All Rater Services

Claiming the $2,000 Federal Tax Credit for 2016

EnergyLogic assesses compliance with the Federal tax credit for every home that we inspect. In addition, we provide a tax credit compliance report that is signed for every home that is tested.208-9x463-2artboard-1800x1200

Over the past several years EnergyLogic has had to reissue these tax credit documents due to software updates that have also changed the physical look and content of the document.  Due to the need to reissue the reports, we were able to issue new passing tax credit certificates and lump them together for your convenience. The reports were typically sent in an email at the beginning of the year or a builder login was issued directing you to pull these reports from our DASH data system.

For 2016 homes, EnergyLogic will not need to re-run tax credit certificates or make any adjustments to the certificates you have already received. Therefore, builders will not be receiving an email containing all passing tax credits. EnergyLogic has already emailed all final report packets to you at the time the home has been rated and certified. Within those final report packets, you will find the tax credit certificate. It clearly states on the tax credit certificate if the home passes or not.  In addition, the tax certificate is signed only for the homes that pass.

Link to Sample Tax Credit Report

Builder Login for EnergyLogic’s DASH database
You can also access these final report packets using your builder login to EnergyLogic’s DASH database. Contact Tracy Larson at tracy@nrglogic.com if you need directions, username and password for the DASH builder login.  Tracy will be sending you a spreadsheet in the next few weeks that lists all homes that qualified for the tax credit which will narrow down the list of packets you’ll need to locate and make your search easier.

Link to document on how to search and locate tax credit documents packets in DASH

The Federal tax credit expired on January 1st, 2017.  As in the past, Energylogic will continue to issue tax credit certificates for all homes that we inspect. We will do this because historically every time the tax credit has expired it has been re-authorized and made effective retroactively to the date it expired.  For example, on January 1st, 2015 the tax credit expired. In December of 2015. the tax credit was re-authorized to be effective from January 1st, 2015 through December 31st, 2016.  The only way we can be sure that your homes will be able to get the credit if the tax credit is re-authorized is to keep track of whether they pass or not at the time of the final inspection.  We strongly recommend that your office file the tax credit certificates for those homes that pass and are signed off on, so you are prepared to file for your credit if and when re-authorization occurs.

At this time, because nobody knows if re-authorization will occur, EnergyLogic does not recommend changing your building specification to optimize for the tax credit.

Additional information regarding the rebate structure and requirements is located on our website.

Robby Schwarz

 

Who to Contact:

Robby Schwarz
Principal, Director of Builder Relations

Email Robby
720-838-0677

Field Fusion: Learning How to Sell the Benefits of High-Performance Homes

Get in the Game by Selling High Performance 

Field-Fusion-LogoDate: November 16, 2016
3:00 – 7:00 PM

Cost: None

Location: Tavern Tech Center (Upstairs) 
5336 DTC Blvd
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Please RSVP here

Event Logistics:

3:00 – 5:00 PM 

Presenter: Todd Gamboa, President of Building Trust LLC

Issue: New construction is on the rise again. However, the real estate market is still dominated by older homes as they represent over 85% of sales. Homebuilders, HERS® Raters, trade partners, suppliers, and manufacturers have a significant impact on the way new homes are designed, built, and sold.
 
Objective:  Converting prospective buyers to new construction is a team effort. Leveraging your knowledge of building science, energy efficiency, and consumer trends and behavior, is the most effective way to create opportunities. Get in the game by learning how to demonstrate and sell the benefits of high-performance homes, services, and products. You will increase your sales, improve your profitability, and differentiate your brand!

5:00 – 7:00 PM 

EnergyLogic’s Mixer and networking

Drinks & hors d’oeuvres provided!

Todd Gamboa

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Todd Gamboa, President of Building Trust LLC, has been in the building industry for over 30 years, managing private and public companies. As a homebuilder, he has been responsible for the creation of thousands of homes. As a building science consultant, public speaker, and host of “New Home Solutions Radio”, he educates homebuilders, contractors, architects, appraisers, and realtors all over the country about the value and benefits of buying new construction. Mr Gamboa has launched and managed several, energy efficiency and “market transformation” programs for utility providers; home builder and realtor associations; and  state and federal government agencies throughout the U.S. His fast-paced, fun, and informative sales training have been described as “Info-tainment” by attendees.

