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The City of Newport Beach requires the following types of projects to comply with the 2013 California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen) (Title 24, Part 11):

1)    New Residential and Nonresidential construction,
2)    Residential Addition or Alteration of existing buildings that increases the building's conditioned area, volume,
        or size,
3)    Nonresidential Addition of 1,000 square feet or more,
4)    Nonresidential Alterations exceeding $200,000.

CALGreen compliance is demonstrated through construction documents, plans, specifications, builder or installer certification, and inspection reports.

The following CALGreen Minimum Requirements are required to be incorporated into the design of the building and construction documents that will be submitted for plan review:

1)    Residential Construction: Residential CALGreen Minimum Requirement
2)    New Commercial Construction: Commercial CalGreen New Buildings Minimum Requirements
3)    Commercial Addition/Alteration: Commercial CalGreen Additions/Alterations Minimum Requirements

The Compliance Certification Package (CCP) serves to satisfy the builder or installer certification requirement.  The CCP shall include the documents listed below at a minimum and shall be complete and ready for verification at final inspection.

CALGREEN COMPLIANCE CERTIFICATION PACKAGE (CCP) DOCUMENTATION FORMS:

1)    CALGreen Documentation Compliance Certification
2)    VOC & Formaldehyde Limits Reference Tables
3)    VOC Content Verification Checklist
4)    Formaldehyde Emmissions Verification Checklist
5)    Operation & Maintenance Manual (OMM)
6)    OMM's Equipment & Fixture Information Supplemental Form
7)    T-24 Energy Certificates of Installation
8)    T-24 Energy Certificates of Verification or Acceptance 

COMPLIANCE CERTIFICATION PACKAGE (CCP)
:

1)    CALGreen Documentation Compliance Certification

    

a.

The person with overall responsibility for project needs to complete this form.  This form lists the required minimum CALGreen certifications that the builder or installer needs to provide. 
 

b.

Two copies of this form are required, one will be submitted to the building inspector for final inspection and one will be part of the CCP.


2)    VOC & Formaldehyde Limits Reference Tables
    
 

a.

This form is provided as a reference for the builder or installer when completing the VOC or Formaldehyde Emission Verification Checklist.  It is a reproduction of the material limits allowed.

3)    VOC Content Verification Checklist(s)
    
  a.
 
This form is used to demonstrate compliance with the VOC limits established by itemizing the product used, its location, and how it complies with the limit.


  b.
Include as many pages as needed to document all paints, coating, carpets, cusions, resilient flooring, adhesives, sealants, and caulks used in construction.

4)    Formaldehyde Emissions Verification Checklist(s)
    
  a.
This form is used to demonstrate compliance with the Formaldehyde Emission limits established by itemizing the product installed, its location, and how it complies with the limit.


  b.
Include as many pages as needed to document all non-structural engineered wood, hardwood plywood, particle board, and medium density fiberboard composite wood installed.

5)    Operation & Maintenance Manual (OMM)
    
   a.


The purpose of the OMM is to ensure owners and occupants are provided information regarding proper operation and maintainance of a building, its equipment, and components.  Also, to provide additional building- and residence-related information for increased sustainable use and longevity of the building, enhanced performance, and to provide and optimal habitable environment.


  b.
The OMM is intended to provide a one-stop location for maintenance and operation information for a building's equipment, features, and building system.  Information contains within the manual included but not limit to the following:
     

    i. Utilities Information
   

  ii. Equipment & Fixture Information (Separate supplemental provided to add additional items if needed)
   

  iii. Solar Incentive Programs
   

  iv. Water Conservation
   

  v. Routine Maintenance
    
   c.



The manual may also be used as a record for compliance if additional required information is included (i.e. Installation/inspection forms such at T-24 installation and verification/acceptance certificates). Due to its importance to the structure itself, CALGreen requires that the manual remain with the building for the "life cycle" of the structure.  It is also recommended that the manual be continuously updated or supplemented to reflect changes occurring to the site, structure or appliances.

