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Builders may use these tools as an internal Quality Control (QC) process for achieving Grade 1 insulation every time without additional visits from the insulation contractors and re-inspections from the Home Energy Rater. The process provides a way for the builder and contractor to identify any issues with framing and/or air barrier alignment prior to beginning work. In addition it clearly lists the insulation requirements in the Thermal Enclosure System Rater Checklist. Instead of sifting through the numerous line items of the checklist, this document specifically addresses what the insulators will be responsible for onsite with regards to ENERGY STAR® Certified New Home requirements.
For more information, read the THE JOURNAL OF LIGHT CONSTRUCTION article.