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New: Safety and Quality Acknowledgment Form

An updated version of the Safety and Quality Acknowledgment (SQA) Form (pdf) has been uploaded to the homeupgrade.org document library. The following items are now included in the new form:

  • HVAC Permit Information

  • Heat Producing Devices Verification

  • GSR Field Order number (if applicable)

The old version of the SQA form will not be accepted after July 21. If you continue to use the old form until that deadline, please submit the HPD form with your supplemental documents. Please review this revised form and contact your Account Manager if you have questions.

AC & Pool Pump Kickers Expire July 31!

The eligibility for Advanced Home Upgrade AC & pool pump “kicker” incentives has changed.
In 2014-2017, PG&E offered Advanced Home Upgrade participants in eligible ZIP codes additional “kickers” of $400 for installation of ≥14 SEER/12 EER AC systems and $200 for the installation of variable speed pool pumps (must be turned off or set to low speed between 2 – 7 pm).

These kickers were designed to reduce demand on over-burdened electric sub-stations. The kickers will expire on July 31, 2017. If you have any jobs that may be impacted by this change, job status must be at least “Initial Pre-installation Submitted” by July 31, 2017 to still be processed with the kicker. The following ZIP codes were eligible for this kicker that expires July 31.

Winter Refrigerant Charge Verification for Final Permits

To comply with SB 1414, Home Upgrade participating contractors must upload a copy of the signed-off permit after final inspection for jobs with air conditioners and heat pumps. The requirement may impact the typical job completion process for some of you, as standard refrigerant charge verification cannot be completed if the ambient outdoor temperature is below 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

If your application requires a final, signed-off permit, but you are unable to schedule a standard Title-24 HERS refrigerant charge verification due to outdoor temperature, you may elect to complete a “Winter Refrigerant Charge Verification.” The full details are found on page 9-42 of the 2016 Residential Compliance Manual.

From the manual, “Compliance with HERS verification when the outdoor temperatures are less than 55 degrees F can be demonstrated using one of the following alternatives:

a. The installer may use the weigh-in charging procedure, but elect to have the system verified by a HERS rater using the RA3.2.2 standard charge verification procedure at a time when the temperature is warmer. However, this option can delay the project. In this case, the installer must include the signatures of the homeowner and the HERS Rater on the CF2R – MCH25c form to notify the local enforcement agency that a correct refrigerant charge will be verified at a later time (RA 2.4.4). The installer must also provide written notice to the homeowner that the charge has not yet been verified (RA2.4.4).

b. EXCEPTION 1 to §150.2(b)1Fiib provides for an alternative HERS verification procedure if the weigh-in method is used. This exception allows the installer to use the HERS Rater verification procedure in RA3.2.3.2 in which the rater observes the installer while the installer performs the weigh-in charging procedure. However, when the HVAC installer elects this option, as specified in RA3.2.3.2, the system thermostat must be an OCST [Occupant Controlled Smart Thermostat] that conforms to the requirements of JA5.”

If your job scope includes an air conditioner and/or heat pump but you are unable to acquire a final, signed-off permit following either the standard charge procedure or winter refrigerant charge procedure, your application may not be approved for payment. We ask that you to maintain clear, detailed, and open communication with your customers if you expect delays to avoid customer dissatisfaction with your company or the Home Upgrade Program.

Home Upgrade 2017 Program Changes

Dear Energy Upgrade California® Home Upgrade Participant,

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and Build It Green will continue offering the Energy Upgrade California® Home Upgrade program in 2017. PG&E remains committed to the ongoing success of the home performance industry and meeting Californiaís long-term energy efficiency and carbon reduction goals. PG&E is optimizing the program in 2017 to drive enhanced energy savings outcomes for customers.

