Today’s International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) does more than improve performance. It can help avoid unintended consequences related to poor air quality, premature equipment failure and a less comfortable environment. For builders, this means the chance to reduce callbacks and to leave customers with added benefits beyond the obvious.
According to an article from Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) programs director Ryan Meres, here are just three ways that the steps you take to comply with up-to-date energy codes can help you do more than just improve energy performance.
Added protection against backdrafting from combustion appliances.
In certain situations, leaky duct systems can cause gas appliances such as water heaters to backdraft—drawing unwanted air down vents and flue pipes. The result can be detrimental or even dangerous to the air quality inside.
Complying with the provisions of the 2015 IECC minimizes the leakage rate and disallows other practices that can contribute to the risk of backdrafting.
Longer life for cooling systems (with fewer allergy symptoms).
When it comes to cooling systems, bigger isn’t always better. Systems that are larger than necessary cycle on and off more than necessary. Not only does that make them less effective at removing humidity, it causes undue wear and tear on the system and can promote the growth of bacteria, viruses and mold that can trigger allergies and respiratory symptoms in occupants.
Current energy codes require new methodologies to determine the appropriate size cooling system, which can result in a longer life for the system, for fewer callbacks and lower homeowner costs.
Less waiting for hot water.
Waiting for hot water isn’t just wasteful, it’s annoying. While not every homeowner faces California’s drought restrictions, millions of cold-climate dwellers endure the daily annoyance of waiting for the water to heat up every time they want to wash their hands or take a shower.
Simply following the current IECC means most hot water pipes will be insulated, turning that daily nuisance into a home that just works the way it should.
For more details on the these and other benefits of the International Conservation Code, read the full article here.