 

This Field Fusion event is generously supported by Tyvek.

 

Get to know our new Field Services Manager & Software Technical Liaison, Steve Eagleburger

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EnergyLogic is proud to announce some exciting changes to our team! Get to know our new Field Services Manager & Software Technical Liaison, Steve Eagleburger.

Q&A: Learn more about Steve, his comprehensive background, and credentials!

What was your first job in the residential construction industry?

I’ve been involved in construction most of my life. I started as a painter/faux finisher around 30 years ago. I moved on to handyman work and eventually became a General Contractor around 2003.

How and when did you first become interested in high-performance homes and energy efficiency?

I’ve always been interested in environmental construction and design. I built the one and only Compressed Earth Block home in Denver and currently live there. It’s imperative that the construction industry realizes the impact it has on this planet and its inhabitants and take steps to move toward more efficient, cleaner and safer homes.

What insights did you gain in your time working as a general contractor?

Contractors can change the way we build homes and by making that change we can create longer- lasting, more comfortable, better performing homes. We often are focused on the bottom line when we should step back and look at the big picture. Success comes when we meet a triple bottom line -Economic Value, Environmental Sustainability and Social Responsibility. This is what drove me as a G.C. and eventually what lead me to work at Energylogic.

You’ve been with EnergyLogic since 2010 and have worked at a number of different roles.  What are some things you can share about your background in residential energy consulting?

You don’t know what you don’t know until you know it and as soon as you know it you need to share it. This is a constantly evolving industry and as raters and builders, we have to stay informed. Codes and programs evolve over time. It’s our responsibility as energy consultants to keep our clients informed and be as pre-emptive as possible when change is coming. Nobody likes surprises!

What are some of the common design mistakes or misconceptions builders should watch out for?

Demand a detailed set of drawings from your architect and engineer before you start to build and make sure those drawing specify local codes and builder program details! Refresh your plan set to include updated codes or details that were missed originally so you don’t keep repeating the same mistakes. So many failures and re-inspections can be avoided by having a knee wall framing detail somewhere in your plan set, or air barrier detail drawn for double framed walls, or by making sure there’s room between the stairs and foundation wall to add insulation, etc. These details allow everyone to do their job better, from estimators to installers.

Little things do matter. Even though we don’t like to delay construction schedules over minor issues, small improvements on a national scale can make an impact. We call these things out to help you build a better product, not to be obstructive. The building code and national programs such as Energy Star and DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes exist to help you build a better product and get to that triple bottom line. Embrace it and accept the future of construction!

What do you like to do in your free time?

When I’m not working you’ll find me hiking or camping with my wife and dog, but nothing too extreme. We like the quiet places.  Or maybe I’m down at the local brewery for a pint of cask-conditioned English ale.  Once a week you’ll find me at Zenko Kyudojo in Boulder, practicing Japanese archery.

 

RESNET HERS® Rater Online & Field Training December 5-8, 2016

$500 Discount for Online/Field Combo Students!

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Use coupon code december2016 for $500 off of the HERS Rater Training Combo

EnergyLogic Academy’s Referral Program Rewards – Tell ALL Your Friends!

We feel everyone should benefit from ‘word of mouth’ marketing, not just us! We make it worth your while by offering cash rewards through our referral program.

Earn up to $100 cash per referral

Let’s keep building this industry – together!

RESNET HERS® Rater Training Combo Package (Phase 1 & 2)

PHASE 1 – ONLINE & SELF-PACED 
Start Today! 

Phase 1 of the EnergyLogic Academy HERS Rater training is designed to allow participants to navigate through the knowledge base needed for a HERS Rater at the users own pace. The course prepares students for the extensive knowledge needed in building science, building materials, integrated construction processes, HVAC equipment, and diagnostic testing equipment and processes.

