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Quality Insulation Installation (QII)

Residential Envelope

Codes and Standards Enhancement (CASE) Report

The Statewide CASE Team 2019 Title 24, Part 6 Final CASE Report is available below. The Final CASE Report incorporates feedback received during utility-sponsored stakeholder meetings, Energy Commission Pre-Rulemaking workshops, and personal communication with stakeholders. We encourage stakeholders to email feedback on the Final CASE Report to info@title24stakeholders.com. You can also participate in the 2019 Title 24, Part 6 Standards updated by attending the Energy Commission workshops and submitting written comments to the rulemaking docket. Refer to the Pre-Rulemaking and Rulemaking Workshop Notices for instructions on how to submit comments to the Energy Commission’s docket (available here).

Measure Description

Under the 2013 and 2016 code, a compliance credit is awarded for installations that perform Quality Insulation Installation (QII). The Standard Design assumes that builders are not performing QII and wall insulation values are modeled at 70 percent of the R-value of the installed insulation, with attic defects assumed as well. If a builder performs QII, the actual insulation values (100 percent) are credited in the modeling. Fiberglass batt insulation is still the most commonly used wall insulation product used in California, while loose-fill fiberglass insulation is commonly used in attic insulation. The proposed 2019 effort will change QII from a compliance credit to a prescriptive requirement for all climate zones, except low-rise multifamily buildings in Climate Zone 7. Verification by a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) rater will be required to ensure proper insulation installation within the entire thermal envelope (including walls, roofs, and floors). QII will remain a compliance credit for multifamily buildings in Climate Zone 7. This prescriptive measure does not apply to alterations.

Making QII part of the prescriptive package will ensure that more insulation installations are properly implemented, increasing the effective U-factor of these envelope assemblies. This measure will modify existing code language but does not modify the scope of the standards. If QII becomes a prescriptive requirement, it will result in a modification of the prescriptive package, and be removed as a compliance credit in all applicable climate zones. The measure will also require an update to the Joint and Residential Appendices language, and compliance documents, as related to QII requirements. If added to the prescriptive package, QII will be part of the basis for the performance approach for building envelope measures.

California Statewide Utility Codes and Standards Program

This program is funded by California utility customers and administered by Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas and Electric Company, Southern California Gas Company, Sacramento Municipal District, and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power in preparation for the California Energy Commission’s Codes and Standards Buildings Advocacy.