CONSTRUCTION PHASE

BUILDING ENVELOPE CONSULTING SERVICES

  • Site Inspections

Site Inspections to verify compliance with the contract documents and approved shop drawings.

  • ASTM/AAMA Spray Testing

Conduct pressurized spray tests on window/wall assemblies utilizing a calibrated spray rack and a pressurization/de-pressurization chamber. The test measures the cladding system’s ability to withstand a simulated driven rain for a given period of time as prescribed by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), as well as the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) standard.

ENERGY & SUSTAINABILITY SERVICES

  • Energywise Home Program™

Energy-efficient homes are in demand. That’s because they save your customers money, provide greater comfort and help protect the environment by using less energy. The Energywise Home Program not only provides incentives for building the energy efficient homes today’s buyers want, but also ensures that not only an energy efficient home is built, but a quality home.

  • CALGreen Compliance

California requires applicable projects to meet the California Green Building Code Mandatory Provisions (“CALGreen Mandatory”) found in Title 24, Part 11. “CALGreen Mandatory” includes green building thresholds in the areas of site development, water efficiency, energy efficiency, green materials, and indoor air quality. The California Energy Code, Title 24, Part 6, is also referenced within the California Green Building Code. The state has developed higher green building thresholds for those cities who are leaders in environmental sustainability and wish to elect higher standards. These thresholds are entitled ” CALGreen Tier 1″ and “CALGreen Tier 2”. These tiers require increased levels of green building design, particularly in the areas of water and energy, and are in addition to the “CALGreen Mandatory” requirements.

Quality Built, LLC offers services ranging from moisture testing of materials to full CALGreen 2013 compliance packages. Quality Built will address the agreed residential mandatory measures and provide the required homeowner document to each homeowner as required, electronically using the powerful Quality Built HomeID® Program. HomeID eliminates the need for multiple paper copies of exactly the same documentation for each home. With HomeID, each homeowner can access Client specified documentation that is both applicable to the community and individual homeowner specific. This will ensure full compliance with CALGreen Mandatory Measures.

Quality Built’s CALGreen Compliance Verification services include verification of the following mandatory measures:

Section

Description

4.106.2

A plan is developed and implemented to manage storm water drainage during construction.

4.106.3

The site shall be planned and developed to keep surface water away from buildings. Construction plans shall indicate how site grading or a drainage system will manage all surface water flows.

4.201.1

Low-rise residential buildings shall meet or exceed the minimum standard design required by the California Energy Standards.

4.303.1

Indoor water use shall be reduced by at least 20 percent using one of the following methods.
1. Water saving fixtures or flow restrictors shall be used.
2. A 20 percent reduction in baseline water use shall be demonstrated.

4.303.2

When using the calculation method specified in Section
4.303.1, multiple showerheads shall not exceed maximum flow rates.

4.303.3

Plumbing fixtures (water closets and urinals) and fittings (faucets and showerheads) shall comply with specified performance requirements.

4.304.1

Automatic irrigation systems controllers installed at the time of final inspection shall be weather-based.

4.406.1

Joints and openings. Annular spaces around pipes, electric cables, conduits or other openings in plates at exterior walls shall be protected against the passage of rodents by closing such openings with cement mortar, concrete masonry or similar method acceptable to the enforcing agency.

4.408.1

A minimum of 50 percent of the construction waste generated at the site is diverted to recycle or salvage.

4.408.2

Where a local jurisdiction does not have a construction and demolition waste management ordinance, a construction waste management plan shall be submitted for approval to the enforcing agency.

4.410.1

An operation and maintenance manual shall be provided to the building occupant or owner.

4.503.1

Any installed gas fireplace shall be a direct-vent sealed-combustion type. Any installed woodstove or pellet stove shall comply with US EPA Phase II emission limits where applicable. Woodstoves, pellet stoves and fireplaces shall also comply with applicable local ordinances.

4.504.1

Duct openings and other related air distribution component openings shall be covered during construction.

4.504.2.1

Adhesives, sealants and caulks shall be compliant with VOC and other toxic compound limits.

4.504.2.2

Paints, stains and other coatings shall be compliant with VOC limits.

4.504.2.3

Aerosol paints and coatings shall be compliant with product weighted MIR limits for ROC and other toxic compounds.

4.504.2.4

Documentation shall be provided to verify that compliant VOC limit finish materials have been used.

4.504.3

Carpet and carpet systems shall be compliant with VOC limits.

4.504.4

50 percent of floor area receiving resilient flooring shall comply with the VOC-emission limits defined in the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) Low-emitting Materials List or be certified under the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI) Floor Score program.

4.504.5

Particleboard, medium density fiberboard (MDF) and hardwood plywood used in interior finish systems shall comply with low formaldehyde emission standards.

4.505.2

Vapor retarder and capillary break is installed at slab on grade foundations.

4.505.3

Moisture content of building materials used in wall and floor framing is checked before enclosure.

4.506.1

Exhaust fans which terminate outside the building are provided in every bathroom.

4.507.1

Whole house exhaust fans shall have insulated louvers or covers which close when the fan is off. Covers or louvers shall have a minimum insulation value of R-4.2.

4.507.2

Duct systems are sized, designed, and equipment is selected using the following methods:
1. Establish heat loss and heat gain values according to ACCA Manual J or equivalent.
2. Size duct systems according to ACCA 29-D (Manual D) or equivalent.
3. Select heating and cooling equipment according to ACCA 36-S (Manual S) or equivalent.