The HERS Rater Training online course covers the core knowledge for the HERS Rater certification. By enrolling in our self-paced, open enrollment course, you will have 90 days to complete the training. You can complete the training at your own pace, and you do not need to use the whole enrollment period if it is not needed. There are 24 modules in the course – each module will take a minimum of two hours to complete, with some taking over four hours.

PHASE 2 – FIELD TRAINING 
December 5-8, 2016
Denver, CO

Phase 2 is four days of field training designed to introduce the HERS Rater inspection processes and diagnostic testing. During the field training, we will complete two practice ratings according to the RESNET training standard. Practice ratings will be performed on an existing home and a new home.

This is an instructor-facilitated course. Students will have one-on-one instruction with the testing equipment. Much of the field work will be done in a group setting, where peer-to-peer interaction is used to complete the practice ratings.

 

INSTRUCTORS: 

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             Ben Graham

             RESNET® Instructor, Green Rater, Auditor

 

 

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          Steve Eagleburger 

          Field Services Manager & Software Technical Liaison

 

 

 

After completing the course, Rater candidates have two steps remaining before earning certification:

The candidate must pass three exams. The exam fees are not included in the price of tuition. These fees are paid directly to RESNET. For more information click on the RESNET Exams tab.

The candidate must join a provider and complete the probationary phase of certification. The provider ultimately issues the certification once the candidate completes the probationary phase.

A package you just can’t turn down!

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Use coupon code december2016 for $500 off of the HERS Rater Training Como

 

Field Fusion: The Disconnect Between Fire & Energy Code

 

Field Fusion: The disconnect between Fire Code and Energy Code

Fire rated assemblies, air tightness, and the real world

Field-Fusion-LogoDate: August 31, 2016
Start Time: 3:00 PM

Location: Bad Daddy’s, 100 E 120th Ave, Northglenn, CO 80233

Please RSVP here

 

 

SCHEDULE

3:00 – 5:00 PM 

Speaker Highlights:

Robby Schwarz, Principal and Director of Builder relations at EnergyLogic, Inc

  • Laying out the issue. Fire code vs. energy code and air leakage requirements that have to be met. Why multi-family homes are twice as leaky as single-family homes that are twice their size.

Gil Rossmiller, Chief Building Official for the City of Parker

  • A perspective from a Code jurisdiction on what defines a fire rated assembly and what is being allowed to make them air tight.

Brian Firestone, Applegate Insulation

  • Fire and Acoustical rated assemblies. UL listings the process and the options that are available.

 

5:00 – 7:00 PM 

EnergyLogic’s Mixer and networking

This event is generously supported by Tyvek.

 

 

IECC and Multi-Family Buildings

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Up and down the front range of Colorado we are seeing more and more code jurisdictions adopt either the 2012 or 2015 IECC.  From a building science perspective, this is a step forward toward better performing buildings because these two codes require mandatory air leakage targets be met by all segments of residential construction three stories or less.  What I mean by this is that the code understands the importance of gaining control and predictability of the air flowing through our buildings.  I like to say that air is a freight train and like a train it carries cargo from point A to point B. The cargo it carries is heat/energy, moisture, and pollutants. The issue is that air does not always carry its cargo in a straight line on tracks from inside a house directly outside the house and deposit its load into the ambient air. A properly ducted fan may take air and its cargo to the outdoors, but often air takes its cargo into building assemblies and deposits it there, causing long-term building durability and efficiency issues for our homes. The code now recognizes that tight homes increase durability and efficiency and now understand that visual inspection itself cannot ensure house tightness.  The fundamental change in the code from the 2009 IECC to the 2012 or 2015 IECC is this recognition and the move from a choice to administer a blower door test or visually inspect to a mandate that you visually inspect and test to ensure tightness of the homes we build.

