It is no secret that all-electric communities are picking up steam in new residential construction as more jurisdictions introduce Reach Codes discouraging or eliminating the use of natural gas in new construction projects. Additionally, the 2019 Building Standards that went into effect on January 1, 2020 have raised the energy efficiency bar, calling for more creative ways of meeting Title 24 compliance. Yesterday Abe Cubano spoke about these changes the impact of new construction, and the importance of coordination in the design process with members of the North State BIA.
As the demand for all-electric communities increases, innovative products like the Rheem’s Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heater move to the forefront as cost effective options, by providing energy efficiencies exceeding its natural gas predecessors. Harris & Sloan continues to explore industry-leading products like this one by working with manufacturers and policy makers to stay ahead of the efficiency curve in order to provide the best possible, holistic solution for our clients.
As we enter 2020 we are moving into a world where every point counts when it comes to energy efficiency. Often seemingly minor changes to a building’s envelope can have significant impact on energy performance. Involving the energy consultant early in the design process can help avoid unnecessary costs. The way we see it, in almost all situations it is better to spend the nickel to save the dollar.