702.1

HVAC system installers are trained and certified in the proper installation of HVAC systems.

702.2

Special inspectors employed by the enforcing agency must be qualified and able to demonstrate competence in the discipline they are inspecting.

703.1

Verification of compliance with this code may include construction documents, plans, specifications builder or installer certification, inspection reports, or other methods acceptable to the enforcing agency which show substantial conformance.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

The 2013 California Green Building Standards Code (CalGreen)

The 2013 Calgreen Requirements And Changes From 2010 Calgreen

THE CALIFORNIA 2013 BUILDING ENERGY EFFICIENCY STANDARDS,
TITLE 24, PART 6 COMPLIANCE VERIFICATION SERVICES

  • Fenestration Verification

When required by California Title 24, the verification of fenestration can be completed in accordance with the Field Inspection Checklist ENV-1C by a certified Quality Built Home Energy Rating System (HERS®) Rater. Fenestration verifications include: window size, orientation, energy ratings and building overhang. Quality Built’s HERS® Raters are certified by RESNET and will provide field verification and registration of fenestration installations on the Client’s behalf.

  • Insulation Verification (QII)

When required by California Title 24, the verification of insulation by can be completed in accordance with the Field Inspection Checklist ENV-1C by a certified Quality Built Home Energy Rating System (HERS®) Rater. Insulation verifications include: Cavity R-Value verification in roof, floor, door and wall structures (includes batt and roll, and loose fill/blown-in insulation products). Quality Built’s HERS® Raters are certified by RESNET and will provide field verification of insulation and register that verification on the Client’s behalf.

  • Building HVAC Field Verification And Diagnostic Testing

For buildings for which the Certificate of Compliance (CF1R) requires HERS field verification for compliance with the Standards, a certified Quality Built Home Energy Rating System (HERS®) Rater will visit the site to perform field verification and diagnostic testing, to complete the applicable heating and cooling system Certificates of Field Verification and Diagnostic Testing (CF3R).
Quality Built’s field verification and diagnostic testing services include:

  • Verified duct leakage.
  • Verified Duct Design – supply duct location, surface area, and R-value (including buried ducts).
  • Low leakage ducts in conditioned space.
  • Low leakage air handlers.
  • Refrigerant charge verification
  • Verification of installation of a Charge Indicator Display (CID)
  • Forced air system airflow verification utilizing the installer-provided hole for the placement of a Hole for a Static Pressure Probe (HSPP), or a Permanently installed Static Pressure Probe (PSPP).
  • Air handler fan watt draw.
  • High efficiency air conditioner energy efficiency ratio (EER)
  • Evaporatively cooled condensers.
  • Ice storage air conditioners
  • Photovoltaic (PV) field Verification in accordance with the provisions of the New Solar Home Partnership (NSHP)
  • Central fan integrated systems for ventilation cooling for air handler fan watt draw.
  • Whole-Building Ventilation for Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), Local Ventilation Exhaust, and other IAQ measures given in ASHRAE Standard 62.2

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

California’s Energy Efficiency Standards

Go Solar California from the Energy Commission

FIT AND FINISH INSPECTIONS (HOMEOWNER TURNOVER INSPECTIONS)

Quality Built’s Fit and Finish Inspections are a comprehensive inspection just prior to turnover. The Inspection focuses on verification that each unit is complete meaning all systems and components, finishes and finish hardware is installed to industry standard and aesthetically attractive (straight, flush, clean). Quality Built inspects all surfaces and documented as meeting or exceeding performance standards. Our Fit and Finish Inspection includes photographs of each unit and a statistical sampling of photos of each system and component to show standard applied. Any anomalies identified are reported to the superintendent and the trade contractor responsible immediately upon completion of our inspection.

The Quality Built Fit and Finish Inspections include:

  • Trim-out
  • Millwork, Cabinetry, Doors and Hardware
  • Interior and Exterior Finishes
  • Appliances

HOME BUILDER RISK ASSESSMENT

Quality Built partners with builders to integrate our risk assessment services with their standard
operating procedures, their trade partners and their quality assurance program. Our industry-leading
technology helps builders and developers focus attention on the highest risk systems and
components in construction projects. Our QB systems are the only systems to provide project
specific training materials for each trade to assure complete and total project integration, from the
lowest to highest levels in projects. We also promote training and improvement down to the crews
based upon the actual data collected.
Our QB Homebuilder Risk Assessment includes on-site audit capabilities to evaluate and rate
various categories including the following:
  • Site Cleanliness, Safety and Security
  • Soils and Foundation
  • Framing, HVAC and Plumbing
  • Exterior Cladding and Roof
  • Water Intrusion Protocol
  • Fire-rated and Sound Control Assemblies
  • Interior Finishes
  • Thermal Conditions

THIRD PARTY QUALITY ASSURANCE INSPECTIONS

Quality Built, LLC® is recognized as the nation’s leading construction quality assurance firm and is the only firm of its type whose Quality Management System is ISO 9001:2008 registered. Quality Built applies emerging technologies which are scalable as part of our methodology for achieving operational excellence.

Our Third Party Quality Assurance Programs provide independent, unbiased evaluations of high risk components from pre-pour structural foundations through interior fit-and-finish options. Upon implementation of our comprehensive Third Party Quality Assurance Program, Quality Built will assist your organization in producing a well-constructed property with minimal loss, satisfy your insurance company’s requirements and add significant value overall.

Our comprehensive program consists of specific inspections at critical milestones on your choice of any or all of the following building components:

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