EnergyLogic tests homes and has been helping builders use the Simulated Performance pathway through code since the 2006 IECC.  Unlike other pathways in the energy code, the flexibility gained in the performance path allows for the most cost-effective means to develop the energy specifications for a house because we can trade off house tightness for R-values and U-values in the thermal envelope. This means that we understand that there is absolutely no problem achieving the code required 3 air changes per house at 50 Pascals (3 ACH50) in a single-family home.  In fact, the 2012 and 2015 IECC offer a checklist for how to be successful in the mandatory air barrier and insulation table R402.1.1.  We also know with certainty that it is not easy for multi-family buildings to achieve this same air leakage target. Currently, code does not recognize the difficulty of achieving 3 ACH50 in multi-family homes and buildings.  The City of Denver has accepted EnergyLogic’s code amendment to allow multi-family homes and buildings to have a leakage rate of 4ACH50. The city of Fort Collins allows a CFM/sqft of shell area measurement to be used to express air leakage in multi-family project.  So far they are the only jurisdictions in the state that I am aware of that have amended this section of the code to better reflect the realities of creating airtight multi-family buildings. On a national level, EnergyLogic has submitted a code change proposal for the 2018 IECC that makes a clear distinction between single-family detached homes and multi-family attached homes with achievable air leakage targets for both. We will have to wait until October to see if the proposal is accepted.

So where does that leave our multi-family builders?

Whether you are building duplexes, townhouses, or stacked multi-family buildings, house tightness is solely dependent on attention to detail with regard to air sealing adiabatic common fire rated walls, floors, and ceilings.  We recommend beginning by removing all draft-stopping materials (rock wool and fiberglass that are air permeable) in these fire rated assemblies and replacing them with solid fireblocking materials that actually stop the movement of air. By doing this you now have reasonable-sized holes that, depending on the jurisdiction, the assembly, and the skill level of the air sealing contractor, can be sealed. Next, you must treat common walls, floors, and ceilings as you would treat assemblies that separate conditioned space from the outdoors. The codes air barrier and insulation mandatory table/checklist must be applied to these common fire rated assemblies. For example, if there is a tub or shower pan, drop ceiling, or knee wall adjacent to an adiabatic common fire rated wall, floor, or ceiling, an air barrier needs to be installed.  Lastly, these details cannot be an afterthought!  They need to be addressed from the first design charrette, through a trade partner kickoff meeting, to mid-phase air barrier and insulation rough quality assurance inspection, if there is to be any hope of achieving 3 ACH50 when the home is blower door tested at a final inspection.  Blower door testing occurs when the home is complete and when it is impossible to achieve significant air sealing objectives at this point of construction.  Small changes in the tightness of the home may be able to be achieved, but air takes the path of least resistance; so if you have not blocked and sealed it out behind the drywall it is unlikely that you will be able to do more that achieve a small increase in the tightness of home at a final stage of construction.  In other words, the work has been done at the time of the rough inspection and the evaluation of the work is done at the final inspection.

In conclusion, get involved and take full advantage of EnergyLogic’s third-party inspection and testing services.  Get us involved as early as possible in the design of your multi-family project, and let us train all your trade partners at a kickoff meeting, how to successfully work toward meeting the requirements of code.  It is not easy, but attention to detail, quality assurance inspection, and greater understanding by the trade base will make 3 ACH50 achievable.

 

Robby Schwarz

 

Who to Contact:
Robby Schwarz
Principal, Director of Builder Relations

Email Robby
720-838-0677

EnergyLogic’s “Game of Homes” Offers Edutainment-based Training Alternative, Professional Development to Home Performance Pros

 Game of Homes is proudly supported by Owens Corning®

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Owens Corning Sponsorship Gives Game a Boost with Real-world Products

Aug. 4, 2016, DENVER, Colo. – EnergyLogic announces Owens Corning as a flagship sponsor of Game of Homes, EnergyLogic’s new, free training platform for home performance professionals. Game of Homes takes a departure from traditional classroom and online training courses by applying gaming designs and concepts to learning scenarios that are interactive, engaging and entertaining. Home performance professionals – such as energy raters, remodelers, retrofitters and others involved in the process of improving the comfort, safety and energy efficiency of a home – gain valuable continuing education units (CEUs) they can apply toward industry certification programs such as the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) and the Building Performance Institute (BPI).

“Owens Corning’s collaboration with EnergyLogic brings additional depth to the resources and partnership we provide building professionals to help them stay at the top of their game,” said Todd Fister, vice president of strategic marketing, Insulation, Owens Corning. “This edutainment-driven approach to training represents a truly innovative and user-friendly solution to help these pros gain new knowledge and advance their home performance practices.”

