There are some changes coming to the construction industry in North Carolina! I know you all read the building code, residential code, energy conservation code and ENERGY STAR V3 requirements in your spare time, so you’re up to speed, right? We hope this post will save you from having to decipher code language and save you a little bit of time.
North Carolina Energy Conservation Code
There are big changes coming in March. For those of you on site, you might be hearing some grumbling (or cheering?) from your code inspectors. The energy conservation requirements have significantly increased. Any house built to the new code requirements is supposed to save 15% more energy than a house built to the previous version of code. What do the code changes mean for all of you participating in the SystemVision program?
Good news! SystemVision 2011 covers all of the new requirements for the 2012 North Carolina Energy Conservation Code. You can rest easy knowing that you’re meeting all of the new requirements by just participating.
These changes are good news for your HVAC contractors as well. The new requirements include important items such as duct sealing and testing. HVAC contractors who participate in the SystemVision program already know how to do the new code requirements right. They’ll be up to speed right away, unlike those HVAC contractors that don’t work on SystemVision homes.
ENERGY STAR V3
David dedicated the first post in August to ENERGY STAR, but we’ve been getting a lot more questions about the program and the requirements. Unfortunately, the ENERGY STAR program is a little more confusing than the code changes. And (surprise, surprise!) EPA came out with another revision to the checklists after David’s post. With all of the confusion and changes, I thought it would be helpful to revisit all of the updates.
Let’s first look at the timeline:
• All houses started (permits pulled) before April 1 and finished by the end of this year must meet ENERGY STAR V2 requirements.
• All houses started (permits pulled) between April 1 and December 31 and finished by June 1, 2012 must meet ENERGY STAR V2.5 requirements.
• All houses started (permits pulled) after December 31 must meet ENERGY STAR V3 requirements.
Don’t want to memorize dates? Tell Advanced Energy or your rater when you pulled the permit for the house. We’ll be able to tell you which version of ENERGY STAR is applicable.
If you are following the SystemVision 2011 standards, you’re meeting all of the ENERGY STAR V2 and V2.5 requirements. Things get a little trickier with ENERGY STAR V3. David summarized it really well in his post, which you can read here.
We have heard that some funding sources might still be requiring ENERGY STAR V3. If you are interested (or have to) certify your houses to ENERGY STAR V3 requirements, we are here to help.
Trainings in North Carolina
Want to learn more about all of the upcoming changes? There are trainings going on around North Carolina. The best place to keep up to date is the North Carolina Energy Efficiency Alliance website. They have a calendar displaying all of the trainings. Below are some of the training subjects available:
• Code Information Sessions
• HVAC Trainings
• ENERGY STAR V3 Trainings (for raters, builders and their subcontractors)
• SystemVision Trainings
If a SystemVision training is in your area, come join us. We’ve already seen some of our SystemVision partners at trainings – it’s always nice to see a friendly face!
And don’t forget to call in Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 10 a.m. for a live conference call when Lauren will answer all of your code and standards questions. Click here to register.