What are Title 24 Reports?
Title 24 Reports are all-encompassing documents that provide specifications for all energy-demanding features of new and altered constructions. From insulation to HVAC efficiency, Title Reports layout the energy calculations for proposed constructions. As a result, builders and owners submit these reports to the Building Department along with the plans, as required by law for approval. Why? The California Energy Commission outlines Building Energy Efficiency Standards in ‘Title 24’ of their codes. Subsequently, specialists known as Title 24 Consultants, were born to provide consultation to architects, engineers, installers, and builders. They make sure that every project falls within the margin of energy compliance.
As HERS Raters, the team members of BarrierEnergy are Energy Code specialists. HERS Raters perform compliance testing to enforce the plans. However, we are also two-in-one Title 24 Consultants. Depending on what stage of the project we come in on, we can create these reports, also known as CF1Rs. However, sometimes we receive the CF1R file from someone else and we complete the installer/HERS verifications.
Can I Change Building Plans After Approval?
Unfortunately, having a separate Energy Consultant can create more opportunities for mistakes and project delays. Often, we find discrepancies in the original Title 24 Report. Maybe it states there are supposed to be three AC units when really there are only two. Consequently, this error causes delays, as we must either send it back to the Title 24 Consultant or perform corrections by starting from scratch. Another possibility is that the owner or builder wanted to make changes to the plans after construction began. The whole permit approval was based on the original report and energy calculations. Nonetheless, yes, it is still possible to do so. However, each report has a specific compliance margin, which depends on how well the project meets efficiency standards. Firstly, our HERS Raters will give consultation to make sure these new plans do put the overall energy rating out of compliance.
Whether there was a shortage of materials or someone simply changed their mind, we must correct the CF1R. Like surgeons, we will diagnose the issue and operate on the sections that need alteration. It’s essential for the Title 24 document to accurately reflect what’s taken place. We must account for every detail, every window, and light. When we make Title 24 Reports in-house, not only do we streamline the entire energy compliance process, but we also leave enough room for minor changes in our energy calculations. Therefore, small changes will not hold up the project from reaching final inspection. However, if you make a major alteration to the scope you may need to submit a revision to your permit. Always consult your architect in these matters.
BarrierEnergy, Repairing Your Title 24
Our team knows energy codes inside and out. In order to prevent project delays, get us involved as early in the process as possible. We should be in communication with every involved party, from the designer to the contractor. Using experts will safeguard quality assurance on your Title 24 Report. No matter your location in California, contact us for your project needs today. All we require to complete the CF1R is a digital copy of your plans.