CBPCA - Leading the Curve in Energy Ratings and Evaluations
Ambika from buildaroo.com interviewed John from CBPCA. The CBPCA is a group of building performance contractors that audit homes. Examples of issues addressed in the home audit include mold growing on the walls, high utility bills, or strange smells in buildings. John told us that the association is the 'general physician' of the building industry; if there's a problem they find a cure!
John also spoke with us about green legislation existing in his home county, Sonoma county. Seven of eight cities within this county have adopted green building ordinances that mandate auditors to visit homes and to evaluate these homes for any energy inefficiencies. Pretty amazing! John also spoke with us about the history of California's title 24, which back in 1979 established minimum energy usage standards in the industry within various contexts including insulation, window quality, and lighting. California was the first state to ever do this! And every three years after this date, the energy and utilities commission continually upgraded and tightened these minimum standards. Today, in order to meet title 24 requirements, certified products such as those that possess the Energy Star certification, are often used during construction. John makes a note that when choosing a product bearing a 'certification' one can only tell apart what is truly a legitimate third party certification by being in the industry for a long time. He gives an example of one third party certification that he considers green washing and that he feels all wood users should be aware of. Find out what this certification is in the above video!
The CBPCA offers Home Energy Rater Service (HERS) Trainings. If you are interested in becoming an energy rater and want to find out more info about the HERS trainings check out HERS Information Page.