News and Updates

February 15 Training Updates

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Greetings to all Participating Contractors from your Southern California Edison (SCE) and SoCalGas® Energy Upgrade California® Home Upgrade team! Below, you'll find information about upcoming training opportunities with the program, as well as an update from the CakeSystems software team. 

Home Upgrade Learning Center: Are you a BPI Building Analyst interested in gaining more CEUs? Are you new to home performance and would like an introduction to building science? Interested in transforming your business from HVAC to Home Performance? Exploring new marketing and sales skills? 

The Home Upgrade Learning Center offers a growing selection of training courses and resources to Participating Contractors in order to enhance your participation in Home Upgrade in the SCE and SoCalGas service territories. After registering, you will be able to browse courses, add them to your course list and undertake self-paced training on your own schedule. 

Access the Home Upgrade Learning Center here. If you need your access information, please contact your account manager. 

Have a topic you would like to have added to our learning center? Email Hannah Laughlin.

Modeling Gas Fired Wall Furnaces with CakeSystems Software: CakeSystems software can model gas fired wall furnaces; however, there is not currently an input choice for this type of heating system.  In the screenshot below, you will see the correct way to enter a gas wall furnace.  This combination of inputs will negate the duct distribution from a forced air gas furnace  so that it models as a stand alone radiant system.  Gas wall furnaces will be included as an HVAC option in CakeSystems Version 2. 

Participating Contractor Survey: If you have not done so yet, SCE and SoCalGas Program Management would like to request your participation in a very brief survey regarding your participation in the program. Your feedback will help us as we plan training opportunities and events for you in 2016! 

Take the Survey

Networking Event

February 25, 2016

5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Join your Southern California Home Upgrade team for a fun night of networking with other Participating Contractors. Meet potential partners to work with you on Home Upgrade projects in 2016!

BPI BA Certification

March 7-16, 2016

Becoming a Building Performance Institute (BPI) Building Analyst (BA) will help you expand your knowledge of building science, home performance, diagnostic testing and more, and will allow you to perform Advanced Home Upgrade projects!

The SCE/SoCalGas Home Upgrade program offers Participating Contractors the opportunity to participate in BPI BA training and obtain certification at a discounted rate. Contact your account manager for discount details, as a special code will be required at registration in order to qualify.

BPI BA Re-Certification Written Exam

March 11, 2016

Energy Upgrade California Home Upgrade - BPI Building Analyst Written Exam Re-certification. ** Payment must be in the form of money order or cashiers check only. **

BPI BA Re-Certification Field Exam

March 18, 2016

Energy Upgrade California Home Upgrade - BPI Building Analyst Field Exam Re-certification. ** Payment must be in the form of money order or cashiers check only. **

Technical Training

March 24, 2016

8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Join us for Technical Training! More information about the specific topics to be covered will be available soon.

Industry Event: 2016 ACI National Home Performance Conference

April 4 through 7

Austin, TX

The Home Performance Coalition has announced that they will award 75 contractor scholarships to attend the ACI National Home Performance Conference in Austin, thanks to a grant received from E4TheFuture, a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the home performance industry. Applications must be received by February 19

Updates and Training Opportunities: February 1, 2016

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Greetings to all Participating Contractors from your Southern California Edison (SCE) and SoCalGas® Energy Upgrade California® Home Upgrade team! Below, you'll find information about upcoming training opportunities with the program, as well as information about scholarships available for the ACI National Conference coming up in April in Austin, TX. 

2016 Communications: During 2016, we're planning to send communications to Participating Contractors twice a month, on or around the 1st and 15th of each month, with longer formal newsletters coming your way in January, March, May, July, September, November and December. We'll keep you up-to-date on training opportunities, industry events and other topics of interest. We will also send occasional updates on special events and any topics that need to be communicated right away. Please make sure that everyone at your company who should receive these updates is on our contact list - feel free to send additional email addresses to your Account Manager. 

Federal Tax Credits: We'd also like to share some exciting information about the renewal of Federal Tax Credits for Consumer Energy Efficiency. These 2016 Federal Tax Credits are good through December 31, and can help offset the cost of energy upgrades even further for your customers! Follow the links below to learn about the Tax Credits available for certain products. And, as always, make sure to inform your customers that they should speak to their tax advisor about any tax credits they plan to claim. 

HVAC Tax Credits

Insulation Tax Credits

Water Heater Tax Credits

Window and Door Tax Credits

Participating Contractor Survey: Finally, SCE and SoCalGas Program Management would like to request your participation in a very brief survey regarding your participation in the program. Your feedback will help us as we plan training opportunities and events for you in 2016! 

Take the Survey

Hands-On Training Series - Positive Blower Door Testing Procedure

February 5, 2016

8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Join the Home Upgrade team to learn how to perform positive pressure blower door session. Classes limited to ten attendees - reserve your spot today!

Networking Event

February 25, 2016

5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Join your Southern California Home Upgrade team for a fun night of networking with other Participating Contractors. Meet potential partners to work with you on Home Upgrade projects in 2016!

BPI BA Certification

March 7-16, 2016

Becoming a Building Performance Institute (BPI) Building Analyst (BA) will help you expand your knowledge of building science, home performance, diagnostic testing and more, and will allow you to perform Advanced Home Upgrade projects!

The SCE/SoCalGas Home Upgrade program offers Participating Contractors the opportunity to participate in BPI BA training and obtain certification at a discounted rate. Contact your account manager for discount details, as a special code will be required at registration in order to qualify.

BPI BA Re-Certification Written Exam

March 11, 2016

Energy Upgrade California Home Upgrade - BPI Building Analyst Written Exam Re-certification. ** Payment must be in the form of money order or cashiers check only. **

https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ec6cn0kndf0a3fc9&oseq=&c=&ch=

BPI BA Re-Certification Field Exam

March 18, 2016

Energy Upgrade California Home Upgrade - BPI Building Analyst Field Exam Re-certification. ** Payment must be in the form of money order or cashiers check only. **

Technical Training

March 24, 2016

8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Join us for Technical Training! More information about the specific topics to be covered will be available soon.

Industry Event: 2016 ACI National Home Performance Conference

April 4 through 7

Austin, TX

The Home Performance Coalition has announced that they will award 75 contractor scholarships to attend the ACI National Home Performance Conference in Austin, thanks to a grant received from E4TheFuture, a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the home performance industry. Applications must be received by February 19.