2.3       Compliance Documentation

Compliance documentation includes the forms, reports and other information that are submitted to the enforcement agency with an application for a building permit. It also includes documentation completed by the contractor or subcontractors to verify that certain systems and equipment have been installed correctly. It may include reports and test results by third-party inspectors (HERS Raters). Ultimately, the compliance documentation is included with a homeowner’s 'manual so that the end user knows what energy features are installed in the house.

Compliance documentation is completed at the building permit phase, the construction phase, the field verification and diagnostic testing phase, and at the final phase. The required forms and documents are shown in Table 2-1 and described in the rest of this section in more detail. When registration is required, all of the compliance documentation shall be registered copies from an approved HERS Provider data registry.


Table 2-1 – Documentation Requirements, Prescriptive and Performance Compliance Methods



Documentation Required When Applicable

Building Permit


CF1R-PRF-E, Certificate of  Compliance


CF1R-NCB-01-E, Certificate of  Compliance


CF1R-ADD-01-E, Certificate of  Compliance
Additions less than 1,000 ft2)


CF1R-ALT01-E, Certificate of  Compliance (Residential Alterations)


CF1R-ALT-02-E, Certificate of Compliance (Alterations to HVAC systems)


CF1R-ENV-02-E, Worksheet for area weighted average


CF1R-ENV-403-E, Worksheet for solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC)


CF1R-ENV-04-E, Worksheet for cool roofs and SRI


CF1R-SRA-01-E, Worksheet solar ready areas


CF1R-SRA-02-E, Worksheets for minimum solar zone area


CF1R-PLB-01-E, Worksheet for hydronic heating systems

Prescriptive and Performance

CF1R-STH-01-E, Worksheet for OG 300 solar water heating systems


Prescriptive and Performance

CF1R-STH-02-E, Worksheet for OG 100 solar water heating systems

Prescriptive and Performance

CF2R-E Certificate of Installation

Prescriptive and Performance

CF2R-H,HERS Certificate of Installation

Field Verification
and/or Diagnostic Testing

Prescriptive and Performance

CF3R-H, Certificate of  Verification (HERS Rater)

Field Verification
and/or Diagnostic Testing


CF3R-EXC-20-H, Certificate of  Verification for Existing Conditions (HERS Rater)

Refer to Appendix A of this 'manual for a complete list and samples of all energy compliance forms.

2.3.1          Building Permit Phase Documentation


The compliance documentation required at the building permit phase consists of the certificate of compliance (CF1R) on the building plans, and depending on the compliance approach, the energy compliance documentation package may also include the area weighted average calculation worksheet (CF1R-ENV-02-E), the solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) worksheet (CF1R-ENV-03-E), the cool roof and SRI worksheet (CF1R-ENV-04-E) and the solar worksheets (CF1R-SRA-02-E, CF1R-STH-01-E, and CF1R-STH-02-E). Blank copies of these documents are included in Appendix A of this 'manual for use with the prescriptive compliance requirements. When the performance approach is used, only the CF1R-STH worksheets are needed since the Energy Commission-approved software performs the calculations and provides the necessary documentation contained in all other worksheets. However, when the performance approach is used, only the CF1R forms are required on the building plans.

The compliance documentation enables the plans examiner to verify that the building design shown in the plans and specifications complies with the Energy Standards and enables the field inspector to identify which building features are required for compliance and will be verified in the field.

2.3.2          Certificate of Compliance (CF1R)

The Energy Standards require the certificate of compliance to be incorporated into the plans for the building and submitted to the enforcement agency. The CF1R form identifies the minimum energy performance specifications selected by the building designer or building owner for compliance, and may include the results of the heating and cooling load calculations.

To meet the requirement for filing a copy of the CF1R with the plans for the building, builders/contractors should ask the local enforcement agency for information about their preferences or requirements for document submittal procedures. Most local jurisdictions may require the CF1R to be embedded in the building design computer-aided drafting (CAD) file for plotting on sheets that are the same size as the plan set sheets of the building design, thus the CF1R documentation would be submitted as energy compliance design sheets integral to the entire plan set for the building. On the other hand, some jurisdictions may allow taping CF1R document sheets to the submitted design drawings for the building, while others may allow simply attaching 8-1/2 inch x 11-inch printed CF1R document reports to the submitted design drawing package.

