The Importance of Properly Charging HVAC Refrigerant

The Importance of Properly Charging HVAC Refrigerant

Charging a refrigeration system is one of the most challenging tasks a service technician will face. A bad charge will make your AC work harder and will increase your electricity bill by 20 to 40 percent. Charging your AC unit at the recommended levels at installation...

Top 4 Things Architects Should Know about CALGreen

Top 4 Things Architects Should Know about CALGreen

It can be difficult for architects to make sustainable building goals a priority while coordinating with other disciplines in a project. An inability to navigate California’s Green Building Code (better known as CALGreen) could lead to unforeseen costs at the end of a...

Hidden Challenges of Heat Pump Water Heaters

Hidden Challenges of Heat Pump Water Heaters

Complying with heat pump water heaters in California is more difficult than it may seem. The technology can be 2.5 to 3 times more efficient than natural gas, but that does not always make compliance easier. The proposed Joint Appendix JA13 would change that and allow...

Title 24 Commissioning Triggers in a Nutshell

Title 24 Commissioning Triggers in a Nutshell

A common question asked in California multifamily and/or commercial development is whether or not commissioning is triggered and what commissioning requires. Under the California Energy Code, commissioning is required for the following: New ground up, nonresidential...

4 Ways to Reduce Outdoor Water Use in California

4 Ways to Reduce Outdoor Water Use in California

With the summer months upon us, Californians tend to focus on the inevitable rise in their cooling bills in order to stay comfortable indoors. However, many also tend to overlook a different effect of our state's heat waves: outdoor watering. According to the...

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