Friday, May 19, 2017

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

HVAC Licensing Requirements for California

The California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) regulates and licenses the state’s construction industry, which includes the HVAC industry (i.e. Heating and ventilation systems and their installation, maintenance and repair). The remit of the CSLB covers 44 different license classifications and HVAC is one of them. The board operates different classifications for the different construction trades. The HVAC trades are classified as a Class “C” Specialty Contractor’s License and given a designation of C20 – Warm-Air Heating, Ventilating and Air-Conditioning Contractor. No educational qualifications are necessary to take the licensing examination in California. However, relevant work experience is a requirement for the board to accept your application for licensing. This is known as your “qualifying experience”. “You must possess at least four (years) industry experience. Only experience earned at a journeyman level is accepted as a minimum. Further experience in roles such as foreman, supervisor, contractor or owner-builder will also apply. Any experience gained as a trainee or during an apprenticeship is not adequate for licensing purposes.”

California Requirements For HVAC Installations

According to the Department of Energy the heating and air conditioning is responsible about 40-45% of a typical residential energy bill. Lack of insulation or leaky ductwork ends up wasting air-conditioned air into non-conditioned spaces (such as a crawlspace, attic, garage or basement). A leaky system can reduce your efficiency by 20-30%. The state of California understands the energy waste and the importance of sealed ductwork and that is why Title 24 came about. In addition to losing conditioned air and energy, ducts that leak bring in dust and debris from the non-conditioned space into the home causing problems like allergies, etc. Another issue with holy ductwork is that rodents can access the area where air flow goes to the home and with that air carries the by-product of the rodents to the home’s air flow. Rodents often also have access to the home when this happens. As of July 1, 2014 things changed in California. California now requires duct pressure testing for all California climate zones under the 2013 Title 24. The 2013 Title 24 rules are not simple guidelines to understand and be compliant with. Vendors attend classes, read articles and go to meetings to review these standards to support their customers. Title 24 is the minimum efficiency standards, set by the California Energy Commission. When you wish to replace a gas furnace, evaporator coil, or A/C condensing unit – the city or county building department issuing your permit will require duct pressure testing in all Climate zones. What this test does is determine the amount of pressure leaks in the ductwork. If the amount is excessive according to the standards then the ductwork must be examined and repaired to be able to pass the permit inspection. California Title 24 requires all counties to pressure test. Even if a vendor is a BPI (Building Performance Institute) certified company, a licensed HERS Rater is needed to complete the testing to verify the paperwork and craftsmanship pass the minimum standards. The HERS rater is a third party special inspector that tests and verifies the efficiency and performance of your home’s heating and air conditioning systems. PG&E estimates that the average single family home has a duct leakage between 30% – 40%. Whenever HVAC (Heating Ventilation and AC) equipment is installed a minimum standard must be satisfied in regards to the duct pressure loss. Installations with no duct replacement must have 15% or less leakage in the ductwork Installations with ductwork replacement must have 6% or less leakage in the ductwork (this percentage is slated to be reduced to a mere 5% in the near future – stay tuned). The HERS rater’s responsibility is to report the findings to the state and local building department in order to sign off on the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) improvement permit. Many times the HERS rater will notify the heating and ac contractor if the leakage is too high, providing an opportunity to remedy the leaks so the installation can pass the leakage test and the subsequent (city or county) inspection to satisfy the permit. Upon request, some vendors will process the permits for their clients and provide assistance to help navigate through this testing and reporting maze of Title 24. Occasionally some clients prefer to obtain the permit with the city on their own. The firm also provides a list of the third party duct leakage companies for testing, or the client is free to find one on their own to hire. It is critical that when an independent HERS Rater is chosen for testing that they are not employees of the company replacing the HVAC equipment or ductwork. Many HVAC contractors have a HERS rater on staff, but they should not be checking their own work. HERS raters are typically independently owned and licensed by the state to perform the required tests and report the findings. To be as energy efficient as can be, equipment efficiency for both heating and cooling in the US (not just in CA) have to meet a minimum SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratings) for air conditioning and AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) for furnaces. If any measures do not pas,s the client or the HERS rater contacts an/the installing HVAC contractor to seal the system until it passes. Some things to look for when choosing an A/C vendor: A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau Diamond Certified heating and air conditioning contractor in Santa Clara County NATE certified technicians and installers High tech diagnostic tools

Friday, April 28, 2017

Blossom Valley (High School) Athletic League

Blossom Valley Athletic League From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Blossom Valley Athletic League (BVAL) is a high school athletic conference part of the CIF Central Coast Section of the California Interscholastic Federation.[1] It comprises 24 high schools generally around San Jose, California. The schools are separated into three divisions, the Mt. Hamilton, Santa Teresa, and West Valley. Schools are placed in divisions based on the strength of each specific sports program as reassessed at the end of each season. The league claims the philosophy of power leagues have made this a model program. Contents [hide] 1 Members 1.1 Mt. Hamilton Division 1.2 Santa Teresa Division 1.3 West Valley Division 2 References Members[edit] Football divisions for 2014[2] Mt. Hamilton Division[edit] Independence High School Leigh High School Leland High School Oak Grove High School Piedmont Hills High School Pioneer High School Santa Teresa High School Willow Glen High School Santa Teresa Division[edit] Evergreen Valley High School Gunderson High School Lincoln High School Live Oak High School San Jose High School Silver Creek High School Ann Sobrato High School Westmont High School West Valley Division[edit] Andrew Hill High School Branham High School Del Mar High School James Lick High School Mt. Pleasant High School Overfelt High School Prospect High School Yerba Buena High School References[edit] 1.Jump up ^ 2.Jump up ^ Categories: California high school athletic leagues

