It is no secret that the California Energy Code is tough. California requires buildings to be more energy-efficient than buildings in any other state in the nation. These requirements go past the reduction in average energy use intensity. There are also a staggering number of mandatory forms that must accompany the energy model. To reduce the risk of delays, it is essential to have an energy consultant who knows the code well and is involved in both the design and construction processes.
In addition to the energy model compliance form (NRCC-PRF-01), the average new four-story multifamily apartment building with amenities will be submitting more than ten other forms at plan intake. At the end of construction, another dozen or so forms will be requested by the building inspector. The average low-rise multifamily building will involve 20+ forms, in addition to the CF1R, over the course of the project. These are the cases for simple mechanical systems. More complex projects, such as commercial buildings with commercial space conditioning, ventilation, and lighting systems, will demand more forms. To meet the tougher requirements of the upcoming 2019 Energy Code, the need for more HERS testing, solar hot water, PV, and/or higher efficiency equipment will be accompanied by the need for more documentation.
Forms can be simple or tedious, informative or mundane. Regardless, they are part of the Energy Code. The last thing that a project team needs is to be caught off guard by a missing piece of paper. We have witnessed missing forms delay permits or Certificates of Occupancy. To avoid these delays, a project team should keep lists of all forms due at plan intake and final inspection. These lists should include due dates and should list the parties responsible for completing and submitting them. In addition to energy modeling, full service Energy Consultants can guide project teams through this process and help ensure that no one gets caught off guard.
VCA Green offers a wide array of Title 24 and green building services to get your project through the finish line at any stage of design or construction. For more information, contact Moe Fakih below:
Moe Fakih, Principal
Glen Folland, Associate Director