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Quarterly CMFNH Newsletter – vol.1, ed.4 1st Quarter 2011

Energy News & Tech Tips. Project of the Quarter

Photo courtesy of Russell Abraham

Name: Tabernacle Vista Apartments City: Sanout Francisco, California Percent above 2005 Title 24: 22.8 % Developer: Tabernacle Community Development Corporation Architect: Michael Willis Architects Energy Consultant: Architectural Energy Corporation HERS Rater: A.O. Energy & Design Construction Manager: CUBE Associates, Inc. Energy Efficiency & Sustainable Measures: Double-glazed, low-e windows High efficiency heat pumps High efficiency central hot water system ENERGY STAR® appliances Parking stacker system *The project completing within the current quarter exceeding Title 24 by the highest percentage is considered Project of the Quarter.

Events & Trainings The CMFNH team is pleased to continue the Multi-Family Residential New Construction webinars. For the 2011 schedule, descriptions, and registration, please visit:

Tech Tip: Ensuring Savings with Commissioning Building commissioning is defined across the industry as a systematic quality assurance method that spans the entire building process, and is most often performed in three phases: design, construction, and post-construction. Commissioning entails a third-party reviewer verifying and documenting that building systems and components are planned, designed, installed, tested, operated and maintained to meet the owner’s project requirements and performance expectations. In many ways, commissioning, not design, is what proves your multi-family building is an energy-efficient project. A number of sustainable building programs are integrating and referencing commissioning standards among their requirements or options. LEED for Homes’ Multi-Family Mid-Rise Checklist awards points for testing and verification that matches the EPA’s Multi-Family High-Rise verification requirements GreenPoint Rated’s Multi-Family Checklist includes commissioning under both the Design Considerations and Innovations sections, referring to ventilation verification as defined by ENERGY STAR New Homes’ High-Rise Pilot Program ENERGY STAR V3 provides an HVAC System Quality Installation Rater Checklist The CalGREEN building code features detailed commissioning guidelines under Residential Voluntary Measures, Division A4.2 – Energy Efficiency It is important to note that commissioning does not substitute for a HERS Rater verification, although both processes involve a verifier coming to the site. Luckily, finding a commissioning third-party verifier is relatively simple. Professional commissioning agencies are located throughout the state. For more information, contact Katie Eberle at 916-962-7001 or

Program Completions

A Message from our Partner:

Congratulations to the following developers that recently completed construction and participation in CMFNH! Developer Name - Percent above 2005 Title 24 AMCAL – 16.20% Bill Webb Homes – 18.08% Pacific West Communities – 19.13% and 17.98% Tabernacle Community Development Corporation – 22.8% Transitional Living & Community Services – 21.57%

PG&E Single-Family New Construction Program Update HMG to implement PG&E’s California Advanced Homes Program (CAHP) To enhance builder customer service and streamline PG&E’s residential new construction programs, starting February 1, 2011 HMG began administering the California Advanced Home Program (CAHP) in PG&E’s service territory. CAHP is PG&E’s singlefamily residential new construction program, which offers financial incentives and ‘bonus’ kickers to help builders and their design teams build energyefficient and sustainable communities. Program information, application forms, and the program handbook can be found at: If you currently have a project enrolled in CAHP, please continue to work with your existing PG&E contact. Submit all new applications directly to HMG. We look forward to working with you, supporting your energy efficient design objectives, and building energy-efficient communities. To contact CAHP, call 866-352-7457 or email

Savings By Design Savings By Design is a statewide program encouraging highperformance building design and construction in commercial buildings. Sponsored by California utilities Pacific Gas and Electric Company, San Diego Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison Company, Southern California Gas Company and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, the program offers building owners and design teams a wide range of services: Design Assistance – supports the integration of innovative design technologies into new construction projects. Owner Incentives –offsets the costs of energy efficient buildings. Design Team Incentives – rewards designers who meet ambitions energy efficiency targets. Energy Design Resources – offers analysis tools, training, and indepth information on efficient technologies and strategies. The benefits of participating in Savings By Design include: reduced long-term operating costs; greater comfort; and health and productivity for occupants. For more information about Savings By Design, contact your representative.

Quarterly CMFNH Newsletter – vol.1, ed.4 1st Quarter 2011

CMFNH Newsletter - 2011, Quarter 1  

CMFNH Newsletter - 2011, Quarter 1