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Why Are Egress Windows So Important?

Update: As of October 25, 2022, the egress rules have changed for residential rental license requirements in the city of Denver. Please refer to the egress section of  the Residential Rental Program Guidebook for the updated guidelines. Though some of the egress requirements now differ for Denver rental properties, the article below [...]

By |2022-10-27T12:14:27-06:00August 17th, 2022|Denver Rental License|Comments Off on Why Are Egress Windows So Important?

What Are Insulation R-Values?

When it comes to optimizing in-home climate control, increasing energy efficiency, and saving money, one of the most important aspects of the home is insulation. In fact the EPA calculates that, by sealing homes and insulating properly in the appropriate areas, homeowners can save up to 15% on yearly heating and cooling costs. There [...]

By |2022-08-11T10:43:26-06:00August 11th, 2022|Energy Audit Info, HERS Ratings|Comments Off on What Are Insulation R-Values?

Hail Damage in Colorado

If you've lived in Colorado for at least a year, then you've likely experienced one of its infamous hail storms. Every year, Colorado residents brace themselves for these annual storms and the potential hail damage that comes along with them. Hail is not only dangerous, but it can be extremely costly when it occurs. [...]

By |2022-08-04T09:30:33-06:00August 4th, 2022|Back to Basics, Roofing|Comments Off on Hail Damage in Colorado

The Dangers of Lead-Based Paint in Homes

It is no secret that lead is toxic. Over the years, authorities have made efforts to increase awareness about lead poisoning, end production and consumer use of lead products, and remove the substance from communities. But the truth is, it is virtually impossible to completely eliminate lead hazards from all American communities. Because, for years, [...]

By |2022-07-20T16:11:17-06:00July 20th, 2022|Back to Basics, Denver Rental License, Lead|Comments Off on The Dangers of Lead-Based Paint in Homes

Why Is Air Leakage In Homes So Important?

As modern day homeowners, we face so many month-to-month expenses. There are routine maintenance expenses, repairs, utility bills, insurance, mortgage payments and the list goes on. With all these recurring expenses hanging over our heads, there is one thing we all have in common - we want to save money. So how do we do that? [...]

By |2022-07-12T12:46:03-06:00July 12th, 2022|Blower Door Testing|Comments Off on Why Is Air Leakage In Homes So Important?

How Will Colorado’s New Radon Law Affect Radon Professionals?

Starting on July 1, 2022, Colorado's new radon law took effect. According to this law, titled HB21-1195, "an individual is prohibited from practicing as a radon measurement professional or radon mitigation professional unless the individual is licensed by the director of the division of professions and occupations in the department of regulatory agencies." This is [...]

By |2022-07-05T13:19:45-06:00July 5th, 2022|Radon Info|Comments Off on How Will Colorado’s New Radon Law Affect Radon Professionals?

Could AeroBarrier Save You Money On Your Next Build?

If you have been a builder in Colorado over the last 10 years, you know firsthand how tight the energy codes have gotten over the years. Every new version of the International Energy Conservation Code has added new hurdles to jump through. While everyone has a different opinion on these items, one thing is certain: [...]

By |2022-06-01T14:03:17-06:00June 1st, 2022|Blower Door Testing, Energy Code Info|Comments Off on Could AeroBarrier Save You Money On Your Next Build?

How Do Whole House Fans Work? The Pros and Cons

Whole house fans are still commonly found at our home inspections they come in a few different varieties. While most of them are very old units, many of them are still in working condition. There are also newer versions which we see on occasion as Colorado has a decent climate for a whole house fan [...]

By |2022-04-21T12:54:58-06:00April 21st, 2022|Back to Basics, HVAC|Comments Off on How Do Whole House Fans Work? The Pros and Cons

What is included in the IECC Code?

We are often asked by builders, contractors, and architects - what is included in the IECC Code?  Understanding code content is critical to building and designing homes.  And yet so many people don't completely understand the content of the IECC Code.  Reading codebooks from cover to cover seems to be a daunting task.  Most contractors [...]

By |2022-04-05T09:46:38-06:00March 29th, 2022|Energy Code Info|Comments Off on What is included in the IECC Code?

Why Are Some Outlets Installed Upside Down?

Ask Your Inspector Series: Question: Why are some outlets installed upside down? Answer: Electricians use this standard practice to indicate which outlets are controlled by a wall switch that a light or lamp can be plugged into. Why are some outlets installed upside down? This is one of the most [...]

By |2022-03-24T09:41:20-06:00March 24th, 2022|Back to Basics, Electrical|Comments Off on Why Are Some Outlets Installed Upside Down?