What Energy Codes are Available in Rescheck
Written by Jobe Leonard of Rescheck.info. Jobe enjoys all things related to Rescheck reporting and the study of home energy audit softwares like Rescheck, Comcheck, and Manual J.
Today we want to talk about which code options are available in Rescheck Desktop Software and Rescheck Web. We also want to discuss which ones have disappeared from the program and which ones we expect to be added next.
The first code option is a universal one and it is the IECC 2009. Probably one of the most common simply because it has been around the longest. Once a jurisdiction adopts a code it takes alot of time, money, and effort to facilitate a switch.
The second code option is IECC 2012. I see this as one of the most fair and best code options available on the software. If a client is doing a Rescheck for piece of mind on a project and just wants to see where their project stands I will utilize the IECC 2012 to give them a fair benchmark.
The third code is universal option that is being adopted at the fastest rate. The IECC 2015 has been adopted in very large markets like New York, Michigan, Texas, Illinois, and portions of Colorado. This was a great update to the code system and will be used for possibly decades.
The next code is the Florida Energy Code of 2014. This is state specific to Florida. The main differences are lower SHGC levels and check boxes to indicate you understand the Florida Energy Code.
Another state specific code is the Georgia 2011 Energy Code. This is for projects in Georgia and seems to be a hybrid of the 2009 and 2012 IECC Energy Codes with some state specific improvements.
Next we have New York City. Having done several of these I can tell you this is a strict and stringent code. I think of IECC 2015 plus some extras when using this code.
North Carolina Energy code is next. I see this code primarily on Log Homes in the state as it seems a state wide initiative to check all log structures is underway. Also near the capital there is push to Rescheck all structures with this code.
Puerto Rico is the next specific energy code. After the hurricane we see this as the fastest growing code in the United States and devoted many resources to making sure we have a workforce in place that can provide the adequate number of Reschecks needed to service Puerto Rico.
Utah’s 2012 is the next energy code. Every project in Utah uses this code and it is a very stringent but fair version of the energy code. Easy to use and understandable application make this our favorite as a state specific code that adequately serves the people with energy efficiency, but an understanding of budget and practicality.
Vermont 2011. This is another great code system designed specifically for Vermont. We see plenty of growth in Vermont’s construction market as it is our 2nd fastest growing area. With the growth in construction we also see increases in energy reporting. Vermont has done a great job with their code.
This concludes our list of available codes.
Now let’s look at codes that have disapeared.
Wisconsin Universal Dwelling Code of 2009 was once available in Rescheck Desktop and Rescheck Web. It is no longer available. As a replacement we see building departments using IECC 2009 in its’ place.
Finally what about upcoming codes for newer versions of Rescheck.
The next code that I expect to be added to Rescheck Web and Rescheck Desktop software is the IECC 2018 energy code that was recently adopted. It is not a matter of if, but when. I expect in the next 6 months we will see a version of Rescheck that includes the latest protocols. We have our ear to the ground and have some interesting interviews coming up on the Reschexpert blog speaking with award winning energy code officials.
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