Please read the entirety of this message and note the following rebate changes and permitting requirements are effective January 1, 2017:

Changes to the Home Upgrade Pathway

  • New rebate range for Home Upgrade pathway is $1,000 to $2,500. Rebates will be capped at 50% of the total project cost.
  • The Home Upgrade point system will be eliminated.
  • In addition to 3 required measures and one required Base Measure, projects must meet the following rebate minimum in order to qualify for the program:
    • $1,000 minimum for homes built on or before December 31st, 1992 (vintage 92 or older)

    • $1,500 minimum for homes built on or after January 1st, 1993 (vintage 93-01)
  • The Whole Building Air Sealing (15%) measure will be removed.
  • Available rebates will be reduced by 42%. Reference Chart below for details.
  • Measure technical specifications will be updated to meet or exceed 2016 California Building Code. Reference Chart below for updated specifications for the measures that are changing.
  • Scope of work signed by the customer must be submitted for each rebate application.
  • All applications must complete a rebate reservation request to reserve rebate funds. Rebates will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Once all rebate funds have been reserved, projects will be placed on a waitlist.
  • Applications in “Created” status for more than 60 days will be automatically canceled.
  • Applications in “Contractor Action Required” status for more than 60 days will be automatically canceled. Participants will receive reminder emails before the application is cancelled.
Measures Current Rebate 2017 Rebate
Base Measures (choose 1 or more)
Duct Sealing $250 $200
Duct Replacement $650 $350
Whole Building Air Sealing (15%) $250 $0
Whole Building Air Sealing (30%) $450 $300
Attic Insulation & Plane Air Sealing $650 $500
Flex Measures
Wall Insulation $550 $400
Floor Insulation $550 $400
Duct Insulation $400 $250
Efficient Gas Furnace (92% AFUE) $600 $350
Efficient Gas Furnace (95% AFUE) $700 $400
Efficient Gas Wall Furnace $400 $250
Efficient Central Air Conditioner $750 $500
High Performance Window $700 $700
Efficient Gas Water Heater (EF .67) $350 $200
Efficient Gas Water Heater (EF .70) $450 $300
Tankless Water Heater $900 $500
Efficient Electric Water Heater $400 $500
Kickers
High Performance HVAC Install $0 $200
TOTAL $8,950 $6,300
Measure Current Technical Specifications 2017 Technical Specifications*
Duct Replacement Seal to ≤ 6% for replacement ducts Seal to ≤ 5% for replacement ducts
Whole Building Air Sealing ≥ 15% leakage reduction from vintage table defaults OR ≥ 30% leakage reduction from vintage table defaults ≥ 30% leakage reduction from vintage table default
Attic Insulation & Plane Air Sealing Insulation ≥ R-44 Insulation ≥ R-44 Insulation ≥ R-19 if there is less than 24″ of attic clearance Insulation must be installed in 50% or more of all accessible attic area
Wall Insulation Insulation ≥ R-13 Insulate ≥ R-13 for 2×4 frame Insulate ≥ R-19 for 2×6 frames
Efficient Gas Wall Furnace ≥ 70% AFUE ≥ 76% AFUE
High Performance Window SHGC ≤ 0.25; U-Factor ≤ 0.32 SHGC ≤  0.25 or less; U-Factor ≤ 0.30

* Measures included in this chart are changing in 2017. All other measure technical specifications will remain.

High Performance HVAC Installation Kicker will require the system meets the following performance targets:

METRIC PERFOMANCE TARGET
Maximum Capacity Seal to ≤ 5% for replacement ducts
Cooling coil airflow ≥ 30% leakage reduction from vintage table default
Duct installation and airtightness 3% total leakage, short runs, fully extended, run low (buried in insulation)
Delivered sensible EER >85% of manufacturer performance tables
Room air delivery 3 degree and 5 pascal max deviation
Ventilation ASHRAE 62.2-2010 minimum ventilation @> 5cfm/watt

Changes to the Advanced Home Upgrade pathway:

  • Incentives will be capped at 50% of the total project cost.
  • PG&E will advertise an incentive amount of “up to $5,500” instead of “up to $6,500” in program marketing materials.
  • Negative modeled kWh and therms savings will be subtracted from positive modeled energy savings before the incentive is calculated.
  • Incentives will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Once all funds have been reserved, projects will be placed on a waitlist.
  • Contractors with “C” CSLB licenses consistent with the scope of work installed may participate in Advanced Home Upgrade: C-2, C-4, C-20, and C-36. Other C-license types may be considered for approval by Build it Green and PG&E on a case-by-case basis.
  • Applications in “Pre-Install Created” status for more than 60 days will be automatically canceled. Applications in “Pre-Install Contractor Action Required” status for more than 60 days will also be automatically canceled. Participants will receive reminder emails before the application is cancelled.

