If you are planning to build a new home, addition, or just alter an existing home in Texas chances are, you are going to need a REScheck.  Texas is one of the most progressive states in terms of requiring REScheck energy audits for construction, and the building departments makes a box on every building permit that is labeled “REScheck.”  If you do not have a REScheck, you will not be able to start your project.  Today we would like to discuss the items that you need to consider most to do a Texas REScheck correctly.

The building code in Texas is primarily IECC 2015.  Texas has followed in the steps of Michigan and adopted the more stringent IECC 2015.  Of course we will keep you abreast of any changes, but for now whether you live in Houston, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Austin, Lago Vista, Lubbock, or anywhere in between the odds on favorite for your Texas REScheck report building code is the IECC 2015.

Another item that you need to look at very closely on your Texas REScheck report is the type of windows that you will be using.  The SHGC on your windows in a Texas REScheck report will be considerably lower than what is accepted in most areas.  You need to seriously consider choosing an energy efficient window, or the chances are that your REScheck may not pass.  We have an entire list of manufacturers and window types that do work in Texas’s climate zone.  If you do decide to allow us to do your Texas REScheck report, we can include a suggestion for a window brand or series at no additional charge than the $79 we charge for every Texas REScheck report.

A slab is another area where you need to put some in depth focus on your Texas REScheck report.  The connection of a wall to a slab is rarely enough.  Just connecting your slab to the wall with no insulation is asking for energy inefficiency.  The old excuse of “that’s how we have always done it,” falls on deaf ears with Texas building inspectors.  You need to find a solution at this particular connection of the slab and the wall system.  If you do not,  odds are you will be heading back to the drawing board, literally.  We know how to properly notate and include a slab foundation system in a Texas REScheck report, and we can offer free insight on the proper way to construct it as part of our $79 Texas REScheck report.

The final area where you are going to need to do your homework is the ceiling insulation.  We all know that when the hot Texas sun beats down on a roof system it has no mercy.  That means you need to insulate your roof system correctly on your new home, alteration, or addition whenever you build in Texas.  Adding the proper ceiling insulation in your Texas REScheck report is essential to having a lifetime of enjoyment in your new structure.  At REScheck.info as part of our $79 REScheck report we can offer free suggestions if we see a void in your ceiling insulation.  We do this everyday.

Overall, there are plenty of items to consider when doing a Texas REScheck report.  Among them are windows, ceiling, and slab connections.  If you have found another item that differs when creating a Texas REScheck report we would love to hear from you.  Feel free to share with us on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Houzz, Bloggr, Tumblr, or Pinterest.