SB 407 – Water Fixture Replacement Requirements

New regulations for water fixtures will be going into effect starting January 1, 2017.  Regardless of additions, alterations, or improvements, such fixtures must be replaced for single family units with multi-family units having an additional 2 years to do so.

For more information, view the post by the Orange County Association of Realtors here.

GreenPoint Rated Round Table Discussion

Last night, BuildItGreen had a round table discussion on the new version of GreenPointRated requirements.  The major issues have changed from energy efficiency as the new codes have made California houses the most efficient in the nation to environmental issues.  It looks like GreenPointRated will look at environmental issues such as carbon emission and water conservation to make the GreenPointRated home a premier product in both energy efficiency and environmental issues.  This is what LEED for homes had to do in California.  They created a special program for California as changes to the California code had already made the projects we did Gold or Platinum by just meeting the code.  So the rest of the country is current Gold or Platinum homes may not even pass minimum California codes.

Three topics of interests to us that came up were how to properly dispose of trash, how to limit carbon emissions, and how to take credit for the more efficient items like heat pump water heaters that cannot be modeled properly by the California Energy Commission compliance software.  One of the suggestions for trash disposal was to introduce small pigs to create compost, this was tried in Las Vegas and will be the topic of a future blog as will carbon emissions and how to get credit for the new innovative projects being brought to market.

Changes to the New 2016 Code

We just finished our CTCAC applications for July submittals and wondered what the ramifications would be if we did not get selected for tax credits this round.  So, we ran additional calculations for 2016 compliance.  Our numbers varied between 22% and 41% less compliant than the existing code.  Our existing projects were all over 15% better than the 2013 code, and none of them would comply with the 2016 code which goes into effect January 2017.  So we modeled this project under the 2008 code for the CUAC calculations, the 2013 code, and the 2016 code for compliance just in case.

If you’d like any specifics, give us a call.