Changes in the SoCalGas PG&E Shared Territory:

  • There are no changes to the rebates, incentives, or point structure of Home Upgrade or Advanced Home Upgrade. The Whole Building Air Sealing (15% leakage reduction from vintage table defaults) measure will be removed.
  • Rebates and incentives for the Home Upgrade and Advanced Home Upgrade will be capped at 50% of the total project cost.
  • Measure technical specifications will be updated to meet or exceed 2016 California Building Code. Reference Chart above for updated specifications for the measures that are changing.
  • All applications must complete a rebate reservation request to reserve rebate funds. Rebates will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Once all rebate funds have been reserved, projects will be placed on a waitlist.

End-of-Year and Program Changes Timeline:

  • January 1, 2017 New Rebate Amounts Effective
    Any project sold to the customer on or after January 1, 2017 is subject to the rebate changes. Date of project will be verified by the date of customer signature on the scope of work. Due to system upgrades, projects sold to the customer in 2017 will not be accepted in the Job Submission Portal until February 8, 2017.
  • January 9, 2017 Recommended Date to Submit 2016 projects
    Any project eligible for 2016 incentives must have a scope of work with the customer signature dated in 2016. We recommend participants submit Home Upgrade applications and Advanced Home Upgrade post-install applications to the Job Submission Portal by January 9, 2017 to meet the February 1, 2017 deadline. This allows Build it Green ample time for application review, application corrections, and installation corrections as needed.
  • February 1, 2017 Deadline for 2016 Rebate Application Approval
    Applications in progress must a status of “Application Approved” (Home Upgrade) or “Post-Installation Approved” (Advanced Home Upgrade) in the Job Submission Portal by February 1, 2017 to be eligible for 2016 rebate amounts. Home Upgrade applications not approved by February 1, 2017 will be cancelled. Projects will need to be created as new applications in the Job Submission Portal beginning February 8, 2017.
  • February 8, 2017 Job Portal Reopens
    All 2017 projects can be submitted to the Job Submission Portal. No 2016 projects will be accepted.

Permit Closure Requirements for all AC and Heat Pump installations

  • Please review the previous announcement on Senate Bill 1414.

Register for Our Webinar

  • Build It Green is hosting two webinars to review the 2017 Program Changes and answer questions. Register for one of these two dates:

Permit Closure Requirements for All AC and Heat Pump Installations

A new law, SB1414, requires PG&E to collect proof of permit closure before paying energy efficiency rebates or incentives for central air conditioning or heat pumps and their related fans beginning January 1, 2017.

Why Does This Matter to Me?
Customers already self-certify that their projects comply with all applicable permitting requirements and that they used a licensed contractor if required. Additionally, participating contractors already certify that HVAC measures followed all permitting requirement and provide a permit number for the project.

This new law will require that for central AC and heat pump projects, the customer or contractor also provide proof that the permit was closed by the local building authority. Starting January 1, 2017, PG&E cannot legally pay incentives or rebates to customers or contractors for central air-conditioning or heat pumps and their related fans without collecting proof of permit closure. This may delay the processing of payment and savings claims for some projects.

To comply with law, maintain customer satisfaction, and reach our energy savings goals, all stakeholders need to be aware of this change.

What Measures Are Affected?
For both Advanced Home Upgrade and Home Upgrade pathways:

  • Central air conditioning including: air handlers with air conditioning; split and packaged units
  • Heat pumps including: air handlers with heat pumps; air source, ground source, hybrid etc; split and package units
  • Fans associated with central air conditioning or heat pumps.

