New Energy Code in Massachusetts

Tue, 2014-10-07 09:45

In July 2013, the State Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) voted to adopt the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (2012 IECC) and ASHRAE 90.1-2010 with MA amendments as the new baseline energy code. The BBRS allowed for the new regulations to run concurrently with the current energy regulations until July 1, 2014. During that time, either set of energy regulations could be used when applying for a building permit. Now, the new regulations must be used when applying for a building permit. It's an important time for builders, general contractors, and HVAC technicians to solidify their knowledge of the 2012 IECC energy code and duct leakage testing.

According to the Department of Energy, energy cost savings for Massachusetts resulting from the state updating its commercial and residential building energy codes in accordance with federal law are significant, estimated to be on the order of nearly $144 million annually by 2030.

What This Means for Home Performance Contractors

Massachusetts State Energy CodeIn Massachusetts, all new construction is required to meet the 2012 IECC thresholds of 4 CFM per 100 ft2 of CFA for total leakage, and it must be tested and verified at both rough and finish. The MA website indicates that a certified HERS Rater or BPI-certified duct testing individual must do the testing.

Because the new energy code does not require third-party verification, many HVAC business owners are pursuing RESNET HERS Certification and/or a BPI duct leakage certification to meet this requirement.

Everblue provides residential energy efficiency training for home performance contractors in Massachusetts:

  • Our BPI Infiltration and Duct Leakage (IDL) Certification provides a basic introduction to blower door and duct blaster testing. This two-day training consists of online webinar training, hands-on field training with equipment, and a field exam. Since we launched the BPI IDL training in August 2014, we've had a 100% pass rate among students on the field exam.
  • Our RESNET HERS Rater training and certification package provides a more thorough analysis of residential energy auditing, including building science education, combustion safety, and on-going mentorship. This package also includes training specific to 2012 IECC concepts.

Take a look at our course schedule or give us a call at 800-460-2575 if you have questions about this legislation or about your local energy code.

By Lesley Cowie