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Why Failing Energy Inspections Can Be Fatal for Your Bottom Line

Why Failing Energy Inspections Can Be Fatal for Your Bottom Line

Affordable housing developments walk a fine line when it comes to budgeting. In this article, we will discuss the reasons why not passing mandated HERS inspections can cause a project timeline to fall apart and the best methods to circumvent this risk entirely.

Affordable Housing Developments in California: When to Ask for Help

Affordable Housing Developments in California: When to Ask for Help

It would be in our best interest here at E3 California to say that a developer should ask us to join a project during the development phase, but we also understand that without the proper backup, this is just shameless marketing. However, it’s not untrue, not in the slightest.

The Biggest Mistakes in California’s Affordable Development Projects

The Biggest Mistakes in California’s Affordable Development Projects

Some might say that the biggest mistake that a developer could make when it comes to an affordable housing project would be to take the entirety of the funds allocated for the project and bet them on roulette.  Maybe 50/50 odds aren’t that bad?

Capitalizing on California’s Tax Benefits for Energy Efficient Affordable Housing Projects

Capitalizing on California’s Tax Benefits for Energy Efficient Affordable Housing Projects

One of the most important aspects to do with the incorporation of energy efficiency into affordable housing development projects is the use of tax benefits. California established tax incentives and programs in 1986 to deal with the growing need for affordable housing, and since then has received added federal funding ...

What Are the Benefits of Energy Efficiency in Affordable Housing Developments?

What Are the Benefits of Energy Efficiency in Affordable Housing Developments?

Energy efficiency has many benefits that are often overlooked as a result of the initial investment in upgraded systems. At the early stages of a multifamily development project, especially in the low-income housing sector, developers try and avoid extra costs at all costs.

Energy Efficiency and Affordable Housing: A Smart Investment

Energy Efficiency and Affordable Housing: A Smart Investment

Energy saving measures are not generally associated with affordable housing. For the most part, the pinnacles of energy saving features are generally associated with either high-performance and sustainable designs, or by parties with an unlimited budget and little regard for the bottom line, whatever the reason may be.

Developing Real Estate in California: The ‘M’ Word

Developing Real Estate in California: The ‘M’ Word

No one wants to mention it, but mold is a big problem in California’s developing world. Mold removal, consulting, and rebuilding from damage sits in at around $14B a year in this state alone, making it the number one fault in the industry. While the causes for mold are unavoidable - it is very difficult to survive in a...

When to Time Insulation Inspections for California’s Real Estate Developments

When to Time Insulation Inspections for California’s Real Estate Developments

Techniques and materials in insulation have come a long way over the past few years. We have reached a point in which many buildings, especially high-performance buildings, are considered capable of being hermetically sealed, and as a result, must contain oxygen sensors in every room. While this is a result of exterior...

California’s Commercial Developments: Time Your HVAC Inspections Correctly!

California’s Commercial Developments: Time Your HVAC Inspections Correctly!

Inspections are mandatory, and passing them is one of the most important aspects of keeping a commercial development project on track. The worst-case scenario is missing an inspection or being ordered to rebuild, and these two terrible errors must be avoided in commercial development projects.

Time HVAC Inspections for Your Multifamily Developments Correctly!

Time HVAC Inspections for Your Multifamily Developments Correctly!

One of the most common errors regarding HVAC code compliance in multifamily development projects is poor timing of inspections. This can go either way - an inspection can be timed long after the installation was complete, which means the construction process is not efficient, or an inspection process can rush the job. ...

Where Real Estate Developers Lose Money in California’s Sustainable Developments

Where Real Estate Developers Lose Money in California’s Sustainable Developments

Sustainability in itself is not a way to lose money in a development project; in fact, we would argue that the opposite is true: incorporating sustainable practices in a development project can both increase property value and enhance a development organization’s brand.

Real Estate Development Risks Involving California’s Energy Code

Real Estate Development Risks Involving California’s Energy Code

Meeting energy codes can be a strain on a development project’s budget. The rules are very strict, and much of the time the benefits seem insubstantial. Despite the problems that arise with striving to meet California’s energy codes, not meeting code is one of the best ways to harm a development project’s budget, and a...