Measures that are believed not to be affected:

  • Installation of VFDs onto existing central air conditioning, heat pumps, or fans.
  • Non-fan component replacements (e.g. blower motor upgrades)
  • Cogged V-belts upgrades
  • Quality maintenance measures (except fan replacements)
  • Heat pump water heaters

What Are My Options?
If your rebate or incentive will be issued on or after January 1, 2017, you will need to submit proof of permit closure to Build It Green (in addition to the SQA form) before PG&E can issue payment.

Proof of permit closure documentation varies by jurisdiction and permit type. Until further notice, documentation that indicates proof of permit closure must be provided by the authority having jurisdiction (e.g. local permitting office), include the permit number, customer name and address, and an indication that the permit has been closed and/or final.

You can avoid potential delays in rebate or incentive payments associated with the permit closure process by completing your project and receiving an incentive before December 31, 2016. If you are able and interested in this option, contact your account representative at Build It Green to determine when your project would need to be fully installed in order to meet that deadline.

Note: These requirements apply to all Home Upgrade and Advanced Home Upgrade applications that include affected measures and are not Approved by Desktop QA by 11/30/2016.

Where Can I Find Out More About This Requirement?

New Energy Efficiency Financing Program to Help You Close More Deals

California Hub for Energy Efficiency
The State of California in partnership with California’s Investor-Owned Utilities, has launched the Residential Energy Efficiency Loan (REEL) Assistance Program aimed at providing flexible, attractive UNSECURED financing to help YOUR customers complete more home energy retrofit projects. REEL is the first of several programs to be launched by the California Hub for Energy Efficiency Finance (CHEEF).

Home Upgrade Contractors are pre-qualified for REEL. Click here to join the REEL Program.

REEL Program Benefits for Your Customers:

  • Finance 100% of the project cost; no upfront cash
  • UNSECURED LOAN: No liens on the property; no property tax assessment
  • Up to 30% of loan can fund other home improvements (decks, kitchen/bath remodel, etc.)
  • Attractive rates from 5.99% to 7.99%
  • Afford higher efficiency improvements leading to even greater utility rebates and energy savings
  • 24 hours loan approval and 24 hours funding after closing docs are signed

REEL Program Benefits for Your Customers:

  • Offer credible financing option developed by the State of California and the IOUs
  • Receive up to $7,000 in co-op marketing funds to help grow your business
  • Access free online sales training to help your company increase volume and project scope
  • No cost to participate
  • Earn BPI Continuing Education Credit by completing free additional training

Complete an easy two-page application and attend a short webinar to enroll in the REEL program.  Webinars are held every week!

Update to Energy Upgrade California® Home Upgrade in the shared Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas®) service territory

This communication is to inform you of changes for both Home Upgrade and Advanced Home Upgrade program pathways in PG&E/SoCalGas® shared service territory, effective August 1, 2016. These changes reflect the program’s ongoing commitment to obtaining deep retrofits and average project-level site-savings of at least 10%.

PG&E and SoCalGas® remain committed to the ongoing success of the home performance industry, while also helping meet California’s long-term energy efficiency and carbon reduction goals. Given the strong volume of projects completed, these program changes outlined below strike the right balance of continuing to support a “whole house” approach to home performance while also optimizing the program to help customers save more energy and support California’s important policy objectives.

Home Upgrade Pathway Incentives
Summary of Changes

  • Minimum number of points required for a Home Upgrade application will rise from 150 to 200.
  • 55-point Attic Insulation & Air Sealing measure (Insulate ≥R-30 (≥-38 in climate zones 1 & 11-16)) will be removed. 65-point Attic Insulation & Air Sealing measure (Insulate ≥R-44) will remain unchanged.
  • Duct Replacement measure requires ducts to be replaced and sealed to ≤ 6%. Sealing existing ducts to ≤ 6% will no longer qualify.
  • Air Conditioning measure must meet an equipment specification of ≥15 SEER/12.8 EER for Split Central AC systems or ≥15 SEER/12.9 EER for Packaged Central AC systems.

On August 1, 2016, the existing measures list and Home Upgrade incentive structure table will be replaced with the table below in PG&E/SoCalGas® shared service territory.

