May 1 Program Updates

Program: 
SCE/SoCalGas
Category: 
Training
Date: 
Monday, May 1, 2017
Description: 
Program: 
SCE/SoCalGas
Category: 
Training
Date: 
Monday, May 1, 2017
Description: 

May 1 Program Updates

Thank you to all Southern California Edison (SCE)/SoCalGas® Participating Contractors who attended the April 18 Hands-On Blower Door and Duct Test Training.
We hope you learned valuable information about different ways to use the blower door and duct tests to help you accurately assess the needs of your customers homes. Be sure to check out the training section below for information on our upcoming Project Processing and Technical Training sessions!

 Please reach out to your Account Management Team with any questions on the topics below. 

 

 

 

SCE/SoCalGas Program Updates

Update: Snugg Pro Window Venting Feature

Recently, Snugg Pro released Version 5.5, which includes the new option to select a checkbox for Window Venting. Selecting Yes tells the software that the homeowner periodically opens windows instead of operating the HVAC system to cool or heat the home.

Advanced Home Upgrade projects with Snugg Pro, reserved on or after May 1, 2017, must use these settings for Window Venting:

All Advanced Home Upgrade Default Values projects, and Advanced Home Upgrade Custom Values projects that do not use the utility bill calibration feature, must check Yes for the Window Venting option.

Advanced Home Upgrade Custom Values projects that submit utility bill data to calibrate the model should check Yes for the Window Venting option if the homeowner opens the windows at times as opposed to operating the HVAC system, or check No for the Window Venting option if the homeowner keeps the windows closed and operates the HVAC system for all heating and cooling needs.

The Window Venting Option checkbox is available in the Window section of the Input screen, and the Upgrade Window section of the Refine screen. Select the same condition on both the Input and Refine screens. If the Window Venting option is not consistent within the model, it will result in inaccurate modeled energy savings.

SoCalGas Updates

Please note that the update listed for the SCE/SoCalGas program above also applies to the SoCalGas only program.

QC Corner

Documenting and Reporting Health and Safety Issues:  NOUC vs. NFIR

Health and safety issues identified on a project can be broken down into two separate classifications. No matter what the classification is, it is the responsibility of both the Participating Contractor, third-party auditor and the QC vendor to notify the homeowner when health and safety issues are identified. In many cases, a health and safety issue has existed in the home for several years without ever causing damage to the home or negatively affecting the occupants' health. Other health and safety issues can be relativity new or caused by the Participating Contractor as part of the scope of work. The Program has two separate forms used to communicate the two classifications of health and safety issues:

Notice of Field Identified Recommendations (NFIR)

The NFIR is designed to record existing health and safety issues that are not associated with the scope of work and do not require remediation:

  1. Existing exhaust ventilation is not continuously connected/ducted to exhaust outdoors and attic insulation and/or building air sealing are not part of the SOW and post-retrofit building air leakage
    is ≥ .35 ACH.
  2. Existing insulation is in contact with a non-IC rated HPD(s) and no immediate hazard is present and attic insulation is not part of the SOW.
  3. Existing appliance vents stack(s) or chimney(s) is/are in contact with combustible material other than insulation installed in the SOW and no immediate hazard is present.

Notice of Unsatisfactory Conditions (NOUC)

The NOUC is designed to record health and safety issues that are not relevant to the NFIR

NOUC health and safety issues are defined in the Processing Guidelines and may result in recommendations for correction or require mitigation. NOUC health and safety issues may or may not be associated with the scope of work.

If the Participating Contractor, third-party auditor and/or the QC energy field technician (EFT) discovers any health and safety issues at the home, it is their responsibility to notify the homeowner or their designated representative of the issue utilizing the required NFIR and/or NOUC forms. This requirement must be followed whether the issue was caused by the Participating Contractor as part of the scope of work or was an existing condition.

