Energy Code Info

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

By |2019-07-10T11:19:55-06:00July 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 |2019-07-10T11:18:26-06:00July 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 |2019-07-05T10:42:47-06:00July 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 |2019-07-01T14:41:31-06:00June 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 |2019-04-22T10:51:01-06:00April 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 |2019-06-27T16:00:52-06:00March 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 |2019-03-26T08:15:48-06:00March 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 [...]

Blower Door Requirements in Larimer County 2019

By |2019-05-01T13:27:05-06:00February 18th, 2019|Blower Door Testing, Energy Code Info|

Most building departments in the cities of Larimer County and the county itself have recently adopted IECC 2015 energy codes, specifically Berthoud, Loveland, and Fort Collins. The city of Berthoud, which has been a hot spot for single-family home building, recently put out a statement saying that all new permits must comply with 2015 IECC [...]

Mechanical Ventilation Systems – 2012 IECC

By |2019-02-06T17:09:12-06:00February 13th, 2019|Energy Code Info|

Starting with the 2012 IECC and IRC and carrying through to the 2015 and 2018 versions of these codes, there is a maximum air infiltration rate allowed, and measurement of air infiltration and blower door testing is mandatory. Due to the very tight air infiltration rates required, Mechanical Ventilation systems are also mandatory. Air Infiltration: [...]

Infrared Camera and Air Leaks in Homes

By |2019-02-08T11:39:04-06:00February 5th, 2019|Ask Your Inspector, Energy Code Info|

It is easy to detect air leaks when you sit next to a defective window on a super cold Winter night. Unfortunately, we don't always know where air leaks are in our homes or how they might be impacting our health, physical structure or wallets. One of the best ways to detect home air leaks is [...]