Home Upgrade
(Effective August 1, 2016)
Rebate Tier Amount
200-205 points $2,000
210-215 points $2,100
220-225 points $2,200
230-235 points $2,300
240-245 points $2,400
250 – 255 points $2,500
260-265 points $2,600
270 – 275 points $2,700
280 – 285 points $2,800
290-295 points $2,900
300+ points $3,000
Category Upgrade Technical specifications Points
Base Measurements
(1 OR MORE)
Duct Sealing Seal to ≤ 10% for existing systems 25
Duct Replacement Replace & seal to ≤ 6% (for replacement ducts only) 65
Whole Building Air Sealing ≥ 15% leakage reduction from vintage table ACHn (all building vintages) 25
Whole Building Air Sealing ≥ 30% leakage reduction from vintage table ACHn (for homes built before 1993 only) 45
Attic Insulation & Air Sealing Insulation ≥ R-44 (all climate zones) 65
Flex Measures
Wall Insulation Insulate ≥ R-13 50
Floor Insulation Insulate ≥ R-19 55
Duct Insulation Insulate ≥ R-8 40
Gas Central Furnace ≥ 92% AFUE 60
Gas Central Furnace ≥ 95% AFUE 70
Air Conditioner Split HVAC: ≥ 15 SEER / 12.8 EER;
Packaged HVAC: ≥ 15 SEER / 12.9 EER
75
Gas Storage Water Heater EF ≥ 0.67 35
Gas Storage Water Heater EF ≥ 0.70 45
Gas On-demand Water Heater EF ≥ 0.82 90
Electric Storage Water Heater EF ≥2.00 40
High Efficiency Windows SHGC 0.25 or less / U-Factor 0.32 or less 70
Gas Wall Heater ≥ 70% AFUE 40
Home Upgrade Deadlines for 2016

July 31
July 31 is the last day to submit Home Upgrade applications to qualify for 150 point minimum structure, the 55 Point Attic Insulation and Air Sealing measure (Insulation≥R-30 (≥R-38 in climate zones 1 & 11-16)), and the Duct Replacement measure for where existing ducts are sealed to ≤ 6%. Applications submitted by July 31, 11:59 PM must pass QA Desktop Review and reach ‘Application Approved’ byAugust 31, 2016

August 1
On August 1, the 200 point minimum structure applies. 55 point Attic Insulation & Air Sealing measure (Insulate ≥R-30 (≥R-38 in climate zones 1 & 11-16) is removed. Duct Replacement measure requires existing ducts to be replaced and sealed to ≤ 6%.

Advanced Home Upgrade Pathway Incentives 

Summary of Changes 

The energy-modeled site savings incentive will decrease. There will be no change to the kWh and Therms incentives. The new incentive structure will apply to all pre-installation applications in PG&E/SoCalGas® shared service territory submitted on August 1, 2016.  

The updated incentive structure is below:

Advanced Home Upgrade Incentive Structure
Site Savings Tier Current Incentive
Pre-Install Submitted 
by July 31 (11:59pm)
New Incentive
Pre-Install Submitted 
after July 31 (11:59 pm)
10% $1,000 $550
15% $1,500 $850
20% $2,000 $1,150
25% $2,500 $1,450
30% $3,000 $2,500
35% $3,500 $3,000
40% $4,000 $3,500
45% + $4,500 $4,000
Energy Savings Incentive (No Change)
KWH $0.75/KWH $0.75/KWH
Therms $2.00/Therm $2.00/Therm
AC & Pool Pump Kicker Incentives (No Change)
in select ZIP codes
Pool Pump $200 $200
Air Conditioner $400 $400

Advanced Home Upgrade Deadlines for 2016 

July 31
Pre-installation applications submitted until July 31, 2016 (11:59 PM) are grandfathered into the current incentive structure. Pre-installation applications submitted after July 31, 2016 (11:59 PM) are only eligible for the new incentive structure. 

August 1
On August 1, the incentive structure applies for all pre-installation applications in PG&E/SoCalGas® shared service territory.

October 31
Participants in PG&E/SoCalGas® shared service territory must also submit post-installation applications by October 31, 2016 (11:59 PM), to ensure they are grandfathered into the current incentive structure. Post-installation applications submitted after October 31, 2016 (11:59 PM), are only eligible for the new incentive structure. 

