Questions about Title 24 Reporting and Calculations

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Title 24 -also California Energy Code - is the 6th section of the California Building Standards Code. It was created in order to reduce California energy consumption for constructions and alterations of residential and non-residential buildings.
According to the California Energy Commission , on average, the 2016 Building Energy Efficiency Standards will increase the cost of constructing a new home by about $2,700, but will save $7,400 in energy and maintenance costs over 30 years. Single family homes built to the 2016 standards will use about 28 percent less energy for lighting, heating, cooling, ventilation, and water heating than those built to the 2013 standards.
If your project does not comply, and you have been given options by us - you can always call or email to get a consultation - it is part of our company policy to keep the client informed with the details of the energy report. We work with you until the project complies.
We do NOT come on-site. The energy certificate is created based on architectural, structural and other information that you provide to us. We help you with the design process as it is related to the energy documentation. Any preliminary architecture drawings, construction and verification is done by 3rd parties.
If we modeled the project and a draft report is provided, a refund will not be issued. If the design does not comply, we will consult you to get the project up to the current energy standards free of charge unless you want to stop the process for some reason.
No, our company policy is to start work AFTER the payment is made. Unfortunately, we had many scenarios were energy reports were completed and payment was not made based on verbal agreements. If you have any contracts that you would like for us to sign - please give us a call and we can figure out the terms. We typically don't draft any contracts ourselves.
Your energy compliance certificate must be included in the submittal package for your permit application. Many departments want a digital copy as well - you can create a project and file with HERS provider such as CalCerts or CHEERS.
HERS Providers are organizations approved by the California Energy Commission to train and oversee HERS Raters conducting HERS verification in Residential and Nonresidential newly constructed buildings, additions and alterations. HERS Provider has the ability to create and maintain a Registry and Database of certified and trained HERS raters - allowing clients to search and find a certified rater for their project.
A HERS rater is a person trained, tested and certified by a HERS Provider to perform the field verification and diagnostic testing required to demonstrate compliance. You can find a HERS rater on approved HERS provider websites: Calcerts and CHEERS.
We can direct you to our CalGreen rater for further questions for your particular city of submission. A CalGreen rater is someone who can help you understand the CalGreen code for your particular project.
The CALGreen is a mandatory green building standards code. The CALGreen checklist is designated to improve public health, and safety with having a neutral impact on the environment. The checklist encourages sustainable practices in planning and design, energy efficiency, water and material conservation, as well as resource efficiency.