The Importance of Energy Planning in California’s Commercial Developments

The Importance of Energy Planning in California’s Commercial Developments

Energy systems are some of the largest systems in a commercial development project, and as a result they requisition a sizeable portion of the budget. Ensuring that the energy-related development goals remain on track is therefore crucial to maintain a target budget and schedule. This leaves very little room for error ...

How to Be Energy Compliant Without Impacting Your Development Timeline

How to Be Energy Compliant Without Impacting Your Development Timeline

One of the most important features of a development project is the focus on completing milestones at a specific and convenient point in time. By defining a succession of tasks attached to those milestones, we increase our capacity to deliver. But what if we are not able to do this? How can we make sure that any risk th...

The Risks of Not Passing California’s Real Estate Energy Codes

The Risks of Not Passing California’s Real Estate Energy Codes

Energy consultation is inherently a large aspect of risk mitigation when developing real estate, so to finish off our series on frequently asked questions, we have decided to do a brief post covering the risks of not being compliant to energy codes in a development project.

Commercial Development in California: Mitigating Energy Compliance Risks

Commercial Development in California: Mitigating Energy Compliance Risks

Commercial development projects are complex and unique in many ways. Like any project, they have their own risks. Add to it the need to comply with California Energy Code (referred to as Title 24), and many questions come up fast. How can you be sure the project is fully compliant? Have you been up to the challenge, an...

5 Energy Compliance Mistakes that Will Kill the Bottom Line of a Development Project

5 Energy Compliance Mistakes that Will Kill the Bottom Line of a Development Project

As a developer in California, being able to construct commercial buildings, residential towers or whole new urban areas is what gives full sense to your life. You do not want mistakes to derail your projects, and you undertake each development hoping that they will not happen. But they do happen.

The 3 Top Energy Compliance Risks in Commercial Development Across California

The 3 Top Energy Compliance Risks in Commercial Development Across California

Construction or renovation projects always carry risks, especially those related to mistakes made during the phase of physical works. But there is an important, non-physical area that if done incorrectly, will not only affect your bottom line, but actually endanger the whole project.

4 Critical Phases for a Successful Development Project in California

4 Critical Phases for a Successful Development Project in California

As a California developer, you want to avoid risks when carrying out a building project, and you know well that the safest way to accomplish that is by following an ordered sequence of phases. Critical phases, if you will, for all of them are necessary to complete a successful development project. What are those phases...

How Energy Planning Impacts the Cost and Value of a Development Project

How Energy Planning Impacts the Cost and Value of a Development Project

Planning is critical for any development project. Period. But in California, more than anywhere else in the United States for that matter, such planning needs to incorporate “energy efficiency” into the equation.

A Guide to Development Risk Mitigation through Energy Planning in California [eBook]

A Guide to Development Risk Mitigation through Energy Planning in California [eBook]

California is home to a fairly complex and advanced energy saving policy which influences the way we move around, the type of houses and buildings we occupy, the myriad of top-notch mechanical equipment that have become part of our daily lives, and even the impact we make on the environment.

California’s Real Estate Energy Compliance FAQs: How Much Does Compliance Cost?

California’s Real Estate Energy Compliance FAQs: How Much Does Compliance Cost?

The third most frequently asked question regarding energy compliance is by far the most straightforward and practical: ‘how much will this cost me?’ In short: 15 to 20 percent of your budget will most likely go into energy systems to a level that is code compliant. This much is basically unavoidable. Once this is known...

California’s Real Estate Energy Compliance FAQs: The Steps to Compliance

California’s Real Estate Energy Compliance FAQs: The Steps to Compliance

One of the most frequently asked questions that we get from developers regarding energy planning and compliance is ‘what exactly do we have to do?’ While the exact process is a little too lengthy for a single article (feel free to give us a call if you want the full list), we can offer here the basic process involved w...

California’s Real Estate Energy Compliance FAQs: Why Is It Necessary?