Questions? Contact your account rep, call Build It Green at 510-285-6222, or email info@homeupgrade.org.

Update to Home Upgrade Pathway

This communication is to inform you of changes to the Home Upgrade Pathway program requirements, effective July 1, 2016. These changes reflect the program’s ongoing commitment to obtaining deep retrofits and average project-level site-savings of at least 10%.

PG&E remains committed to the ongoing success of the home performance industry and helping California meet its long-term energy efficiency and carbon reduction goals. Given the strong volume of this program, with over 4,839 Home Upgrade Pathway jobs completed in PG&E’s service territory to date, these program changes outlined below strike the right balance of continuing to support a “whole home” approach to home performance while also optimizing the program to help customer’s save more energy and support California’s important policy objectives.

Summary of Changes

  • Minimum number of points required for a Home Upgrade application will rise from 150 to 200.
  • 55-point Attic Insulation & Air Sealing measure (Insulate ≥R-30 (≥-38 in climate zones 1 & 11-16)) will be removed. 65-point Attic Insulation & Air Sealing measure (Insulate ≥R-44) will remain unchanged.
  • Duct Replacement measure requires ducts to be replaced and sealed to ≤ 6%. Sealing existing ducts to ≤ 6% will no longer qualify.

On July 1, 2016, the existing measures list and Home Upgrade incentive structure table will be replaced with the table below.

Home Upgrade
(Effective July 1, 2016)
Rebate Tier Amount
200-205 points $2,000
210-215 points $2,100
220-225 points $2,200
230-235 points $2,300
240-245 points $2,400
250 – 255 points $2,500
260-265 points $2,600
270 – 275 points $2,700
280 – 285 points $2,800
290-295 points $2,900
300+ points $3,000

 

Category Upgrade Technical Specifications Points
Base Measurements
(1 OR MORE)
Duct Sealing Seal to ≤ 10% for existing systems 25
Duct Replacement Replace & seal to ≤ 6% (for replacement ducts only) 65
Whole Building Air Sealing ≥ 15% leakage reduction from vintage table ACHn (all building vintages) 25
Whole Building Air Sealing ≥ 30% leakage reduction from vintage table ACHn (for homes built before 1993 only) 45
Attic Insulation & Air Sealing Insulation ≥ R-44 (all climate zones) 65
Flex Measures
Wall Insulation Insulate ≥ R-13 50
Floor Insulation Insulate ≥ R-19 55
Duct Insulation Insulate ≥ R-8 40
Gas Central Furnace ≥ 92% AFUE 60
Gas Central Furnace ≥ 95% AFUE 70
Air Conditioner Split HVAC: ≥ 15 SEER / 12.8 EER;
Packaged HVAC: ≥ 15 SEER / 12.9 EER
75
Gas Storage Water Heater EF ≥ 0.67 35
Gas Storage Water Heater EF ≥ 0.70 45
Gas On-demand Water Heater EF ≥ 0.82 90
Electric Storage Water Heater EF ≥2.00 40
High Efficiency Windows SHGC 0.25 or less / U-Factor 0.32 or less 70
Gas Wall Heater ≥ 70% AFUE 40

Deadlines for 2016

June 30
June 30 is the last day to submit Home Upgrade applications to qualify for 150 point minimum structure, the 55 Point Attic Insulation and Air Sealing measure (Insulation≥R-30 (≥R-38 in climate zones 1 & 11-16)), and the Duct Replacement measure for where existing ducts are sealed to ≤ 6%. Applications submitted by June 30, 11:59 PM must pass QA Desktop Review and reach ‘Application Approved’ by July 28, 2016.

July 1
July 1, the 200 point minimum structure applies. 55 point Attic Insulation & Air Sealing measure (Insulate ≥R-30 (≥R-38 in climate zones 1 & 11-16) is removed. Duct Replacement measure requires existing ducts to be replaced and sealed to ≤ 6%.

Questions? Contact your account rep, call Build It Green at 510-285-6222, or email info@homeupgrade.org.

