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2016 Energy Code Field Awareness

We would like to bring to our builder and subcontractor’s attention some issues that could occur in the field regarding HERS Verification.  The 2016 Energy Code has implemented more and/or tighter regulations when it comes to compliance.  Subcontractors need to pay even more attention to the detail of the field installation team.  Here are a few suggested items you may want to address with your team:

  • Air Flow Testing: Subcontractors may have issues passing which sometimes is because of the zone system not being adjusted properly. Please make sure your team is pre-testing.
  • Refrigeration Charge (RCM): Make sure the subcontractors are testing the system prior to the third-party inspectors coming out to verify.
  • Equipment Installation: Make sure the correct equipment is being installed in the correct units and matches the CF1R per plan type.
  • High Quality Insulation Installation: It is becoming common for projects under the 2016 Code to now have a QII verification on the project’s mandatory compliance. The installation must have no voids or gaps and fill the cavity side-to-side, top-to-bottom, and front-to-back. The inspection requires two site visits from the HERS Verification company. One verification is prior to drywall (rough stage) and the other is near final (during all the other verification measures).  Please make sure your team is calling us out prior to drywall and following the QII checklist.
  • Signing off on the CF Forms: DuctTesters is a hands-on Energy Consulting Company. We work with, help, train, and follow up with the subcontractors filling out and signing off on the paperwork.  Installers are responsible for 100% (each and every home) of respective CF2R documents. There are some areas where trades cross over and issues arise as to who will sign off for what.  Please note that a builder can always sign off if there are subcontractors refusing to comply.  There are items such as a whole house fan where one company supplies it and another installs it. There are also areas where QII crosses into drywall and/or framing.  Please try to address items prior to work starting by holding a pre-construction meeting and/or list subcontractor cross over area items in scopes of work. The forms in the mandatory provider database sometimes only allow one company to sign off on the install.  Here are some suggestions of who should sign what form:

Below will have both CF2R & CF3R to complete and sign off:

Subcontractor Responsible HERS Measure Form
HVAC MECH 01
HVAC Duct Leakage MECH 20a
HVAC Air Flow MECH 23
HVAC Fan Watt MECH 22
HVAC or Electrician Indoor Air Quality MECH 27
HVAC Refrigerant Verification MECH 25
HVAC EER MECH 26
HVAC SEER MECH 26
HVAC Low Leakage Air Handler (LLAH) MECH 20c
Insulation Quality Insulation Inspection (QII) ENV 21, 22, 23

 

Below will only have CF2R to complete and sign off:

Subcontractor Responsible Form
Window ENV 01
Insulation ENV 02, 03
Roofer / Framer

(for attic eave vents & radiant barrier)

ENV 04
Plumbing PLB 02
Electrician or Lighting LGT 01

Builders back charge subcontractors for not passing HERS inspections the first time which requires a HERS Verification return trip to pass the second time.  It also can hold up a builder’s project to reschedule the subcontractor to fix the mistake and to reschedule the HERS Verification return trip.  HERS Inspections are contracted with the builder under sampling protocol. Although we spot check, we process sample groups and provide CF3R documents for each and every home. Our hands are tied if non-compliance is not resolved and/or if installer CF2R documents are not completed.

CF1R:  Certificate of Compliance (Permit Application)

  • The Project’s Energy Code Design Requirements / Permit Application
  • Provided with Plans or Equipment Schedule
  • Submitted to Building Department for Permit
  • Must be Signed by All Parties Responsible for Building Design & Registered with Approved HERS Provider
  • Submitted to Enforcement Agency

CF2R:  Certificate of Installation (Installation & Installer Inspection)

  • Construction and Installer Verification Testing
  • Forms Signed and Submitted by Installing Subcontractor or Builder During Construction Verifying Installations and Installation Testing
  • Posted at Building Site
  • Reviewed by Building Inspector
  • Mandatory Measures Found within these Forms

CF3R:  Certificate of Verification – HERS (HERS Verification)

  • The Third-Party Verification (HERS) Sign Off After All of the Above Are Completed
  • Verification Provided by a Certified HERS Rater
  • Field Inspections

We know everyone takes pride in their work and we are here to conduct “QUALITY ENERGY CONSULTING WITH THE TESTING TO PROVE IT.”  We are part of your team and are here to help you get the job done right.

