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.
NCEEA Program Director