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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

What Is An HVAC Load Calculation?

By |2020-04-22T14:41:35-06:00March 19th, 2019|Energy Code Info|

“It is so hot in this bedroom.” “The heat runs all the time and it is still cold in here.” “It always feels so humid in this house.”  “The furnace is only ten years old, how can it need replacing already?” These are phrases heard all too often and all could point to an improperly [...]