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Duct Leakage Testing in Colorado. Who, What, Where, When, How?

By |2018-11-14T12:57:31+00:00November 14th, 2018|Energy Code Info|

The IECC-2012/2015 code requires field testing to validate the energy performance of the home. This has most recently included blower door testing and duct leakage testing. Duct leakage testing is required by many cities and counties in Colorado when any part of the duct system is outside the heated envelope or thermal boundary. At Scott [...]

List of Colorado Cities And Counties Requiring Blower Door Testing (As of 2018)

By |2018-05-16T09:47:29+00:00May 16th, 2018|Energy Code Info|

You may have recently gone to get a building permit or certificate of occupancy and been informed that you need to have a blower door test performed. For some, this is a whole new hurdle! We are here to offer a few answers to help you along in this process. In the last year, many [...]

Blower Door Test Common Air Leaks

By |2018-01-03T10:33:01+00:00July 7th, 2017|Energy Code Info|

Understanding where to locate and seal blower door test common air leaks is important to ensure that a new construction home will meet the stringent requirements of the IECC and IRC code for maximum air leakage rates. Scott Home Inspection has performed hundreds of blower door tests on new residential homes, remodel-addition projects, and as [...]

REScheck Report IECC Compliance

By |2017-11-24T17:48:57+00:00June 5th, 2017|Energy Code Info|

Preparing a REScheck Report is one method for validating compliance with the IECC Building Code (International Energy Compliance Code).  This report can be performed on new construction homes, remodels or additions.  The REScheck calculation method allows a designer or builder to consider trade-offs of building material specifications, such as insulation and window specs, giving an [...]

What Is Blower Door Testing – IECC 2015 Requirements:

By |2018-01-05T10:26:16+00:00February 25th, 2017|Energy Code Info|

With the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), blower door testing is now a mandatory requirement on all new construction for residential homes. So what is blower door testing? What is blower door testing? A blower door test is performed to measure the exact air-tightness of a home.  Beginning with the 2012-IECC, a maximum air [...]

HERS Rating: what is it anyway?

By |2017-07-11T16:10:34+00:00December 8th, 2015|Energy Code Info|

The HERS Rating Index, developed by RESNET: More new homes are being built with a HERS Rating, particularly in Colorado.  The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) is a method used by architects, builders and energy raters, to determine the overall energy use of a home.  RESNET, the Residential Energy Services Network, developed the HERS Index [...]

Energy Code Compliance – Prescriptive vs Performance Path

By |2017-07-11T16:11:18+00:00March 26th, 2015|Energy Code Info|

Prescriptive vs Performance Path - IECC Energy Code Compliance: Let's face it, compliance with the ever-changing IECC Energy Codes is like tracking a moving target.  Each municipality has its own code requirements and amendments, and understanding these is tough.  There are typically two main pathways for compliance  - Prescriptive Path or Performance Path. Prescriptive Path: [...]