Changes to Home Upgrade Program Incentives

The Home Upgrade Program in the Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) and PG&E-SoCalGas shared service territory has grown significantly since it began. The program has provided incentives to nearly 12,000 jobs to date and continues to grow. In an effort to drive deeper energy retrofits and achieve deeper energy savings in the program, the following rebate structure updates will occur:

Summary of Changes

Home Upgrade: The minimum number of points required for a Home Upgrade application will rise from 100 to 150. The Base Measure Kickers of 15 points for 2nd base measure and 20 points for 3rd base measure will also be removed. The new point structure will apply to all applications submitted after April 15, 2016 at 11:59 pm.

Advanced Home Upgrade: In response to feedback from contractors and stakeholders, PG&E has adjusted the Advanced Home Upgrade incentive changes, effective May 1, 2016. These adjustments ensure that incentives are relatively higher for deeper retrofits.

The site savings incentive will decrease. There will be no change to the kWh and Therm incentive. There will be no change to the pool pump and AC kickers. The new incentive structure will apply to pre-installation applications submitted after May 1, 2016.

The updated incentive structure is below:

Advanced Home Upgrade Incentive Structure
Site Savings Tier Old Incentive
Pre-Install Submitted
by May 1 (11:59pm)
New Incentive
Pre-Install Submitted
after May 1 (11:59 pm)
10% $1,000 $550
15% $1,500 $850
20% $2,000 $1,150
25% $2,500 $1,450
30% $3,000 $2,500
35% $3,500 $3,000
40% $4,000 $3,500
45% + $4,500 $4,000
Energy Savings Incentive (No Change)
KWH $0.75/KWH $0.75/KWH
Therms $2.00/Therm $2.00/Therm
AC & Pool Pump Kicker Incentives (No Change)
in select ZIP codes
Pool Pump $200 $200
Air Conditioner $400 $400

We anticipate the average total incentive (site savings incentive + kicker incentive) will decrease by roughly 22%. For projects with a site savings of 10-25%, the average total incentive is anticipated to decrease by roughly 25%. For projects with a site savings of 30% and above, the average total incentive is anticipated to decrease less than 10%.

Timeline

Home Upgrade: Home Upgrade applications submitted through April 15, 2016 are eligible for the existing rebate structure. All applications submitted after April 15 (11:59 pm) are eligible for the new rebate structure.

Advanced Home Upgrade: All pre-installation applications submitted through May 1, 2016 are eligible for the existing rebates. All pre-installation applications submitted after May 1 (11:59 pm) are eligible for the new rebate structure. For pre-installation applications submitted by May 1, participants must submit post-installation applications by Aug. 1, 2016 (11:59 pm), otherwise the new incentive structure will be applied.

Key Dates

March 1: New AC and pool pump kicker zip codes effective.

April 15: Last day to submit Home Upgrade applications to qualify for existing structure.

April 15: Last day to submit Advanced post-installation to qualify for old AC & pool pump incentive zip code list.

May 1: Last day to submit Advanced Pre-installation to qualify for existing structure.

June 1: Last day to submit EnergyPro post-installation applications. Pre-installation must have been received by February 1, 2016.

Aug. 1: Last day to submit post-installation applications to qualify for existing structure. Pre-installation applications must have been received by May 1, 2016.

Questions? Contact your account rep, call Build It Green at 510-285-6222, or emailinfo@homeupgrade.org.

#NiceWork: Insulation Dams

Note: “#NiceWork” is Build It Green’s new series to highlight examples of quality installations and best practices. 

What do we like about this photo, taken from a Home Upgrade job? “It shows a good use of dams to prevent insulation spillover from a vaulted ceiling in an attic,” says Javier Montalbo, Build It Green’s Senior Project Associate for Field Quality Control. “The use of dams in areas like this or around attic hatches is key to maintaining R-value over time.” #NiceWork!

Way to go, Maki Heating & Air Conditioning, for doing a great job!

Questions? Contact Build It Green’s Field Quality Control at 510-590-3360 x 607 or fieldqc@homeupgrade.org.