Rulemaking to amend the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Regulations (Title 20, §1670-1675) to:
1) Repeal certain administrative provisions related to a separate program, the field verification & diagnostic testing (FV&DT) program, while retaining all provisions related to the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Regulations, to facilitate the addition of the administrative FV&DT provisions to the Title 24 Energy Code;
2) Other non-substantive changes.
The HERS program is a voluntary program and provides efficiency upgrade recommendations to improve a home’s energy efficiency rating. The HERS program utilizes providers and raters. A separate program, the Field Verification and Diagnostic Testing (FV&DT) program, is a mandatory administrative program to verify compliance with the Title 24 Energy Code and collect compliance data. The HERS and FV&DT programs are designed to benefit the environment and natural resources by promoting energy efficiency in buildings, thereby reducing the need to procure and generate electricity.
The FV&DT program also uses HERS providers and raters and, for this reason, some administrative provisions related to the FV&DT program were originally located in the Title 20 HERS regulations. This has made compliance with the Energy Code difficult and confusing for stakeholders and management of the Whole-House Home Energy Rating program and FV&DT program more challenging for the CEC.
This rulemaking action removed certain administrative FV&DT provisions from California Code of Regulations title 20 sections 1670 through 1675 because they already exist in the Title 24 Energy Code or because they are being added to the Energy Code in a concurrent rulemaking. The adoption of the corresponding provisions in Title 24 will become effective at the same time as their removal from Title 20, so as to avoid any gap in regulation for the HERS program. This action will have no regulatory or practical impact on the HERS program, and therefore is essentially clerical in nature.