What to Expect: The Permit and HERS Process
Congratulations on selecting your new system (or upgrading your current system) to make your home more comfortable and Energy Efficient! As your Permit and HERS testing solution, we want to make sure you are informed on the process and steps we take to ensure that your system is properly tested and permitted!
Step 1: Permit Application
Your Permit will be applied for and handled by your Contractor with the assistance of iPermit. iPermit specializes in
ensuring that your permit is received and that all the code compliance steps are handled correctly.
Step 2: Permit Documents
You will be contacted if any additional documents are needed for your permit. This depends on your jurisdiction. (For example: Sometimes HOA documents are needed, while some Cities require CO detector forms signed by the Homeowner.) If these are not needed you can be assured that your permit process is moving along and in good hands!
Step 3: Scheduling Your HERS Test
Once your upgrades are installed, and you are enjoying your system, you will be contacted by iPermit’s scheduling team. They will assist you in finding a time slot that works for you to setup the State required Title 24 HERS Test. Because inspectors can be delayed by complications in the different systems they encounter each day, a window of 2-3 hours is provided and the inspector will call you around 30 minutes before arrival so that you can be prepared. If you would like to schedule your HERS Test, you are also welcome to call iPermit at: (855) 737-6484
Step 4: HERS Test
Though the requirements can differ based on the type of upgrades performed and your location, a HERS Test
generally requires that the HERS Rater have access to the following areas.
- Furnace (Usually in the attic, garage, crawlspace, or utility closet)
- Condenser (Outdoor cooling unit)
- Duct Work (Attic or Crawlspace)
- All areas of the home where registers are found (A Supply Register is the grille where air is pushed through to your home. A Return Register takes air back to your system to be conditioned.)
This test can take anywhere from 20 minutes to 2 hours depending on the setup of your home and equipment. Your HERS Rater will do his best to make you aware of what his estimate for completion is once they have seen your system and home setup.
Step 5: Title 24 Documents
Once your HERS Rater has completed the testing, your Title 24 documents will be processed. In rare instances where there is a correction needed, your HERS Rater will send documentation to your Contractor and they will contact you to ensure that your system is perfect and finalize your install. Once your Title 24 documents are processed, they will be mailed to you along with any necessary permits or paperwork.
Step 6: City (or County) Safety Inspection
Once you have received your documents through the mail, you will find an instruction letter with a number to contact your local Building Department for the Safety Inspection. Your local Building and Safety Inspector will arrange to visit the property and, after final inspection, will sign off on your permit.
Once again, Congratulations! Once these steps have been performed you can be sure that your system is Energy Efficient (HERS Inspection) and Installed Safely (Building and Safety Inspection.)
We hope this introduction to the permitting and inspection process was helpful to you! Please contact us if you need any information!