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Joe Ophoff has been working as an energy efficiency specialist since 2014. He is the Energy Services Manager at Scott Home Inspection in Colorado.

Roofing Materials and Structure – How It Works

By |2020-11-04T15:42:10-07:00November 2nd, 2020|Back to Basics, Roofing|

The roof over your head is an especially important aspect of the overall performance of your house. A properly installed and maintained roof and attic system are key components that prevent moisture intrusion, manage water from roof runoff, and promote good energy efficiency and indoor air quality. Much like a crawlspace, an attic space can [...]

2020 City of Boulder Energy Conservation Code Explained! (COBECC 2020) [Video]

By |2020-09-18T12:00:21-06:00September 18th, 2020|Energy Code Info, HERS Ratings|

The 2020 City of Boulder Energy Conservation Code is here, what does that mean? The City of Boulder Energy Conservation Code (COBECC 2020) was adopted in July of 2020. As Boulder states on its website, "The city updates our energy code on a three-year cycle with the goal of attaining net-zero energy, outcome-verified code by 2031 [...]

Why Does My House Need Ventilation? (Home Ventilation Basics)

By |2020-04-01T12:08:41-06:00April 1st, 2020|Back to Basics|

Houses are complex structures with many installed systems working simultaneously to produce a safe and comfortable living space. Proper home ventilation is the key to good indoor air quality. While it may be easy to focus on the things that you see, like natural light through windows and paint colors, the comfort of a house [...]

Concrete Cracks and Expansive Soils – Unavoidable Movement

By |2019-08-23T11:30:29-06:00August 26th, 2019|Ask Your Inspector|

A close examination of anything in a house will reveal small details that often go overlooked.  At Scott Home Inspection, we specialize in taking time to look for these details.  Oftentimes, minor details from many different areas of a house can produce a much clearer picture of larger developing conditions. For example, superficial drywall cracking [...]

The Green MLS: Energy Efficiency and the Multiple Listings Service

By |2020-03-06T12:23:02-07:00June 25th, 2019|Energy Audit Info, Energy Code Info|

If you have bought or sold a home with a real estate agent, you likely interacted with the MLS. MLS stands for Multiple Listings Service and is a compilation of all the homes for sale at any particular time. The listings can be accessed through certified brokers, and there are many companies that offer MLS [...]

Using Infra-Red Cameras To Find Hidden Moisture Issues

By |2019-08-28T16:03:41-06:00May 23rd, 2019|Ask Your Inspector|

Detecting moisture in a home with the use of infra-red cameras is smart science! This noninvasive technique is an extremely affordable way to find out what is going on behind the scenes in your home. With the aid of a special handheld device, your inspector can assess potential problem areas during a pre-listing or pre-purchase [...]

The Top 12 New Construction Home Defects

By |2019-08-28T16:05:57-06:00May 14th, 2019|Ask Your Inspector|

You may think that purchasing a brand new home would mean that you don’t have to worry about defects or quality issues – but new construction defects are more common than you might think. Builders subcontract out most of the work when it comes to large building sites. All that coordination and in and out [...]

When Is Duct Leakage Testing Required In Colorado?

By |2019-08-28T16:10:12-06:00April 22nd, 2019|Energy Code Info|

You may have heard of a duct leakage test in Colorado, and you might be wondering if it is required for your new home. In this article, we’ll discuss the test, when it is required, how it is performed, and what you’ll need to do to pass. Let’s get started. Understanding When Duct Leakage Testing [...]

New Construction Blower Door Testing Checklist

By |2020-03-06T12:24:35-07:00March 30th, 2019|Blower Door Testing, Energy Code Info|

New Construction Blower door testing? What is it? Many builders have asked us for a blower door testing checklist in order to prepare themselves for the test. We hope to answer these questions below. Many Cities and Counties along the Front Range require that the overall air infiltration of a new construction residence be tested [...]

Why does my house have ice dams?

By |2019-08-28T16:17:13-06:00March 21st, 2019|Energy Audit Info|

Every climate type poses its own set of challenges to overcome.  In a cold weather climate, where snow and ice are common, it is not unusual to see icicles hanging from the eaves of a home.  If you are interested in the well being of your house, it is worth your time to understand how [...]