Statewide, Online Permitting of HVAC Systems

Lack of compliance is the single biggest impediment to improvements in energy efficiency for the HVAC industry, and has been so for two decades. Statewide, online permitting of HVAC systems combined with registration of certain HVAC equipment (see #3 below) may be the only way to accomplish the States goal of 90 percent HVAC code compliance by 2020. An Energy Commission certification process for online permitting systems, similar to the HERS Providership system, would keep the industry efficient and competitive. Contractor’s permitting costs would be reduced by the convenience of online permitting. Small fees for permits would enable the establishment of integrated online systems at very little cost to the state and the increase in the number of permits would be a windfall for municipal coffers. Solar equipment and water heaters could be included in the programs for very little additional cost.