California’s Real Estate Energy Compliance FAQs: Why Is It Necessary?

The number one question that developers ask energy consultants is the following: ‘why do we have to do this?’  We understand this question - from the bottom of our hearts, we get it. The codes are strict. The penalties are severe. It can be overkilled in some places. However, and in the simplest form, the reason you ha...

The Top 3 FAQs About Energy Compliance in California’s Development Projects

The Top 3 FAQs About Energy Compliance in California’s Development Projects

Here at E3, we get asked a lot of questions in our line of work - in the end, consulting is almost entirely made up of finding solutions and giving advice. After several years of being in business, we have noticed a trend; there are questions that nearly every prospect or client that we have worked with has asked us, s...

The ABCs of Maximizing Commercial Development Through Energy Planning [eBook]

The ABCs of Maximizing Commercial Development Through Energy Planning [eBook]

A world leader in art and innovation, California is also the leading U.S. state in energy efficiency. Processes and technologies to build and operate energy efficient buildings and homes are getting more sophisticated, and penalization for incompliance with energy standards more rigorous.

Best Practices for Sustainable Development Projects in California

Best Practices for Sustainable Development Projects in California

Sustainable development projects are a growing trend across the United States and California is a trend setter! Sustainability is critical for environmental needs and has also become an integral approach to separate the best from the rest, or in other words, a differentiator for developers and designers.

Boosting the Value of Mixed-Use Developments with Proper Energy Planning

Boosting the Value of Mixed-Use Developments with Proper Energy Planning

Mixed-use development is a wide-ranging concept that has become a great opportunity to leverage multiple practices and drive an increased ROI. For developers, they are also a challenge, given the various regulatory frames, market targets and sustainability needs. How then, can you get the best value from mixed-use?

Can High-Performance Design Improve ROI on Commercial Developments in California?

Can High-Performance Design Improve ROI on Commercial Developments in California?

The term “High Performance” tends to scare people a bit, for the idea of top-notch equipment and systems is associated with hefty prices. But, is this so? Design, conditions and materials do change or evolve, but the bottom line remains a fairly stable variable: ensuring a strong ROI for every project.

10 Features Developers Need to Know About California Energy Code

10 Features Developers Need to Know About California Energy Code

The California Energy Code (CEC) is the part of the California Code of Regulations aimed at achieving energy efficiency and ensure air quality throughout the state. How does the CEC affect development projects? What should developers be aware of? How does it impact development costs and vision?

The Impact of California Energy Code on Your Development Project's Budget

The Impact of California Energy Code on Your Development Project's Budget

The Devil is in the details; this is true for just about everything in life, but is especially costly to a development project. More often than not, a sound development project's undoing comes from little oversights. In the case of an energy plan, it's unrealistically linking the projected energy systems to the schedul...

The Importance of Smart Energy Planning for California Development Projects

The Importance of Smart Energy Planning for California Development Projects

Being a developer isn't easy. The vision, implementation, construction, and closeout are all up to you. While the bulk of these phases would be too much to cover in a single series, we decided to tackle one commonly overlooked element in state regulations: energy codes. In this article, we cover the importance of inclu...

7 Best Practices in High Performance Building Design

7 Best Practices in High Performance Building Design

Often times, architects who design high performance buildings in California, which are required to comply with stringent energy regulations, fail to integrate performance goals or to make certain decisions relating to energy efficiency strategies during the design phase.

Can Architects Meet California Title 24 Without Giving Up Good Design?

Can Architects Meet California Title 24 Without Giving Up Good Design?

Title 24 was created to position California as a global leader in energy efficiency, and to reduce state power requirements and greenhouse gas emissions. Some of these regulations have occurred so swiftly, though, that many architects and designers in California are having difficulty keeping up with them.  

High Performance Building Design: The Advantage of Using Energy Modeling and Analysis

High Performance Building Design: The Advantage of Using Energy Modeling and Analysis

California’s 2016 Energy Standards, effective as of January 01, 2017, are the most recent upgrade to a policy that has been in place for almost 40 years with the purpose of saving electricity and natural gas, thus reducing the need to build more power plants and ultimately helping to diminish our impact on the environm...

