The CF-1R is the energy design of a building. It is an expression of how energy efficient a building should be.
The CF-1R is known by quite a few terms:
- Certificate of Compliance
- Energy calculation (file)
- The document you need to pull a permit from the building department
The last term is the most important: the CF-1R is a document that is needed by the building department to pull a permit for your job.
In CalCERTS, the CF-1R is the first step of a project and it determines most of which CF-2R certificates are needed. We accept both Performance CF-1Rs and Prescriptive CF-1Rs.
A CF-1R must be completed in order for CF-2R forms to be reported.
Who Does The CF-1R?
Generally the energy design is done by the following professions:
- Energy consultant
- Plan drawer
Plans vs. Projects
The most important difference between plans and projects is that the building department cannot see or search for plans. To pull a permit, your CF-1R cannot be in a plan.
Plans only exist to eventually be transferred into a project.
Performance means the CF-1R data was input and compiled into a signed .XML file by energy calculation software such as CBECC or EnergyPro. This file is uploaded into the registry as the CF-1R. This file can be replaced with another (different) file later if no other forms are submitted.
The quality of the energy design determines the compliance percentage. The calculation file must have a compliance percentage greater than 0% to be uploaded to CalCERTS. Certain tests, such as refrigerant charge, can be ignored or added, such as verification of existing conditions, at a loss or gain to the file's compliance percentage.
The Performance approach is available for any type of job, but it is required for certain kinds of projects, including E+A+A and multi-orientation projects.
Prescriptive means the CF-1R data was input into a CalCERTS Prescriptive form, such as the CF-1R-NCB-01 or the CF-1R-ALT-02. A Designer has less control over what CF-2R forms are needed later - you are prescribed CF-2R forms based on the scope of the project.
Prescriptive approach has advantages to make up for the lack of control: they have no associated fees and they are always compliant - no need to worry about percentage.
Most project types may be done prescriptively. Smaller jobs such as HVAC change-outs and other remodels benefit the most from the Prescriptive approach's convenience.