What Is CalCERTS?
CalCERTS is a private company that works closely with the California Energy Commission (CEC) to help building departments enforce energy standards for buildings in California. CalCERTS has two main purposes.
First, CalCERTS trains inspectors to test homes for energy efficiency. These inspectors are called HERS Raters, which stands for Home Energy Rating System Rater. HERS Raters are not employees of CaLCERTS: all Raters belong to their own companies or run independent operations. We merely train the raters.
Anyone can use our Find A Rater tool to search for a HERS Rater that will work near them.
Second, CalCERTS maintains an online database for creating and certifying documents pertaining to the energy standards set forth by the CEC. We call our database the CalCERTS Registry. Both companies and homeowners can use the registry to generate reports. Building departments have online access to all projects within their jurisdiction.
Is There A Fee To Register Or Maintain An Account?
No. All accounts are free to register. There are fees, however, for certifying documents. Our pricing guide is available once your account is registered.
Raters are the exception: they have an annual fee.
What Is The Registry For?
The registry is a database for inputting data about the energy efficiency of a building and then generating a document (.PDF) file with a mark of certification. This certificate of compliance describes the energy requirements of the building and a copy of the report is given to the building department in order to issue a building permit.
Installation documents are also created based on the certificate of compliance. After installation documents are registered, the HERS Rater can record test results of the building. Once the HERS rater has recorded their test results, the building department can issue a final inspection.
Why Am I Registering An Account?
Before a document can be certified by CalCERTS, users must electronically sign the document verifying its accuracy and completeness. Every document on CalCERTS must be signed by the documentation author (the user that input the data and submitted the form) and the responsible person. Anyone can be the documentation author, but only specific people should sign as the responsible signer.
The responsible signer of a form is always the user responsible for the work that was actually done. For instance, the installation documents (CF-2Rs) related to the mechanical systems (MCH) will always be signed by the party that installed the mechanical system. Another example: the CF-1R's responsible designer should be signed by the designer of the building itself, such as the draft-drawer or the architect. If the responsible signer is actually not responsible for the form's information, then the building department could delay your project because of inaccurate information.