CAHP Best Practices for Contractors

Renewable energy is literally changing how we all do business—and that can mean a rapidly-changing learning curve for contractors. We’ve compiled resources to help you stay up to date with general information and guidelines

SDG&E is happy to work with you to make your projects a success. For additional information and to learn about the CAHP master builder program, Contact our dedicated Account Executive Deborah Newell at 858-636-5730 or [email protected].

Important Terms

Zero Net Energy (ZNE)

Zero Net Energy (ZNE) buildings have zero net energy consumption: the total amount of energy used by the building is about equal to the amount of renewable energy created on the building site. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has set a goal to have 100% of new homes be ZNE by 2020. 

3 Types of Single-family Homes

 

  1. Detached: single-story or multiple-story structure that is not attached to another building. This is either a custom home or part of a bigger project with multiple units/lots.

  2. Duplex:  Structure that has two residential units. This can be a single structure or part of a bigger project with several structures/units, but must be two separate dwelling units.

  3. Townhome:  A single-family residential home constructed in a group of three or more attached units. Each of the units extends from the foundation to roof, and has open space on at least two sides.

2 Types of Multi-family Homes

 

  1. Attached/condominium: A single or multiple-story home consisting of three or more residential units. These units are owned by the occupants.

  2. Apartment: A single or multiple-story home that has three or more residential units. These residences are not owned by the occupants.

These multifamily structures are eligible for incentives.

  • Multifamily low-rise

  • Multifamily high-rise

  • Multifamily mixed-use

Contact our dedicated Account Executive Deborah Newell at 858-636-5730 or [email protected] to learn more.

For additional information, view the 2017 California Advanced Homes Program handbook.