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Question: What Are The Most Common Energy Code "Fails"?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Benny hani Nov 22, 2015. 13 Replies

A lot of people in the building-performance industry know that the presence of an energy code does not mean that all work in that jurisdiction will be done according to code. Sometimes the problem is…Continue


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Chris Dorsi commented on Chris Laumer-Giddens's blog post Insulating a Slab-On-Grade in Hotlanta
"Thanks, Chris. This is an excellent primer that shows both the rationale for your approach and enough details to whet the whistle of the hands-on practitioners among us. We also can also see how critical and sometimes complicated the details can be…"
Feb 1
Chris Dorsi commented on Chris Dorsi's blog post The Compliance Project
"Good commentary in this thread over the last few days. But please keep the flame wars to a minimum -- we're all professionals here!"
Jan 27
tedkidd commented on Chris Dorsi's blog post The Compliance Project
"David I'm sorry but not a lot of evidence "a lot of thought" equates to high quality thought for you, and a lot of ongoing evidence that you fall in love with ideas and are unwilling to acknowledge their faults.  Durability and…"
Jan 27
David Eakin commented on Chris Dorsi's blog post The Compliance Project
"@Ted - unfortunately I have spent an inordinate amount of time thinking about this issue and all the variables leading up to it as well as ramifications of different variations on the status quo. The durability and energy efficiency of buildings…"
Jan 27
tedkidd commented on Chris Dorsi's blog post The Compliance Project
"Codes for health and safety are important. You can't compete around this - how would that look - fewest deaths per 100,000 homes built? But where you can use market competition to drive quality, codes are expensive and stupid. It's like…"
Jan 27
David Eakin commented on Chris Dorsi's blog post The Compliance Project
"@ Nate and Tony: what you are attempting to do is replace the run-of-the-mill "code" builders and remodelers with yourselves as the customers' agents (again, as per my previous comments). This is not a recipe for a whole-scale demand…"
Jan 27
Tony Hicks commented on Chris Dorsi's blog post The Compliance Project
"We've had a lot of positive feedback. We started using more energy efficient products on the last 2 houses, and we completed these houses recently. So we haven't had much time to sell yet. We raised our margin by a little, but we…"
Jan 27
Nate Adams commented on Chris Dorsi's blog post The Compliance Project
"@David, I've been puzzling through how to write about the demand side. The ultimate solution needs to come from demand, not that we shouldn't pursue code enforcement. I think I have a decent argument figured out. Basically, rather than…"
Jan 26
Tony Hicks commented on Chris Dorsi's blog post The Compliance Project
"I wouldn't say completely no to demand side solution. We have been promoting HERS scores and our competitive advantage in energy efficiency for Slab Insulation (even though we're getting screwed here). We have been doing other means of…"
Jan 26
David Eakin commented on Chris Dorsi's blog post The Compliance Project
"@ Nate Adams - "Is there a way to change this to a demand side solution so consumers drive the change?" Short answer - no. Not enough buying experience (either by individuals or their social networks) to differentiate between any quality…"
Jan 26
Everblue Training commented on Chris Dorsi's blog post The Compliance Project
"Great concept! Just posted about this on our Facebook page. Hopefully that'll help give you some survey respondents."
Jan 26
Chris Dorsi commented on Chris Dorsi's blog post The Compliance Project
"The issue of code compliance always generates lots of heat in the construction word. Yet it should be a simple question of "Here's some good rules, let's follow them." The devil, of course, is in the details. At the Compliance…"
Jan 25
Tony Hicks commented on Chris Dorsi's blog post The Compliance Project
"Great article Chris. I think a huge improvement the industry can make is enforcing slab insulation by the energy code. I think this could be a quick fix since the rule is already in place, and doesn't need to be approved by a…"
Jan 25
Tracy Savoy commented on Chris Dorsi's blog post The Compliance Project
"What a great program!  Just took your survey.  As a residential HVAC design company, we find unless permit requires a Manual J, S & D report, builders & HVAC installers do not perform any HVAC design. Another issue is how…"
Jan 25
Nate Adams commented on Chris Dorsi's blog post The Compliance Project
"Chris, I've been thinking a lot about this. A big issue I see with codes is that they are top down supply side solution (rules). With rules, it's human nature to wiggle out of them.  Is there a way to change this to a demand side…"
Jan 25
George Kopf commented on Chris Dorsi's blog post The Compliance Project
"Chris, Again, you lead the way. Just completed your survey. Looking forward to this program growing. "
Jan 21

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The Compliance Project

Posted on January 19, 2016 at 12:50pm 15 Comments

Many of us have been working for decades to push the energy codes toward higher performance. We've had some good success along the way, as state after state adopt more stringent codes. Unfortunately, in many regions we have a long, long way to go. Even in those places where the most…


Habitat X Releases 2015 Position Statement

Posted on August 15, 2015 at 11:00am 0 Comments


Big Sky Resort, Montana -- August 14, 2015

The Habitat X Summer National Conference provides a collaborative meeting place for leaders from the energy efficiencybuilding performance, and utility industries. Each year we work in a open public process to develop a position statement that addresses…


Updates on Presenters: Habitat X Conference in San Francisco

Posted on November 8, 2012 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

If you're planning on coming to the Habitat X Conference at Skyline College in San Francisco, you'll get to study alongside some of the most well-respected people in the industry.

On Monday December 10th, Ann Edminster will join us to discuss the shift in…


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At 11:23am on January 5, 2016, Paul Raymer said…

Great, Chris!  Hope all is going well.  There's always so much to learn.

At 7:20am on January 30, 2015, Nate Adams said…

I think you win at useful, Chris. Hopefully I do, too. I'm finding I like this forum a lot. Way too many choices, though - 20 Linked In groups, HVAC Talk, and here, it's a lot to keep up with!

At 8:36am on February 25, 2012, Diane Chojnowski said…

Hi Chris,

Welcome to Home Energy Pros! Feel free to join the conversation in the Forum and Groups. And share your energy efficiency photos, videos and upcoming events. If you're blogging about home performance, this is the place for you!

Don't forget to upload your profile photo. And add your location on our Member Map!

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