6)    T-24 Energy Certificates of Installation
         a.
Residential Certificates of Installation (CF2R):  The Certificate of Installation (CF2R) are separated into Envelope (CF2R-ENV), Lighting (CF2R-LTG), and Mechanical (CF2R-MECH) categories, and most compliance measures have a separate CF2R form that is specific to a particular installation.  The CF2R forms must be completed during the construction or installation phase of the compliance and enforcement process.  The CF2R documents must be completed by the applicable contractors who are responsible for installing regulated energy features such as windows (fenestration), the air distribution ducts and the HVAC equipment, the exhaust fans/ventilation system, the measures that affect building envelope tightness, the lighting system, and the insulation (T-24 Energy 2013 Residential Compliance Manual excerpt).  The CF2R must be incorporated into the CCP and made available to the building inspector upon request in conjunction with requests for final inspection for the building.


  b.
Nonresidential Certificates of Installation (NRCI):  The Certificate of Installation (NRCI) are separated into Envelope (NRCI-ENV), Indoor Lighting (NRCI-LTI), Outdoor Lighting (NRCI-LTO), Sign Lighting (NRCI-LTS), Mechanical (NRCI-MCH), and Processes (NRCI-PRC) categories, and most compliance measures have a separate NRCI form that is specific to a particular installation.  Certificates of Installation are required to be completed and submitted to certify compliance of regulated energy features.  The licensed person responsible for the building construction or for the installation of a regulated energy feature must ensure their construction or installation work is done in accordance with the approved building plans and specifications for the building.  The responsible person must complete and sign a Certificate of Installation to certify that the installed features, materials, components or manufactured devices for which they are responsible conform to the building plans, specifications and the Certificates of Compliance documents approved by the B for the building (T-24 Energy 2013 Nonresidential Compliance Manual Excerpt).  The NRCI must be incorporated into the CCP and made available to the building inspector upon request in conjunction with requests for the final inspection for the building. 


  c.
Attach the appropriate Certificates of Installation applicable for non residential or residential construction.  Certificates of Installation will include but not limited to, the following: 
i. HVAC Systems
ii. Water Heating Systems
iii. Fenestration/Glazing
iv. Insulation Certificate
v. Duct Leakage and Design Diagnostics
vi. Refrigerant Charge and Airflow Measurement
vii. Duct Location and Area Reduction Diagnostics
viii. Exhaust Fans/Ventilation Systems
ix. Building Envelope Leakage Diagnostics
x. Insulation Quality Checklist
xi. Lighting Systems

7)    T-24 Energy Certificates of Verification/Acceptance Applicable
    
  a.
Attach appropriate Certificates of Verification/Acceptance applicable for nonresidential or residential construction.


  b.
Residential Certificate of Verification (CF3R):  When field verification and/or diagnostic testing are required (as shown in the HERS Required Verification Section of the CF1R), the Certificate of Verification (CF3R) must be completed , registered , and signed/certified by the HERS rater.  The CF3R documents include information about the measurements, tests, and field verification results that were required to be performed.  The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) rater must verify that the requirements for compliance have been met.


  c.
Nonresidential Certificate of Verification (NRCV):  When field verification and/or diagnostic testing are required (as shown in the HERS Required Verification Section of the NRCC), the Certificate of Verificatinon (NRCV) must be completed, registered, and signed/certified by the HERS rater.  The NRCV documents include information about the measurements, tests, and field verification results that were required to be performed.  The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) rater must verify that the requirements for compliance have been met. 



d.
The HERS rater who has been chosen for the project must transmit the required verifiction form information to an approved HERS provider data registry.  This must be the same HERS provider data registry through which the previous compliance documents for the project were registered.  The HERS rater used for the project must be certified by the HERS Provider whos registry the project has been entered into.  A registered CF3R or NRCV from the provider that has been signed or certified by the rater is made available to the building inspector and to the builder when HERS verification confirms compliance.  The builder is ultimately responsible for ensuring that the Building Division has received the CF3R or NRCV prior to the occupancy permit or final inspection. 



e.
A HERS provider is an organization that the Energy Commission has approved to administer a HERS program.  A HERS provider has responsibility to certify and train raters and maintain quality control over the activities performed by the HERS raters who provide third-party field verification and diagnostic testing on installed energy efficiency features in dwellings when required for compliance with the Building Energy Efficiency Standards.  In California, the certified HERS providers currently are:
     

    i. ConSol Home Energy Efficiency Rating System (CHEERS):  http://www.cheers.org                 
 

    ii.  California Certified Energy Rating & Testing Services (CalCERTS):  http://www.calcerts.com
 

   


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Additional information may be obtained through the various agencies' website listed below:

1)     California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) with regards to residential CALGreen requirements: http://www.hcd.ca.gov/calgreen.html
2) California Building Standards Commission (CBSG) with regards to nonresidential CALGreen requirements: http://www.bsc.ca.gov/Home/CALGreen.aspx
3)
California Energy Commission (CEC) with regards to energy efficiency requirements stipulated in the 2016 California Energy Code: http://www.energy.ca.gov/title24/2016standards/index.html 
4)
Energy Code Ace; a website developed by the California Statewide Codes and Standards Program to help applicants meet the energy code requirements: http://energycodeace.com/  

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