This tutorial describes how to register a CF-1R for an HVAC (Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) change-out in an existing home. In other words, this article will explain how to register a compliant Title-24 for an A/C or furnace upgrade.
- Login to www.calcerts.com
- Click on and choose Create Alteration / E+A+A Project
- If you have a permit, insert the permit application date on the left, if you do not have a permit, click on
- Click on the in the second row to create a new CF-1R-ALT-02 project
Filling Out the ALT-02
STEP 1 - click to continue to STEP 2. You can return and edit info later.
Installer Select the installer that installed/will install the HVAC changeout. If the company does not appear, you must add their company to your Installer's list. Project Name Choose a unique, identifiable name. The building department won't see this. Street Address Duplex addresses can have a slash between the street number, such as 807/809 Fake Street. Zip Code This will generate cities and climate zones associated with the zip code. Delete and reinput this field (not copy-paste) if cities are not appearing correctly. City Reinput the zip code if nothing appears here. Enforcement Agency / Building Department Be sure to distinguish between County and City building departments. Building Type One or two dwelling units is single-family, including duplexes. Multi-family is for apartment buildings with 3 or more dwelling units. Square Footage Total square footage of the conditioned building. Climate Zone Reinput the zip code if nothing appears here. VRF system If you have an outdoor condenser powering two or more indoor coils, you have a VRF or multi-split system. Number of SC systems Indicate total HVAC systems being altered or added. Do not model existing systems.
For multi-family buildings such as an apartment, indicate only as many systems are in one permit or building. You may only indicate one permit per project for Alterations. Create more projects to facilitate more permits.
STEP 2 - click to continue to STEP 3. Click to return to STEP 1. Click any to get more details about the question
01 System Name This can be left as System 1 or can be used to distinguish between multiple systems. 02 System Area Served Describe the areas/rooms served by the system. 03 Floor Area Served by System Total square footage conditioned by the system. 04 Is the SC system ducted? Is there ducting involved in the system? Some systems do not have ducting, such as some mini-splits. 05 Installing a refrigerant containing component? Any air conditioner will have refrigerant. You could also be installing a compressor, condensing coil, evaporative coil, refrigerant metering device, or refrigerant piping (lineset). 06 Installing new SC System components? This refers to major changeouts such as the air handling unit, the condenser, or the entire unit itself. 07 Installing new or more than 40 feet of ducts? Indicate if more than 40ft of new ducting was installed OR if any length of ducting was installed for an entirely-new system. 08 Installing entirely new duct system? A duct system is considered "new" if at least 75% of the total duct system is new/replaced AND any retained portions of the old system are accessible and sealable. 09 Installing entirely new SC system? Indicate Yes if the system is not a replacement or upgrade and uses an entirely new duct system.
STEP 3 - click to continue to STEP 4. Click to return to STEP 2. Click any to get more details about the question
01 SC System Identification or Name Carried over from STEP 2's 01. 02 Heating System Type Choose the most accurate choice from the list. If your exact system type is not listed, choose the best option. 03 Altered Heating Component Indicate the most major heating component changed. You may also indicate no change to heating system components. 04 Heating Efficiency Type AFUE refers to a furnace. HSPF is a heat pump less than 65,000 BTU/H and COP is a heat pump over 65,000 BTU/H. 05 Heating Minimum Efficiency Value Indicates the value in regard to 04 heating efficiency type, typically a percentage. 06 Cooling System Type Choose the most accurate choice from the list. If your exact system type is not listed, choose the best option 07 Altered Cooling Component Indicate the most major cooling component changed. You may also indicate no change to cooling system components. 08 Cooling Efficiency Type SEER refers to central AC and heat pumps that use less than 65,000 BTU/H. EER refers central AC and heat pumps using over 65,000 BTU/H, Central Water Source heat pumps, and Water-Cooled AC. 09 Cooling Minimum Efficiency Value Indicates the value in regard to 08 cooling efficiency type. 10 Required Thermostat Type Set by default; can't change. 11 New or Replaced Duct Length Indicate in regard to just this system how much ducting was changed or if there was no change to the ducting. 12 New Duct R-Value Indicates what the R-value of new ducting should be for this system.
STEP 4 - Final Review. Click to continue to Submit the ALT-02. Click to return to STEP 3 or earlier
Review all data input thus far on this summary page. You can change values on this form later
The important part of creating this document is signing. Choose the Responsible Designer's name and company. Designers are also known as draft drawers or architects. Choose the most accurate person, otherwise select yourself as the Responsible Designer
Input "N/A" for Designer License unless the Designer really does have a license. You do not need a license to sign as the designer
Signing the CF-1R
Registered - Your ALT-02 is now done. Now you need to approve the PDF and apply your signature. Click Download to view a draft copy of the ALT-02. Click the checkbox (1) then APPROVE (2) to sign the PDF
You may download a draft of the CF-1R report here. Once signed, the PDF document will be valid for compliance and can be downloaded then printed for the building department
If you are both the Documentation Author and the Responsible Person, you will sign both at the same time. From this screen, you can also navigate to the Project Home or transfer the project to a HERS Rater
Responsible Person Signs: whatever user is indicated as the Responsible Person now needs to log in and open up the project. They'll click on on the left-side menu then choose and click on to open the project they are working on
Next, they'll navigate to the CF-1R section by clicking on . They will see the CF-1R page similar to as shown
The Responsible Person will (1) click on the checkbox and then (2) click Approve PDF to apply their signature. Anyone may (3) download the PDF report by clicking the PDF icon
Note: If the Responsible Person has not created a signature yet, they will have an Alert near the bottom of the page that will allow them to create an electronic signature
This report will be Certified by CalCERTS and will not have any watermarks. This report can be given to the building department in order to pull a permit for a job