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existing homeNew and Replaced Heating and Cooling systems require a HERS rater verification in climate zones 2, & 9 - 16.
You can find the climate zone map tool on the HVAC section of our website here.

Follow these simple steps to compliance:

1. Make sure the contractor you hire pulls a permit.
---This includes registering the CF-1R-ALT-HVAC.

2. Ask the contractor, "Are you registered with CalCERTS?"
---If "No", direct contractor to the HVAC section of our website.

3. The contractor should be present during our verification.
---This prevents an extra charge incase of failure.
---Ask your contractor to Schedule the Service Request

Otherwise, schedule your Service Request as the
Homeowner here.

Home Energy Audits & Energy Efficient Mortgages

With a Home Energy Rating, also know as a whole house energy audit, we can help you to determine the most cost effective upgrades on your home using a State approved computer modeling software. We have a HERS II rater on staff that can visit your home, gather the required modeling data and then work with you to develop a logical upgrade package.

Energy Efficient Mortgage Program

FHA's Energy Efficient Mortgage program (EEM) helps homebuyers or homeowners save money on utility bills by enabling them to finance the cost of adding energy efficiency features to new or existing housing as part of their FHA insured home purchase or refinancing mortgage.


In 1992, Congress mandated a pilot demonstration of Energy Efficient Mortgages (EEMs) in five states. In 1995, the pilot was expanded as a national program. EEMs recognize that reduced utility expenses can permit a homeowner to pay a higher mortgage to cover the cost of the energy improvements on top of the approved mortgage. FHA EEMs provide mortgage insurance for a person to purchase or refinance a principal residence and incorporate the cost of energy efficient improvements into the mortgage. The borrower does not have to qualify for the additional money and does not make a downpayment on it. The mortgage loan is funded by a lending institution, such as a mortgage company, bank, or savings and loan association, and the mortgage is insured by HUD. FHA insures loans. FHA does not provide loans.

Type of Mortgage:

EEM is one of many FHA programs that insure mortgage loans--and thus encourage lenders to make mortgage credit available to borrowers who would not otherwise qualify for conventional loans on affordable terms (such as first time homebuyers) and to residents of disadvantaged neighborhoods (where mortgages may be hard to get). Borrowers who obtain FHA's popular Section 203(b) Mortgage Insurance for one to four family homes are eligible for approximately 96.5 percent financing, and are able to add the upfront mortgage insurance premium to the mortgage. The borrower must also pay an annual premium.

EEM can also be used with the FHA Section 203(k) rehabilitation program and generally follows that program's financing guidelines. For energy efficient housing rehabilitation activities that do not also require buying or refinancing the property, borrowers may also consider HUD's Title I Home Improvement Loan program.

How to Get a EEM:

To apply for an FHA insured energy efficient mortgage, contact an FHA approved lender.

Eligible Customers:

All persons who meet the income requirements for FHA's standard Section 203(b) insurance and can make the monthly mortgage payments are eligible to apply. The cost of the energy improvements and estimate of the energy savings must be determined by a home energy rating system (HERS) or an energy consultant. The cost of an energy inspection report and related fees may be included in the mortgage. Cooperative units are not eligible.

EEM can also be used with FHA's Section 203(h) program for mortgages made to victims of presidentially declared disasters. The mortgage must comply with both Section 203(h) requirements, as well as those for EEM. However, the program is limited to one unit detached houses.

Eligible Activities:

EEM can be used to make energy efficient improvements in one to four existing and new homes. The improvements can be included in a borrower's mortgage only if their total cost is less than the total dollar value of the energy that will be saved during their useful life.

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