West Valley Athletic League

West Valley Athletic League From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The West Valley Athletic League was a high school athletic league under the auspices of the CIF Central Coast Section. The league generally covered the schools of the Campbell Union High School District and Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High School District. The league was formed in the mid 1960s (the league had formed by 1965)[1] with the advent of new schools. Older schools like Campbell and Los Gatos had previously played in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League. As schools closed the league reformatted and many of the remaining schools joined what became the West Valley Division of the Blossom Valley Athletic League. Members[edit] The schools included:[2] Blackford High School closed 1991 Branham High School opened 1967, closed 1991, reopened 1999 Camden High School closed 1980 Campbell High School closed 1980 Del Mar High School opened 1959 Leigh High School opened 1962 Los Gatos High School left in 1988 Prospect High School opened 1968 Saratoga High School (left in 1976)[3] Westmont High School opened 1964 References[edit] 1.Jump up ^ 2.Jump up ^ 3.Jump up ^ Categories: California high school athletic leagues


SANTA CLARA VALLEY ATHLETIC LEAGUE Originally established in 1973 the SCVAL consisted of 13 schools; Awalt Buchser Cupertino Fremont Homestead Los Altos Lynbrook Monta Vista Mountain View Peterson Santa Clara Sunnyvale Wilcox In 1974 the league split into two divisions; the De Anza League (DAL) and the El Camino League (ECL). Over the course of the last 30 years the SCVAL has undergone many changes: •In 1976, Saratoga transferred from the West Valley Athletic League (WVAL) to the DAL. •In 1981 Sunnyvale closed its doors and St. Francis joined the Girls Division. •Around 1982, Mt. View closed and took up where Awalt was housed. •Also around 1982, Santa Clara did the same by replacing Buchser. •Circa 1983, Peterson was turned into a Middle School. •In 1988 Los Gatos joined the DAL •In 2002 St Francis left the DAL to join the WCAL (West Coast Athletic League). Today, the league is a 14 school super league with Boys and Girls teams divided into two leagues (or divisions). The DAL (strong) and El Camino (weak) leagues are different for every sport within the SCVAL. Current members include: Cupertino High School 10100 Finch Avenue Cupertino, CA 95014 Fremont High School 1279 Sunnyvale-Saratoga Rd. Sunnyvale, CA 94087 Gunn High School 780 Arastradero Road Palo Alto, CA 94306 Homestead High School 21370 Homestead Rd Cupertino, CA 95014 Los Altos High School 201 Almond Avenue Los Altos, CA 94022 Los Gatos High School 20 High School Court Los Gatos, CA 95030 Lynbrook High School 1280 Johnson Avenue San Jose, CA 95129 Milpitas High School 1285 Escuela Parkway Milpitas, CA 95035 Monta Vista High School 21840 McClellan Rd Cupertino, CA 95014 Mountain View High School 3535 Truman Ave Mountain View, CA 94040 Palo Alto High School 50 Embarcadero Road Palo Alto, CA 94301 Santa Clara High School 3000 Benton Street Santa Clara, CA 95051 Saratoga High School 20300 Herriman Avenue Saratoga, CA 95070 Wilcox High School 3250 Monroe Street Santa Clara, CA 95051

Valley (Junior High School) Athletic League serves Cupertino, Los Altos, Mountain View-Whisman, and Sunnyvale School Districts.

The Valley Athletic League is proud to serve the Cupertino, Los Altos, Mountain View-Whisman, and Sunnyvale School Districts. Each district has their own registration/enrollment process for After School Sports. Please contact your school's Athletic Director if you are unsure about your school's process. This after school sports league provides opportunity for our community athletes to experience a variety of sports, interscholastic competition, team play and sportsmanship. Overview The VAL After-School Sports League allows the participants to experience inter-school competition, team play and sportsmanship. It is the goal of this league to provide an inter-school athletic program to as many students as possible. The program offers sport-specific instruction and reinforces the principles of self-esteem building, self-discipline and conscientious sportsmanship by student-athletes, coaches, referees, parents and administrators. During the 2016-2017 school year, there will be 11 schools participating in the VAL. This includes schools in Los Altos, Mountain View, Cupertino, Sunnyvale and San Jose. We are pleased with our continuing relationship with these schools, as it has provided us with a wide base of competition for our after school sports league. Click the name of the school below if you would like to go to that school's homepage. Click the Athletic Director's name if you would like to send him/her an email. School Athletic Director(s) Blach Intermediate School Pat Koren and Steve Kane Columbia Middle School Miali Reynoso Crittenden Middle School Marco Arce Cupertino Middle School Jina Button Egan Junior High School Christy Eustice and Can Huynh Graham Middle School Jeff Harter and Merlene Saunders Hyde Middle School Sue Smith Kennedy Middle School Larry Blair and Wade Nakamura Lawson Middle School Gil Vasquez and Todd Butler Miller Middle School Brian Yoshikawa Sunnyvale Middle School TBD --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Awards Coordinator: Steve Kane League Chairman: Jeff Bernstein