News and Updates

RHA Memo 515.2 - Updated DSR Procedure

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Until recently, the Desktop Safety Review (DSR) reviewed only CAZ/CAS testing data and diagnostic testing data related to ASHRAE 62-89 ventilation requirements. Program changes have highlighted additional safety issues that are not part of the current DSR process. The DSR process should be updated to include the review of additional safety issues.

Additionally, the Desktop Safety Reviewer no longer reviews hardcopies of CAS/CAZ field data submitted by the Contractor. Instead, the DSR utilizes an .xml export of the Vision Database CAZ Form completed online by the Contractor and identifies any test data that is outside of acceptable ranges. The Desktop Safety Review ensures that the contractor submits complete and accurate data for all required CAS/CAZ testing in the Vision Post CAZ Form.

The Desktop Safety Review has evolved to include the review of documents and photographs supplied by the Contractor related to issues documented during the construction phase. The photos and documents provide evidence of remediation of safety issues by the contractor prior to submitting the post-retrofit project to the processing team.

Currently the Desktop Safety Review does not verify if TCVs were installed in conjunction with tankless water heaters. The installation of TCVs in conjunction with tankless water heaters presents a potential safety issue for homeowners.

The Desktop Safety Review will be updated to resolve the issue described above.

RTS Memo 133.1: Building Performance Institute Building Analyst "On Staff" versus "On Team"

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Effective December 4, 2013, the SCE/SoCalGas and the SoCalGas-only programs formally document program requirements regarding the requirement to have a BPI Building Analyst "On Staff" or "On Team". The formal program requirement is presented below:

  • Home Upgrade - Contractors participating in Home Upgrade and are new to the program (been a participating contractor less than 4 months), can utilize the services of a BPI BA that is not an employee of their firm (referred to as "On Team"). Also, contractors are required to satisfactorily complete the online Home Upgrade Training curriculum, Getting Up to Speed (G.U.T.S.) with a minimum score of 85%. There is a reduced fee for this course and will be refunded to the contactor once 5 Home Upgrade projects have been completed within the subsequent 12 month period.
  • Advanced Home Upgrade (Contractors in the Program less than 4 months) - Contractors participating in Advanced Home Upgrade and are new to the program (been a participating contractor less than 4 months), can utilize the services of a BPI BA that is not an employee of their firm (referred to as "On Team") for the first four months of participation. After that period, they must have a BPI BA employed by their company (referred to as "On Staff").
  • Advanced Home Upgrade (Contactors in the Program more than 4 months) - Contactors whom have participated in Advanced Home Upgrade for more than 4 months, must have a BPI BA employed by their company (referred to as "On Staff").

RTS Memo 135: BPI Building Analyst Training and Recertification Clarification

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

At the request of the Efficiency First California, Program Management has reviewed Program policies regarding eligibility for subsidized BPI Building Analyst (BPI BA) training. The program's current position is described below:

  • Training of New/Additional Staff - Contractor staff that are either new or wish to secure additional BPI BA status, are eligible to enroll in the Program subsidized training. All training requirements will apply to the new/additional staff. These include paying the upfront training fee and receiving reimbursement after 5 projects per person have been completed after successful completion of the training.
  • BPI BA Recertification Training - The Program does not currently offer subsidized recertification training and cannot offer reimbursement for such training.