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  • CAHP Lighting Credit Fact Sheet
    March 10, 2015
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    CAHP Lighting Credit Factsheet

    The California Advanced Homes Program (CAHP) scoring metric now allows participants to demonstrate improvement over the prescriptive lighting standards. The new high-efficacy lighting credit requires that all permanently installed lighting use high efficacy sources, such as LED or fluorescents, and no low efficacy sources such as incandescent or halogen.

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  • Beyond Title 24 2013 Energy Standards - Residential
    December 12, 2014
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    Beyond Title 24 2013 - Residential

    The statewide California Advanced Homes Program (CAHP) provides design assistance, quality control, and substantial financial incentives to builders that are ready to learn and demonstrate best practices in energy efficiency, green building and sustainability. 

    Single family and mulitfamily developers qualify for CAHP by demonstrating...

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  • Case Studies: Zero-Net Energy New Home - Ontairo
    October 6, 2014
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    Case Studies: ZNE New Home - Ontario

    This Zero-Net Energy (ZNE) home – now built and occupied in Ontario, California – demonstrates to the Southern California homebuilder community that ZNE homes can be constructed using prevalent building practices and sold for a reasonable incremental cost.

    The main tasks of this project were to collaborate with a progressive expert homebuilder to design and construct a ZNE home based on mutually agreed upon technologies and practices, learning together to help overcome existing market barriers to ZNE homes.

    Some of the key findings of this project include ...

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  • Fact Sheet: Residential Cool Roofs
    August 27, 2014
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    Fact Sheets:  Download this fact sheet to read a summary of key requirements, definitions and resources that are useful to implement Title 24, Part 6 energy code.

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  • Triggers: Residential HVAC Changeouts
    July 29, 2014
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    Trigger Sheets: This handy trigger sheet summarizes sections of Title 24, Part 6 energy code that are triggered based on project scope.  The sections indicated on these trigger sheets can help identify energy code requirements for your project.

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  • Trigger Sheet: Small Commercial HVAC Changeouts
    July 22, 2014
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    Trigger Sheets: This handy trigger sheet summarizes sections of Title 24, Part 6 energy code that are triggered based on project scope.  The sections indicated on these trigger sheets can help identify energy code requirements for your project.

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  • Trigger Sheet: Nonresidential Interior Lighting Alterations
    July 16, 2014
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    Trigger Sheets: This handy trigger sheet summarizes sections of Title 24, Part 6 energy code that are triggered based on project scope.  The sections indicated on these trigger sheets can help identify energy code requirements for your project.

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  • California Advanced Homes Program Handbook 2014-15
    July 3, 2014
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    CAHP Program Handbook 2014-15

    CAHP 2014-15 Participant Handbook and Program Agreement for Single-Family and Multi-Family New Construction Projects.

    Download the CAHP Handbook, Agreement and Checklist.

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  • Fact Sheet: Residential Fenestration
    March 24, 2014
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    Fact Sheets:  Download this fact sheet to read a summary of key requirements, definitions and resources that are useful to implement Title 24, Part 6 energy code.

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  • Design Guidelines: Skylighting Guidelines
    February 24, 2014
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    Design Guidelines: Skylighting Guidelines

    The Skylighting Guidelines, 2nd edition, were prepared to help designers optimize the use of skylights in commercial and industrial buildings. Many of the lighting principles covered here are also applicable to residential buildings. They describe opportunities for high quality lighting design and explain how to integrate skylights with the design of other building elements. They show how to estimate the potential energy savings and cost savings. Finally, they help designers avoid mistakes that could reduce the value of a skylight design.

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  • Trigger Sheet: Nonresidential Exterior Lighting
    November 22, 2013
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    Trigger Sheets: This handy trigger sheet summarizes sections of Title 24, Part 6 energy code that are triggered based on project scope.  The sections indicated on these trigger sheets can help identify energy code requirements for your project.

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  • Fact Sheet: Residential Lighting
    November 22, 2013
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    Fact Sheets:  Download this fact sheet to read a summary of key requirements, definitions and resources that are useful to implement Title 24, Part 6 energy code.

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  • Fact Sheet: Nonresidential Cool Roofs
    November 22, 2013
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    Fact Sheets:  Download this fact sheet to read a summary of key requirements, definitions and resources that are useful to implement Title 24, Part 6 energy code.

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  • Design Brief: Central DHW Systems in Multifamily Buildings
    January 5, 2010
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    Domestic water heating (DHW) accounts for a significant share of multifamily building energy use, especially in California's coastal towns. While each new construction project will have a different ratio of energy end uses, one can look at the existing building stock to get an idea of how much is attributable to DHW systems. According to the Department of Energy's Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS), DHW accounted for around 32% of overall energy use for existing multifamily units in the late 1990's.

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  • Design Guidelines: EDR Multifamily Design Guide for Energy Efficiency
    November 19, 2009
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    Design Guidelines: EDR Multifamily Design Guide for Energy Efficiency

    The Multifamily Design Guide For Energy Efficiency provides a summary of resources, methods, and tools to assist the design community in building more energy efficient multifamily buildings, which are increasingly popular in California.

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Residential Lighting Guide - 2013 Title 24

California Lighting Technology Center - UCD

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This updated guidebook contains best-practice design recommendations and sample lighting plans to help builders and lighting industry professionals meet or exceed the new Title 24 2013 residential energy code requirements for high-efficacy lighting, lighting controls, and LED quality.

Builders Challenge Guide to 40% Energy Savings in Hot-Dry Climates

US Dept. of Energy - Building America

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This guide (Vol. 9) describes measures builders can use to construct homes that save 40% beyond energy code in Hot-Dry and Mixed-Dry Climates.

NZE-Home Definitions & Performance Metrics Project

Net-Zero Energy Home Coalition

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This report describes how industry-endorsed definitions of 'net-zero energy' and 'net-zero energy ready' (with quantifiable performance metrics) were developed for homes in Canada.

ABC Green Home Project

Green Home Builder Magazine

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The "Affordable, Buildable, Certified" (ABC) Green Home is a zero-net-energy (ZNE) demonstration home under construction in Irvine, CA.

Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing (MASH) - Simi Valley

Southern California Edison

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Mulifamily Affordable Solar Housing in Simi Valley has lowered their energy uasge and costs and therefore have lowered the energy bills to those who live there.

Mulifamily Affordable Solar Housing (MASH) - Indian Wells

Southern California Edison

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Mulifamily Affordable Solar Housing - Indian Wells has lowered their energy uasge and costs and therefore have lowered the energy bills to those who live there.

Mulifamily Affordable Solar Housing (MASH) - Lancaster

Southern California Edison

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Mulifamily Affordable Solar Housing - Lancaster has lowered their energy uasge and costs and therefore have lowered the energy bills to those who live there.

Hybrid Ground Source Heat Pump Installations

Energy Center of Wisconsin

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This study examined the environmental and economic performance of three hybrid ground source heat pump installations.

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