC will be sending out a link to the on-line learning center sometime in December.
• The CEC will be sending out hard copies of the standards and manuals to all Building Officials
• If necessary, to avoid delay of approval of dwelling units completed when outside temperatures are below 55 degrees F, the enforcement agency may approve compliance credit for refrigerant charge and airflow measurement when installers have used the alternate charging and airflow measurement procedure. This approval will be on the condition that installers provide a signed agreement to the builder with a copy to the enforcement agency to return to correct refrigerant charge and airflow if the HERS rater determines at a later time when the outside temperature is above 55 degrees F that correction is necessary.

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