When the prescriptive approach is used for additions and alterations, a shorthand version of the certificate of compliance shall be submitted with the building plans or with the permit application when no plans are required. In these instances: a CF1R-ADD form is required to be submitted for additions; a CF1R-ALT-01 form is required for alterations; and a CF1R-ALT-02 form is required for HVAC changeouts. (See Chapter 9 for more details)

For low-rise residential buildings for which compliance requires field verification, the CF1R submitted to the enforcement agency must be a registered copy, from an approved HERS Provider data registry. Refer to Reference Residential Appendix RA2 and Reference Joint Appendix JA7 for more information about document registration.

2.3.3          Construction Phase Documentation (CF2R)


The certificate(s) of installation (CF2R) are separated into Envelope (CF2R-ENV), Lighting (CF2R-LTG), Mechanical (CF2R-MCH), Plumbing (CF2R-PLB), and Solar (CF2R-SPV and CF2R-STH) categories, and most compliance measures have a separate CF2R form that is specific to a particular installation. The CF2R forms must be completed during the construction or installation phase of the compliance and enforcement process. The CF2R documents must be completed by the applicable contractors who are responsible for installing regulated energy features such as windows (fenestration), the air distribution ducts and the HVAC equipment, the exhaust fans/ventilation system, the measures that affect building envelope tightness, the lighting system, and the insulation. The CF2R must be posted at the job site in a conspicuous location (for example, in the garage) or kept with the building permit and made available to the enforcement agency upon request.

When field verification and/or diagnostic testing of a feature is required for compliance (as shown in the HERS Required Verification section of the CF1R), the builder or the builder’s subcontractor must perform the initial field verification or diagnostic testing of the installation to confirm and document on the applicable CF2R compliance with the standards using the applicable procedures specified in Reference Residential Appendix RA3.  The builder, the builder’s subcontractor, or authorized representative must submit the CF2R information to an approved HERS Provider data registry. All CF2R information submittals must be done electronically (registration) when HERS verification/testing is required.

2.3.4          Field Verification and/or Diagnostic Testing Documentation (CF3R)


Within the Energy Standards, some of the mandatory measures, some of the prescriptive requirements, and some of the measures that may be used for compliance in the performance approach may require field verification and/or diagnostic testing. This testing must be performed by a third-party inspector who is specially trained and independent from the builder or general contractor. The Energy Commission recognizes HERS Raters for this purpose.

When field verification and/or diagnostic testing is required, the HERS Rater must complete, register, and sign/certify by the certificate of verification (CF3R). The CF3R documents include information about the measurements, tests, and field verification results that were required to be performed. The HERS Rater must verify that the requirements for compliance have been met.

The HERS Rater chosen for the project must transmit the CF3R information to an approved HERS Provider data registry. This must be the same HERS Provider data registry through which the previous compliance documents (CF1R, CF2R) for the project were registered. The HERS Rater used for the project must be certified by the HERS Provider into whose registry the project has been entered. A registered CF3R from the provider that has been signed or certified by the Rater is made available to the enforcement agency and to the builder when HERS verification confirms compliance. The builder is ultimately responsible for ensuring that the enforcement agency has received the CF3R prior to the occupancy permit or final inspection.

Raters shall provide a separate registered CF3R form for each house that the Rater determines has met the verification or diagnostic requirements for compliance. The HERS Rater shall not sign a CF3R for a house that does not have a registered CF2R that has been signed/certified by the installer. If the building was approved as part of a sample group, the CF3R will include additional information that identifies whether the building was a tested or a "not tested" building from the sample group. The CF3R form for the “tested” home of a sample group will include the test/verification results, but the “not tested” homes will not. CF3R forms for “not tested” homes in a sample group will still have a registration number, date, time, and so forth and a watermark of the HERS Provider’s seal. Refer to Reference Residential Appendix RA2 for more details on HERS verification and CF3R documentation procedures.