According to Matt Thornberry, training and education manager for EnergyLogic, Game of Homes is geared to reach the approximately 35,000 home performance professionals in the U.S., as well as more than 100,000 home inspectors.

“Game of Homes offers users a fresh approach to the ‘death-by-PowerPoint’ training that plagues our industry,” Thornberry said. “We believe that excellent training is critical to the success of the building science industry – and a more sustainable world. But our industry is historically guilty of offering training based on boring presentations and lectures. That’s not how people learn. People learn by doing,” he added.

Game of Homes helps energy professionals become critical thinkers and make smarter decisions about ways to make homes efficient, safe, healthy and durable. Users are faced with complex choices they must make about the home’s systems – from ventilation systems to furnace equipment to insulation materials – that simulate a home’s performance. These scenarios are developed based on real-world situations that experienced professionals have encountered in the field. For example, one situation involves a serious mold condition; another is based on a career-threatening condition in the home of a vocal coach. The game features actual products the pros use – such as Owens Corning’s residential insulation products – to make for a realistic online experience.

Game of Homes taps into people’s natural desire for competition, achievement and community status, using leaderboards, achievements and social interaction as techniques to  deeply engage players as a community. Players can earn achievements through the accumulation of points awarded for correct decisions they make during the interactive scenarios and challenges. In addition, the system tracks points and issues professional development credits for various home energy certifications such as RESNET and BPI.

Users sign up for Game of Homes for free at www.playgameofhomes.com. The Game of Homes video is available online.

 

About Owens Corning             

Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) develops, manufactures and markets insulation, roofing, and fiberglass composites. Global in scope and human in scale, the company’s market-leading businesses use their deep expertise in materials, manufacturing and building science to develop products and systems that save energy and improve comfort in commercial and residential buildings. Through its glass reinforcements business, the company makes thousands of products lighter, stronger and more durable. Ultimately, Owens Corning people and products make the world a better place. Based in Toledo, Ohio, Owens Corning posted 2015 sales of $5.4 billion and employs about 16,000 people in 25 countries. It has been a Fortune 500® company for 62 consecutive years.

About EnergyLogic

EnergyLogic is a building consulting company that provides expert resources, education and support to new home builders and energy raters involved in the construction of high‐performance homes. Its products and services include an energy rating system, rater services, an enterprise software system and training. EnergyLogic also serves as a resource to other organizations that are influential in creating energy efficient housing across America, including industry associations, construction and building professionals, utility companies, government code officials, state energy offices and real estate professionals. More information may be found at www.nrglogic.com. Details about the company’s comprehensive training program is available at energylogicacademy.com.

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Media Contacts:

EnergyLogic:
Linda Lidov
303-358-6279

Owens Corning:
DeAnna Starn
419-248-5667

Upcoming Options for FREE High Performance Home Sales Training

How to Sell Energy Efficient Homes Effectively

stool-table-kitchen-woodenDon’t miss this opportunity to learn about high performance homes. Not all homes are built alike. Find out the important things you need to know to sell energy efficient homes effectively! Learn that “Cost per Square Foot” to own is more important than “Price per Square Foot” to buy!

In this fast-paced class you will learn to:

  • Educate customers on the value of high-performance homes and energy savings
  • Demonstrate the comfort, healthy indoor environment, and durability of the home
  • Build your value by being THE resource of information for buyers
  • Leverage consumer trends and data
  • Promote the value of HERS rating and third-party verifications
  • Utilize national and local programs and savings that benefit consumers
  • Develop strategies for branding and differentiation
  • Improve customer satisfaction and communication
  • Leverage referrals and testimonials throughout the construction process
  • Strengthen the relationship between builders and homebuyers

Contact Todd Gamboa with Building Trust LLC to schedule a session with your sales team.

