Contractors Participating in EBB
What You Need to Know
Contractors are vital to helping homeowners complete a qualifying retrofit and providing the required documentation in order for them to receive their grant payment. Once homeowners are accepted into EBB, they will choose a contractor unless they decide to do the work as an owner-builder. Once a contractor is chosen, a homeowner can authorize a
Ensure your client has a successful retrofit process by familiarizing yourself with the information below.
The Retrofit Work
The retrofit must be done in accordance with CEBC Appendix Chapter A3 or a standard plan set (Los Angeles Building Department Standard Plan No. 1 or Plan Set A);
- House must have a cripple wall less than 4-feet in order for a contractor to use a standard plan set; and,
- Houses with cripple walls higher than 4-feet must have and engineered plan by a design professional (engineer or architect).
All the work should be done around the perimeter of the foundation. No work is required on the post and piers (see photos of retrofit work).
Retrofit Steps and Required Documentation
The first step is to receive a building permit for the retrofit work.
- The permit must reference in the scope of work that the work is being done in accordance with “Chapter A3” or an approved Standard Plan Set (i.e. Standard Plan Set A or LA City Standard Plan Set #1).
Prior to beginning the retrofit work, homeowners accepted into EBB after March 1, 2016, must provide their permit information and photos (3 exterior of the house and 3 before the retrofit tin the crawl space) online and have them approved by EBB. Once this information is reviewed and approved by EBB, the retrofit may begin.
Once the retrofit is completed, the contractor must provide the following documentation:
- Three photos of the completed retrofit showing both the plywood bracing (when applicable) and the bolting ;
- Three photos of properly strapped and braced water heater (new for 2016 program);
- The signed permit indicating the building department has completed the final inspection; and,
- Your company invoice for the retrofit work broken down by materials, labor and overhead & profit or margin.
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