What is included in the IECC Code?

By |2022-04-05T09:46:38-06:00March 29th, 2022|Energy Code Info|

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 [...]

IECC 2021 and the City of Louisville’s Adoption

By |2022-03-01T15:04:57-07:00March 1st, 2022|Energy Code Info|

City of Louisville adopts IECC 2021 and its Net Zero Appendix The latest and most challenging energy codes have been released by the International Code Council and their IECC 2021 codes.  While the vast majority of Colorado’s Cities and Counties have adopted one iteration of the IECC or another, ranging from IECC 2009 to IECC [...]

Explaining Denver Blower Door Requirements in 2021

By |2021-09-09T19:55:16-06:00July 26th, 2021|Blower Door Testing, Energy Code Info|

Now that blower door testing is in full swing in Denver, we'd thought we would write a blog about the different requirements the city has to help clear up common questions our clients have. The requirements vary from new homes to additions, and Denver's requirements are slightly different than other counties in Colorado. While it [...]

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Explaining the BuildSmart Retrofit Methods In Boulder County

By |2021-06-03T15:34:35-06:00June 3rd, 2021|Energy Code Info|

Boulder, Colorado has some very unique building requirements. If you are a builder that works within the county or the city, you know that it's now always easy to understand what's needed in regards to energy performance. The fun part is the county and the city each have very different requirements. Today we are going [...]

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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 [...]

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Duct Pressure Testing Overview For Builders [Video]

By |2020-04-06T09:19:14-06:00April 6th, 2020|Duct Leakage Testing, Energy Code Info|

  Is A Duct Pressure Test Required On Your Next Project? Energy codes may have changed in your area, and the city and county you are building in may now require a duct pressure test on your HVAC system. Although this test has been utilized for a while, many areas of Colorado are adopting newer [...]

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7 Tips For Multi-Family Blower Door Testing

By |2020-04-08T10:42:36-06:00October 14th, 2019|Blower Door Testing, Energy Code Info|

Multi-family blower door testing is consistently becoming more common in all Colorado counties. Just as with a regular single family home, a multi-unit building will also need to have each unit pass a blower door test. This is typically required regardless of whether you are building a duplex or a 40-unit apartment building. On top [...]

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The Ultimate HERS Rating Guide Part 4: When Is A HERS Rating Required In Colorado?

By |2020-03-06T12:21:12-07:00July 22nd, 2019|Energy Code Info, HERS Ratings|

One question that we are asked frequently is when and where is a HERS rating required in Colorado? A HERS rating can be an alternative solution to following the building codes when building a Colorado home. We covered many of the benefits of performing a HERS rating in our earlier blog about performance vs prescriptive [...]

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The Ultimate HERS Rating Guide Part 3: What Is A Trade-Off?

By |2020-03-06T12:19:43-07:00July 15th, 2019|Energy Code Info, HERS Ratings|

As we talked about in the earlier parts of this HERS rating guide, a HERS rating is a calculated score that quantifies the energy efficiency of a home. When a HERS rating is performed before a home is built, it can be used as a method to comply with energy efficiency code requirements instead of [...]

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The Ultimate HERS Rating Guide Part 2: What Is The HERS Score Index?

By |2020-02-24T11:05:14-07:00July 9th, 2019|Energy Code Info, HERS Ratings|

You may have heard the term "HERS rating" used regarding home construction and energy efficiency.  You may have even seen and read through a HERS report, or you may have a HERS certificate for your own home. Or you may have read our first blog in this series, What Is A HERS Rating.  Many have [...]

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