Below are free materials to help your team:

***DuctTesters put together “the above suggestions”.  Please note that DuctTesters is not an attorney nor responsible for verbiage written in outside company scopes of work and/or contracts.  Please consult with your company’s attorney and/or contract/scope writer.  Above is merely suggested and in no way pointing out one or any current companies doing anything wrong.

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EPA Names DuctTesters ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year

Partner of the Year 2012DuctTesters, Inc earns award for protecting the environment through energy efficiency

Modesto, CA 3/1/2012– The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named DuctTesters, Inc as a 2012 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for its outstanding contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through its work as a Home Energy Rater. DuctTesters accomplishments will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on March 15, 2012, which marks the 20th anniversary of ENERGY STAR.

DuctTesters, an ENERGY STAR partner since 2007, is being honored for their work in qualifying new homes to earn the ENERGY STAR. Home Energy Raters provide the evaluation, testing, and independent verification required for ENERGY STAR qualified homes.

DuctTesters has made promoting ENERGY STAR a standard way of business. By offering each home a look at what the ENERGY STAR standards look like against minimum code requirements, the builder really gets to see all the options. The builders and homeowners recognize the ENERGY STAR brand and want to understand the benefits and costs, so DuctTesters promotes the value and savings through education and analysis.

The DuctTesters approach to promoting ENERGY STAR is to first get the Builders “Buy In”. They really strive to get everyone to commit to what ENERGY STAR stands for including the construction crew, right on into the sales staff that deals with the potential buyer directly. Getting the construction team to commit gives them some personal involvement and a greater desire to make sure it is done right. The biggest benefit to the builder comes from getting the sales staffs to accept, understand and commit. When the sales team understands the ENERGY STAR motto, they gain a passion about it. They can tell everyone about the energy features of their homes and they present them with a passion that ultimately comes across to the buyer.

“The energy-efficient homes that earn the ENERGY STAR provide extra value for home buyers,” said Dave Hegarty, President of DuctTesters. “Homes built to ENERGY STAR standards are more comfortable, plus they ensure long-term savings on energy bills while protecting the environment and we are proud to promote it to our homebuilders.”

The 2012 Partner of the Year Awards are given to a variety of organizations to recognize their contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by promoting energy-efficient homes in their community. Award winners are selected from about 20,000 organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program. ENERGY STAR qualified new homes use substantially less energy for heating, cooling, and water heating – homeowners can expect to save about $200-$400 annually on their utility bills. Currently more than 6,700 builders across the nation are constructing homes that meet EPA’s strict guidelines for energy efficiency. More than 1.3 million American families now live in ENERGY STAR qualified homes.

Over the past 20 years, American families and businesses have saved nearly $230 billion on utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to those from more than 350 million vehicles with help from ENERGY STAR.

“As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the ENERGY STAR program, EPA is proud to recognize DuctTesters as a 2012 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “DuctTesters and all our ENERGY STAR award winners are working closely with builders and others in the home construction industry to adopt higher levels of energy-efficient building practices, making our nation’s new homes more affordable to own and more comfortable to live in.”

About DuctTesters, Inc
DuctTesters is a full service energy consulting and verification company. Since their establishment, they have grown from a training entity to a full blown energy consultant. They use a Third-Party consultant business model that allows them to provide insight and guidance to their clients, while assuring that they have the clients best interests in mind at all times. DuctTesters employs a team of Certified Energy Analysts who are dedicated to quality work and a team of Certified Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Raters that ensure that the energy features proposed on paper are what actually gets installed during the construction process. Behind the scenes is a friendly office staff that supports it all and is eager to please each and every one of their clients.

About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, ENERGY STAR offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money and help protect the environment for future generations. About 20,000 organizations are ENERGY STAR partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes, buildings and businesses. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit www.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).

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QUALITY ENERGY CONSULTING

Whether you build tract homes, custom homes or you are simply remodeling an existing home, we can provide you with the energy compliance documents you need. We specialize in providing our clients with all the options, explaining the differences, and creating a cost effective solution for meeting your project goals. Our comprehensive project summary will layout all the options and becomes a valuable tool for finding out exactly how each option effects the total build cost. We can even show you how to qualify for an Energy Star® rating or how to earn a GreenPoint Rating.

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