2016 Residential Compliance Manual Chapter 7
The requirements for solar-ready buildings are mandatory measures for newly constructed
single-family and low-rise multifamily residential buildings and do not apply to either additions or alterations.
7.2 Covered Occupancies §110.10(a)
The residential solar-ready requirements apply to single-family residences and low-rise
multifamily residential buildings.
A. Single-Family Residential Buildings
The solar-ready requirements are applicable to newly constructed single-family residential
buildings located in subdivisions with 10 or more residences.
B. Low-Rise Multifamily Buildings
The solar-ready requirements are applicable to newly constructed low-rise multifamily buildings.
The supplemental CF-1R forms are in regard to the solar-readiness of the dwelling and its roof. These forms will ask for details about a potential future solar panel installation, or solar-ready area (SRA). The CF-1R worksheets do not have any fees.
All 2016 New Construction projects must have a completed CF-1R Worksheets section. You must do the SRA forms even if the project has no solar features. It's up to the building department to enforce the registration of the CF-1R Worksheets; we are unable to remove the forms.
The particular forms you complete depends on the type of house you're working with. Custom family homes simply indicate an exception to solar-ready areas in the SRA-01, but subdivision homes must do the SRA-02 and SRA-01. This is explained further on the SRA-01.
This tutorial focuses on how to complete these forms when your project does not have any solar features. You will not have to describe solar features that do not exist.
Note: The SRA forms cannot be resubmitted if CF-2Rs using the plan exist. Be sure the information is accurate as it is inconvenient to redo these forms.
Navigating to the CF-1R Worksheets
- Login to www.CalCERTS.com.
- Navigate to your project. Click on Projects then New Construction - Residential in the left side menu. Use this tutorial if you're having difficulties finding your project.
- Click on the CF-1R hexagon at the top of the page.
If necessary, click on the icon to the right of the plan you wish to work with.
- On the CF-1R plan page, click Actions in the upper-right then choose CF-1R Worksheets.
- If you're doing a single-family custom home, start with the SRA-01.
If you're working on a home that's in a subdivision of 10 or more homes, start with the SRA-02 (click to skip to SRA-02 on this tutorial).
This is a very simple form when there is no solar panel installed. If solar panels were installed, be sure to choose the correct Method of Compliance; a solar contractor should be capable of filling out the solar installation forms.
- Click Report Results for the first CF-1R-SRA-01 form.
- Since we're only indicating solar-readiness, choose that option in the Method of Compliance.
Choose "Building meets the solar ready requirements" if the residence is in a subdivision (such as tract home developments) of 10 or more residences.
If your residence is not in a subdivision of 10 or more homes, you may select the "Residence not in an Applicable Subdivision" option.
If the A/C system in the design has a specialized "smart thermostat", choose "Smart thermostats and alternative efficiency measure".
Click NEXT to continue.
- There's nothing left to input, only some compliance requirements to confirm. Click Submit after choosing a Responsible Designer.
- If the residence is not in an applicable subdivision, the corresponding SRA-02 form will become Not Required.
If the project is multi-orientation, repeat the results for each other orientation.
The SRA-02 must be done first if the plan is a part of a subdivision of 10 or more, before the SRA-01.
- Click on the first Report Results for the CF-1R-SRA-02. Choose the North orientation form if there is a choice.
- Input the correct information for each question in the section which focuses on the characteristics of the roof.
A Solar Zone Sub-Area is a hypothetical (or actual) location on the roof where solar panels would be installed. The Designer must indicate enough solar zones to meet the Minimum Required Solar Zone Area (ft2) specified in B07.
- In the next section, we'll be describing each solar zone sub-area.
There are several Yes/No questions that describe the subarea. Question 10 will indicate if the combination of Yes/No answers constitutes a qualifying subarea. The default answers will not be a qualifying subarea; you must indicate N/A for question 7 if there are no solar obstructions.
- Indicate a person for the Responsible Designer, indicate a license (or simply input N/A), then click the Submit button.
The SRA-01 must be done now. Click here to skip back to the SRA-01 part of this tutorial.