Welcome to our monthly energy code update!      
The NC Energy Code Education Project
details, details, details
Greetings fellow North Carolinians,

As I mentioned in our last newsletter we have just wrapped up 252 residential site visits across NC. Information gathered in these anonymous site visits will be used to sculpt the curriculum for our upcoming energy code educational offerings. As I reflect back over the many site visits we performed what immediately comes to mind is details, details, details, and you get what you pay for. In the field we observed a lot of partially done and poorly installed procedures.

The details I am referring to are simple ones such as seal all penetrations, install complete air barriers at all locations, use mastic on all duct connections, install CFL or LED bulbs, follow manufacture installation instructions for insulation and HVAC products. When we do this we get what we pay for which is a win-win for all involved.

You all have heard the idiom, "the devil is in the details". Truthfully, that phrase does not apply to our Energy Code, there are no hidden or tricky details. In fact and by design, the NC Energy Code offers the user basic, common sense provisions that when implemented provides excellent home performance improvements. So, dot your I's, cross your T's, and get what you pay for.

Onward,
Chuck Perry
NCEEA Program Director
NC Energy Code Trainings
These energy code trainings are focused on the problems we discovered during our recent field study and cover the building science that supports the energy code.

New trainings feature a plan review activity where participants team up and implement the energy code provisions just learned by evaluating a set of residential home plans. Visit our website for more information and contact us to schedule a training!
Knee wall well done!
Tip of the Month: Knee Walls
Knee wall provisions proved to be a common problem area in the field with incomplete air barriers, improper materials, and improper framing. This month's tip is to remember all kneewalls most be surrounded on all 6 sides by an air barrier. The air barrier on the attic side is the the side we most often get wrong. In the field we see T-ply, OSB and various house wraps used as air barriers on attic walls. Just remember, whatever product you use it must seal out the air. So, if using house wraps be sure to seal the edges with a sealant and tape the seams.
  
75 % = Percent of knee walls with incomplete air barriers  (data from recent field survey)
Spotlight: NC Building Performance Association (NCBPA)
The association was created in 2014 and advocates for growth in building and energy codes, supports the industry workforce and provides services to member companies that help sustain North Carolina's reputation as a national leader in building performance. They're off to a great start with 135 members, 2 state conferences, and an informative website under their belt in their first two years.

"Our association was formed to organize, grow and promote our state's already strong home and building performance industry," said Ryan Miller, Executive Director of the NCBPA. "One way that industry companies and professionals can continue this growth is by becoming a member of NCBPA and supporting our efforts to advocate for a more progressive energy code in 2018, which we'll have for the next 6 years!" For more information about NCBPA visit BuildingNC.org or contact Ryan at Ryan@BuildingNC.org.

Do you or someone you know do work to support NC's energy code or have an example why the energy code is good for NC? Let us know for next month's spotlight!
Resources
North Carolina Energy Efficiency Alliance | info@ncenergystar.org | ncenergystar.org
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