How Can Contractors and Building Inspectors Deliver On Energy Efficiency Claims?

Starting October 1 certified acceptance test technicians will be required to complete installations for mechanical systems in nonresidential buildings. 

Doing this will help contractors and building inspectors deliver on energy efficiency claims of newly installed air conditioning equipment.

Furthermore, the California Energy Commission (CEC) has developed a program to help address installation and performance issues for newly installed lighting controls and air conditioning equipment in non-residential buildings. 

Under the new Acceptance Test Technician Certification Provider Program (ATTCP), installing contractors are trained on what is required under code and how to verify and document compliance.
There are programs for both lighting controls and mechanical systems. 

Both programs train, test, certify, and oversee technicians on how to perform the acceptance tests and how to demonstrate and document that the new installations comply with the approved designs, the Energy Code, and are functioning properly. 

While only lighting controls acceptance tests have been required to be completed by a certified acceptance test technician since July 2014, mechanical acceptance tests could be completed by the field technician. Starting October 1 mechanical tests will also be required to be completed by a certified acceptance test technician for all new project permits. 

This change ensures equipment is installed correctly so consumers, tenants, builders, and building inspectors can be confident in the efficiency claims.

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