Green energy standards updated in 2012
Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 4:40:40 PM
Updates to the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) may impact the remodeling industry. According to Hanley Wood, the new code requires structures to achieve a 30 percent energy efficiency rating. While most of the changes apply to new building construction, the upgrades will spark some alterations in the industry.
Homeowners concerned about updating their properties can turn to Home Loan Investment Bank for a home improvement financing option. The FHA Title 1 Home Improvement Loan is a flexible and affordable way to make the changes necessary to stay up to code.
As the demand for green remodeling and home building increases, contractors may need to update their offerings. This recent improvement of standards includes a mandatory air infiltration test in all homes to ensure building envelope efficiency. Additionally, ducts must undergo testing to a tighter duct leakage standard and there is an increase in insulation and glazing level mandates, according to the source.
Consider new green upgrades that can meet the strengthening requirements set by the IECC. Not only will the improvements increase the value of a property, but they can also help decrease daily operational costs.