Once completed by the auditor or the QC EFT, both forms identify the property address as well as the homeowner's name, the Participating Contractor and/or the inspector. There is space on each form to record each condition that is causing a health and safety issue, as well as a place for the homeowner or their designated representative to sign, indicating that they have been informed of the health and safety issue(s).

Based on the condition identified at the home, it is possible that completion of both an NFIR and a NOUC will be required. Both documents will need to be signed by the homeowner or their designated representative and uploaded to VisionDSM.

When a third-party auditor conducts the inspection for the Participating Contractor and a health and safety issue is identified, the auditor must complete the appropriate form, have it signed by the homeowner or their designated representative, and supply a copy of the form to the contractor for upload to VisionDSM. Depending on the health and safety issue identified, the Participating Contractor may need to return to the home and mitigate the issue.

Below are six scenarios to help you understand when the forms should be used. 

  1.  At the pre-retrofit inspection, the auditor discovers a gas leak at the meter, and existing insulation is in contact with a non-IC rated HPD(s). What steps should be taken? Auditor to complete a NOUC for gas  leak, and an NFIR for the HPD, both forms to be signed by the homeowner or their designated representative, and uploaded to VisionDSM.
  2.  At the pre-retrofit inspection, the auditor discovers a charred ceiling joist next to the furnace vent. What steps should be taken? Auditor to complete a NOUC, form to be signed by the homeowner or their  designated representative, and uploaded to VisionDSM. The Participating Contractor is required to remediate the issue as part of the SOW.
  3.  The EFT discovers an HPD in contact with cellulose attic insulation installed by the contractor. What steps should be taken? EFT to fill out a NOUC form to be signed by the homeowner or their designated  representative, and uploaded to VisionDSM.
  4.  A third-party auditor performs a post-retrofit blower door test and the result is <70% of the BAS, building air-sealing was included in the SOW. What steps should be taken? The third-party auditor must fill  out the NOUC, have it signed by the homeowner or their designated representative and supply the form to the contractor. The contractor must upload the form to VisionDSM, and the contractor must  return to the home and mitigate the MV issue.
  5.  The EFT performs a post-retrofit blower door test the result is 71% of the BAS, building air-sealing was included in the SOW. What steps should be taken? EFT to fill out a NOUC, form to be signed by the  homeowner or their designated representative, and uploaded to VisionDSM.
  6.  A third-party auditor performs a post-retrofit blower door test and the result is >70% of the BAS, building air-sealing was not included in the SOW, and bath fans are not connected to exhaust outdoors.  What steps should be taken? Is the contractor required to connect the local ventilation to exhaust outdoors? The third-party auditor must fill out the NFIR, have it signed by the homeowner or their  designated representative and supply the form to the Participating Contractor. The Participating Contractor must upload the form to VisionDSM. In this case, vent connection to outdoors is  recommended, but not required.
 

Project Processing Training

Tuesday, May 16

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

SoCalGas Energy Resource Center

9240 Firestone Blvd

Downey, CA 90241

Join the program team to master your processing skills for pre- and post-retrofit submissions, and learn how to prevent project issues and fix issues when they arise.

June Technical Training

Tuesday, June 6

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

SoCalGas Energy Resource Center

9240 Firestone Blvd

Downey, CA 90241

Save the date! This Technical Training session will cover the new BPI Healthy Homes Evaluator certification and program updates, with more topics to be announced soon. BPI CEUs are available.

Certified Aquatic Equipment Installer (CAEI) Pool Pump Training

Are you interested in becoming certified to install variable speed pool pumps eligible for Advanced Home Upgrade or stand-alone utility incentives? Join The Foundation of Pool and Spa Industry Education (FPSIE) for a local training course and become an expert in pool pumps. This popular course fills up quickly so early registration is recommended. The first 20 registrants in each course receive a $199 scholarship from SCE off the course cost.

Thursday, May 11

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

University of Phoenix

1515 W 190th Street, Suite 200

Gardena, CA

Friday, June 23

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Comfort Inn

1590 University Ave

Riverside, CA

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