2.3.5          Compliance, Operating, Maintenance, and Ventilation Information to Be Provided by Builder


The final documentation in the compliance and enforcement process is the information that is provided to the homeowner. At the completion of construction and before occupancy, the enforcement agency shall require the builder to leave in the building the applicable completed, signed and dated compliance documentation including, at a minimum, the applicable CF1R forms, CF2R forms, and if compliance required HERS verification, the applicable CF3R forms. When registration is required, all these compliance documents shall be registered copies. In 'addition to the compliance documentation, the builder must leave in the building all operating and maintenance information for all installed features, materials, components, and manufactured devices. The operating and maintenance information must contain the details needed to provide the building owner/occupant with instructions on how to operate the home in an energy-efficient manner and to maintain it so that it will continue to work efficiently into the future.  For individually-owned units in a multifamily building, the documentation must be provided to the owner of the dwelling unit or to the individual(s) responsible for operating the feature, equipment, or device. Information must be for the appropriate dwelling unit or building (Paper or electronic copies of these documents are acceptable).

Example 2-1


What are the plan checking/field inspection requirements related to the CF-2R?

Answer: The CF2R (certificate of installation) is not submitted with compliance documentation at the time of permit application but rather is posted or made available for field inspection after installation. A field inspector should check the equipment that is actually installed against what is listed on the CF2R and compare the CF2R and CF1R for consistent equipment characteristics.  The field inspector should do this for all installed building components indicated on a CF2R form (HVAC, fenestration, insulation, water heating, and so forth).

When HERS verification is required for compliance, the field inspector should check the HERS required verification listings on the CF1R to identify the required installer tests, and verify that these tests were performed and documented on the applicable certificate(s) of installation (CF2R).

The enforcement agency may request additional information to verify that the installed efficiency measures are consistent with the approved plans and specifications.  When material properties or equipment efficiencies greater than the minimum requirements are shown on the CF1R, the enforcement agency may have procedures for verifying the actual material or equipment specifications. For example, the enforcement agency may require the installer to provide a copy of the applicable page(s) from a directory of certified equipment.


Example 2-2


What happens to the CF2R after the final inspection?


§10-103(b) requires the builder to leave a copy of the CF2R in the building for the building owner at occupancy.

Example 2-3


As a general contractor, when I have finished building a home, is there a list of materials I am supposed to give to the building owner?


Section 10-103(b) requires that at final inspection the enforcement agency shall require the builder to leave compliance, operating, maintenance, and ventilation information in the building for the “building owner at occupancy,” which includes the:

1. Certificate of compliance (CF1R).

2. Certificate(s) of installation (CF2R).

3. Certificate(s) of verification (CF3R) if applicable.

4. Operating information for all applicable features, materials, components, and mechanical devices installed in the building

5. Maintenance information for all applicable features, materials, components, and manufactured devices that require routine maintenance for efficient operation.

Example 2-4


I built some multifamily buildings and have some questions about the information I must provide to the building owner at occupancy (as required by §10-103(b)) Specifically:

If the building is a condominium, can I photocopy the same CF1R information for all units?

When the building is an apartment complex (not individually-owned units), who gets the documentation?

If an apartment is converted to condominiums, does each owner/occupant receive copies of the documentation?


Photocopied information is acceptable. It must be obvious that the CF1R documentation applies to that dwelling unit.  That is, the features installed must match the features shown on the certificate(s) of installation (CF2R). If the CF1R compliance documentation is for a “whole building,” a photocopy of the CF1R compliance form for that building must be provided. If individual compliance is shown for each unique dwelling unit, a photocopy of the documentation that applies to that dwelling unit must be provided. The copies may be in paper or electronic format.

The documentation and operating information are provided to whoever is responsible for operating the feature, equipment, or device (typically the occupant). Maintenance information is provided to whoever is responsible for maintaining the feature, equipment or device. This is either the owner or a building manager (§10-103(b)).

If, during construction, the building changes from an apartment to condominiums, each owner at occupancy would receive the documentation. If an existing apartment building changes to condominiums at a later date, the documentation requirements are triggered only by a building permit application requiring compliance with the Energy Standards (Changing occupancy does not trigger compliance with the standards).