When you build a new home or substantially remodel an existing home, you must comply with the local energy code. Depending on where you are building in the Mid-Atlantic, you may be required to follow the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) or, increasingly, the 2012 IECC.
These new codes are more stringent in their insulation standards and require testing of both building air leakage and duct leakage.
To achieve code compliance, Energy Services Group can help you:
- Decide on the most cost-effective insulation package
- Air seal your home with guaranteed results
- Work with your HVAC contractor to get duct leakage into compliance
- Test for both building and duct leakage
- Prepare calculations and certifications that validate code compliance, high performance certifications, tax credits, and utility rebates
In addition to meeting energy code requirements, Energy Services Group can assist you with meeting the standards set forth by ENERGY STAR® for New Homes, The Building America Builder’s Challenge, The National Green Building Standard/ ISO-700, and LEED for Homes. It is best to start these conversations early in the design process to ensure that compliance can be achieved for the least cost.
To help you build a high performance home, Energy Services Group can:
- Design the home to reduce energy costs 30-50% or more below code requirements
- Test duct systems to validate proper duct sealing
- Measure air delivery to each room and confirm balanced airflow
- Inspect air sealing and building insulation to ensure best energy performance highest comfort
- Test building leakage to verify tight construction
- Prepare compliance reports and submit documentation that can earn utility rebates and tax credits, where available
Energy Services Group is proud to provide rating services to certify new homes for the ENERGY STAR® label. The ENERGY STAR label on a home means that it has been designed and built to standards well above other homes in the market today. It means better quality, better comfort, and better durability. It also means that the home is a better value for today, and a better investment for tomorrow. The ENERGY STAR label gives homeowners the peace of mind that their home has undergone a better process for inspections, testing, and verification to ensure that it meets strict requirements set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).