News and Updates

Affordable Comfort Institute Conference - Interest Survey. Please follow the link below to complete a quick, two-question survey regarding the upcoming Affordable Comfort Institute (ACI) Home Performance Conference.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Participating Contractors:  

Please follow the link below to complete a quick, two-question survey regarding the upcoming Affordable Comfort Institute (ACI) Home Performance Conference.

ACI Participation Survey

Thank you!

Energy Upgrade California Home Upgrade Building Specific Lekage Area (SLA) Clarification. It has come to our attention that the pre-retrofit values for Building Leakage in Home Upgrade may not be clearly understood by all Participating Contractors.

Friday, September 20, 2013

It has come to our attention that the pre-retrofit values for Building Leakage in Home Upgrade may not be clearly understood by all Participating Contractors.

To clarify, the Home Upgrade building leakage baseline value is 0.35ACHn (4.15 SLA or 100% BAS) for all building vintages across the State of California.  If you choose to conduct building sealing at the 30% improvement level, you will cross the 70% threshold of the Building Airflow Standard (ASHRAE 62-89) and mechanical ventilation will be required. Please keep this in mind when calculating the 15% or 30% reduction in the project's scope of work. For Advanced Home Upgrade projects where the default settings are selected, the SLA is 8.0 for pre-1978 buildings; therefore, the 30% improvement from baseline does not have the same impact as with Home Upgrade projects.

Please keep in mind that all projects require a post-retrofit air infiltration test to document the building leakage values. Regardless of the baseline, if the value falls below the 70% BAS level, appropriate measures must be taken (e.g., mechanical ventilation). Currently the statewide team is evaluating the existing building leakage values collected within the program to date; updates to baseline values will be coming in the future.

Please contact your account manager if you have any questions.

RHA Memo 534 - Carbon Monoxide Monitors/Alarms

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Given the ongoing effort to align the SCE/SoCalGas Energy Upgrade California Program with other Energy Upgrade California Programs statewide, a decision has been made to make it a program requirement to install Carbon Monoxide Monitors/Alarms. The program recommends that one monitor/alarm is located outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home including the basement. It is a program requirement to have a minimum of one Carbon Monoxide Alarm installed per floor in the home. Projects found to be lacking Carbon Monoxide Alarm(s) should receive a Pass with Remediation(s) and moved into the Appeal status.

RTS Memo 101.4 - Inactive Contractors/Program Participation

Sunday, September 1, 2013

September 25, 2013: Effective September 1, 2013, contractors that are removed from an active participating contractor status will be required to complete a mandatory thirty (30) calendar day suspension. After contractor re-activation should a new project not be submitted within sixty (60) calendar days the contractor will be removed a second time and then a mandatory sixty (60) calendar day suspension will be in place.