- WHAT IS HERS? – A Home Energy Rating System (HERS) is a process of administering diagnostic analysis to determine and produce data that provides a method of evaluation for a California State approved home energy efficiency ratings. This establishes a benchmark of a home’s energy use and identifies necessary and/or best possible upgrades for homeowners.
- WHAT IS the Residential Title 24 Prescriptive Approach – This method demonstrates compliance with the current version of the California Title 24 code for low-rise residential buildings. Allows you to show compliance using the Prescriptive method for Additions and Alterations. This is a much more streamlined method to show compliance for additions and alterations that in many cases requires no CF1R registration or HERS testing. This approach uses a limited amount of “packages” that are applied to the project which have strict boundaries with little wiggle room and latitudes to allow compliance. The Prescriptive Approach is the least expensive method used to show compliance and is normally used very simple additions, alterations and tenant improvement projects. Also, for non-residential projects there are prescriptive modules specially Indoor/Outdoor Lighting, Envelopes and HVAC.
- WHAT IS the Residential Title 24 Performance Approach – This method demonstrates compliance with the current version of the California Title 24 code for low-rise residential buildings and uses the Building Energy Efficiency Standards as guidelines and allows a wide range of alternatives to show compliance. This approach will perform an hourly simulation of the building to determine energy usage and compliance in accordance with CEC procedures. The Performance Approach is the most expensive method used to show compliance, however, allows for wide latitude to get your project as close to the way you want it to be and yet pass inspection.
- WHAT ARE the Residential Load Calculations – This computer module is used to determine the size requirements of HVAC systems for low-rise residential buildings. Utilizing ASHRAE Handbook of Fundamentals load calculation procedures, this module will allow for room by room load calculations to determine the proper size of the heating and cooling system.
- WHAT IS the Residential CalRatePro Program – Developed in partnership with Energistics, this analysis will perform home energy rating calculations on existing California homes for use with the Energistics Whole House Home Energy Rating and Energy Efficient Mortgage programs. This module will produce a HERS index which rates the energy efficiency of the home, and also allow for economic analysis of various energy efficiency upgrades on the home.
- WHAT is a CEA?- Certification as a Certified Energy Analysts (CEA) signifies that a consultant understands the California Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24, Part 6) and has an understanding of broader energy efficiency issues, is committed to providing quality service to clients, and that he/she has made a commitment to conduct business in an ethical fashion. Because CEAs have also make a commitment to ongoing educational requirements, attending advanced industry training puts them on the cutting edge. Furthermore, CEAs are individuals who have demonstrated their mastery of the Residential and/or Nonresidential California Energy Standards.
- WHAT is Energy Star – EPA’s ENERGY STAR Program was created to help identify the best ways to save energy. The little blue label says this product, this home, this building or factory is doing the right things to save. And energystar.gov offers the most comprehensive resource available for energy efficiency advice and information. The EPA introduced ENERGY STAR as a voluntary labeling program designed to identify and promote energy-efficient products to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Computers and monitors were the first labeled products. Through 1995, EPA expanded the label to additional office equipment products and residential heating and cooling equipment. In 1996, EPA partnered with the US Department of Energy for particular product categories. The ENERGY STAR label is now on major appliances, office equipment, lighting, home electronics, new homes and commercial and industrial buildings and plants.
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