Can Architects and Developers Save Money Through Energy Planning?

Can Architects and Developers Save Money Through Energy Planning?

If you’re an architect working on the design of a high performance commercial or residential building in California, getting advice from an energy efficiency consultant at the earliest stages of the project can really pay off.

Architects: Are Energy Efficiency Regulations Really Working in California?

Architects: Are Energy Efficiency Regulations Really Working in California?

Since 1978, the state of California has implemented a set of rules intended to save energy use both in residential and commercial buildings. But, are these regulations working? What has really been achieved in almost 40 years? Is it worth the massive change in the way we build houses and commercial buildings from what ...

6 Things to Look for When Choosing an Energy Consultant in California

6 Things to Look for When Choosing an Energy Consultant in California

Hiring an energy consulting company in California who is trained to identify problem areas in your blueprints, is money well spent, for it will allow for maximizing savings and bottom-line return on investment for your client. 

An Architect's Handbook on California's 2016 Energy Code [eBook]

An Architect's Handbook on California's 2016 Energy Code [eBook]

Today’s architects in California are not only challenged to create spaces that satisfy clients’ needs, but are also increasingly being asked to incorporate yet another consideration into their design projects: rising mandates for building energy efficiency.

Architects: When Should You Incorporate an Energy Planning Consultant?

Architects: When Should You Incorporate an Energy Planning Consultant?

Designing buildings to meet California’s stringent energy regulations can be difficult and time consuming. The bar continues to be raised, creating new elements that must be incorporated into the design process. It takes an enormous amount of time and effort to prepare architectural drawings that meet all applicable bu...

Why Should Architects Hire an Energy Consulting Firm in California?

Why Should Architects Hire an Energy Consulting Firm in California?

Like many of today’s professionals in California’s construction industry, architects are highly specialized and very aware of the myriad of building regulations that surround their jobs. But, it is next to impossible to try and navigate through these regulations on their own, considering that time and money still are a...

5 Aspects of California Energy Standards that Architects Should Bear in Mind

5 Aspects of California Energy Standards that Architects Should Bear in Mind

One of the most important things that designers and architects must balance at all times when working on a project, is how to strike a balance between wishes, be it those of the client or their own, and feasibility. Another way of seeing it, is a permanent decision making that includes the vast or infinite field of ide...

Energy Efficiency Planning 101 for Architects in California:The "5 P's" of Success

Energy Efficiency Planning 101 for Architects in California:The "5 P's" of Success

  Proper-Planning-Prevents-Poor-Performance Today’s architects in California are not only challenged to create spaces that satisfy clients’ needs, but are also increasingly being asked to incorporate yet another consideration into their design projects: energy efficiency.

How Architects Are Affected by California's 2016 Energy Code

How Architects Are Affected by California's 2016 Energy Code

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” Socrates The newest updates to the energy efficiency standards enacted by the California Energy Commission (CEC), also known as the 2016 Standards, took effect on January 1, 2017, bringing the state one step closer ...

What Zero Net Energy Really Means for Architects and Design in California

What Zero Net Energy Really Means for Architects and Design in California

Thanks to the Zero Net Energy standards passed by the state of California last year, we are well on our way to becoming a world leader in zero net homes. However, many of us remain skeptical about the feasibility of these objectives. Can the single biggest change in the history of home building and energy efficiency be...

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Why Failing Energy Inspections Can Be Fatal for Your Bottom Line

Affordable housing developments walk a fine line when it comes to budgeting. In this article, we will discuss the reasons why not passing mandated HERS inspections can cause a project timeline to fall apart and the best methods to circumvent this risk entirely.

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Affordable Housing Developments in California: When to Ask for Help

It would be in our best interest here at E3 California to say that a developer should ask us to join a project during the development phase, but we also understand that without the proper backup, this is just shameless marketing. However, it’s not untrue, not in the slightest.

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