There are many instances where we see Reschecks, Manual J, Comcheck, Manual S, and Manual D needed on new construction, alterations, and additions. Today on the Reschexpert blogs we want to discuss the occasions where a Rescheck or other energy report might not be needed.
The first and simplest time when you may not need a Rescheck, Comcheck, Manual D, Manual S, or Manual J is if your building department does not require one. Simply put your building inspector may be able to look at your project and either exempt these reports from your project, or they may not require those reports at all. Either option you will not need turn in an energy report. The only occasion where you might want to have on created anyways is if you want the piece of mind that your home is properly insulated, ventilated, and designed for the air flow it needs in each area of the home. In that instance you could perform the energy reports to know exactly what you need and possibly save money over the long run.
The second instance where you may not need a Rescheck or other energy report is when your project just does not reach the required scope. Lets say you are doing a simple living room remodel. New floors, new paint, and a new coffee table. In this instance since no insulation, hvac systems, windows, or doors have been modified it could be that your project is exempt from any energy reporting requirements. The final answer will depend on your local code, but generally if you do not alter the home’s insulation envelope, hvac system, windows, or doors you can skip the Rescheck, Manual J Heat Loss, Manual S Equipment Sizing, Manual D Duct Layout, and Manual D Duct Design.
The final instance where you may not need the energy report is if it is already included in your home’s design package. This does not necessarily mean that it is not required. It just means that the Rescheck is impregnated on the plan along with a suitable Heat Loss, Heat Gain, Equipment Sizing, and Duct Layout. Sometimes if your designer includes enough info on the plan in the correct format then you can avoid the cost of a separate Rescheck, Comcheck, Manual J, Manual S, and Manual D all together. The more your building inspector has to guess about, the more likely you are to need the Energy Reporting.
If you fall into the grey area of not needing a Rescheck on your construction project, congratulations. If you are someone who is required to obtain the report then we offer a low cost service. Simply email which reports you need, plans, jobsite address, and square footage to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get you taken care of.