(303)903-2518
todd@buildingtrustllc.org

Todd Gamboa, President of Building Trust, LLC, is considered a champion in the field of energy efficient home building. He has been in the building industry for more than 26 years, managing private and public homebuilding companies, consulting and training professionals in the business. He has been responsible for the construction of thousands of homes in Colorado and was building “Green” homes when others were only talking about it. The Colorado Energy Office and Xcel Energy have contracted with Todd because he has the experience to connect with the home building sales force and to show them how to connect with the Buyer.

 


ENERGY STAR® Sales Training

NotesEnergyLogic brings you an ENERGY STAR Sales Training developed by the EPA specifically for you. This training will help sales agents describe the features and benefits of ENERGY STAR certified homes in a way that aligns with the customers’ own values. The training consists of approximately two hour-long modules that can be completed all at once or in two sessions. We will develop background knowledge in the program, explore customer profiles, strategies in small groups, and practice through quick role playing exercise, all in order to gain comfort with how to speak to your buyers about the benefits of Energy Star homes. Although the focus of the training is on selling ENERGY STAR certified homes, the core concepts, you will see, can and should be applied to the sale of any home.

Robby Schwarz

 

For more information, please contact:
Robby Schwarz
Principal, Director of Builder Relations

Email Robby
720-838-0677

 

 

 


Drinks & Discussion: 2015 IRC and IECC Codes

Date: June 15, 2016
Start Time: 3:00 PM

Colorado Code Consultants and EnergyLogic bring to you a discussion of the 2015 IRC and IECC.

As more and more local jurisdictions adopted this suite of codes we want to be sure you are prepared and understand what to expect.

3:00 – 4:00 PM
2015 IECC discussion, Speaker: Robby Schwarz of EnergyLogic

4:00 – 5:00 PM
2015 IRC discussion, Speaker: Steve Thomas of Colorado Code Consulting

5:00 – 7:00 PM
Happy Hour mixer

Please RSVP here

This event is generously supported by Tyvek.

Efficiency Beyond the Home Itself – a better use of your mouse!

black-and-white-cup-hand-mugOn the hunt for tax credits? Certificates to add to your closing packets? Code compliance documentation?

You asked and we answered. DASH by EnergyLogic has created instant access with ability to download reports. It is fast and completely eliminates the cat-and-mouse game of chasing paperwork. Reports, certificates as well as other documentation specific to a home’s performance can be accessed directly from our system, using your own individual and builder-specific login.

Sending emails in search of items or searching within your own email to find something you may have received is inefficient and time-consuming. You will no longer need to wait, as you can now log in, search by address and retrieve the documentation you need!

Tracy Larson

 

Contact Tracy Larson for your USER ID, password and a how-to guide.

Email Tracy

Happy DASHboarding!

Release the Hounds, and our Latest DASH Update

Dash_Resource_Logo4C copyJuly’s DASH release included many new and exciting features for DASH.  Several of the new features came as requests from our DASH users. Those include, but are not the only:

  • The new Home Performance Summary Report is available in the Inspection Form system. Generate the report after the final inspection has been completed and email it directly to your client from DASH.
  • Set the time zone on your system to your time zone so that all of the DASH tracking and auditing are recorded in your local time zone.  Access the time zone setting form the Admin screen-Other icon.
  • Eight additional user-definable checkboxes have been added to use on the individual service records:  four checkboxes for the Builder Services, and four for the Existing Homes Services.  Set them up from the Admin screen-Checkboxes icon.
  • Your business log can now be embedded in the email templates that DASH uses to generate emails to your clients.  Check this out in the Admin screen-Email Settings-Email Signature Images section.
  • Specify whether Environmental Programs should display on the job inspection reports.  When you set up an Environmental Program, there is a new question: “Show this program on reports?” to set as “yes” or “No”.   This setting determines whether the inspection report should contain information regarding that particular Environmental Program (IECC 2012 Code, for example).
  • Easy access to DASH documentation. You can now access all of the documentation and videos regarding using DASH from the new Resources link at the top right of your DASH screen.  Look for the toolbox icon:

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These features represent just a few of the features and upgrades from the July release.  Hope you find them as helpful as those who requested them. We think you will.

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Kathleen Henning
Software Manager
EnergyLogic and DASH