29 Nov '11, 11am

Energy Code Enforcement is a Mixed Bag #aec

There are two pieces to making sure that buildings meet the energy code: visually inspecting for the mandatory measures and performance testing. Visual inspections are the responsibility of building inspectors, while the testing can be done by anyone with the proper training – HERS Index or scoring system for energy efficiency established by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) that compares a given home to a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Reference Home based on the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code. A home matching the reference home has a HERS Index of 100. The lower a home’s HERS Index, the more energy efficient it is. A typical existing home has a HERS Index of 130; a net zero energy home has a HERS Index of 0. The older versions of the HERS index were based on a scale that was largely just the opposite in structure--a HERS rating of 100 repres...

Full article: http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/blogs/dept/green-buil...

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