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December 1, 2018
As our world changes and people seek to take better care of our environment you may find it hard to keep up. You may want to do all you can to do your part but there’s just so much information out there, where do you start? E3Power is here to help, we’ve put together some resources about why IECC Energy Code Compliance is important to Colorado residents and business owners.
What Does IECC Compliance Mean To Me?
Meeting the IECC guidelines for Colorado means that you save yourself money and environmental resources. In turn, this means more money in your pocket and a better future for yourself and generations to come. IECC stands for International Energy Conservation Code.
This code, developed by the International Code Council and is recognized by federal law. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 allots funds for states wanting to adopt the guidelines. Now that you have a brief idea of what IECC is we can go into more of what they actually entail.
The Foundation Of IECC Energy Codes
In the state of Colorado we have four distinct climate zones and within each climate zone, the guidelines are slightly different. Because these climate zones are code specific, we think looking at a climate zone map of our state helps you to understand a little better. In 2009 the IECC chose specific areas to hold to a standard upon building new construction:
Fenestration: Includes all windows and doors
Insulation: All insulation even in the basement and floors
Ducts: Should be tested for tightness and attics should be sealed and insulated to code
Air Sealing: The building envelope and recess lighting should be sealed to limit air filtration and leakage.
Documentation:Construction documents, insulation, HVAC and preventative maintenance documents need to be available.
Systems: Hot water, HVAC, temperature controls, etc. must be to a minimum requirement.
Lighting: At least 50% of permanent fixture lamps must be high efficacy.
These areas go into much details of course but this at least gives you an idea of how in-depth and specific these codes can get.
Changes To The IECC from 2009-2012
Colorado has done a lot to encourage builders to build new construction after the IECC model. Ninety percent of construction in our state has adopted the 2009 or newer IECC standards. Fifty percent of construction has adopted newer standards of 2012 and 2015.
The amount of compliance says a lot about the people who live and govern Colorado. In 2012 there were about 9 major changes to the IECC making it about 15% more energy-efficient.
The Latest Guidelines and What That Means For You
In 2015 there were 5 major changes to the IECC, making it 1% more energy efficient than in 2012. The best way to meet the new guidelines is to make sure your new builds are to code from the start.
If your existing business or home concerns you start slow and work on some of the bigger money savers first. The time and money you put into this not only saves you money while you are the owner but also if you decide to sell your property. Keeping up with energy compliance raises the property value and allows you to sell for possibly more than you paid.
Call Our Company Today
If you have any questions about IECC energy code compliance and why it is important E3Power can answer all your questions. We stay compliant and up to date on all energy codes and are happy to help you to get your home up to standard as well. Give us a call today!