The Construction Labor Shortage and Its Impact on Developers 

Learn how national developers are dealing with the shortage

Recently, California Advanced Homes Program (CAHP) participants have expressed concern about the increasing difficulty they experience finding laborers in today’s workforce. A recent article from Builder Online addresses the issue, revealing some best practices national builders are implementing to retain experienced laborers, quickly and effectively train less-experienced workers, and cost-effectively build new homes in this challenging environment.

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Master Builder
High Performance Fenestration



Incentives and consulting available for early adopters of high performance fenestration


The California Advanced Homes Program (CAHP) is proud to announce a new program initiative, CAHP Master Builder High Performance Fenestration (HPF). CAHP Master Builder HPF promotes early and successful HPF adoption by providing consulting services and incentives to participant builders and developers, who can earn up to $15,000 in incentives for single family projects and up to $20,000 for multifamily projects.

Participation Requirements

Master Builder HPF is open to both single family builders and multifamily developers. Single family projects must install HPF in a minimum of 10 homes, while multifamily projects must install HPF in a minimum of one building per property. All projects must complete HPF installation by December 1, 2019.

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Energy Commission Adopts Solar Mandate for 2020

In November of 2016 the CEC announced to the public that Zero Net Energy was not cost effective, however studies have shown that solar was cost-effective in each of California’s climate zones.

In November of 2018 It would seem that great strides have been made to ease this transition.

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Title 24 Energy Calculations:

The Wikipedia definition.

The California Energy Code, or Title 24, Part 6 of the California Code of Regulations, also titled The Energy Efficiency Standards for Residential and Nonresidential Buildings, were established in 1978 in response to a legislative mandate to reduce California's energy consumption. The standards are updated periodically to allow consideration and possible incorporation of new energy efficiency technologies and methods.

The 2016 Energy Standards have set out to simplify and clarify several areas that were new in the 2013 Energy Standards.  The focus on the 2016 Code will be the building envelope, i.e. high performance walls and attics, integrating renewable such as PV credit, lighting  (LEDs) and making tankless water heaters part of the standard design.  The  2016 Energy code is the final prep for 2020 ZNE (Zero Net Energy).


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