Energy Code Info

New Construction Blower Door Testing Checklist

By |2019-03-30T12:48:52-06:00March 30th, 2019|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 [...]

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 |2019-02-16T11:21:36-06:00February 18th, 2019|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 [...]

What Texas Cities Require REScheck Reports For Building Permit Submission?

By |2019-02-02T12:41:00-06:00January 12th, 2019|Energy Code Info|

If you’re working in residential construction, you need to know which Texas cities require REScheck reports to confirm your building’s adherence to energy efficiency codes in the state. Do you need REScheck reports in San Antonio? Houston? Corpus Christi? In this article, we’ll take a look at this subject, and help you understand which Texas [...]

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

By |2018-11-14T12:57:31-06:00November 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 |2018-05-16T09:47:29-06:00May 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 |2019-01-20T09:47:20-06:00July 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 |2019-02-02T12:46:39-06:00June 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 [...]